Summer 2016 in Music Festivals


Everyone has seen or heard of Coachella, the spring music festival that invades social media for a week every year. Photos of celebrities dressed to the nines, crazy light shows, giant sculptures, and the biggest artists performing makes music festivals seem fairly unrealistic. In reality, music festivals are actually much more feasible than they appear, and can make for fantastic road trips or weekend getaways during the summer. Whatever your music taste is, here’s a preview of some of the best ones coming up this summer.


Hangout Music Festival 2016: May 20-22 Gulf Shores, Alabama

Hangout is one of the only large scale music festivals in North America located on a beach. Beach activities such as slip and slides and a craft beer bar make for some alternative activities, but the main attraction is obviously the music. All day and into the night there are rave-style performances on the beach; you can experience it inside the venue or enjoy listening from the sand. 

  • Top Performers: The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Florence and the Machine, The Chainsmokers, Mike Snow, Fetty Wap, Alabama Shakes
  • No camping, but beach houses and hotels are available to rent and parking is available

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Boston Calling 2016: May 27-29 Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Calling takes place in City Hall Plaza in the middle of Boston and is one of the most well known festivals in the Northeast. It occurs twice a year, once in the Fall and one in the Spring with the Spring bring the more popular of the two. Alongside the surrounding city of Boston, it is not as true to the festival vibe as the others, but it has a fantastic lineup, so it’s worth the trip.

  • Top Performers: Odesza, Sia, City and Colour, Disclosure, Mike Snow
  • No camping, but plenty of hotels in the boston area. Parking available

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Bonnaroo 2016: June 9-12 Manchester, Tennessee

Beginning with the infamous rainbow arch, Bonnaroo is one of the most unique music festivals in the country. It is on 700+ acres of forest and is filled with art, dancing, yoga, music, workshops, disco, wellness practices, theatre, short films and more. Not only is it a music festival but it is a place to go to learn, with workshops in art, theatre, percussion, break dancing, instrument building and gardening. You can go to this festival to enjoy the music but also leave with skills and memories that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

  • Top Performers: LCD Soundsystem, Macklemore and Ryan Lewi, Churches, Tyler the Creator, Post Malone, The Oh Hellos
  • Camping and parking available

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Firefly 2016– June 16-19 Dover, Delaware

Firefly is the quintessential festival experience, set in a wooded area with large fields, big venues, hammocks, dancing and free hippy vibes. With a mixture of well known headliners and up and coming artists, Firefly is a festival that gives you the full music experience while also providing alternative fun attractions.

  • Top Performers: Grouplove, Mumford and Sons, Earth Wind and Fire, Jai Wolf, The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club
  • Camping and parking available

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Electric Forest 2016– June 23-26 Rothbury, Missouri

If you’re looking for an out of this world experience, Electric Forest is the festival to attend. Set in a magical forest, this music festival is nothing less than extraordinary. The stages are creatively inspired by nature but given a twist by the trippy, colorful paint and design, and the artists being showcased are rave/techno style. There are hundreds of activities going on all day, everyday; the people and the vibe of the whole event is open, free, music loving fun. Out of all of the festivals, this is the one not to miss.

  • Top Performers: Bassnectar, Bonobo, Greensky Bluegrass, Porter Robinson
  • Camping and parking available

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Lollapalooza Chicago 2016- July 28-31 Chicago, Illinois

Similar to Boston Calling, Lollapalooza is an unconventional music festival. Set in Chicago, with some of the most well known musicians, it has a huge following. You may not be getting the hippy vibe, and there aren’t as many alternative activities to participate in, but you aren’t missing the most important part, the music.

  • Top Performers: Bastile, Big Gigantic, Disclosure, Future, Red Hot Chili Peppers, G-Eazy, J Cole
  • No camping. Parking available

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