South By Southwest (SXSW) 2016
March 11-20, 2016
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 2016
March 18-20, 2016
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: Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Art Department, Avicii, Caribou, Carl Cox, Chet Faker, Crystal Castles, David Guetta, deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Hardwell, Knife Party, Miike Snow, Nero, Purity Ring, Seth Troxler, Steve Angello, The Prodigy, Tiesto, Yellow Claw, Zedd
Photo Credit: Kevin Verkruijssen
Coachella Music Festival 2016
April 15-24, 2016
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: A$AP Rocky, Alessia Cara, Bats For Lashes, Beach House, Calvin Harris, Chris Stapleton, Christine And The Queens, CHVRCHES, Cold War Kids, Courtney Barnett, Death Grips, Deerhunter, Disclosure, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Ellie Goulding, Flume, Foals, Frances, G-Eazy, Gary Clark Jr, Grimes, Guns N' Roses, Halsey, Ibeyi, Ice Cube, Jack U, James Bay, Lido, Lost Frequencies, Lush, M83, Maceo Plex, Major Lazer, Matt & Kim, Of Monsters and Men, Parov Stelar, Purity Ring, Rae Sremmurd, Rancid, Run The Jewels, Sasha, Savages, Sia, Silversun Pickups, Skepta, Sufjan Stevens, The 1975, Underworld, Volbeat, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Zedd
Photo Credit: Mike Ivankay for Coachella
May 27-30, 2016
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: Alabama Shakes, Baroness, Caribou, Chet Faker, Disclosure, Florence and the Machine, Grimes, Ibeyi, Jamie xx, Kurt Vile, M83, Mac DeMarco, Major Lazer, Purity Ring, Rudimental, Savages, The Cure, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wolf Alice, Yeasayer, Yo La Tengo
Photo Credit: Matthew Lamb
Governors Ball Music Festival 2016
June 3-5, 2016
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: Bats For Lashes, Beck, Bloc Party, Chet Faker, Christine And The Queens, CHVRCHES, Cold War Kids, Courtney Barnett, De La Soul, Death Cab For Cutie, Eagles of Death Metal, Father John Misty, Haim, Jamie xx, Kanye West, M83, Mac Miller, Miike Snow, Of Monsters and Men, Purity Ring, The Killers, The Strokes, Two Door Cinema Club, Years & Years
Photo Credit: Christopher Garbushian
Bonnaroo Music Festival 2016
June 9-12, 2016
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: Band of Horses, Chris Stapleton, CHVRCHES, Death Cab For Cutie, Ellie Goulding, Father John Misty, Grace Potter, Ibeyi, J. Cole, Jason Isbell, Lamb of God, LCD Soundsystem, Lettuce, M83, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pearl Jam, Purity Ring, Tame Impala, Two Door Cinema Club
Lollapalooza Chicago 2016
July 28-31, 2016
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: Alessia Cara, Bastille, Big Gigantic, Bro Safari, Danny Brown, Disclosure, Don Diablo, Foals, Frances, Future, G-Eazy, Grimes, Griz, Hardwell, J. Cole, Jane's Addiction, Lettuce, M83, Mac Miller, Major Lazer, Miike Snow, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Skepta, The 1975, The Joy Formidable, The Last Shadow Puppets, Two Door Cinema Club, Wavves, Wolf Alice, Yeasayer
Photo Credit: Nick Simonite
Outside Lands 2016
August 5-7, 2016
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
Featured Artists: Air, Beach House, Big Boi, Brandi Carlile, Duran Duran, Foals, Grimes, Griz, J. Cole, Jason Isbell, Lana Del Rey, LCD Soundsystem, Lettuce, Lord Huron, Major Lazer, Miike Snow, Polica, Ra Ra Riot, Radiohead, Ryan Adams, Sufjan Stevens, The Last Shadow Puppets, Years & Years, Zedd
Photo Credit: Katie Mendez
September 2-4, 2016
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
Featured Artists: Billy Idol, Death Cab For Cutie, Explosions In The Sky, Father John Misty, Fetty Wap, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Porter Robinson, Pretty Lights, Run The Jewels, Tame Impala, Zeds Dead
Photo Credit: Vito Valentinetti
Austin City Limits 2016
September 30-October 9, 2016
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.
Festival Hub: Austin City Limits
Photo Credit: Nick Simonite