Summer is almost here, which means it is almost Music Festival Season! There are so many music festivals happening in the Bay Area, as well as some larger ones taking place in other parts of the country.
The first music festival coming up is Bottlerock in Napa! Bottlerock is one of the most diverse music festivals that I have seen yet! This year, the lineup includes Florence and The Machine, Lenny Kravitz, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Ziggy Marley, STEVIE WONDER, and so many more. Bottlerock is happening May 27-May 29th. Next up is Governors Ball in NYC. It is taking place June 3-June 5th and tickets cost $275. The lineup features Beck, Haim, M83, De La Soul, and many more. Another super diverse music festival. Electric Daisy Carnival, better known as EDC is happening June 17-June 19th in Las Vegas. EDC is strictly an Electronic Dance Music Festival. It also has a huge carnival, art, lights and more attractions. It is a weekend long rave in the middle of the desert. EDC is one of the most popular music festivals right next to Coachella. The Essence Music Festival is happening from June 30-July 3rd. Over 400,000 people travel to New Orleans for the Essence Festival each year. This year’s headliners include Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar, the Legendary Mariah Carey, Maxwell, New Edition, Babyface and more. The Essence festival is a great celebration of Black culture, r&b, hip-hop music and more.
Next up is Lollapalooza. Lollapalooza takes places every year in Chicago. Lollapalooza is typically home to electronic, pop and rock acts but every now and then a rapper will slip into the lineup. This year you can expect to see Bastille, Disclosure, Future, Grimes, and the 1975. Hard Summer is one of the newer music festivals. It is in its third year and takes place at the Auto Club Speedway in Pomona, California (30 minutes or so from Los Angeles). Hard Summer began as an EDM Festival but has continually expanded and improved their lineup. This year at Hard Summer rapper and mogul Ice Cube and popular DJ Major Lazer will be the headlining acts. Desiigner, Ty Dolla $ign, DJ Mustard, and DJ Khaled will be there performing as well. Outside Lands is music festival that always takes place the 2nd week of August in Golden Park in San Francisco every year since 2008. Outside Lands is another diverse festival. This year’s lineup features Radiohead, J. Cole, Duran Duran, Zedd, Jidenna and many more. Past headliners have included big names such as Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, and Paul McCartney.