Putting aside all the glamour, celebs, VIP areas and craft beers, lets remember that there was a time when everything was mud, colorful t-shirts and genuine, careless fun. That’s when it all begun.
Today, music festivals come with large productions and in different forms and shapes, whether it’s a desert takeover or an urban mayhem, there is a festival just for you. And while many claim to be the best, today we now bring you our list of Top 10 Festivals in North America considering the venue, food, crowd, and of course, lineup.
10. Shaky Knees
This year’s edition of Shaky Knees Festival already took place. Its lineup included acts like LCD Soundsystem, Cage the Elephant, Pixies, The xx, X Ambassadors, Phoenix, and Ryan Adams. Atlanta celebrated the 5th anniversary of this festival which grows year by year.
Why attend: This festival generally has a lineup that is different from all the others. It takes place at the iconic Centennial Olympic Park and the city of Atlanta has tons of must-see attractions thst you will love.
The South by Southwest is a 10-day event hosted in Austin, TX, And since its foundation in 1987, it has continued to grow enormously/incredibly. The Annual Conglomerate of film, interactive media, music festivals and conferences take place in mid-March every year.
Why you should attend: There’s tons of free music and fresh new artists every year, as well as very well renowned and legends performances. This festival is not only for music fans, but also entrepreneurs and people who are interested in technology and digital trends, and film.
8. Governors Ball
The Governors Ball in NYC, will host its 7TH edition of the festival at the Randall’s Island Park, which is located in New York City’s center and will be easy to access from wherever you stay in the city.
Why you should attend: It’s the first successful NYC Festival in years, there are lots of non-music activities like a silent disco, mini-golf and even special areas for sober people… How cool is that? Besides, Chance The Rapper, Tool, and Phoenix are headlining.
Bonnaroo is a four-day event with massive camping sites and with shows that go all the way to sunrise in multiple stages. The festival is held in Manchester, TN and will take place this summer from Jun 8 – Jun 11.
Why you should attend: There´s a unique feeling of peace and great resemblance to the Old-School hippy festivals from back in the day. Headliners include U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, and Chance The Rapper.
6. Corona Capital
Going to a festival in Latin America is definitely a different experience. Crowds are different and artists usually feel this special connection with the audience. Corona Capital is only 6 years old, but it ha sbecome the biggest international festival in Mexico, bringing this year headliners like Foo Fighters, Green Day, Phoenix and PJ Harvey. Besides, it is a great excuse to visit Mexico City.
Why you should attend: Forget about Cancun. If you want to visit the country visit Mexico City and do it during the days of Corona Capital. You will experience a world class festival with great food and of course, awesome people.
5. Outside Lands
The Outside Lands Music and Arts festival is held every year (celebrating 10 years now) in San Francisco. It is held in August 11-13, 2017, in the beautiful and recognized Golden Gate Park.
Why you should attend: This year as usual, the lineup hasn’t disappointed us at all. Their main acts include Metallica, The Who, Gorillaz, Lorde, Alt-J, Queens of the Stone Age, Empire of the Sun, among other great performances.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is maybe the most popular festival right now, and it is held two weekends in April @ Indio, California, in the Californian desert.
Why you should attend: Coachella is much more than a music a festival, it´s the trendiest event of the year, mainly because all the celebrities and influencers from all over the world that meet there. The thing is, this has been the main thing in the past few years instead of the music. Both weekends of the festivals are sold out in no time, without people caring about who’s going. Maybe this is why organizers don’t break their heads with the lineup selection. I’m not saying their lineups are bad, but they aren’t memorable as they used to be. Having said that, the environment created by this festival is unique and memorable.
This festival takes place in The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway this summer from June 15-18 in Dover, Delaware, and it is one of the most expected music festivals worldwide. WE have covered the festival at least twice and believe me, it’s an experience like no other. It was one of the first four-day festivals of its type in America.
Why you should attend: The lineup is incredible and the weather at the East Coast in June will begin to feel bearable. Plus you’ll get to see Twenty One Pilots, Flume, Weezer, Franz Ferdinand, The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, Muse, The Shins, and Bob Dylan! By the way, this was the first festival lineup curated by fans!
Austin, TX, host of the Austin City Limits for 15 years now, is a two-weekend festival celebrated at the Zilker Park, this year on the weekends of Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 13-15.
Why you should attend: The best of the rock, pop, indie, and hip hop scene in only one place, and that place happens to be the live music capital of the world. It’s also one the most well organized festivals, with minimum lines, easy access and shuttles from town, also the newly upgraded, environmentally friendly, flushable toilets available for everyone. Jay-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance The Rapper, The Killers, and Gorillaz will headline this year’s editions.
Lollapalooza festival, which we think is the best festival at this moment, returns to Grant Park @ Chicago, Il, taking place from Aug 3-6. More than 170 bands will be performing in eight stages!
Why you should attend: It will be an unforgettable experience where you’ll see all of your favorites bands in one weekend. Some of these acts include Chance The Rapper, The Killers, Muse, and Arcade Fire. For the 2nd year, the festival will last for four days. The thing I like about this festival is that it takes place in the middle of the city, which happens to be one of the greatest of all. Glastonbury is to the UK, as Lollapalooza is to America. If you’re an outsider, you HAVE to go at leat once to this iconic festival. Unlike others, the essence of this festival is 100% rock, as it was created by the very same Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for Jane’s Addiction. Today, Lollapalooza continues yearly bringing fans the best music in the world.