It’s summertime, which means all of the major music festivals will be held all over the world. For the summer is the perfect time to get outside, enjoy some good music and to wear a Rage Hat that says something like “Party Gurl” or “Dope”.
With all of that said, here are the best festivals of this year in general and this summer in particular. All of the choices were based on popularity, vibe and the probability that the weather on that day will not be boiling hot (we are dealing with summer, after all):
- The Governor’s Ball Music Festival (Randall’s Island, New York City): Sadly, you missed this one already back on the weekend of June 3rd. Honestly, that is just a shame. Then again, this year’s festival went well until it got rained out on June 5th. But The Killers got to perform there, and that was awesome! “But it’s just the price I pay. Destiny is calling me! Open up my eager eyes, ’cause I’m Mr Brightsiiiiiiiiide…”
- Electric Daisy Carnival (Queens): For those of you who think that the Electric Daisy Carnival is too mainstream for your taste… too bad, because this is the premier EDM event in America, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find something that could rival it. Held this year at Citi Field, the lineup consists of EDM stars like David Guetta, Zedd, DJ Snake, and Kaskade, among others. In essence, the event and the venue represent the ultimate marriage of cool music and overpriced drinks.
- Lollapalooza (Chicago): Oh, this is the mother of all music festivals, and is the Big One compared to the rest of the list. The whole thing, which will be held in Grant Park from July 28-31, will feature LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, Future, The 1975, Flume, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Haim, M83, and more headliner worthy artists.
- Montreux Jazz Festival (Montreux, Switzerland, for those too lazy to look on Google Maps): Let’s be real here: your standard music festival is not the type of thing that appeals to everyone. This jazz festival, which lasts from July 1-16, is very much of a different fare. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Montreux has a chilled vibe with Lake Geneva as a backdrop. You may not have heard of anyone in the lineup, but the experience will definitely be worth it.
- Panorama (Randall’s Island, New York City): For those of you who missed the Governor’s Ball, this is the festival for you. In some ways, the vibe represents the city that hosts it: bustling and noisy, but also cool and friendly once you get to know it better. Panorama will be held from July 22-24, and the lineup consists of Kendrick Lamar, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Alabama Shakes, Sia, A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer, The National, and Melanie Martinez.
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (Manchester, Tennessee): It’s not quite Lollapalooza and Glastonbury (which, for your information, is already sold out), but it is pretty close. Normally, I would recommend going to the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, since it has artists like Neil Young; then again, I would also recommend you request “Southern Man”, which would not end well for you. Nonetheless, Bonnaroo is pretty good as well. It will be held again next year, since you already missed it this year, which featured Pearl Jam, J. Cole, Ellie Goulding, LCD Soundsystem, Dead & Company, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.