21 Music Festivals We’re Excited to See This April
By / April 2, 2019

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As the weather warms up across the world, so does the springtime festival calendar. From blues in the south of the United States to metal in Europe to the mega-festivals Coachella and New Orleans Jazz Fest, there’s sure to be something in the list below to grab your attention. Make a weekend of it and we’ll see you down that festival road!

Phoenix Lights 2019

April 5-6, 2019

Phoenix, AZ

The Phoenix Lights festival lands downtown for one of Arizona's top dance music festivals. Like the mass UFO sighting of the same name from 1997, this festival is out of this world with two days of music in April.

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Beyond Wonderland 2019

March 22-23, 2019

San Bernardino, CA

It's time to journey back down the rabbit hole for this Alice in Wonderland themed fest. Insomniac's springtime EDM festival in southern California, the sister festival of Nocturnal Wonderland, features everything from house to trance to dubstep to drum and bass. We'll see you at the Mad Hatter's Castle.

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Vujaday 2019

April 3-7, 2019

Bridgetown, Barbados

North American festies can escape the chill of winter by escaping to the gorgeous island of Barbados and the annual Vujaday Festival. Unlike other destination fests, Vujaday encourages their fans to explore the entire island with pop-up sites in different locations. With friendly locals, a safe country, and an island that's ready to party, Vujaday is a music festival wrapped inside a Caribbean vacation.

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Baton Rouge Blues Festival 2019

April 13-14, 2019

Baton Rogue, LA

Originating in 1981, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival is one of the oldest free blues festivals in America. Produced by the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, the festival is made possible in part by the Foundation's board of directors, a volunteer Blues Festival committee, local support and generous partners.

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Time Warp Germany 2019

April 6-7, 2019

Mannheim, Germany

This single-day electronic show in Germany is one of the highlights of spring which showcases international heavyweights which perfectly capture the underground spirit of the event. With mesmerizing lighting design, jaw-dropping production of the highest spec and crystal clear sound systems, Time Warp Mannheim is the ultimate festival experience for techno aficionados and needs to be seen.

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Snowbombing Canada 2019

April 5-7, 2019

Sun Peaks, BC

The epic Austrian ski and snowboard festival has exported their slopeside bash to North America. The majestic mountains of Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia host the event along with electronic acts from around the world. From the opening night street party, the infamous Forest Stage, and an underground parking garage turned club, there's plenty of venues to party at over this wild holiday.

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Country Thunder Arizona 2019

April 11-14, 2019

Florence, AZ

30,000 fans a day ride into Florence for the largest country music festival in Arizona. Bring a tent or an RV -- this four day festival also has plenty of camping along with a world-class lineup of country stars.

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Coachella Music Festival 2019

April 12-21, 2019

Indio, CA

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Like a barometer always reading a temperature of awesome, the traditional kickoff to the summer festival season is dominated by Coachella. The glitz and glamour of Los Angeles migrates east to the Indio desert for back to back weekends of the biggest names in music. What started as a small electronic festival in the desert has transformed into a cultural touchstone for the festival season.

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SweetWater 420 Festival 2019

April 19-21, 2019

Atlanta, GA

Bring on the brews! This annual fest is sponsored by the Sweetwater Brewing Company in Atlanta and brings in a killer collection of artists from around the country to celebrate beer, food, and fun.

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Paaspop 2019

April 19-21, 2019

Schijndel, Netherlands

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DGTL Festival 2019

April 19-21, 2019

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Expanding from its roots as an Amsterdam electronic festival, the DGTL Festival can now be enjoyed around the globe. DGTL invites the very best from popular and unground techno to populate their expansive lineup, while the crew behind the scenes pushes their artistic limits with visual art installations that are out of this world.

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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2019

April 18-22, 2019

Byron Bay, Australia

Byron Bay Bluesfest is Australia's premier contemporary blues and roots music festival, showcasing a wide range of international artists over the long Easter Weekend. A fanbase of over 100,000 festies enjoy more than 200 performances over the five days along with family friendly fun.

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Norman Music Festival 2019

April 25-27, 2019

Norman, OK

The hip college town of Norman, Oklahoma hosts an entourage of indie bands every April for the annual Norman Music Festival. The free festival takes place in the downtown historic arts district of the city. Founded in 2008, NMF was originally a one-day event and has since grown to span two nights and one full day and night of music and arts.

Groezrock 2019

April 26-27, 2019

Meerhout, Belgium

Like a rampaging metal monster, Groezrock welcomes the spring with one of the region's best festivals of punk rock, hardcore, and metalcore. And unlike the corporate behemoths of the summer, Groezrock keeps it simple, capping the crowd at just 10,000 fans. Fun fact: groez means grass in the region's dialect, hence the name Groezrock.

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Fortress Festival 2019

April 27-28. 2019

Fort Worth, TX

A newcomer to the Texas scene, the debut Fortress Festival made a big splash in Fort Worth. The inspiration is to bring together local and national talents together at unusual venues around the Cultural District of downtown Fort Worth.

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Stagecoach Country Music Festival 2019

April 26-28, 2019

Indio, CA

Curated for country music enthusiasts, Stagecoach Festival brings a little country flair to California. With attendances of up to 75,000 fans, Stagecoach is easily one of the largest country music festivals in the world. The breadth of seasoned pros and up-and-coming artists showcased in the festival's lineup brings attendees of all ages to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

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Serenity Gathering 2019

April 26-28, 2019

Oakdale, CA

One of the highlights of the California springtime scene, Serenity Gathering is a transformational festival reveling in electronic music, performance art, and creative expression. With a new home on the shores of Woodward Reservoir (two hours from San Francisco), there's plenty of room to roam in this gigantic park. The vibe here is friendly, down-to-earth, and chill, so come with an open mind and be prepared for anything.

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Mayday Festival Dortmund 2019

April 30, 2019

Dortmund, Germany

One of the longest running electronic music festivals in Europe, Mayday Dortmund has been raving for over 25 years. It attracts huge international techno megastars from around the world and half a million fans since its inception giving it the title: The Mother of all Raves.

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High Water Fest 2019

April 13-14, 2019

North Charleston, SC

The husband and wife team behind the folk duo, Shovels & Rope, are the organizers of this new music festival in South Carolina. The curated lineup is filled with plenty of Americana folk rock acts like The Avett Brothers, The Shins, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Dawes. High Water also features plenty of tasty local libations along with Charleston chef-curated dining experiences.

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Old Settler’s Music Festival 2019

April 11-14, 2019

Dale, TX

Founded in 1987, the Old Settler's music Festival an annual bluegrass, Americana, and roots music fest. Some of the many artists include: Alison Krauss, Delbert McClinton, Nickel Creek, Del McCoury Band, Ruthie Foster, Patty Griffin, Ralph Stanley, Terri Hendrix, Joan Osborne, Yonder Mountain String Band, Guy Clark, and Bela Fleck.

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New Orleans Jazz Festival 2019

April 25-May 5, 2019

New Orleans, LA

When you have a festival that stretches over two weekends, it's going to have a massive lineup, and the New Orleans Jazz Festival is no exception. With 12 stages of music and an alumni list that stretches past 22,000 performers since 1970, Jazz Fest has hosted some of the greatest artists of the last half century.

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We are Music Festival Wizard -- a loose coalition of writers, photographers, artists, and musicians roadtripping around the world in search of the "perfect" music festival.