Your guide to this season’s top music festivals

Spring is officially upon us, which means so is an incredible bunch of upcoming music festivals. No matter where you live or what type of music you prefer, there is a festival for you. Check out our guide to this season’s best music and arts gatherings and don’t miss a second of the action. 

Ultra Music Festival – March 24-26

Miami’s huge spring break party continues with this electronic festival that brings out the genre’s biggest names. Catch famed EDM DJs like DJ Snake, Steve Aoki, Zedd, Galantis, Alesso and David Guetta, as well as live performers like Major Lazer and Ice Cube for the three-day event, which saw some 165,000 people attend last year.

Coachella – April 14-16, 21-23

Perhaps the nation’s most popular festival, Coachella brings hundreds of thousands to the California desert for two jam-packed weekends of music featuring a stellar and eclectic lineup of artists. This year’s original headliners–Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce–brought on more hype than usual, though Queen Bey has since pulled out of the gig due to her pregnancy. She is expected to make her debut in the desert next year, with Super Bowl halftime performer Lady Gaga filling in this April.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – April 28-30, May 4-7

No place does jazz better than New Orleans. The Big Easy celebrates its roots with this two-weekend celebration of culture featuring crafts, food, and of course, music. The Jazz Fest has plenty of big brass ensembles and performers pegged for its lineup, along with a slew of popular acts including Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews, Lorde, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kings of Leon and Snoop Dogg.

Hangout Music Festival – May 19-21

The most laid back selection of this list, Hangout takes over a long stretch of beach in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama. Chill out in a swimsuit and enjoy the show from the ocean  or poolside at this festival which epitomizes the spring break experience. Headlining acts include Twenty One Pilots, Weezer, Mumford & Sons, and recent Grammy-winner Chance the Rapper.

Boston Calling – May 26-28

Previously held twice a year, Boston’s premier music festival now is exclusively a spring event. This year will mark a new location for the festival at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston after setting up shop in the tourist-friendly City Hall Plaza. Also new this year: a film festival component which will be curated by Oscar-winner Natalie Portman. With performers like Major Lazer, The xx, Solange, and Bon Iver, this is one festival you don’t want to miss.

Bonnaroo – June 8-11

Celebrating its 15th year, Bonnaroo is consistently hailed as one of the world’s top music festivals. The gathering brings together artists spanning nearly every musical genre to its grounds in rural Tennessee, with an exceptional lineup expected in 2017. U2, The Weeknd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tove Lo, and Cage The Elephant will all take the stage along with dozens of other talented artists.

Firely Music Festival – June 15-18

Dover, Delaware is the site of this acclaimed festival, which has grown in grandeur and attendance since its 2012 debut. The Weeknd, Twenty One Pilots, Bob Dylan, Muse, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Ke$ha and Busta Rhymes are pegged for this year’s lineup, along with a slew of other notable talent.

Country Fest – June 22-25

For three days each June, country music’s mecca is not in Nashville, but in Wisconsin. Country Fest celebrates its 30th year with some of the genre’s biggest names, including Blake Shelton, Eric Church and Thomas Rhett. Nestled on nearly 400 acres of campsites and concert grounds, Country Fest is the largest country music and camping event in the nation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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