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.
ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL
As the flagship event in Ultra’s growing, global empire this gargantuan festival is a major highlight for any EDM fan, attracting over 165,000 attendees to Miami Beach every year. Since 1999, Ultra Music Festival has hosted one of the largest gatherings of electronic talent anywhere on earth, featuring seven stages delivering non-stop bangers with the best production imaginable.
When: March 24-26, 2017 Where: Miami, Florida Website: www.ultramusicfestival.com
COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
Every year, thousands flock to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, to see their favorite artists, bask in the Southern California heat, and dance with fellow attendees who may or may not be celebrities in disguise. Taking place over two consecutive weekends, this legendary festival consistently has one of the most highly anticipated lineup announcements of the year. Known for their jaw-dropping selections of the world’s top names alongside a who’s who of buzzworthy acts, Coachella is considered by many to be the official kick off to festival season. 2017 advance passes are already sold out, and we expect general tickets to go quick. Don’t miss out.
When: April 14-16, 2017 / April 21-23, 2017 Where: Indio, California Website: www.coachella.com
THE GOVERNORS BALL MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Governors Ball is New York City’s premier music and arts festival. This three-day event takes place on Randall’s Island and features music of all genres, foods of all flavors, and art of all varieties. Since its inception in 2011, Governors Ball has become a festival favorite among locals and visitors due to the eclectic lineup and beautiful views of the New York skyline as the backdrop. To sum it up, this is a first class experience that cannot be skipped.
When: June 2-4, 2017 Where: New York City Website: www.governorsballmusicfestival.com
OUTSIDE LANDS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
This west coast festival isn’t just a favorite among locals, it attracts enthusiasts from all over the world for an experience you can only find in the city by the bay. Taking place at San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Park, each year Outside Lands touts a diverse lineup that has included iconic acts like Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Elton John, and Kanye West. In addition to the incredible music, enjoy food and drinks from culinary experts, comedy shows, live art, and much more.
When: August 11-13, 2017 Where: San Francisco, California Website: www.sfoutsidelands.com
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Each year, in the heart of Austin, Texas, more than 450,000 fans converge on Zilker Park to sing their hearts out with today’s hottest names. Created by C3 presents, ACL is your favorite day in the park, but with good music, delicious food, endless fun, and music fans from around the world to share it with. Previous headliners have included Kendrick Lamar, Flume, M83, Major Lazer and many more. This festival comes later in the season, so expect a more relaxed vibe throughout the weekend.
When: October 6-8, 2017 / October 13-15, 2017 Where: Austin, Texas Website: www.aclfestival.com