Summer’s right around the corner–meaning we’re all geared up to head off to some amazing summer music festivals. The good news is that there are an estimated 40+ festivals going on all over the country, but the bad news is that you’re not going to be able to hit them all. So in order to help you with your #FirstWorldProblem, we’ve narrowed it down to five festivals that you should target.
It’s true that most of 4/5 of these are exclusively electronic dance music festivals, but the fact of the matter is that those are the ones that excite us the most. EDM festivals are an experience unlike any other.
We suggest buying tickets ASAP because every one of these are very likely to sell out.
While you’re waiting for your wristbands and tickets to arrive, we also suggest using Samsung’s Milk Music to stream your favorite artists and tunes. It’s a free, fully customizable streaming music service for Galaxy users that has absolutely zero commercial interruptions and gives you a great way to preview your favorite artists or songs.
When: June 6th-8th | Where: Randall’s Island, New York City
Who to see: Outkast, Disclosure, Chance the Rapper, J. Cole, The Strokes, La Roux
Why it’s anticipated: Governor’s Ball has never failed to impress us since it started in 2011. Boasting the most eclectic lineup of all the festivals in/around NYC, tickets for the Ball have been notoriously hard to come by. As long as the rain stays away for the weekend (last year it turned into a total mudpit), this is going to be an absolutely incredible festival.
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When: May 23rd-26th | Where: Bethel, NY
Who to see: Chase and Status, Moby, Kaskade, Soul Clap, Nervo, Pete Tong
Why it’s anticipated: Because Mysteryland is the longest-running electronic dance music festival in the world but is just now making its way to the United States on the famous Woodstock ground, no less.
Not only does it boast incredible set designs and some of the hottest names in dance music, what really puts this festival on our radar is the fact that it’s an overnight camping festival. If you live in the North East and are looking for an absolutely wild time, make sure you find some tickets quickly. Camping at a festival is an experience that can’t be explained.
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Mad Decent Block Party
When: July 26th – September 21st | Where: All Over the Country
Who to see: It’s different for each city but in Brooklyn the names that have been announced thus far are Diplo, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, Walshy Fire, Grandtheft. More names will be announced later
Why it’s anticipated: Because the Mad Decent Block Party has been growing in size since its inception back in 2008 and now is an absolute rager. Obviously the good news about Mad Decent is that the label-owner Diplo performs, but really the whole “vibe” is just awesome. Sh*t gets mad indecent (in a good way).
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When: August 29th-31st | Where: Randalls’s Island, New York City
Who to see: Only the first phase of artists has been released but at the moment we’re pumped to see Dada Life, Carnage, Chase and Status, Netsky, and Arty.
Why it’s anticipated: Because it’s New York City’s original EDM festival and despite the tragic death of two people last year, we’re sure that things are going to be just as live.
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When: September 26-28 | Where: Atlanta, GA
Who to see: Diplo, Skrillex, Henry Fong, Pete Tong, Bassnectar (only the first artist announcement has been made at the time this was published)
Why it’s anticipated: According to our writers who made the trek to Georgia for last year’s inaugural TomorrowWorld, the place was completely out of this world. Now that they’ve got a full year of USA experience on their belt, we’re expecting an even wilder time. Most of the line-up is currently still a secret but TomorrowWorld is making a serious push towards being the largest EDM festival in the country.
Yes it’s the farthest trek here from NYC (our homebase) but it’s 100% worthwhile. One of the most unique things its’ got going for it (unlike EDC Vegas or Ultra) is that it’s an overnight festival.
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