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5 Great US Summer Music Festivals You Can’t Miss

Summer Music Festival

Summer’s Here so it’s only right we give you some great summer music festival choices to kick it off right. So without further delay, check out this list below:

Sunfest 2018

Summer Music Festival

May 3-6, 2018

More than 175,000 festies hit up Sunfest in downtown west palm beach for five days of music. Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival is typically held in the first weekend in May and has been held annually since 1982.

2018 performers include: Nick Jonas, Pitbull, Ice Cube, Rae Sremmurd, Logic, Incubus and more.

Past performers include: 3 Doors Down, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Blink-182, Breaking Benjamin, Christopher Cross, Fetty Wap, Flo Rida, Jon Bellion, Kaleo, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Night Ranger, Snoop Dogg, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Strumbellas, Tinashe, Tori Kelly and more.

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Check out this Yelpers review of last year’s festival: Sunfest this year is not too different than years past. The food options seem to be getting better however.  They still have the same festival style food court, but also have a few more sophisticated dining areas this year.  I also noticed a posh looking Peroni lounge area, which is a nice retreat from the party barges and standard bar carts.  I think these are things I am appreciating more as Sunfest evolves, the ability to scale the event to fit such a varying set of peoples interests.  Great Job!

Visit their website here to see more about who will be performing at this year’s festival.

Shaky Beats Music Festival

Summer Music Festival

MAY 11-MAY 13, 2018

HOSTED AT THE CENTER OF THE 1996 OLYMPICS AT CENTENNIAL PARK IN ATLANTA,GEORGIA, SHAKY BEATS FESTIVAL WAS CREATED AS AN EDM SHOOT OFF OF ITS SISTER ALT-ROCK FESTIVAL ‘SHAKY KNEES.’ FEATURING DANCE MUSIC AND TOP TIER ARTISTS, SHAKY BEATS FILLS THE PRIOR VOID OF SOUTHERN EDM FESTIVALS.

2018 performers include: Kygo, Marshmello, Zedd, Ludacris, Dillon Francis, Excision, Playboi Carti, San Holo, G Jones, Shiba San, Troyboi, Bleep Bloop, Jack Harlow and many more.

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Past performers include: The Chainsmokers, Griz, Kaskade, Flosstradamus, Lost Kings, Bonobo, Alison Wonderland, Gramatik, Flatbush Zombies and many more.

2017 Festival Review: Last year, Shaky Beats Music Festival made an immaculate debut, making it seem impossible to top, but this year, they did just that! Shaky Beats is a prime example of how unique Atlanta’s EDM scene is. The perfect mix of trappy beats, jazzy tunes, house music and dubby wubs took over Centennial Olympic Park, which is a convenient and beautiful downtown venue with cityscape views that is perfect for this kind of event.

A stacked lineup isn’t all this festival has going for itself. It is by far exemplary in many ways, from production to operations to vendors. The vibes were so absolutely amazing, both the staff and attendees were so kind. It was all around perfect, and I suggest this epic festival to anyone that likes EDM music. Read the full review here.

Visit their website here to see more about who will be performing at this year’s festival.

Bottlerock Napa Valley

Summer Music Festival

MAY 25-27, 2018

Wine meets music when artists from around the world descend on Napa valley just north of San Francisco. The internationally renowned wine region lets it all hang out during this Memorial Day weekend festival, putting out one of the best west coast lineups of the season.

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2018 Lineup Includes: The Chainsmokers, Incubus, Earth Wind & Fire, Snoop Dogg, The Head and The Heart, Bruno Mars, E-40, Halsey, Thievery Corporation, Soja, Michael Franti & Spearhead and many more.

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2017 Festival Review: The fifth year of BottleRock was its best and biggest yet with over 120,000 people traveling to Napa on Memorial Day Weekend to see Maroon 5, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, and more, while also indulging in the best food and wine options of any music festival. (It is Napa, after all.)

The Napa Valley Expo grounds (right in the heart of downtown Napa) were transformed into a beautiful and shockingly well-organized village for the festival that featured four stages, over 80 artists, dozens of gourmet food options, tons of VIP perks for those who chose to indulge, and more craft beer and wine than anyone can care to (or probably even can) remember. Even better: the weather completely cooperated with blue skies and refreshing breezes all weekend long.

Lollapalooza Chicago

Summer Music Festival

AUGUST 2-AUGUST 5, 2018

IT’S LOUD. IT’S MESSY. IT’S LOLLAPALOOZA. YOU GOT TO HAND IT PERRY FARRELL, THE BIZARRE AND QUIRKY VISIONARY WHO REINVENTED THE AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH LOLLAPALOOZA, FIRST TAKING IT ON THE ROAD IN THE LAST CENTURY AND THEN PUTTING DOWN STAKES IN CHICAGO. DESPITE A FIRM HOMEBASE IN THE WINDY CITY, LOLLA HASN’T FORGOTTEN ITS TRAVELING ROOTS WITH EDITIONS IN SOUTH AMERICA AND EUROPE.

2018 performers include: Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Camila Cabello, The National, Vampire Weekend, Logic, Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane and many many more.

2017 Festival Review: Bought tix on a whim because we were working on the new Apple Store near the Wrigley building and saw them setting up all week long, best impulse buy ever! For the price per ticket ($130 for Sunday) you get to see a helluva lot of performers, basically go to a mini Taste of Chicago and Mosh, Headbang or Rave your f*cking face off!

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Stages upon stages upon stages, acres of space to eat, drink, party and for some… pass TF out until their second or third wind. The fest had everything from Rock to Rap, Metal to EDM and more. 2017 featured Charli XCX who put on a helluva fun show with her poppy/clubby beats and lyrics.

DVBBS & the Zeds Dead who lit the night up with hard dubstep, rattle your guts bass and a light show that needs an epilepsy warning attached to it. 6lack, Big Sean, Chance the Rapper, Machine Gun Kelly… all had some awesome sets too. Not exactly my kinda music but hella fun nonetheless. Read the full review by clicking here.

Roots Picnic

Summer Music Festival

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

JUNE 2-JUNE 2, 2018

ROOTS PICNIC, NAMED AFTER ITS FOUNDERS AND ICONIC HIP-HOP LEGENDS, THE ROOTS, TAKES PLACE AT PHILADELPHIA’S FESTIVAL PIER AT PENN’S LANDING. EXPANDING INTO NEW YORK, THEY HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THE FESTIVAL WILL ALWAYS KEEP ITS ROOTS IN PHILADELPHIA WHERE IT HAS HELPED GROW THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE. ALTHOUGH FOUNDED BY HIP-HOP ICONS, THE FESTIVAL FEATURES A DIVERSE LINEUP OF R&B, RAP, AND INDIE ALTERNATIVE.

2018 performers include: The Roots, 2 Chainz, 6lack, Brandy, Badbadnotgood, Dave Chappelle, Bri Stevens, Fabolous and Jadakiss

2017 festival review by By Stanley Collins and Kevin Leacock

This past weekend The Roots celebrated the 10th installment into their annual Roots Picnic. The Picnic is a one-day music festival held in The Roots’ hometown, Philadelphia, along the Schuylkill River, that bills itself as a fusion of classic Hip-Hop, indie, pop, trap, R&B, and more. In the world of music festivals, the Picnic is [probably] the biggest bang for your buck ($75 if you get your ticket early enough). Headlined by Pharrell, the Picnic boasted a lineup that included acts from 21 Savage to James Vincent McMorrow; Noname to Mobb Deep.

Friend of the blog, Kevin, and I have been attending the Picnic for the past three years, so we decided to put on wax our experience, wrestling with the Picnic’s B-level status, Solange’s moving set, and more.  Here’s our conversation:

Stanley: This is our 3rd year going to the Roots Picnic. Generally, what are your thoughts on this year’s Picnic? Things they did better/worse this year, the lineup, etc.

Kevin: Heading into the Picnic, I felt like that 3rd year Wide Receiver going into training camp. I came in to the picnic in good shape, ready to stand all day, I knew what to expect when it came to the crowds, best time to eat, how to work my way up closer to see an artist – the game just slowed down for me and I knew where to pick my spots. Okay enough of the sports analogies lol. Generally, this 10th Annual Roots Picnic lived up to my expectations. First of all, I love the blackness of this festival. Maybe not on the level of an Afropunk in terms of blackness and hipster-ness, but it reaches a perfect median in my opinion. Read the full review here.

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