You are a creative soul who loves layering your videos with new royalty free music to surprise and delight your audience. Your ears are always open for the next great chord, the song that cuts right to the heart, or the voice you can’t forget. The world is full of new music, and one of the best places to find it is at an energy-soaked, joyful music festival. As festival season kicks off, here is a short list of our favorite 2018 U.S. music festivals. Let’s get ready to rock!
When: April 13 – 15, 20 – 22
Where: Indio, California
Let your inner flower child out when you trek to this scorched desert town to dance, celebrate, and possibly bump into a celebrity at one of the biggest, baddest
musical festivals of the year. Coachella is part endless rock concert, part eclectic art show, and part spiritual journey. The stages will be filled with world famous performers, like Beyoncé, The Weeknd, and Eminem as well as your personal faves that none of your Top-40-listening friends have ever heard of, like Japanese Breakfast, Hundred Waters, and Knox Fortune.
If you can snag tickets to this event do yourself a favor and check out the smaller stages and be one of the first to discover fresh new voices. You’ll also meet music soulmates who aren’t just there to post a selfie with Beyoncé in the background.
When: May 25 – 27
Where: Gorge Amphitheatre, Quincy, Washington
Do you hear the sound of someone strumming an acoustic guitar and crooning out a song filled with self-reflection? Follow it north, and you’ll find yourself at the Sasquatch! Music Festival, which takes place in the small town of Quincy, Washington. The festival includes a variety of acts but tends to attract your favorite indie bands. This year’s lineup includes Bon Iver, The National, and Modest Mouse as its headliners.
Sasquatch! draws plenty of people, but isn’t as frantic as Coachella. You’ll find a lot more dedicated music heads here as well as free spirits who pack the nearby campgrounds with tricked out RVs and lovingly refurbished VW buses. Consider packing up your favorite friends for a fun Memorial Day weekend trip. You’ll hear fresh voices and unique acts that proudly eschew from the mainstream.
When: June 21 – 24; June 28 – July 1
Where: Rothbury, Michigan
If you want big, bold music that will shove every thought out of your brain except for one – DANCE! – then it’s time to head into the forest. No wicked witches here, just an undeniable beat that won’t stop. Electric Forest is one of the most unique electronic and jam band festivals in the country. Instead of stretching out across wide open fields, Electric Forest takes place in a literal forest. The trees are standing, and you will be to, especially when headliners The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, and Marshmello take the stage.
Some of your favorite DJs are likely to make an appearance at this huge party, but don’t forget to search out new talent. They’ll be too ready to get your feet moving and your heart pounding.
When: July 20 -22
Where: Union Park, Chicago
There are plenty of festivals around the country dedicated to a single genre of music, but if you are someone who finds just as much beauty in jazz as in punk and electronic, then make your way to Union Park in Chicago this July for the Pitchfork music festival. This hodgepodge festival celebrates music in all its forms. At one stage you’ll bang your head to the beat of angry rock. At the next, sweet vocals from a new indie singer/songwriter will make you feel light as a cloud.
Dabble. Experiment. Mix it up. This is what Pitchfork is all about. Grab some tasty food and enjoy the unique artwork and eclectic vendors while you’re there. This festival is known for its diverse and welcoming attendees. Top acts for 2018 include Tame Impala, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Fleet Foxes, and The War on Drugs.
When: August 2 – 5
Where: Grant Park, Chicago
If you’re already in Chicago for Pitchfork, extend your stay two weeks (trust us, you’ll find plenty to do) and double on the festivals. That’s because Lollapalooza is coming to town. Lolla, as its known to fans, is one of the biggest and most cherished festivals in the country. It takes place in beautiful Grant Park, which also includes Millennium Park.
Like Pitchfork, Lollapalooza brings a blend of different genres into town, which means you’ll get to listen to a lot of great music outside your usual Spotify stations and playlists. Lolla also has the heft to haul some big names to the center stage. In 2018, you’ll get to wave your hands in the air to The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, and the Arctic Monkeys.
While the music is excellent, Lolla is about more than just what’s happening on the stages. Make sure you give yourself time to wander around. The festival includes political and comedy acts and features lots of local artisans and craft vendors. If you aren’t sure what to do with the kiddos, bring them along to Kidapalooza, taking place simultaneously.
When: September, 2018
Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Made in America is a newer festival created by music mogul Jay Z. The 2018 dates haven’t been announced yet, but last year’s lineup relied heavily on his label and included acts like J. Cole, The Chainsmokers, and Kaskade. If 2018 is anything like 2017, you can expect a lot of today’s top rap artists to throw down rhythms and rhymes in the country’s birthplace. This festival is also a destination to see great up-and-coming DJs and to dance the soles off your shoes. Expect big beats, heavy lyrics, and a lot of soul in Philly this September.
There’s just something about finding yourself in the middle of a huge crowd at a festival, everyone connected to the beat. Music festivals have a way of refreshing your mind. They fill your ears and your heart with new sounds that you can take home with you as you work on your own creative endeavors.
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