New Orleans is, hands down, the festival capital of the world… but it’s good to leave town sometimes, too.
Whether you’re wingin’ it to Wakarusa or all the way up to Washington, here’s a rundown of ten festivals with everyone from the kickass headliners you could chase all summer, to those obscure indie bands you’ve never heard of, and everyone in between.
Gulf Shores, AL
Because everything is better at the beach, even Beck (sorry Kanye). Paramore, Foo Fighters, and TV On The Radio aren’t too shabby either, but spoiler alert: Zac Brown Band will steal the show doing Metallica and Led Zepplin covers.
Kingston Downs, GA
Because you just so happen to be driving through Kingston Downs, Georgia and you haven’t gotten your fill of Panic yet this festival season. While you’re there, you should also catch The Roots, Galactic, and local favorite, The Soul Rebels.
Because you’re basically obsessed with Ryan Adams – but you don’t want to miss out on other favorites like Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, and the Decemberists, either.
Because can you think of any other reason to go to Arkansas? I can’t, other than Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The Roots, Young the Giant, and Portugal. The Man.
Because this is probably the closest any of us will ever get to Woodstock. This year’s lineup includes Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Florence + The Machine, and my personal fav, The Alabama Shakes.
Because there are 11 more months until Buku. The String Cheese Incident will be playing three shows, plus BASSNECTAR, Skrillex, and Flume.
Because Chicago is perfect in the summer. And because you can’t live without Wilco, Chance the Rapper, and Mac Demarco.
Because Kentucky has more to offer than just college basketball and horse races, like Sam Smith, Cage the Elephant, and My Morning Jacket.