Before you die- dance! The best music festivals in 2018 across America.
Music festivals are the ultimate celebration of both artist and audience. 2017 editions for many are officially in rearview and it’s time to think about making 2018 “I was there!” memories. Allow us to suggest the 10 iconic must-see events to catch your favorite artists in action.
#10. AFROPUNK FEST Brooklyn
Headliners (2017): Gary Clark JR, Michael Kiwanuka, Soul II Soul, Kaytranada
Afro Punk is a joyous event that embraces and celebrates the African spirit of rhythm and color, a community culture especially in the punk and alt scene. It’s lineup is always impressive with artists from urban and international scenes, punk and alt dance. It’s welcomes a colorful mix of artists and is celebrated by the coolest festival goers in the country, around 60 000 attended 2017. If you want a blank space to freak out in or just wanna be a bit rebellious for a night, get into the Afropunk movement…go on down to Brooklyn’s fest.
When & where: August 2018, Brooklyn, New York
#9. Electric Forest
Headliners (2017): The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Flume, DJ Snake
The ultimate blend of electronic and dance and bands, festival goers are taken into the forest where an experiential electric display is fused with nature. Dance music sounds from every stage, and immersion into the space and sound soon follows. Seriously intense and seriously loud.
When & where: June/July 2018, Rothbury, Michigan
#8. Made In America
Headliners (2017): Jay Z, J. Cole, The Chainsmokers, Kaskade
What Jay-Z touches becomes gold and the Made in America festival is no different. Made In America celebrates music, culture and rap, as well as pop music and pop culture. Jay-Z wanted to bring like minded people together and help them to "trade of each others culture". Never a bad thing in this time of unrest and distrust. Jay-Z for 2020!
This 2 day event is a great excuse to turn it into a weekend getaway with headliners you won’t be disappointed in.
When & where: September 2018, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#7. Electric Zoo
Headliners (2017): DJ Snake, Above & Beyond, deadmau5 & Eric Prydz, Galantis
This annual electronic music festival event that takes place on Labor Day weekend in New York. Randall's Island Park goes from parkland to electronic dance xanadu, with the insanely creative brains who created Tomorrowland, Mysteryland and Sensation. A dance music festival like not other and one the goers always put on their festival calendar.
When & where: September 2018, Randall's Island, New York
#6. Austin City Limits
Headliners: Black Keys, Jack White, Depeche Mode, Muse
Created by the folk behind Lollapollooza, this festival runs for three days over two weekend, and brings some serious big names to the lineup. With community events, a kids area, incredible food that Austin is known for, this is a destination festival to not miss.
When & where: 0CT. 5-7 AND OCT. 12-14, 2018, Austin, Texas
#5. Pitchfork Music Festival
Headliners (2017): A Tribe Called Quest, LCD Soundsystem, Solange
This three-day festival is a fusion of punk, rock, hip-hop, electronic, jazz, alt, and anything else you can think of. Bringing together culture with art, record fair, amazing food and drinks, it’s a cultural festival with edge that attracts plus 50 000 music fans each year. Sometimes the simplest combinations are the best, this event has a lot to do with craft beer.
When & where: July 2018, Union Park, Chicago
#4. The Governors Ball Music Festival
Headliners (2017): Chance The Rapper, Pheonix, Tool, Lorde
Randall's Island Park gets it’s groove on again, with the Governors Ball, which is a contemporary music event 6 years young offering a mix of rock, hip-hop, electronic, pop music and folk stylings. There is something for everyone, with 60+ artists across 4 stages, whether you want to chill or dance, you’ll find it at the Governors Ball.
When & where: June 2018, Randall's Island, New York
Headliners (2017): Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Muse, Arcade Fire
A hugely popular and established festival, it first began in 1991 by Jane’s Addition signer Perry Farrell. An annual event of popular alternative rock we highly recommend you rock on down and get yourself immersed in a night of crushing beat. Catch emerging artists where many artists got their debut. Lollapalooza is a firm sentimental favorite for many.
When & where: 2-5 August 2018, Grant Park, Chicago
#2. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Headliners (2017): U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper
Bonnaroo is actually Creole for Good Stuff. And boy it is. Once more jam and rock, now it brings in something for everyone, with lineups that impress and expand every year. A favorite with music diehards, it’s a big deal to play at and an even better deal to attend.
I think this would be my top of list! 4 days, thousands of happy campers, literally, 10+ stages and comedy. Oh and of course it’s all wrapped up with the best sound stage(s) ever on a farm~!
Explore life from another angle and you might just find something awesome…Bonnaroo.
When & where: 7–10 June 2018, Great Stage Park, Tennessee
Headliners: Beyoncé + more to be announced
Probably the most well known festival that rolls off the tongue, known to everyone is Coachella. An evergreen event that never loses it’s appeal to the artists or the festival goers. In the desert of Indio, Cali, it’s known for its fashion, tunes and celebrity attendance. A must see event before you die!
When & where: 13–15; 20–22 April 2018, Indio, California
So what next? Make a date with friends who love music and enjoy 2018 too!
- SoundWhiz Editor