Festival season is approaching, and with so many options, it is always a difficult to choose which one is worth your time and your money! The excitement surrounding these events gets bigger with the release of lineups from the biggest festivals in the world. Still not sure which one you should go? Perhaps our list will help you make up your mind. That is, if you still find tickets.
An unforgettable experience awaits you for sure in any of the festivals included in our list of the best lineups of the year (so far, as we are still missing lineups from majors festivals like ACL and Lollapalooza). Check it out.
When: May 25 – 27th.
Where: The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA.
Why you have to attend: As of 2002, Sasquatch! has established itself as a premier destination festival as well as the crown jewel of music events in the Pacific Northwest. And with this year’s line up (Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse, David Byrne, Tyler, the Creator) you will certainly live some memorable moments.
9. Shaky Knees
When: May 4 – 6
Where: Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, GA.
Why you have to attend: Atlanta’s Shaky Knees returns for its sixth year. It’s heaven for rock lovers from all ages! Fans can experience 60 iconic and up and coming artists on three stages. This year’s line up includes Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, David Byrne, Tenacious D, Fleet Foxes, and more so you don’t want to miss it.
When: July 27-29
Where: Randall’s Island Park, NY
Why you have to attend: If you’re looking for a Coachella-like experience with art installations, local food selections and a wide range of music performances, Panorama is the fest for you. This year’s sick lineup will see performances from big names like The Weeknd, Janet Jackson, The Killers, Migos, Father John Misty, SZA, Cardi B, Gucci Mane, St. Vincent, The XX, The War on Drugs and more.
When: June 21-24
Where: Reykjavik , Iceland
Why you have to attend: Secret Solstice is heaven for sun worshippers (yup, the sun doesn’t set for three days). It offers a great line up of top-notch DJs and electronica bands and artists (Stormzy, Bonnie Tyler, Steve Aoki, Jet Black Joe, A-Trak). And with side events like Into The Glacier (performances inside glacier Langjökull) and The Lava Tunnel (show inside a 5,200 year old Lava Tunnel), Secret Solstice will once again prove why it has earned the title of the world’s “most unique festival” thanks to their spectacular event experience.
When: June 7-10
Where: Great Stage Park, Manchester, TN
Why you have to attend: Bonnaroo offers one of the greatest camping experiences along with a fantastic line up. The world-renowned four-day multi-stage camping festival will showcase over 150 artists; including Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Future, Bassnectar, Sturgill Simpson, Bon Iver, Khalid, Paramore and more.
When: July 12-14
Where: Kobetamendi Mountain, Bilbao, Spain
Why you have to attend: Festival grounds are situated on a lush green mountainside overlooking the city of Bilbao; delicious pintxos; museums; the lineup of internationally renowned acts from a diverse range of genres. Line up includes The XX, Gorillaz, Florence + The Machine, Chemical Brothers, Alt – J, and more. With everything it has to offer, Bilbao BBK Live is definitely an experience you have to live.
When: May 30-June 3
Where: Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain
Why you have to attend: Spanish people are super nice; the Balearic Sea; and, not to mention that the kick-off to the European festival season, has a huge line up this year. The bill includes names such as Arctic Monkeys, A$AP Rocky, Björk, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Lorde, The National, and Migos.
When: June 14-17
Where: The Woodlands, Dover, DE.
Why you have to attend: Great camping experience plus a powerful line up plus Arctic Monkeys’ first confirmed performance in four years. Other notable acts include Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, Odezsa, Lil Wayne, Logic, Martin Garrix, SZA, Alt-J, Portugal. the Man, Foster the People, MGMT. Firefly has always been one of our favorite festivals in North America.
2. Mad Cool
When: July 12-14
Where: Madrid, Spain
Why you have to attend: Mad Cool is one of the youngest fests in Europe’s scene–this is only their third edition– but that doesn’t mean it isn’t one of the coolest; it brings bona fide rock megastars to the Spanish capital. This year’s experience is taking place in a bigger and brand new location; fans will enjoy performances from Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Queens of the Stone Age, Massive Attack, MGMT, Fleet Foxes and much more.
When: May 25 – 27
Where: Valley Expo, Napa, CA.
Why you have to attend: A three day festival in Napa where you get to experience wine tasting plus gourmet food plus craft beer plus a stellar line up (Bruno Mars, The Killers, Muse, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Snoop Dogg, Incubus); what’s not to like? Bottlerock offers the best experience for wine lovers, concert goers and foodies from all ages in sunny California.