If you’re looking for a springtime getaway, look no further than our April 2018 music festival guide. Below, you’ll find 25 reasons to bust our your festival gear from winter hibernation and take on the world.
Time Warp Germany 2018
April 7, 2018
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.
Photo Credit: Stefano Carmignani/Time Warp
Rhythm N Blooms 2018
April 6-8, 2018
The springtime Rhythm N’ Blooms prides itself on celebrating Tennessee’s rich musical heritage and discovering bands that are on the verge of mainstream success. The fest spreads a variety of alternative, roots, and blues acts across seven stages in downtown historic Knoxville. The weekend is also filled with secret shows, guitar design contests, and guided music history tours.
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Mission Creek Festival 2018
April 3-8, 2018
Iowa City, IA
There's nothing quite like the Mission Creek Festival which combines literature and music with community events in a number of unique venues across downtown Iowa City. The nearly week long event has a focus on "quality, independent-minded sounds, words, and events" and strongly believes that intimacy is key to the experience.
Featured Artists: Built To Spill
Photo Credit: Bill Adams
Lucidity Festival 2018
April 6-8, 2018
Santa Barbara, CA
Lucidity brings fresh energy to this dance festival held at the Live Oak Campground in Santa Barbara, California. Aiming to break barriers, set trends, and take a cutting edge approach to music bookings means that the lineup is always pushing the boundaries. There's even more at Lucidity including . Learning opportunities, yoga and movement, art and creative endeavors.
Photo Credit: Brieana Breeze
Tallinn Music Week 2018
April 2-8, 2018
Since 2009, Tallinn Music Week in Estonia has been a central meeting point for the European creative communities. Starting out as an industry conference and showcase festival, this weeklong celebration of talent and curiosity has expanded into arts, design, technology, city space, food culture and various societal issues. The amazing city of Tallinn provides an entertaining backdrop to the event.
Photo Credit: Tõnu Tunnel
Tortuga Music Festival 2018
April 6-8, 2018
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival, annually held on the white sands of Ft. Lauderdale Beach, raises awareness and support of marine conservation. This beachside music festival features everything from rap to country with a mix of Americana roots added to the mix.
Photo Credit: Tortuga Facebook
April 9-14, 2018
Nobody knows how to apres-ski like the Europeans which means Snowbombing is the ultimate on-the-hill music festival. The Austrian resort of Mayrhofen plays host to the madness of a full week of snowboarding, electronic music, and partying in the Alps.
Featured Artists: Rudimental
Photo Credit: Andrew Whitton/Snowbombing
Caprices Festival 2018
April 12-15, 2018
You know the drill. Ski and snowboard all day, then party all night with cutting-edge EDM artists from around the world. Okay, you might be partying all day as well in a transparent mountain-top tent that shows off the jaw-dropping Swiss Alps. Rest up before you go because sleep is not an option at Caprices
Photo Credit: Caprices Music Festival
Las Rageous 2018
April 20-21, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
Sin City's premiere rock and metal festival, Las Rageous brings the noise to downtown Las Vegas. Taking place at an intimate outdoor venue, this event only sells 10,000 tickets, which means you get to see your favorite metal acts up close and personal in one of world's most entertaining cities.
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Pa’l Norte 2018
April 20-21, 2018
The Pa'l Norte Festival in northern Mexico may change its design and style every year, but the slogan "Siempre Ascendente" (Always Rising) remains the motto and spirit of this rock event. One of the most important and popular festivals in Latin America, Pa'l Norte showcases a number of international acts, emerging talent, and local artists.
Photo Credit: P'al Norte
Old Settler’s Music Festival 2018
April 19-22, 2018
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.
Featured Artists: Greensky Bluegrass
Photo Credit: Sigi Gonzalez
Coachella Music Festival 2018
April 13-22, 2018
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.
Featured Artists: Alt-J, Aurora, Bleachers, BØRNS, Carl Craig, Cash Cash, Chromeo, Eminem, Fidlar, First Aid Kit, Fleet Foxes, Haim, Jackmaster, Jamie Jones, Jamiroquai, Kygo, MØ, Nothing But Thieves, Odesza, Portugal. the Man, Princess Nokia
Photo Credit: Mike Ivankay for Coachella
Backwoods Music Festival 2018
April 20-22, 2018
The Backwoods Festival is back! Moving to the fabled Ozark Mountains, Backwoods now takes up residence on Mulberry Mountain, an iconic festival venue. The lineup features some of the best of jam and electronic music currently touring the United States along with cozy camping atmosphere.
High Water Fest 2018
April 21-22, 2018
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.
Photo Credit: Abbie Roden
Norman Music Festival 2018
April 26-28, 2018
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.
Stagecoach Country Music Festival 2018
April 27-29, 2018
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.
Photo Credit: Andrew Jorgenson for Stagecoach
April 26-29, 2018
Formally known as the Austin Psych Fest, Levitation has pushed out editions to Vancouver and Paris. But the home-base always remains in Texas where the flagship festival takes over Carson Creek Ranch near Austin. Organized and curated by The Black Angels, this DIY fest is like nothing else on the Texas festival schedule.
Photo Credit: Roger Ho
Welcome to Rockville 2018
April 27-29, 2018
Welcome to Rockville roars into Jacksonville, Florida, every spring with a powerful rock and metal lineup. Part of the World's Loudest Month, more than 50,000 fans show up for a monster weekend of nonstop rock with 45 bands on 4 stages.
Photo Credit: Sam Shapiro
Wanee Music Festival 2018
April 19-21, 2018
Live Oak, FL
Wanee Music Festival features a varied lineup but with nods to the Brothers. Jamming to music on the outdoor stages at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Florida every spring, Wanee brings a community feel to a music festival setting.
Photo Credit: George Peavey
Fort Rock 2018
April 28-29, 2018
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
As South Florida’s largest rock festival, Fort Rock is one of the few music festivals in the States featuring a lineup solely dedicated to rock. Fort Rock turns up with headbanging headliners spanning all rock genres from 80’s pop-metal and hard rock to pop-punk and the best of 90’s grunge. Attracting 23,000 attendees each year, Fort Rock continues to grow larger each year catering to rock fans throughout the Southeast.
Godsmack @ Fort Rock Photo Credit: Chris Bradshaw
The National Homecoming 2018
April 28-29, 2018
International superstars, The National, return to their hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, playing two unique sets over two nights. They'll be joined by 20+ artists along with city-wide performances and other surprises!
Fortress Festival 2018
April 28-29. 2018
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.
Photo Credit: Fortress Festival
Le Printemps de Bourges 2018
April 24-29, 2018
One of Europe's longest running festivals, Le Printemps de Bourges has been offering up a wide-ranging lineup of diverse genres for over forty years. The venues, bars, clubs, and streets of Bourges all host the variety of talent that comes through this annual French fest.
Featured Artists: Nina Kraviz
Photo Credit: Denoual Coatleven
Desert Hearts Festival 2018
April 27-30, 2018
Warner Springs, CA
The DIY Desert Hearts Festival boasts a dedicated community of underground electronic music fans who worship at the alter of house, techno, and love. The intimate gatherings are beloved by fans, who are inspired by the small capacity experience focused on art, music, and community.
Photo Credit: Desert Hearts
New Orleans Jazz Festival 2018
April 27-May 6, 2018
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.
Featured Artists: Aerosmith, Anders Osborne, Beck, Big Freedia, Cage the Elephant, Calexico, Common, Galactic, Jack Johnson, Jack White, Old Crow Medicine Show, Rebirth Brass Band, Sheryl Crow, Sting, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Photo Credit: Douglas Mason/New Orleans Jazz Festival