Music festivals: one of our generation’s favorite escapades. The sun is shining and the bass is DEFINITELY bumpin’. Perhaps you’re headed to Miami for MMW in a few weeks or dreaming of jet setting to Belgium in July for TomorrowLand, like I am. Regardless, the idea of dedicating a weekend to music is something we can all hope to consider this upcoming season.
Music is the ever-changing beat in our daily lives. Are you into that Indie type shit? Forever committed to the Hip-Hop/R&B genre? Or are you that guy that still only listens to Avicii? Whatever your preference may be, there’s a music festival out there that I promise you’ll have the time of your fucking life at.
Ultra Music Festival
When/Where: March 28-30; Miami, FL
Who: Kaskade, Tiesto, Zedd, Afrojack, David Guetta, Avicii (more to come)
This year they’re squeezing the festival into one weekend instead of spreading it out into two. I think this makes it WAY easier for people’s travel plans plus it makes the lineup even more epic. This festival is perfect for your EDM lovers. For the people that want to wear the tutus and furry boots. The music will be insane and Miami is Miami- it will be to DIE for that entire week with all those DJs around. There will be many cool pool parties to attend and the clubs will be packed after the festivals wrap up for the night.
When/Where: April 11-13, April 18-20; Indio, CA
Who: Outkast (!!!), Arcade Fire, Disclosure, Lana del Rey, Calvin Harris, Alesso, Ellie Goulding, Martin Garrix, Lorde, Skrillex, Pharrell Williams…
And that lineup is just to name a few. Although I do wish they had RHCP on there like last year, it’s still pretty kick ass this year and if you can get yourself out to the middle of the desert in hot, sunny Cali then why wouldn’t you!?! Outkast reuniting is a pretty big thing and I think that’s something that people are going to go nuts for. Here at this festival, we got everything from our Indie Rock to Dance to Hip-Hop. Every genre is represented and that’s what I love about it. You will come across the most eclectic mix of people at this festival. My one tip: from what I’ve heard, it’s literally the hottest experience of your life. Temperature wise. Have that H20 on deck.
Electric Daisy Carnival
When/Where: May 24-25 (NYC) on the road to June 20-22 (Las Vegas)
Who: Afrojack, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, Loco Dice, Nero, Quintino, Steve Angello, R3HAB
This year EDC NYC is at Metlife Stadium again! I truly believe the venue of the event changes up the entire feel! Last year it was held at Citi Field- Metlife was so much better two years back. The space is just much more open and the flow felt way better. New York’s event, taking place on Memorial Day Weekend this year, is just a little pre game for the big party in Vegas, where Electric Daisy Carnival originated. Once again, this festival is definitely targeted towards the EDM lovers, but nonetheless a great time. Plan your sets, times, and stages accordingly!!
When/Where: June 6-8; Randall’s Island NYC
Who: Outkast, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, J. Cole, The Strokes, Skrillex, Disclosure, Chance the Rapper
Last year Governor’s Ball was a little bit of a disaster as it took place during a crazy tropical storm. The lineup this year is ideal in my opinion. We don’t have too much of one certain genre. And well, I’ve been dying to see J. Cole for years now. The creators have made official Governor’s Ball playlists on both Spotify and Rdio- make sure to check those out if you plan on attending! Pray for better weather this time around, too…
Attend this one, that one, or all of them (I wish). You’re guaranteed a fantastic weekend. It’s always, always better to spend your money for experiences than for things. It’ll make you appreciate shit more. I promise. Enjoying good music with good people is probably one of my favorite feelings. Forget saving up for the designer bag and book a festival- you won’t regret it.