The Best Music Festivals To Go To This Summer
Coachella has come and gone. Whether you danced the weekend away under the hot Indio sun or not, there’s no question that summer music festival season is now well underway. No matter what kind of music you’re into or where you are in the world, there’s a music festival that can cater to you. From boot-stomping country chaos to enormous outdoor EDM parties, here are Pepsi Pulse’s Best Music Festivals To Go To This Summer.
1. Summer Jam
Where: East Rutherford, New Jersey When: June 2 Lineup Highlights: So far only the acts at Summer Jam's Festival Village have been announced, including Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg, Vinny Cha$e, Smoke DZA, Bodega Bamz. Stay tuned for the full lineup! Summer Jam brings together the hottest rappers, MCs and R&B performers of the year. Coordinated by New York’s Hip Hop radio station, Hot97, the festival is known for featuring surprise performances, huge giveaways and contests, and one of the liveliest crowds on earth. With only a small portion of the lineup revealed so far the best is definitely yet to come. To celebrate the show's twentieth anniversary, we paired up with Hot97 to give you an inside look at how the show comes together in Road to Summer Jam web series. Keep up with the show to find out info about lineup, special guests and news updates. Click here to get your tickets to Summer Jam's twentieth anniversary!
2. CMA Music Festival
Where: Nashville, Tennessee When: June 6-9 Lineup Highlights: Hunter Hayes, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban CMA Fest boasts the biggest Country Music stage on earth. Thousands of Country Music fans get the chance to see brand new favorites, of-the-moment artists and lifelong legends over the course of four nights. Located in the heart of Nashville, attendees can check out Fan Fair X during the day to get artist autographs, see special performances and shop Country Music merchandise. Plus, a portion of ticket sales go to a good cause--supporting education at Metro Nashville Public School through CMA’s Keep The Music Playing. All of that plus Hunter Hayes, Blake Shelton and Eric Church in the same week? The only question we’ve got is who’s coming with you? Click here to pick up tickets for the CMA Music Festival.
3. Governors Ball
Where: Governors Island, New York When: June 7-9 Lineup Highlights: Kings of Leon, Guns N Roses, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Grizzly Bear, The Avett Brothers, The XX, Feist, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, Beach House For the third year in a row, Governors Ball will takeover Governors Island in New York for a three-day music extravaganza. The talent roster has blown up, with bigger performers in every genre than the festival has ever booked before. Bet you never thought you’d be able to use the same ticket to see Kanye West and the Avett Brothers. As if the music wasn’t enough on its own, the festival is placing a special emphasis on keeping your bellies full of delicious food options. While the lack of dining options can often be a major downfall of other music festivals, GB has lined up specialty food trucks like Luke’s Lobster, Bareburger, and AsiaDog. Drool. Click here to get your tickets today, they’re selling out fast!
4. Global Gathering
Where: Stratford-upon-Avon, England, UK When: July 26-27 Lineup Highlights: Nicky Romero, Dash Berlin, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Aly & Fila, Benga, Flux Pavillion, Carl Cox, Arty, W&W, Hardwell, Rita Ora, Katy BGlobal Gathering is a dance music festival based on the idea that the vibe of a club could be made even better by turning it into a festival experience. With a lineup that includes almost all of the biggest names in EDM right now, the two day concert series is the chance of a lifetime. Can’t make it to the UK? There are iterations of the festival in the Ukraine, Belarus, and South Korea. Check out Pepsi Pulse’s Hottest DJs Series to familiarize yourself with this year’s lineup and click here to get your tickets for Global Gathering.
Where: The Gorge Amphitheatre, Quincy, Washington
When: May 24-27
Lineup Highlights: Mumford & Sons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Vampire Weekend, Rusko, Steve Aoki, Azealia Banks, Grimes, Danny Brown, Tame Impala, Baauer, Ariel Pink
Take to The Gorge for this year’s Sasquatch Festival. You can stare out over the beautiful Columbia River that serves as the backdrop to the main stage. The all-ages festival is in its twelfth year, with a multi-genre lineup that boasts favorite acts like Macklemore, Rusko, Baauer and Grimes, among many others. A truly remote location makes camping with friends a huge part of the fun of this festival.Head to the Sasquatch! Music Festival Site for information about how to get there, what to bring, and who else is performing.
Where: Barcelona, Spain When: June 13 - 15 Lineup Highlights: Kraftwerk, Skrillex, Ed Banger 10, Major Lazer, Skream, Diplo, Nicolas Jaar, Richie Hawtin, TNGHT, Maya Jane Coles, Justice, Jurassic 5, Two Door Cinema Club
The annual three-day Sónar festival attracts a crowd looking to discover the most cutting-edge artists interspersed with multimedia art installations. The electro-heavy lineup draws up to 80,000 music fans each year. Superstar talent like Skrillex, Baauer and Maya Jane Coles hit the stage this year, coming together to create what is sure to be one of the most unforgettable listening experiences of a lifetime. The festival attractions are divided into two categories, by day and by night, that take place in two separate venues in Barcelona. Get lots of sleep the week before Sónar, because we have a feeling it’ll keep you up all night--all three days.Click here to get your tickets to Sónar!
Where: Roskilde, Denmark When: July 4-7 Lineup Highlights: Rihanna, Queens of the Stoneage, Slipknot, Angel Haze, Animal Collective, King Krule, The National, Kendrick Lamar, Simian Mobile Disco, Crystal Castles
Roskilde Festival in Denmark features over 200 acts performing on eight different stages, over the course of four days this summer. The festival’s campgrounds open the weekend before the actual event starts, giving attendees the chance to settle in and warm up in advance. The lineup is chock full of some of the biggest stars from every genre, check out highlights above. Does anyone else see Rihanna and Slipknot pairing up for a special performance?Maybe it’s too early for predictions, but it’s definitely not too early to pick up tickets and start thinking about what kind of campsite you’re going to set up!
8. V Fest
Where: Hylands Park, England, UK and Weston Park, England UK When: August 17-18 Headliners: Beyoncé, Kings of Leon, Stereophonics, Emelie Sandé, Jessie J, The Vaccines, Basement Jaxx, Jason Mraz, Fun, Ellie Goulding, Jessie Ware
England’s annual V Fest takes place in two locations over the course of two days, but the lineup is the same for both locations. Here's how it works: half the artists perform at the one stage the first day, half at the other. On the second day, the lineups for each day swap! The idea came from Pulp frontman, Jarvis Cocker, who decided he wanted to play two outdoor venues in two days. Seven years later, the idea stuck.
April 25, 2013 via Pepsi