5 US Music Festivals Worth Traveling For This Summer
Festival season is here, which means summer travel to places like Manchester, Tennessee and Washington state will be happening. Festival tickets are becoming more and more expensive, and the most economical travel option is often a road trip. If you want to up the ante and make summer festival travel an event in itself, you need to book a charter bus. (Donu2019t worry, we even curated a list of the best games to play on a roadtrip, thank us later). ?Itu2019s easy to attend festivals and events on your side of the country. These 5 festivals are worth traveling to by plane, charter bus, or car regardless of where you live.
Bonnaroo Music Festival | June 9-12, 2016 | Manchester, TN
Bonnaroo is a well-known world-class music festival that has been taking place every summer in Manchester, Tennessee since 2002. Now, before you immediately cross it off your list, Manchester is only about an hour south of Nashville and shuttle bus service is provided from there. If you donu2019t want to abide by anyone elseu2019s schedule, you can provide your own transportation and rent a charter bus from Nashville or Atlanta. The four-day festival boasts about 85,000 attendees and has multiple stages and tents that feature a diverse range of genres including rock, pop, electronica, hip hop, alternative, indie, jazz, folk, bluegrass, reggae and more.
This Tennesse festival always has one of the best lineups headlined by nationally and globally recognized acts like Jay Z, Phish, Lionel Richie, Radiohead, Elton John, Metallica, and The Dead, among others. In addition to the musical talent, this massive outdoor party offers many options for fun activities and attractions including the comedy theatre, over 25 craft breweries and 125 food vendors, yoga classes, and a gigantic water slide among other festival experiences and seminars. This year is the 15th installment and will include over 150 performances from artists like Chvrches, Halsey, Sam Hunt, The Chainsmokers, Ween, Death Cab for Cutie, Haim, Miguel, Chris Stapleton, Big Grams, Tyler the Creator, Jason Isbell, Vince Staples and so many more.
Sasquatch May 27-30, 2016 | Quincy, WA
What better way to celebrate the beginning of the Summer festival season than to attend Sasquatch! This Washington Festival takes place at the Gorge Amphitheatre, a gorgeous outdoor concert venue with breathtaking views of the Columbia River. This annual music festivalu2019s lineup is jammed packed with big-name headliners and newcomers. Some past acts include Outkast, Foo Fighters, R.E.M., Massive Attack, The String Cheese Incident and Tenacious D. In addition to the top-notch tunes, Sasquatch! offers a variety of on-site camping options for revelers interested in an immersive festival experience. Featuring the Cure, Sufjan Stevens, M83, Grimes, Florence & the Machine, Disclosure, Jamie xx and many more.
Camp Bisco July 14-16, 2016 | Scranton, PA
Camp Bisco, created by the popular jam band The Disco Biscuits, is the biggest rock and electronic festival held in the Northeast. Located on Montage Mountain, this festival boasts unbelievable views. This one of a kind event is picturesque and not one you will want to miss. The three-night lineup is killer, including past musical acts such as, Passion Pit, Animal Collective, Bassnectar and The Disco Biscuits. Every year, festival junkies travel from all over the country to make an appearance at this event. Camp Bisco features over 100 performances by some of the best contemporary recording and touring acts so you have the ability to see all of your favorite artists in one weekend.
Lollapalooza July 28-31 | Chicago, IL
This festival was originally a touring alternative rock festival that started in the u201890s. This festival is quintessential to the world-class celebration of music. Lollapalooza calls Chicago home for the three-day celebration. More than 160,000 music lovers pack Grant Park where the festival is lined with skyscrapers. Over 50 legendary acts, talented headliners and up-and-coming artists come and play here every year. There are eight stages that feature sought-after names of indie-pop, alternative, metal, EDM, punk and folk music. In the past, headliners such as Daft Punk, Rage Against the Machine, Amy Winehouse, and Beck premier the event.
Some other attractions include the Chow Town food court which offers classic dishes and festival-inspired food from places in Chicagou2019s best culinary milieu. Also, they offer social and environmentally conscious info booths, autograph sessions, an activity driven Kidzapalooza nad and endless flow of beer and wine. ?Official Lollapalooza after shows across the city allows fans to keep the party going and catch even more of their favorite artists and songs in an intimate setting. ?The festival now has events internationally in countries such as Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Germany. This yearu2019s lineup seems to feature almost every artist with a song on the Top 100 list like: Future, J.Cole, Lana Del Rey, Alessia Cara, Major Lazer, Tory Lanez, and Disclosure among others. Lollapalooza is most definitely worth a bus trip to Chicago this upcoming July.
Atlantafest | June 16-18, 2016 | Locust Grove, GA | Music
AtlantaFest is the premier Christian Music Festival in the Southeast. It boasts top Christian artists and speakers from all over the country. This event is not only a celebration of music but ministry, faith, and enlightenment. Many delicious food vendors and merchandise booths are scattered throughout the venue, so you always have everything right at your fingertips. You can either camp and utilize the RV grounds, or stay at nearby hotels that offer a variety of different accommodation options.
If youu2019re looking for more city-specific information like the Austin Festival Guide, check out Everfest for a comprehensive list of all festivals globally.
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