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, Bro Safari, Carl Cox, Dash Berlin, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Don Diablo, Eats Everything, Hardwell, Ice Cube, Jackmaster, Jamie Jones, Justice, Maceo Plex, Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, Sander Van Doorn, Steve Akoi, Tale of Us, The Martinez Brothers, The Prodigy, Tiesto, Zedd
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
Featured Artists: Arkells, Bastille, Big Gigantic, Bon Iver, Bonobo, Capital Cities, Car Seat Headrest, Crystal Castles, Dillon Francis, Dixon, DJ Snake, Empire of the Sun, Father John Misty, Future, Future Islands, Glass Animals, Grouplove, Guided By Voices, Justice, Kendrick Lamar, Local Natives, Loco Dice, Lorde, Mac DeMarco, Mac Miller, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Moderat, New Order, Radiohead, Richie Hawtin, Roisin Murphy, Sasha, Skepta, Steve Angello, Tale of Us, The Head and the Heart, The Martinez Brothers, The xx, Toots and the Maytals, Tove Lo, Two Door Cinema Club, Tycho
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
Featured Artists: A-Trak, Alt-J, Arcade Fire, Blink-182, Cage the Elephant, Capital Cities, Car Seat Headrest, Chance The Rapper, Crystal Castles, DJ Snake, Foster the People, George Ezra, Glass Animals, Kaskade Justice, Porter Robinson, Rae Sremmurd, Run The Jewels, Ryan Adams, San Fermin, Tegan & Sara, The Head and the Heart, The Killers, The Shins, Vance Joy, Warpaint, Wiz Khalifa, Zeds Dead
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
September 1-3, 2017
Now in its fourth decade, Bumbershoot (a oldie time word for umbrella) is more of an institution than a music festival. There’s so much happening here that you’ll need all three days to sort through all the live music, art shows, speakers, and exhibitions happening under the Bumbershoot. With a budget friendly price (and children under ten are FREE), this fest is one of the most affordable and family friendly of the season.
Festival Hub: Bumbershoot
Photo Credit: Vito Valentinetti
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