The 30+ Best Music Festival Lineup Posters for May [2023]
By / January 18, 2023

It’s spring and we have festival fever at the MFW offices! May is always a busy month for music festivals around the world, with the United States and the United Kingdom both celebrating major holiday weekends. We pulled together as many music festival lineups as we could to inspire your pre-summer festing plans.

Beachlife Festival 2023

When: May 5-7, 2023

Where: Redondo Beach, CA

The Scene: Dip your toes into the sand and enjoy that Beachlife! This festival in Redondo Beach, California, puts out a chill festival vibe with classic rock, reggae, and Americana artists.

More Info: Beachlife Festival 2023 Guide

New Orleans Jazz Festival 2023

When: April 28-May 7, 2023

Where: New Orleans, LA

The Scene: 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.

More Info: New Orleans Jazz Festival 2023 Guide

Bamboozle Festival 2023

When: May 5-7, 2023

Where: Atlantic City, NJ

The Scene: Bamboozle returns after a 10-year hiatus to celebrate thier 20th anniversary in New Jersey.

More Info: Bamboozle Festival 2023 Guide

Shaky Knees Festival 2023

When: May 5-7, 2023

Where: Atlanta, GA

The Scene: Drawing in nearly 40,000 attendees, Shaky Knees Festival brings a highly desired indie scene to the streets of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. In an era where most festival headliners feature a variation of EDM/DJ acts, Shaky Knees lives to show another side of modern day music.

More Info: Shaky Knees Festival 2023 Guide

Desertfest London 2023

When: May 5-7, 2023

Where: London, UK

The Scene: Spanning across 6 major venues in the heart of London's heavy metal scene, Camden. Desertfest plays host to not only the biggest, but the best underground talent, from the worlds stoner rock, doom, psych, heavy metal and sludge scenes.

More Info: Desertfest London 2023 Guide

M3 Rock Festival 2023

When: May 6-7, 2023

Where: Columbia, MD

The Scene: Celebrating times when rock was decadent and flashy, M3 Rock Festival features the best of the 80's metal and rock scene. Over the span of three days, attendees are transported back to the age of 80’s arena rock. Fans, usually those who grew up in the 80’s, come from all over to party and revel in the past.

More Info: M3 Rock Festival 2023 Guide

Lovers & Friends Fest 2023

When: May 6, 2023

Where: Las Vegas, NV

The Scene: Lovers & Friends is a single day festival taking place in downtown Las Vegas!

More Info: Lovers & Friends Fest 2023 Guide

The Great Escape Festival 2023

When: May 10-13, 2023

Where: Brighton, UK

The Scene: This Brighton showcase extravaganza, founded in 2016, brings in 400+ artists to 30+ venues for a weekend of musical discovery. Spotlight shows, secret gigs, club nights and spontaneous collaborations are just a part of a packed weekend of new music.

More Info: The Great Escape Festival 2023 Guide

Echoland Festival 2023

When: May 11-13, 2023

Where: Live Oak, FL

The Scene: Friends are made here, love is found here, and magic is around every corner. Echoland is a new three-day camping festival taking place in Live Oak, Florida at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and Campground.

More Info: Echoland Festival 2023 Guide

Kilby Block Party 2023

When: May 12-14, 2023

Where: Salt Lake City, UT

The Scene: Kilby Court's flagship music festival in downtown SLC celebrates by bringing together incredible local music community, internationally renowned artists, and a variety of local greats.

More Info: Kilby Block Party 2023 Guide

Just Like Heaven Fest 2023

When: May 13, 2023

Where: Pasadena, CA

The Scene: You will ascend to the heights of indie rock nirvana at the Just Like Heaven Festival. This single day fest takes place at Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

More Info: Just Like Heaven Fest 2023 Guide

Sick New World 2023

When: May 13, 2023

Where: Las Vegas, NV

The Scene: It's a 12-hour marathon of non-stop music taking place this spring in downtown Las Vegas.

More Info: Sick New World 2023 Guide

Nuits Sonores 2023

When: May 16-21, 2023

Where: Lyon, France

The Scene: Nuits Sonores, a boutique electronic festival, is held in the in the historical city of Lyons. Spread out over five days, be prepared for unique performances, events, and workshops, taking place 40 different venues across the city. There's both a day and night program here so be prepared for delights throughout the event.

More Info: Nuits Sonores 2023 Guide

Welcome to Rockville 2023

When: May 18-21, 2023

Where: Daytona Beach, FL

The Scene: Welcome to Rockville roars into Daytona Beach, 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 3 stages.

More Info: Welcome to Rockville 2023 Guide

Hangout Fest 2023

When: May 19-21, 2023

Where: Gulf Shores, AL

The Scene: Hangout takes music festivalling to the beach with this springtime party held mid-May on the golden sands of Gulf Shores, Alabama. The huge lineup of just about every genre frequently gives a sneak peek to what's coming this summer in the United States. As far as we know, this is the only festival in the world where you can watch the main stage from a hot tub.

More Info: Hangout Fest 2023 Guide

Lightning in a Bottle 2023

When: May 24-29, 2023

Where: Bakersfield, CA

The Scene: The dedicated fans of this transformational festival have kept LiB at the top of its game for over ten years. It has changed venues more than a few times, but the incredible art, enthusiastic attendees, and top notch lineup at this boutique fest is a steady constant.

More Info: Lightning in a Bottle 2023 Guide

California Roots 2023

When: May 25-28, 2023

Where: Monterey, CA

The Scene: One of the largest reggae festivals in the country, Calforinia Roots delivers a cosmic blend of good vibes, true happiness, family, peace, love and joy to all who enter. The three-day festival takes place at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, where Jimi Hendrix famously lit his guitar on fire in 1967.

More Info: California Roots 2023 Guide

Rooster Walk 2023

When: May 25-28, 2023

Where: Axton, VA

The Scene: Making the most out of tragedy, Rooster Walk was started to celebrate the lives of two childhood friends that passed away. With a mission to create a festival that could fund a scholarship, the Rooster Walk Music and Arts was born. A decade later, this festival for charity has become a centerpiece event of the region.

The Lineup:

More Info: Rooster Walk 2023 Guide

Sonic Temple Festival 2023

When: May 25-28, 2023

Where: Columbus, OH

The Scene: America's largest rock festival tears up the Midwest every May in the most metal of cities -- Columbus, Ohio. 60 bands across three stages over four days makes this a must-stop festival for fans of rock and metal.

More Info: Sonic Temple Festival 2023 Guide

Punk Rock Bowling 2023

When: May 26-29, 2023

Where: Las Vegas, NV

The Scene: Combining mankind's three greatest creations (punk rock, bowling, and Las Vegas), this annual festival has grown popular enough to spin off editions across the country. But nothing compares to the flagship festival of Punk Rock Bowling in its downtown Las Vegas home over Memorial Day Weekend. 100 bands, 1000 bowlers, poker tournaments, movie screenings, and plenty of booze - sounds like the perfect weekend.

More Info: Punk Rock Bowling 2023 Guide

Boston Calling 2023

When: May 26-28, 2023

Where: Allston, MA

The Scene: Boston's signature music festival takes place for three days over Memorial Day Weekend at the Harvard Athletic Complex. Over the years, Boston Calling has transformed into one of the premier music festivals of New England with a strong mix of indie rock, hip-hop, and legendary artists.

More Info: Boston Calling 2023 Guide

Bottlerock Napa Valley 2023

When: May 26-28, 2023

Where: Napa, CA

The Scene: Wine meets music when artists from around the world descend on Napa Valley just north of San Francisco. The internationally renown wine region lets it all hang out during this Memorial Day Weekend Festival, putting out one of the best West Coast lineups of the season.

More Info: Bottlerock Napa Valley 2023 Guide

Summer Camp Festival 2023

When: May 26-28, 2023

Where: Chillicothe, IL

The Scene: From chilled out late night campfire jams to beat busting dance shows, the party at Summer Camp goes long past the end of scheduled performances. 'Scampers' can apply to become camp counselors which means free tickets, free camping, and free beer in exchange for being an official party ambassador to the other attendees. Our resident festival expert calls Summer Camp — 'the best festival of the Memorial Day Weekend.'

More Info: Summer Camp Festival 2023 Guide

In It Together Festival 2023

When: May 26-28, 2023

Where: Port Talbot, Wales

The Scene: Born out of a love of music, for Wales and the community, In It Together will celebrate it all on the Jubilee Weekend in June 2022. In the heart of the Welsh valley, In it Together will bring international names, local emerging talent, festival-goers, performers, and the community.

More Info: In It Together Festival 2023 Guide

Sunset Music Festival 2023

When: May 27-28, 2023

Where: Tampa, FL

The Scene: As a key player in the Florida electronic scene, Sunset Music Festival brings big name artists to Raymond James Stadium each Memorial Day weekend. As one of the largest events in Tampa Bay, Sunset brings in crowds of over 50,000 attendees to the area. With costumed-clad performing artists and colorful stages, Sunset Music Festival basks in the Florida sunshine.

The Lineup: ,

More Info: Sunset Music Festival 2023 Guide

Neighbourhood Weekender 2023

When: May 27-28, 2023

Where: Warrington, UK

The Scene: This two-day indie music festival will take place in Victoria Park this spring. Produced by the same folks who put on Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival, expect plenty of the biggest bands along with the hottest new talent.

More Info: Neighbourhood Weekender 2023 Guide

Live at Leeds in the Park 2023

When: May 27, 2023

Where: Leeds, UK

The Scene: Live at Leeds is holding a brand-new outdoor festival this summer!

More Info: Live at Leeds in the Park 2023 Guide

Slam Dunk Festival 2023

When: May 27-28, 2023

Where: Leeds/Hatfield, UK

The Scene: Slam Dunk started out as a pop-punk club night at The Cockpit, Leeds in the early 00's. Out of the success of the club night Slam Dunk started putting on international touring artists from the genre like Fallout Boy, Paramore and Panic! at The Disco in Leeds, before developing Slam Dunk Festival. Slam Dunk Festival is now the number one pop-punk, rock and alternative festival in the UK held over 2 fully outdoor sites in Hatfield Park and Temple Newsam Park in Leeds to over 50,000 rock fans.

More Info: Slam Dunk Festival 2023 Guide

Adjacent Music Festival 2023

When: May 27-28, 2023

Where: Atlantic City, NJ

The Scene: The all-new Adjacent Music Festival is coming to the beach in Atlantic City this Memorial Day Weekend.

More Info: Adjacent Music Festival 2023 Guide

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