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.
Where: Concord, NC
The Scene: Epicenter is a new 3-day fest that debuted in 2019 in North Carolina. Epicenter Festival replaces Carolina Rebellion, which was held in North Carolina from 2011-2018.
More Info: Epicenter Festival 2020 Guide
Where: Columbus, OH
The Scene: America's largest rock festival tears up the Midwest every May in the most metal of cities -- Columbus, Ohio. The three-day festival is one of the anchors of The World's Loudest Month, an annual festival ode to all that is loud music. 60 bands across three stage over three days makes this a must-stop festival for fans of rock and metal.
The Lineup: Airbourne, Anthrax, Bring Me The Horizon, Cypress Hill, Deftones, Dropkick Murphys, Jinjer, Metallica, Rancid, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Royal Blood, Slipknot, Sublime with Rome, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, The Darkness, The Pretty Reckless, Tool
More Info: Sonic Temple 2020 Guide
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.
The Lineup: Billie Eilish, Cage the Elephant, Illenium, Jai Wolf, Lana Del Rey, Marshmello, Post Malone, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Red Hot Chili Peppers, RL Grime, Snakehips, The Head and the Heart, Tove Lo
More Info: Hangout Fest 2020 Guide
Where: Pryor, OK
The Scene: Looking for a contemplative weekend of drum circles and mellow campfire jams -- then Rocklahoma is your nightmare. The only thing more legendary than the lineup at Rocklahoma are the campground ragers. Contests throughout the weekend inspire party animals to fully trick out their campsite in creative and often, puzzling ways.
More Info: Rocklahoma 2020 Guide
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.
The Lineup: Madness
More Info: Punk Rock Bowling 2020 Guide
When: June 2-5, 2022
Where: Hay-on-Wye, UK
The Scene: HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, returns with thought-provoking debates, infectiously danceable music, comedy, and, of course, their legendary parties. Hay-on-Wye, a small market town in Wales also called The Town of Books, hosts the event through this incredible five-day journey.
More Info: HowTheLightGetsIn 2022 Guide