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Music Festivals - A Summer Tradition

Music festivals are the best way to soak up the sun while listening to many of your favorite artists live. A majority of music festivals occur in the summer since they usually take place outside. Live performances are only one aspect of a typical music festival. There are often many options of additional activities such as lawn games, photo booths and a wide selection of delicious foods. Many music festivals are annual and some are organized as for-profit while others are benefits for specific causes. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the "World’s Largest Music Festival" is Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Summerfest, which is an 11 day event that has held that title since 1999. Summerfest features a collection of artists with Adele and Luke Bryan headlining in 2016. Recurring yearly festival tours include Mayhem Festival, Ozzfest, and Warped Tour, which have shows in a variety of U.S. cities throughout the summer.

Other popular music festivals include the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival held in Manchester, Tennessee, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival located in Indio, California, Governors Ball in New York City, New York, and Sasquatch! Music Festival in George, Washington. One of the newer festivals on the scene is the IHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. And also happening in Vegas, new for 2016 the Route 91 Harvest Festival brings some of the biggest names in country music to Sin City. Some of the most popular electronic music festivals include Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra Music Festival. Tickets to the Ultra Music Festival had such a high demand in 2015 that early bird tickets were sold out minutes after going on sale and their advanced tickets sold out in twenty minutes. Famous festivals from around the world include Glastonbury Festival in England, Reading and Leeds Festival in England, Primavera Sound in Spain, and Tomorrowland, which is held in Belgium. Music and arts festivals attract music lovers from all over the world to see the best live performances.

Featured Music Festivals

Riot Fest (2016 dates: September 2-4 & September 16 – 18) – Riot Fest is a punk, rock, and alternative music festival taking place in the cities of Denver, Chicago, and Toronto. The festival proposes a diverse lineup consisting of buzzed-about reuinions, one-offs, special guest appearances, and popular punk mainstays. In past years, the stages of Riot Fest have seen the likes of Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, and Weezer.

Electric Daisy Carnival - Las Vegas (2016 dates: June 17 - 19) - The Las Veags Electric Daisy Carnival takes place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway over three days and will bring the biggest names in EDM together for a party for the ages. Almost half a million people have attended Electric Daisy in the past, and with names like Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Bassnectar, Tiesto and the other big guns in EDM, you know this is going to be one wild and crazy party.

Burning Man (2016 dates: August 29 – September 5) – Taking place in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, the Burning Man Festival is a week-long celebration of community, art and self-expression culminating in the burning of a large wooden effigy. The event begins on the last Monday in August ends on the first Monday in September, which is also Labor Day.

Austin City Limits (2016 dates: September 30 – October 2 & October 7 – 9) – Taking place at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, The ACL Music Festival is an annual event that spans over two consecutive three-day weekends. The festival has eight stages where musical groups from genres including rock, indie, country, folk, electronic, and hip hop perform for approximately 75,000 fans each day. In addition to the live acts, there are food and drinks, an art market, and a kids area for families.

Knotfest (2016 dates: October 23-26) – Created in 2012 by metal band Slipknot, Knotfest is becoming a yearly tradition, occurring each fall in different locations. This year’s metal fest is in San Bernadino, CA, October 23rd-26th. In addition to the headliner Slipknot, other performing bands include Five Finger Death Punch, Atreyu, and The Devil Wears Prada. It’s sure to be a killer good time!

Complete Music Festival Listing:

2016 Global Cuba Fest

98 Rockfest

Air and Style
Americana Music Festival & Conference
Aura Music & Arts Festival
Austin City Limits Festival
Avila Beach Blues Festival

Back Porch Revival
Backwoods Camping & Music Festival
Bands In The Backyard Music Festival
Bayou Country Superfest
Be Prog! My Friend
Beale Street Music Festival
Big Barrel Country Music Festival
Big Ears Festival
Big Ticket Festival
Bi-Mart Music Festival
Blizzard Music Festival
Bluebird North
Boots and Hearts Music Festival
Boston Calling Music Festival
BottleRock Festival
Buckeye Country Superfest
Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival
Buku Music and Art Project
Bunbury Music Festival

California Roots Festival
Camp Bisco
Cape Blanco Country Music Festival
Carolina Rebellion
Cavendish Beach Music Festival
CBC Music.ca Festival
Chicago Open Air Festival
CMA Music Festival
CMT Music Festival
Country 500
Country Concert At Hickory Hill Lakes
Country Thunder
Creek Fest
CRSSD Festival

Dad Fest
Dega Jam
Dreamscape Festival

Eaux Claires Music Festival
Electric Daisy Carnival
Electric Forest
Electric Zoo Festival
Electric Zoo: Wild Island
Essence Music Festival
Euphoria Music Festival

Faster Horses Festival
Festival Palomino
Field Trip
Firefly Music Festival
Flamenco Festival
FM99 Lunatic Luau
Fool's Paradise
Forecastle Festival
Fort Rock Festival
Freestyle Festival
Frozen Harbor Music Festival

G Fest
Global Dub Festival
Globalfest On The Road
Globalfest's Creole Carnival
Governor's Ball

Hangout Music Festival
Heavy Montreal

iHeartRadio Country Festival

Interlocken Music Festival

Jas Aspen Snowmass
Jimmy Dean Music Festival
Joshua Fest

KaaBoo Festival
Kenny Chesney & Jason Aldean
Kicker Country Stampede
Kickn Up Kountry Music Festival

Laid Back Festival
Las Cruces Country Music Festival
LED Anniversary
Life Is Beautiful Festival

M3 Rock Festival
Mariachi Usa Festival
Maverick Music Festival
Moonstone Music Festival
Mountain Home Country Music Festival
Mountain Jam
Music City Jazz Festival
Mysteryland Festival

Nebraskaland Days Festival
New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
New Jack Swing Valentine Jam
New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival
Newport Folk Festival
North Coast Music Festival

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
Old Settler's Music Festival
Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

Paradise Lost Music Festival
Pitchfork Music Festival
Pot of Gold Music Festival
Pozo Stampede
Punta Gorda Banjo Bash

Red, White & Boom Music Festival
Riot Fest
River City Rockfest
Rock On The Range
Rockfest 80's
Rocklahoma Festival
Route 91 Harvest Festival
Runaway Country Music Festival

Sasquatch! Festival
Self Help Fest
Sexy Party 6
Shaky Beats Music Festival
Shaky Knees Music Festival
Sir Georg Solti Memorial Festival
So What?! Music Festival
Sonic Bloom Festival
Southern Ground Music & Food Festival
Spring Awakening Festival
St. Patrick's Day Concert
Stagecoach Festival
Stone Free Festival
Summer Camp Music Festival
Sunset Music Festival
SweetWater 420 Fest

Taste of Country Music Festival
The Peach Music Festival
Tortuga Music Festival
Trackside Music Fest
Trauma Harder Styles Tour
Treefort Music Fest

Ultra Music Festival

Voodoo Music & Arts Experience

Wanee Music Festival
Watershed Festival
Wayhome Music & Arts Festival
WE Fest
Welcome To Rockville
Windy City LakeShake Festival
Winnipeg Folk Festival
Winstock Country Music Festival
Winter Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Winter Stash Bash
WJRR Earthday Birthday
Wrecking Ball Festival

Z104 Shaggfest