South By Southwest 2015
March 17-22, 2015
It’s not that South by Southwest takes over Austin — downtown Austin becomes SXSW for nine days in March. Music, art, interactive, panels, comedy, and movies all vie for your attention span. Let’s put it this way. You could skip media for a year, come to Austin for the week, and still come out ahead on pop culture.
Festival Hub: South by Southwest
Photo Credit: Diego Donamaria
Ultra Miami 2015
March 27-29, 2015
For EDM fans around, Ultra in Miami is a must-stop on the international circuit. While most of the United States is shivering in parkas waiting for the summer festival eason, Ultra fans are dancing their asses off in sunny Miami. The show always delivers suprises – both in the musical acts and the fans that attend.
Festival Hub: Ultra
Photo Credit: Kevin Verkruijssen
April 10-19, 2015
Like a barometer always reading a temperature of awesome, the traditional kickoff to the summer festival season is dominated by Coachella. The glitz and glamor of Los Angeles migrates east to the Indio desert for back to back weekends of the biggest names in music. What started as a small electronic festival in the desert has transformed into a cultural touchstone for the festival season.
Festival Hub: Coachella
May 22-25, 2015
Much like its namesake, the Sasqutach festival resides in the northwest, is completely legendary, and sought after by fans from all over the world. The Memorial Weekend powerhouse now stretches over four days in a trippy Washington wasteland that would be considered desolate if The Gorge didn’t provide one of the greatest natural stages known to man.
Festival Hub: Sasquatch
Photo Credit: Matthew Lamb
Governors Ball Music Festival 2015
June 5-7, 2015
New York City struggled for years to land a proper mega-festival and finally found the perfect partner with The Governor’s Ball. Taking place on the Hudson River on Randall’s Island, festival fans can settle back and enjoy the show with the unforgettable NYC skyline as the backdrop.
Festival Hub: Governors Ball
Photo Credit: Christopher Garbushian
June 11-14, 2015
Over the last decade, no other US music festival has captured the spirit of large greenfield gatherings like the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Bonnaroo burst onto the scene grabbing headlines along with our hearts as we watched it grow from scrappy newcomer to a full fledged anchor of the summer. It may not be the oldest or the largest, but Bonnaroo is the spirit of the quintessential American music festival. Long live The Roo.
Festival Hub: Bonnaroo
Featured Artists: Alabama Shakes, Dopapod, Florence and the Machine, Flume, Flying Lotus, Guster, Hozier, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Jamie xx, Jungle, Kendrick Lamar, Mac DeMarco, Tove Lo, Trampled By Turtles
Lollapalooza Chicago 2015
July 31-August 2, 2015
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.
Festival Hub: Lollapalooza
Featured Artists: Alabama Shakes, Alesso, Alt-J, Bassnectar, Boys Noize, Cold War Kids, Florence and the Machine, Flying Lotus, Gogol Bordello, Kid Cudi, Metallica, Nero, Of Monsters and Men, the War on Drugs, TV on the Radio
Photo Credit: Nick Simonite
Outside Lands 2015
August 7-9, 2015
A bike valet, wine tasting tent, and local organic food vendors are just a couple of signs that you’re in San Francisco at Outside Lands. The quirky and wonderful Golden Gate Park hosts a wide range of acts and has quickly grown into a highlight of the San Fran summer. Bring a hoodie with you. Just because it’s August doesn’t mean that the fog won’t join the party.
Festival Hub: Outside Lands
Featured Artists: Axwell, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Billy Idol, Caribou, Chet Faker, Cold War Kids, Dan Deacon, Elton John, Glass Animals, Hot Chip, Ingrosso, Kendrick Lamar, Mac DeMarco, Mumford & Sons, Odesza, Porter Robinson, Sam Smith, St. Vincent, Tame Impala, The Black Keys, Wilco
Photo Credit: Katie Mendez
September 5-7, 2015
Now in its fourth decade, Bumbershoot (a oldie time word for umbrella) is more of an institution than a music festival. There’s so much happening here that you’ll need all three days to sort through all the live music, art shows, speakers, and exhibitions happening under the Bumbershoot. With a budget friendly price (and children under ten are FREE), this fest is one of the most affordable and family friendly of the season.
Festival Hub: Bumbershoot
Photo Credit: Vito Valentinetti
Austin City Limits 2015
October 2-11, 2015
Named after the venerable PBS series, the Austin City Limits Festival heads into its second decade stronger than ever. The traditional lineup announcement leads to a flurry of praise and criticism from the hip kids, but the love for this festival is so strong that ACL added a second weekend.
Festival Hub: Austin City Limits
Featured Artists: A$AP Rocky, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Bassnectar, Billy Idol, deadmau5, Disclosure, Drake, Florence and the Machine, Foo Fighters, Glass Animals, Modest Mouse, Nero, Of Monsters and Men, The Strokes, TV on the Radio
Photo Credit: Nick Simonite