It might be cold outside now, but the season of music festivals will be here soon. Sure there are some big name music festivals, but how about some others?
Music festivals can be a pretty polarizing topic. Some people love them, some people hate them, and others just think the glory days of truly killer lineups have simply passed us by. While we know plenty of people who fit into each of these categories, we can’t quite shake the amazing memories — even the really blurry ones — that we’ve made camping out at a fest. While the big-name festivals — cough, Coachella and Bonnaroo, cough — get all the attention, we thought we’d put together a quick-hit list of our favorite festivals across the country. Let’s take a look!
The Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington is home to the Sasquatch! Music Festival, and boy, could they not have picked a more scenic location. Founded in 2002, the festival has taken place every Memorial Day weekend since. Spanning the entire weekend, the festival offers up performances from artists that span the spectrum of musical genres. In 2017, headliners included Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, and comedy from Fred Armisen. That plus one killer view has us sold. Seriously. Google pictures of The Gorge Amphitheater, then book your ticket. This highlight video from 2017 might help, too.
Pitchfork has a reputation for being one of the snobbier taste-making music review sites. You have to give them credit, though, because they sure know how to program a festival. Held in Chicago — and Paris for that matter — the festival consistently highlights some of the most talented live acts around. 2017 featured LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, Vince Staples, and Solange. I mean, come on! Plus, tickets for the three-day 2018 festival are only $175. A steal! The 2018 lineup hasn’t been released, so keep your eyes peeled! Check out this performance from one of our favorite artists, Angel Olsen, from the 2017 festival.
Boston is an amazing city full of great food, delicious beer, and tons of history. Beantown is also home to one of the country’s newest music festivals — Boston Calling. With its official debut in 2013, Boston Calling set the bar high for festival experiences, and five years in, there aren’t any signs of slowing down. 2018 will offer up performances from The Killers, Paramore, Jack White, and…Eminem. Seriously, buy tickets and book your flights immediately. This 2017 recap video should keep you hyped until then!
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