Hot Fun in the Summertime
Ladies and gents, summer’s here and it’s festival season. Time to saddle up, grab a comfy pair of shoes and go see some live music.
As your one-stop source for all things music, we’re here to help you narrow down which festivals are worth a serious travel itinerary.
Primavera Sound – Barcelona, Spain
May 31 – June 4
Barcelona is a special place. From sun up to sun down, there are so many opportunities to get lost in adventure. Thankfully, Primavera Sound captures the best parts of Barcelona thanks to its unique locations. Between the Mediterranean Sea and the modern architecture of Parc del Fòrum, attendees can be found dancing their hearts out throughout the day.
Field Trip – Toronto, ONT
June 3 – 4
What makes Field Trip such a great festival is their commitment to Toronto. Every element of the weekend is jam packed with local love. From a handful of featured bands, photography exhibitions, culinary choices, art installations, comedians and retail options, The 6 is definitely at the front and center of all of the action.
FYF FEST – Los Angeles, CA
July 21 – 23
FYF Fest began as the NSFW festival called, F**k Yeah Fest. Every year since its initial incarnation 13 years ago, the festival has grown in attendance, size, scope and length of days. Now a highly touted 3-day event, this year features an extended lineup and a co-headliner on Friday night (Missy Elliot and Bjork – how to decide?). From 14 acts in 2004 to over 60 in 2017, FYF Fest is a big reason to visit LA this summer.
FUJI Rock Festival – Niigata Prefecture, Japan
July 28 – 30
Filled with imagination, impressive technology, amazing food and historic architecture, there is a style and musicality that permeates Japan. This vibe is perfectly replicated at the FUJI Rock Festival. Keeping locals entertained since 1997, FUJI Rock boasts a motto that we can completely get behind: “Look after yourself, look after each other and respect nature.” Also, with a strict policy on no umbrellas, parasols, tenting and/or chairs, you’ll always be guaranteed a decent view!
Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
June 8 – 11
Keeping hoards of eclectic music fans entertained since 2002, this festival incorporates an onsite camping option that really allows for a communal feel. Thanks to the 700-acre farm it’s held at, there are thousands of happy campers, hundreds of acres of open nature and over 10 stages of live music.
Governors Ball– New York, NY
June 2 – 4
While the lineup for Gov Ball is always amazing, one of the best parts of this festival is that you don’t necessarily need a ticket to enjoy the festivities. From June 1st to June 7th, Governors Ball After Dark hosts a handful of shows across intimate clubs throughout NYC. These shows allow locals and those in town just for the festival to keep the party going long after the headliner walks off stage at Randall’s Island.
Riot Fest– Chicago, IL
September 15 – 17
Chicago is jam-packed with summer music festivals and Riot Fest helps close the season out with a bang. With 3 days of live tunes and headliners that really deserve your full attention (Nine Inch Nails, Queens of The Stone Age and Jawbreaker), the vibe is celebratory and the potential for crowd surfing is high.
Moogfest – Durham, NC
May 18 – 21
Moogfest is an annual music, art and technology festival and is named after Bob Moog, the inventor of the Moog synthesizer and subsequent founder of electronic music. This festival claims to be the synthesis of music and tech, and with dozens of panels as well as the best electro musicians taking the stage, this festival’s focus is clear and with a purpose.
Newport Folk Festival – Newport, RI
July 28 – 30
For fans of folk and Americana music, there is no better way to spend a weekend this summer than Newport Fest. Taking place at Fort Adams State Park, the festival is ripe with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. With 4 stages and ample beer gardens, this festival is a treat for the eyes and ears.
See you in the crowd…