It’s tough to beat the warm breeze of a summer evening. The sun is going down, things are
cooling off and the days just seem more enjoyable. Add to that some of your
favorite music, and a few hundred (or thousand) people to enjoy it with, and
you’ve got one of the best ways to spend a few summer nights.
festivals come in great supply, and regardless of what musical genre you’re
interested in, you’re bound to find a lot of options to choose from. Many
festivals happen outside of the United States, so if you’re a particularly
committed music festival goer, you might have to do a bit of traveling.
on a plane and heading overseas for a week isn’t your thing, there are some
great festivals within the U.S.
to check each festival’s lineup to see if the groups you’re most interested in
will be there. Typically, music festivals will run for several days with
schedules that are only loosely reliable and subject to change. Try and target
the festivals that include several bands you want to see, that way you’ll get
the best experience for the effort and money you put into it.
Here are a
few of the best summer music festival options:
Bonnaroo is its wildly diverse lineup, showcasing
just about every kind of musical genre you can think of. It’s really the
complete package, ranging from hip-hop, pop, classic rock and even electronica.
There’s something for everybody here, and it’s got the added benefit of being
in an easily accessible city within the U.S.
outside of the main stage. You’ll find a mix of reggae, alternative rock, folk and pop, with headliners including
the Smashing Pumpkins, Elvis Costello and Mumford & Sons.
square miles, nestled in between the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. It’s a great location because being so
close to the city, there’s no need for camping, as hotel rooms will be the more
palatable option. Attendance runs pretty high, so planning this trip a little
bit ahead of time is wise.
plays host to a diverse mix of electronic,
hip-hop, metal and art rock. The concert is just a ten minute walk from one
Oslo’s historic train station.
Nine Inch Nails are the headliners, but you’ll still have a ton of different musical genres represented in
San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for this three day festival.
heading off to your music festival of choice, don’t forget to double check your
packing list. Forgetting the most important items happens to the best of us, so
here’s a list to make sure you’re prepared.
cooler is a great way to save money on food. If you are staying at a hotel, you
can fill it with snacks and drinks before heading out for the day, and if you
happen to be camping, then a cooler is an absolute must.
although the point of the music festival is to get your fill on all your
favorite bands, sometimes the late night jamming isn’t conducive to those
sleeping in tents. Earplugs ensure you’re rested for the next day of concerts.
possibly one of the most important things on your list, a good sunscreen is
essential to any music festival. Sitting in the sun all day, singing along to
your favorite bands–the last thing you want to deal with is a bad burn.
see that there are a ton of great options out there for those who are bent on
attending a concert or two during the summer. If you can get travel plans
arranged and afford accommodations for your trip, all that’s left to do is
enjoy a few days of great music.