Everyone has that friend who’s been to every festival under the sun. From March to October they spend their weekends dancing with new and old friends as the biggest names in music deliver mind blowing performances. It’s a bohemian lifestyle they have unapologetically adopted and they’re not afraid to let everyone know. Can you blame them?
This is the second time Frank Ocean has landed on a music festival lineup announcement this week (breathe in, breathe out). Barcelona’s Primavera Sound just released an impressive 2017 lineup including performances by Arcade Fire, Grace Jones, Aphex Twin, Solange, and many more. We think it’s safe to say that this festival season is about to be one for the books.
In this edition of The Bucket List, we’re taking it across the pond. Like the US, festivals in England are abundant these days and this list will help you navigate the crowded scene. From classic rock to EDM, there’s something for every music fan. But when it comes to doing it big, these festivals get it right. So before you apply for a passport and buy a ticket, take a look at our picks for five essential UK music festivals.
This summer, thousands of eager fans will gather on the beachfront in Gulf Shores, Alabama for another weekend of sand and sunshine at the 2017 Hangout Music Festival. Taking place May 19-21, this year’s monster lineup features a rare performance by Frank Ocean, along with Mumford & Sons, Chance the Rapper, Twenty One Pilots, Major Lazer, DJ Snake, Weezer, MGMT, and many more.
Singapore’s newest outdoor music and arts festival returns to the iconic Fort Canning National Park to celebrate it’s sophomore year November 26-27. Featuring six stages and more than 50 artists performing throughout the weekend, Neon Lights‘ second run is guaranteed to be a knockout success with British post-punk sensation Foals, experimental Icelandic rock band Sigur Rós and many more.
The 2017 edition of Ultra Music Festival is set to take place March 24-26 at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. Just in time for making holiday gift requests, the Ultra crew announced their Phase 1 lineup featuring Justice, Ice Cube, Major Lazer, The Prodigy, Underworld, Afrojack and more. Get ready to party until your ears pop with the world’s biggest names, brightest lights, and 165,000 of your closest friends.
The global music festival scene is booming, and we couldn’t be happier. From boutique experiences to massive productions, there really is something for everyone. However, there are a handful that stand out among the rest and should not be missed. Last week, we shared five essential U.S. music festivals to add to your bucket list. If that wasn’t enough, keep reading for five more ragers that reign supreme.
This weekend Bandshell Park, a beautiful, amphitheater-style venue with an ocean backdrop in Miami Beach, will play host to the Sunshine State’s newest festival. The inaugural House of Creatives Music Festival taking place November 18-19 boasts a stellar lineup that includes top-tier acts like The Flaming Lips, Crystal Castles, Cold War Kids and much more.
For the past six years, Corona Capital Music Festival has brought a diverse selection of international artists to the heart of Mexico City for a packed weekend of incredible live music that has become a major event for the country. This year, they’re back with one of the last great lineups of 2016 featuring performances by LCD Soundsystem, Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys and many more.
This coming March, thousands of people will gather under the Florida sun for the second installation of Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival. With acts like Kings of Leon, Solange, Usher & The Roots, Bassnectar, The Lumineers, Wiz Khalifa, Pretty Lights and many more set to grace the stage, this will be an epic weekend of live music and tropical vibes to kick off the festival season.
Before you know it, the 2017 music festival season will be upon us and to ease the decision making process, we’re kicking off a weekly roundup of the scene’s best bets. Festival rookie or not, you have some tough choices, and as the list of amazing festivals continues to grow, we don’t foresee that changing. Keep reading for five essential U.S. festivals that should definitely be on your bucket list.
There are only a few festivals that every EDM fan talks about, and this weekend one of them will find another home in Delhi, India. Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), one of the largest electronic music festivals in the world, is headed to Buddh International Circuit November 12-13 for a musical experience featuring some of the biggest names on the scene.
Tyler The Creator’s annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival is back with an expanded, two-day lineup featuring the hottest names in urban music including Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, Chance The Rapper and many more. Taking place November 12-13 in downtown Los Angeles, this sold out festival embodies the Odd Future lifestyle with an on-site skate park, insane mosh pits, and sketchy carnival rides.
Metropolis Festival, held November 3-5 in Dublin, Ireland is back for its second year with a heavyweight lineup including Grace Jones, DJ Shadow, Jack Garratt, Mount Kimbie and many more. The mostly indoor festival will take place across a number of stages at the Royal Dublin Society, and will showcase art installations, visual performances, and the world’s largest disco ball – we’ll explain that later.
Just 35 miles east of Austin, Texas lays Sherwood Forest Faire, a 23-acre Renaissance village ready to welcome thousands of fans anxious to see a stacked lineup featuring top-notch talent from a full spectrum of genres. Taking place November 4-6, the inaugural Sound On Sound Fest will be a surreal medieval experience complete with stand up comedy, art installations, panel sessions and much more.
If moshing with hip hop’s rowdiest rappers or losing yourself to the master of remixes sounds like the Halloween plan of the year, San Antonio is where you need to be. Mala Luna Music Festival, taking place October 29-30, is the first large-scale music event to take over the Lone Star Brewery, and touts a lineup that has grabbed the attention of EDM and hip hop fans alike.
The 17th annual Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans is just a few days away and we couldn’t be more excited. One of the many special things about this festival is the homage it pays to the tasty indigenous flavors New Orleans has to offer with their Forked Up Food Court. This unique experience features some of the top chefs in the city offering up NOLA classics in street food form.
Pack your costumes, camping gear and hula hoops, it’s time to head down south to more than 800 acres of land in Live Oak, Florida for the fourth annual Suwannee Hulaween. This year, the three day festival boasts an unbelievable music lineup that includes a special DJ set from Disclosure, the soulful vocals of Anderson Paak, and seven performances by The String Cheese Incident throughout the weekend.
This weekend, psychedelic rock darlings The Growlers are back at it again with their annual Beach Goth Music Festival, taking place October 22-23 in Orange County, California. This truly amazing lineup features performances by Justice, Bon Iver, James Blake, and Gucci Mane (the real one, no clones here) alongside rare appearances by TLC, 2 Live Crew, Violent Femmes and so many more.
Today kicks off the first evening of Nova Scotia’s Halifax Pop Explosion, a four day event packed with music from indie hip-hop, rock, and pop favorites. Held October 19-22, this annual festival features over 150 artists, comedians and speakers throughout the city, and is known as one of Canada’s most respected festivals and showcases for presenting the best in new and innovative music from across the world.
This Halloween weekend, most people will attend the typical costume party, others will stay in for a night of Netflix, and the lucky ones will enjoy three unforgettable nights filled with music, art, and delicious food in the heart of New Orleans. This year, we’re packing our bags and making our way down south for the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience, and we couldn’t be more excited.
The largest independent electronic music festival producer in the world, ULTRA Worldwide, has already established events in 18 countries, and this weekend they’ll make it 19 as they introduce themselves to Brazil. Following a successful summer games, 2016 has already been a busy year for the country, and Rio is ready to host yet another experience that will draw thousands from around the world.
It’s official, the festival season in America is coming to an end and San Francisco’s Treasure Island, held October 15-16, is the perfect place to get in one last weekend of live music under the sun. Over the past decade, this small but incredible festival has drawn thousands of attendees seeking a laid back, intimate and carefully crafted experience.
Held in the Dutch capital October 19-23, Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is one of the largest international EDM festivals of the year. Featuring thousands of performances, industry lectures and panels, immersive activations, popup shops, and art installations packed into five insane days, ADE promises to cover all things related to electronic music culture.
There’s a lot going down in Coachella Valley this weekend. The second wave of baby boomers will converge on the valley for the final week of Desert Trip a.k.a Oldchella, and not far from Indio, Burning Man followers will take over Joshua Tree for Desert Daze, a three-day all out metaphysical experience taking place October 14-16. The psychedelic lineup screams Joshua Tree, and we’re ready to hit the desert.