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Alright, it’s very nearly officially summer and we know practically all of you are looking to wrap up classes (if you haven’t already) and start absolutely t-h-r-i-v-i-n-g. And a big part of that is experiencing the epic summer music festivals scattered across the United States this season.
Sure, heavy-hitters such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, Ultra, and SXSW, among others, have already wrapped sometime during second semester, but there’s a metric crap-ton of epic acts to catch at any number of stateside events in the coming months. The following is just part 1 of our “Music Blend” feature that covers our summer favs:
1. Boston Calling | Allston, MA | May 24 - 26
2019 lineup includes: Tame Impala, Twenty One Pilots, Travis Scott, Janelle Monáe, Hozier, Anderson .Paak, Greta Van Fleet, Odesza, Logic, Brandi Carlile, and many more.
If you want to hit up this Boston-area music festival that first debuted in 2013, you’ll need to move fast—it starts next week! But hey, nothing like near-instant gratification, right? Ranked as one of the Top 10 U.S. festivals by Consequence of Sound, the event also features stand-up performances by the likes of Michael Che, Jenny Slate, and Fred Armisen.
2. BottleRock Napa Valley | Napa, CA | May 24 - 26
2019 lineup includes: Neil Young, Mumford & Sons, Logic, Imagine Dragons, Pharrell Williams, Nathaniel Rateliff, Gary Clark Jr., Santana, One Republic, Sylvan Esso, Tash Sultana, and Lord Huron.
BottleRock boasts a total of greater than 80 bands on five separate music stages. Additionally, some of the valley’s dopest chefs and restaurateurs take the culinary stage, offering gourmet food and drink. There will be dozens of wine cabanas on-hand, as well as available craft beer and specialty cocktails. Get your booze on! (Note that this is the same weekend as Boston Calling so you gotta make a choice, fam.)
3. The Governors Ball Music Festival | Randall's Island, NYC | May 31 - June 2
2019 lineup includes: Florence + the Machine, The 1975, Major Lazer, The Strokes, Tyler, the Creator, Brockhampton, Nas, Lil Wayne, SZA and more.
Gov Ball offers an awesome blend of festival music in the Big Apple. There are plenty of good eats, as well, and you’ll enjoy the opportunity to partake in early will call a week before the festival to save some time.
4. Hot 97 Summer Jam | East Rutherford, NJ | June 2
2019 lineup includes: Meek Mill, Migos, Cardi B, Tory Lanez, A Boogie, Casanova, Rich the Kid, Funk Flex, Davido, Melii, and more.
There’s been some controversy in recent years, but there’s no denying the continued appeal of Hot 97’s one-day hip-hop festival. 2019 delivers another solid lineup.
5. Bonnaroo | Manchester, TN | June 13 - 16
2019 lineup includes: Post Malone, Solange, The Avett Brothers, Phish, Childish Gambino, Brockhampton, Griz, Odesza, Hozier, RL Grime, Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, The Lonely Island, Brandi Carlile, Walk the Moon, The Lumineers, and more.
“Well-organized af” is an apt way to describe this legendary festival. It’s so well-cemented in lore you probably don’t need to know anything else—just peep that lineup and hit the website for tix!
6. Firefly | The Woodlands, Dover, DE | June 21-23
2019 lineup includes: Panic! At the Disco, Tyler, the Creator, Zedd, AWOLNATION, Travis Scott, Kygo, Death Cab for Cutie, Post Malone, Walk the Moon, Gucci Mane, DJ Snake, Vampire Weekend, and many more.
Firefly stands as the East Coast’s biggest music and camping festival. Aside from genre-pushing artists, there’s a unique on-site camping experience, The Great Atlantic Campout, as well as a bevy of food and drink vendors.
7. Summerfest | Milwaukee, Wisconsin | June 26-30, July 2-7
2019 lineup includes: Jennifer Lopez, Willie Nelson, Thomas Rhett, The Avett Brothers, Zac Brown Band, Lionel Ritchie, Jason Aldean, Ozzy Osbourne, Alison Krauss, Counting Crows, Bon Iver, Billie Eilish, The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, Steve Aoki, Jimmy Eat World, Foreigner, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Quinn XCII, Matoma, T-Pain, Chase Rice, Hanson, The Roots, and tons more.
There’s a ridiculous number of big acts performing across the duration of this Wiscy-based blast. Also, note that J Lo’s “It’s My Party Tour” is a blowout celebration of her 50th b-day, so expect big things.
8. Pitchfork Music Festival | Union Park, Chicago | July 19 - 21
2019 lineup includes: HAIM, Mavis Staples, Pusha-T, The Isley Brothers (60th Birthday Celebration), Belle & Sebastian, Stereolab, Robyn, Charli XCX, Dreezy, Whitney, and many more.
Put on by independently-focused music authority, Pitchfork Media, this is a full weekend of jazz, electronic, punk, rock, hip-hop and more with a complement of food, art, beverages, and a record fair. Dooppppppe.
Not enough? Keep your peepers open for Part 2 of this feature, coming soon!