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: Numero Uno, Malta
The Scene: Annie Mac, a popular Irish DJ, hosts the Lost and Found Festival every spring on the sun-drenched island of Malta. Sultry electronic beats transform this warm weather holiday haven into a bumping 4-day festival. AMP Lost and Found finds itself playing in multiople venues including castle raves and boat parties.
More Info: Lost And Found Malta 2020 Guide
Where: Liverpool, UK
The Scene: Kicking off the UK’s festival season for over a decade, Liverpool Sound City embraces the spirit of the underground showcasing the next generation of talent. With 250+ artists playing across the historic Baltic Triangle of Liverpool, expect to see wild shows along with world-class headliners. Sound City mixes up everything including grime, electronica, indie, psych, rock, pop and much more.
Tickets: Buy tickets here
More Info: Liverpool Sound City 2020 Guide
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.
The Lineup: Airbourne, Anthrax, Deftones, Disturbed, Dropkick Murphys, Godsmack, Jinjer, Lamb of God, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mastodon, Metallica, Motionless in White, Rancid, Royal Blood, Social Distortion, The Darkness, The Offspring, The Pretty Reckless
More Info: Welcome to Rockville 2020 Guide
Where: Memphis, TN
The Scene: Early spring brings festies from around the country and the world to the Beale Street Music Festival in the music mecca of Memphis. This three day event has attracted 1.1 million visitors for an eclectic lineup that includes contemporary rock, blues, soul, and a dash of everything else.
More Info: Beale Street Music Festival 2020 Guide
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.
The Lineup: Anders Osborne, Big Freedia, Brandi Carlile, Erykah Badu, Foo Fighters, Galactic, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Lenny Kravitz, LIZZO, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Norah Jones, Of Monsters and Men, Rebirth Brass Band, Tank and the Bangas, The Avett Brothers, THE BEACH BOYS, The Black Crowes, The Lumineers, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
More Info: New Orleans Jazz Festival 2020 Guide
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.
The Lineup: Guided By Voices, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Liam Gallagher, Of Monsters and Men, Portugal. the Man, Royal Blood, Snail Mail, The Black Keys, The Darkness, The Growlers, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
More Info: Shaky Knees Festival 2020 Guide
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.
Tickets: Buy tickets here
More Info: The Great Escape 2020 Guide
When: October 9-10, 2020
Where: Calvià, Spain
The Scene: Mallorca, the largest of the the Balearic Islands, welcomes in the Spanish summer festival season with the multi-genre Mallorca Live Festival. Only starting in 2016, Mallorca Live has grown so popular that it regularly welcomes 25,000 festies to the western town of Calvià. The lineup is a mix of international superstars along with plenty of national talent.
More Info: Mallorca Live Festival 2020 Guide
Where: Miami, FL
The Scene: The largest hip-hop festival in the world is a three-day event that started in Miami, Florida. Some of the biggest names in the business have already played this newcomer to the Florida festival scene including Kendrick Lamar, Future, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Lil B, Post Malone, Migos, Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, and more.
More Info: Rolling Loud Miami 2020 Guide
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: Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Scene: The Amsterdam based Music On Festival became an almost overnight success when its premier edition in 2017 united fashion addicts with a love for quality techno music. The Balearic experience was made complete by the arena like stage and the amazing weather that has stayed with the festival since.
More Info: Music On Festival 2020 Guide
When: May 20-25, 2020
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’s 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 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: Joshua Tree, CA
The Scene: The DIY Joshua Tree Music Festival puts out two editions of desert loving fun during the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn. Just a few hours from the hectic vibes of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree is a haven of magical surroundings with phenomenal live music. The spring edition focuses more on dance, world, and funk with the fall reaching out towards Americana, roots and folkadelic vibes.
More Info: Joshua Tree Festival Spring 2020 Guide
Where: Madrid, Spain
The Scene: Head to the Parque de Tierno Galván in Madrid to catch this springtime indie fest. The two day Tomavistas boasts a carefully selected lineup of up and coming Spanish talent alongside international rising stars. Started in 2014, Tomavistas has recently become more well known across Europe so if you like your festivals boutique-sized, make sure to add Tomavistas to your bucket list.
More Info: Tomavistas 2020 Guide
Where: Allston, MA
The Scene: It’s been a dry spell for Boston and music festivals until Boston Calling showed up with this downtown fest. As if making up for lost time, Boston Calling now happens twice a year. The spring version takes place over Memorial Day Weekend and has featured acts like Death Cab for Cutie, The National, Bastille, and Built to Spill.
More Info: Boston Calling 2020 Guide
Where: Derbyshire, UK
The Scene: The multi-award winning and family-friendly festival, Bearded Theory, comes together for their Spring Gathering during the May bank holiday weekend. Besides the eclectic music lineup and children's activities, the festival also hosts a World Record Attempt for the Largest Number of People Wearing False Beards.
The Lineup: The Flaming Lips
More Info: Bearded Theory Festival 2020 Guide
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.
The Lineup: Big Freedia, Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews Band, Empire of the Sun, Jimmy Eat World, Local Natives, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Milky Chance, Of Monsters and Men, Ra Ra Riot, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers, Trampled By Turtles, Zedd
More Info: Bottlerock Napa Valley 2020 Guide
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 2020 Guide
Where: Bristol, UK
The Scene: The award winning Love Saves the Day brings an energetic crowd of festies to Bristol for two days of electronic, indie, and hip-hop. In recent years, Love Saves the Day moved from the heart of the city to Eastville Park which has done little diminish the popularity of this Bank Holiday weekend fest. Known for unique stage installations and a positive vibe, this festival continues to evolve and amaze each year.
More Info: Love Saves the Day Festival 2020 Guide
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.”
The Lineup: Dopapod, Emancipator, EOTO, Griz, Keller Williams, Lettuce, moe., Papadosio, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Rezz, Rival Sons, STS9, The Werks, Umphrey's McGee, Umphrey’s McGee, Ween, Yonder Mountain String Band
More Info: Summer Camp 2020 Guide
Where: Cumberland, MD
The Scene: The legendary bluegrass artist Del McCoury curates this annual festival at the picture perfect Allegany County Fairgrounds in Maryland. Camping, dancing, and of course, plenty of bluegrass set the stage for a Memorial Day weekend of world class collaborations, special guest sit-ins, informal workshops, and late night picking sessions.
More Info: DelFest 2020 Guide
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.
More Info: Rooster Walk 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: 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.
Tickets: Buy tickets here
More Info: Neighbourhood Weekender 2020 Guide
Where: London, UK
The Scene: After a standout debut in 2013, the award winning We Are FESTVL continues to evolve into one of the UK's most popular electronic festivals. Taking place over the May bank holiday weekend, hundreds of international DJs descend upon the aptly named Airfield of Dreams (just east on London) to play on more than 15 custom stages. After five years, they've even been able to add camping to the bill.
More Info: We Are FSTVL 2020 Guide
Where: Detroit, MI
The Scene: Long before the onslaught of the modern day EDM festival scene, the Movement Festival has owned downtown Detroit over Memorial Day weekend. Running under a few different names since 2000, this festival brings in top talent to Hart Plaza and delivers an EDM urban experience far different than any other you’ll find over the summer.
More Info: Movement Detroit 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
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 2020 Guide
Where: Lakewood, PA
The Scene: After 10 years of throwing wildly successful ragers in the big city, BangOn!NYC brings their style to the woods for a three day summer camp style party. The new Memorial Day Weekend festival features seven stages, massive art installations, and plenty of fun camp games. Grab a cabin or bring a tent to the bucolic hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania and be ready to dance.
More Info: Elements Lakewood Festival 2020 Guide
Where: Browns Valley, CA
The Scene: Adding to the myriad of festivals taking place in California each summer, The Untz Festival brings a weekend of dance music to the Mairposa Fairgrounds. Founded in 2009, Untz has devoted their event to bringing to light some of the best underground electronic artists making an impact on the industry.
More Info: The Untz Festival 2020 Guide
Where: London, UK
The Scene: All Points is a brand new 10-day event that takes place in East London’s Victoria Park. It all kicks off with an epic 3-day music festival with a jaw-dropping lineup, plenty of community focused midweek entertainment, and a second full weekend of APE Presents headline shows.
The Lineup: Bombay Bicycle Club, Caribou, Everything Everything, Glass Animals, Iggy Pop, John Maus, Kraftwerk, Massive Attack, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Tame Impala, The Wombats, Thom Yorke, Whitney, Yellow Days
Tickets: Buy tickets here
More Info: All Points East Festival 2020 Guide