Top 10 US Music Festivals Summer 2014


If you love music festivals and if you’re freaking out if you already missed Coachella, South By Southwest, and Ultra. Don’t worry! There are still plenty of awesome music festivals coming up this summer all over the US. And even though some of the fests are sold out on their websites, you can always find people selling their tickets on Stubhub or Craigslist.

1. Bonnaroo: June 12th-15th Manchester, TN

 Headliners- Elton John, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, The Avett Brothers, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend

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In it’s 14th year running, the 4-day festival is held at Great Stage Park on a 700 acre farm in Tennessee. Camping in tents is most popular form of accommodation among the concert-goers. A sense of community forms among people from all walks of life that go to Roo, from the college bros to the hippies. Other features include a water park, Ferris wheel, silent disco and comedy shows. The lineup this year is extremely diverse from indie rock to country to reggae.

2. Lollapalooza: August 1st-3rd Chicago, IL

Headliners- Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Skrillex, Lorde, The Avett Brothers

One of the most popular 3-Day music festivals of the Midwest, situated in Grant Park smack dab in the middle of downtown Chicago. The lineup, consisting of 130 bands, has a wide array of hip-hop and EDM names as well as several indie rock bands. You can eat from delicious local food vendors and listen to great music with Chicago’s beautiful skyline as your backdrop.

3. Governor’s Ball: June 6th-8th New York City, NY

Headliners- Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Phoenix, Skrillex

Taking place over Memorial Day Weekend, Gov Ball is held on Randall’s Island in NYC. The lineup is filled with a wide variety of acts from pop, rock, hip-hop from more mainstream bands. Aside from music, the fest also features New York Based food trucks, a silent disco and games.

4. Sasquatch!: May 23rd– 25th George, WA

Headliners- Outkast, The National, Soundgarden, New Order, M.I.A., Frank Ocean

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Similar to Bonnaroo, Sasquatch! was founded in 2002 and offers an incredible setting in nature to listen to good music and meet nice people pitching up tents next to you. Located at the Gorge Amphitheater outside of Seattle. The main stage overlooks a huge gorge in the Earth that has a river running beside it, which gives concert-goers amazing sunset views at dusk. The lineup features indie-rock, alternative, hip-hop and EDM groups as well as comedy acts.

 5. Electric Forest: June 26th-29th Rothbury, MI

Headliners- The String Cheese Incident, Steve Angello, Zedd, Ms. Lauryn Hill

 Originally called Rothbury Festival, the 4-day camping musical festival takes place in the deep forests of Michigan. If you want to experience a real life fairy tale, this is the place for you; the forest is covered in trippy light installations. Everyone camps out together and most people are nice and happy (and probably on drugs), which gives Electric Forest a very welcoming community feel. The lineup this year is stacked with EDM groups and features a couple hip-hop acts. 

6. Firefly: June 19th-22nd Dover, DE

Headliners- Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Beck, The Lumineers

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In it’s 3rd year, Firefly is held at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, covering 154 acres of beautiful festival grounds. The 4-day festival offers several camping options from RVs to tents. In addition to the 95 bands performing, Firefly features several activities for concert goers to take participate in between sets, such as an arcade tent.

7. Outside Lands: August 8th– 10th San Francisco, CA

Headliners- Kanye West, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Killers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Held in San Fran’s Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands adds a bit of class to the festival experience by offering a ton of local brewed beers, wine, and unique food options (e.g. lamb poutine, BBQ shrimp) that can be enjoyed in the large wine tents and bars located throughout the festival grounds. Predominantly featuring a rock lineup, this year a wide range of EDM and some hip-hop bands are added to the schedule.

8. Pitchfork: July 18th-20th Chicago, IL

Headliners- Beck, Kendrick Lamar, Neutral Milk Hotel, Grimes, Schoolboy Q

Dubbed as Chicago’s smaller, more hipster music festival, Pitchfork offers a more relaxed and less mainstream experience compared to Lolla. Situated in the West side of downtown Chicago in Union Park, the 3-Stage festival festival features alternative rock, rap and hip-hop, and electronic dance bands.

9. Made in America: August 30th– 31st  Phildelphia, PA and Los Angeles, LA

Headliners- TBA

Founded in 2012 by Jay-Z, the 2-day music festival takes place at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in downtown Philly. A couple months ago the rapper mogul announced that the same festival will take place simultaneously in Los Angeles’ Grand Park this year in addition to the City of Brotherly Love. The 3-stage festival has featured hip-hop, rock, pop, EDM and R&B bands in past lineups and is expected to continue on the same path this year.

10. Electric Zoo: August 29th– 31st New York City, NY

Headliners- TBA

Described as the East Coast’s ultimate summer electronic-music party, EZOO is one of the last music festivals of summer held in the same location as Gov Ball, in the East River at Randall’s Island. The EDM fest is filled with an eclectic group of young costumed ravers. After last year’s EZOO made national news when two concert goers died from drug related causes, this year will feature new safety measures that will crack down on the drug use at the festival.


 **Honorable Mentions: Warped Tour, Electric Daisy Carnival, Rock the Bell**

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