With the first weekend of Coachella come and gone, the 2017 summer music festival season has officially started. From April to August/September music festivals are held across the country boasting some of the top music artists, up and coming artists, food displays, and scenery to boot. Here’s a guide to plan your summer, and budget, accordingly.
April 14-16 and 21-23, 2011
Okay, so the first weekend of Coachella is already over, but the first three days gave weekend two a run for its money. Radiohead performed Friday night to a devoted crowd, and killed their set despite sound problems. Lady Gaga headlined Saturday night in place of Beyonce, and debuted a surprise new single, “The Cure.” Naturally, the internet freaked out. And Kendrick Lamar shut down day three on the heels of his latest album Damn.
May 19-21, 2017
Gulf Shores, AL
If your idea of perfection is your toes in the sand and endless live music, Hangout Festival is nirvana. Pack the sunscreen and head down to Gulf Shores, AL to see two hip hop heavyweights in 2017 headline: Frank Ocean and Chance the Rapper. Chance is a regular live performer, but Ocean is coming off a new music hiatus. With 2017’s release of Blond, fans are eager to hear the man himself perform again. The lineup also includes Mumford and Sons, Local Natives, and Major Lazer.
Sasquatch! Music Festival
May 26-28, 2017
Located on a gorge campground in scenic Quincy, WA, Sasquatch! music festival is an outdoor hipster’s paradise. This Memorial Day weekend, Frank Ocean and Chance the Rapper will once again headline a festival together, along with Twenty One Pilots. Festival-goers can buy single day tickets or camp in tents or RVs for the weekend. Other performances include The Head and the Heart, The Shins, MGMT, and Bleachers.
June 2-4, 2017
New York City, NY
Pack your I Love NY t-shirt and catch the ferry to Randall’s Island Park in New York City to see Chance the Rapper, the return of Lorde, Childish Gambino, and Tool. Other acts include Wu-Tang Clan, Phoenix, Franz Ferdinand, and Cage the Elephant.
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Jun 8-11, 2017
Is there anything left to say about Bonnaroo that loyal festival-goers don’t know? Probably not. The famous farm in Tennessee plays host to headliners U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, and Chance the Rapper this year. No doubt the Chicago native is busy on the festival circuit this year. Come rain or shine, pack up your best camping gear for a weekend of music, comedy, and late night silent discos.
Firefly Music Festival
June 15-18, 2017
Firefly Music Festival shines on a spotlight on the woodlands and capitol of Delaware. This year Bob Dylan, Chance the Rapper, The Weeknd, Muse, and Twenty One Pilots headline. Firefly may be heavy in big artists, but the lineup is weighted in up and comers like Judah & The Lion and Maggie Rogers. Get your fill of both June 15-18 on the east coast.
June 28-July 2 and July 4-9
Perhaps the most eclectic festival in terms of genre, Summerfest will host headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Pink, The Chainsmokers, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Dierks Bentley, Future, Willie Nelson and Family, and last but not least, Bob Dylan. That was a mouthful. The shores of Lake Michigan will be ringing loudly and the selection is anything but slim. There’s something for everyone.
Essence Music Festival
June 30-July 2, 2017
New Orleans, LA
Essence Music Festival is a break from the monotony of other festivals on this list. Essence is purely hip hop, R&B, and soul. The legendary Diana Ross headlines on Friday, followed by Mary J. Blige and Chance the Rapper. Other notable artists to play NOLA include Chaka Khan, John Legend, and Master P.
July 14-16, 2017
The Derby City welcomes LCD Soundsystem, Weezer, and Cage the Elephant for their 15th year this July. Spoon, Run the Jewels, and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will also play the waterfront stages. Bourbon tents and food trucks surround the park for a complete experience in Louisville culture. Happy Forecastle, ya’ll!
August 3-6, 2017
Grant Park hosts the infamous Lollapalooza music festival this year in the heart of Chicago. Lolla, as its often shortened to, has a great mixture of all genres, including headliners Muse, The Killers, Lorde, Blink 182, Chance the Rapper, and Arcade Fire. Line up early for the headline gigs, but don’t forget about the “smaller” people like Sampha, Kaleo, and Mac Demarco.