South By Southwest (SXSW) 2017
March 10-19, 2017
It’s not that South by Southwest takes over Austin — downtown Austin becomes SXSW for nine days in March. Music, art, interactive, panels, comedy, and movies all vie for your attention span. Let’s put it this way. You could skip media for a year, come to Austin for the week, and still come out ahead on pop culture.
Festival Hub: South by Southwest
Photo Credit: Diego Donamaria
Ultra Miami 2017
March 24-26, 2017
For EDM fans around the world, Ultra in Miami is a must-stop on the international circuit. While most of the United States is shivering in parkas waiting for the summer festival season, Ultra fans are dancing their asses off in sunny Miami. The show always delivers surprises – both in the musical acts and the fans that attend.
Festival Hub: Ultra
Featured Artists: Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Alesso, Axwell & Ingrosso, Carl Cox, Dash Berlin, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Hardwell, Ice Cube, Jamie Jones, Justice, Maceo Plex, Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, Steve Akoi, Tale of Us, The Prodigy, Tiesto
Photo Credit: Kevin Verkruijssen
Coachella Music Festival 2017
April 14-23, 2017
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.
Festival Hub: Coachella
Photo Credit: Mike Ivankay for Coachella
Sasquatch Festival 2017
May 26-29, 2017
Much like its namesake, the Sasqutach festival resides in the northwest, is completely legendary, and sought after by fans from all over the world. The Memorial Weekend powerhouse now stretches over four days in a trippy Washington wasteland that would be considered desolate if The Gorge didn’t provide one of the greatest natural stages known to man.
Festival Hub: Sasquatch
Featured Artists: Aesop Rock, Big Freedia, Big Gigantic, Bleachers, Bonobo, Car Seat Headrest, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Chance The Rapper, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Foxygen, Frank Ocean, Mac Miller, MGMT, The Head and the Heart, The Shins, Thee Oh Sees, Twenty One Pilots
Photo Credit: Matthew Lamb
Governors Ball Music Festival 2017
June 2-4, 2017
New York City struggled for years to land a proper mega-festival and finally found the perfect partner with The Governor’s Ball. Taking place on the Hudson River on Randall’s Island, festival fans can settle back and enjoy the show with the unforgettable NYC skyline as the backdrop.
Festival Hub: Governors Ball
Featured Artists: Tool
Photo Credit: Christopher Garbushian
Bonnaroo Music Festival 2017
June 8-11, 2017
Over the last decade, no other US music festival has captured the spirit of large greenfield gatherings like the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Bonnaroo burst onto the scene grabbing headlines along with our hearts as we watched it grow from scrappy newcomer to a full fledged anchor of the summer. It may not be the oldest or the largest, but Bonnaroo is the spirit of the quintessential American music festival. Long live The Roo.
Festival Hub: Bonnaroo
Featured Artists: Cage the Elephant, Chance The Rapper, Cold War Kids, Flume, Major Lazer, Portugal. the Man, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tegan & Sara, The Head and the Heart, The Weeknd, The xx, Tove Lo, Umphrey's McGee, Yellow Claw
Lollapalooza Chicago 2017
August 3-6, 2017
It’s loud. It’s messy. It’s Lollapalooza. You got to hand it Perry Farrell, the bizarre and quirky visionary who reinvented the American music festival with Lollapalooza, first taking it on the road in the last century and then putting down stakes in Chicago. Despite a firm homebase in the Windy City, Lolla hasn’t forgotten its traveling roots with editions in South America and Europe.
Festival Hub: Lollapalooza
Photo Credit: Nick Simonite
Outside Lands 2017
August 11-13, 2017
A bike valet, wine tasting tent, and local organic food vendors are just a couple of signs that you’re in San Francisco at Outside Lands. The quirky and wonderful Golden Gate Park hosts a wide range of acts and has quickly grown into a highlight of the San Fran summer. Bring a hoodie with you. Just because it’s August doesn’t mean that the fog won’t join the party.
Festival Hub: Outside Lands
Photo Credit: Katie Mendez
Austin City Limits 2017
October 6-15, 2017
Named after the venerable PBS series, the Austin City Limits Festival heads into its second decade stronger than ever. The traditional lineup announcement leads to a flurry of praise and criticism from the hip kids, but the love for this festival is so strong that ACL added a second weekend and continues to sell out.
Festival Hub: Austin City Limits
Photo Credit: Nick Simonite