Summer 2016’s Best Music Festivals
Coachella has come and gone, and most of us mere mortals were left to stalk the celebrity style instead of attending the (extremely expensive) event ourselves. Not to worry— summer was made for festivals, and there’s no certainly no shortage for summer 2016. Camping out surrounded by a sea of new friends, the air vibrating with the sound of live music, is an unrivaled summer experience. Here are five unforgettable festivals to consider adding to your bucket list this year:
DelFest: Cumberland, MD
DelFest is a must for bluegrass lovers! A slew of talented acts are taking the stage this year, including Railroad Earth, The Sam Bush Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, and The Travelin’ McCoury’s. This joyous festival is known for being home to some of the friendliest festival folk you’ll find, bridging generations in a good-vibrations celebration of the banjo, mandolin, and beautiful bluegrass sound.
Governor’s Ball Music Festival: New York City, NY
The popular NYC event offers an eclectic lineup including The Black Keys, Kanye West, Drake, and Of Monsters and Men. The multi-day festival features an array of genres and styles—and more importantly, tons of mouthwatering Instagram-worthy creations from NYC food trucks.
Bonaroo: Manchester, Tennessee
The biggest outdoor music festival in North America, Bonaroo has a reputation for being addictive! This year is headlined by the biggest rock names in the game, from Pearl Jam to Dead & Company. Located on 700 sprawling acres in-the-middle-of-nowhere Tennessee, a feel-good mix of jam-band amity and warm southern hospitality keep 80,000 die-hard fans braving the heat each year.
Firefly: Dover, Delaware
Even if you’re not into the festival scene, you’ve probably heard of Firefly. Though its roots only go four years back, Firefly has quickly become a beloved event that transforms the woodlands of Delaware into a stomping ground for music’s biggest names. This year’s lineup includes Mumford & Sons, Tame Impala, Kings of Leon, and Ellie Goulding, to name a few.
Summerfest: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
June 29-July 3 and July 5-10
A reason to visit Wisconsin has presented itself, in the form of an 11-day music fest with over 800 acts! With 11 stages, Summerfest features a rich assortment of artists, from country superstars Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton to pop acts like Selena Gomez—and even Paul McCartney!