11 Upcoming Music Festivals To Buy Tickets For ASAP

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If you’re having Coachella withdrawals or recovering from FOMO from not being at Coachella, fear not. 2017 still has many music festivals left on the calendar in cities across the United States. Let’s hope none of them turn into a Fyre Festival situation, which will probably be easy as they’ve set that bar pretty LOW. Music festivals are the place to be if you want the opportunity to listen to many artists in a mere few days or want to escape from reality. Whether you’re free from school for the summer or need some time to unwind from your job, here are all the upcoming music festivals of the year.


Shaky Beats Festival: May 5-7

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Headliners: RL Grime, Griz, Bonobo, Kaskade, Flosstradamus, Galantis, Chainsmokers, Zeds Dead

Celebrate the start of summer at Shaky Beats. Most music artists at this fest are electronic, indie, or hip-hop.


Beale Street: May 5-7

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Headliners: Kings of Leon, Snoop Dogg, Death Cab for Cutie, Wiz Khalifa, MGMT, Tori Kelly, Jimmy Eat World

Known for its eclectic lineups, Beale Street will be blasting anything from hip-hop to indie to pop.


Shaky Knees: May 12-14

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Headliners: LCD Soundsystem, Cage the Elephant, The XX, X Ambassadors, Phoenix, The Shins, Ryan Adams

In its fifth anniversary, this rock festival features about 60 bands and hearty Southeastern food.


Hangout Fest: May 19-21

Location: Gulf Shores, Alabama
Headliners: Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Migos

If you love both concerts and the beach, this fest combines both so that you’ll be able to listen to your favorite bands right on the coastline. While you can’t camp out, options are beach houses or condos.


Governor’s Ball: June 2-4

Location: New York, New York
Headliners: Chance the Rapper, Lorde, Flume, Beach House, Phoenix, Childish Gambino, Wu-Tang Clan, Tool, Cage the Elephant, Wiz Khalifa

In one of the best cities in the world, Governor’s Ball always provides a broad range of genres. Besides jamming out to the sets, the fest also has mini golf, photo booths, and life-size board games.


Bonnaroo: June 8-11

Location: Manchester, Tennessee
Headliners: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, Flume, Lorde, The XX, Travis Scott, Marshmello

You’ll get bragging rights of having experienced one of the best and most authentic camping experiences. Showcasing 130+ bands, Bonnaroo also isn’t solely dedicated to music. You’ll see several comedy acts and get to take part in parades and fitness classes. The fest also prides itself on promoting sustainable concert practices.


Panorama: June 28-30

Location: NYC, New York
Headliners: Frank Ocean, Solange, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest

With the same venue as Governor’s Ball, Panorama lives up to its name with its HD video screen wrapping 170′ around the stage.


Essence: June 29-July 2

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Headliners: Diana Ross, John Legend, Rhonda Ross, Mary J. Blige, Chance the Rapper, Master P

Known as the “party with a purpose,” the annual music festival first started to celebrate the anniversary of Essence magazine. Genres range from R&B, jazz and reggae to blues and hip-hop.


Lollapalooza: August 3-6

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Headliners: Muse, Lorde, Cage the Elephant, Wiz Khalifa, The Killers, Bling-182, DJ Snake, Chance the Rapper, The XX, Alt-J, Arcade Fire, Big Sean, The Shins, Rae Sremmurd

One of the better-known festivals, Lollapalooza first began in 1991 and features 170+ bands.


ACL Fest: October 6-8, 13-15

Location: Austin, Texas
Headliners: Radiohead, Major Lazer, M83, Kendrick Lamar, Kygo, The Chainsmokers, Mumford & Sons, Haim, Schoolboy Q

As the festival fever cool downs after the summer, you’ll probably see a more lax crowd at ACL along with cooler temperatures.

Tori ZhouCOLLEGECANDY Writer
Wanderess. Stamp collector. Writer. Has most likely already stalked you on Instagram and will show up if there’s cheese.
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