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25 Music Festivals You Need to Attend in 2017

Festival season is coming soon and we have all the details you need to know about Coachella, Bonnaroo, Warped Tour, Voodoo, ACL, Lollapalooza and each major music event in North America this year

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Shaun White's Air + Style Festival

PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 21:  Singer Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips performs onstage at the Rose Bowl on February 21, 2015 in
Scott Dudelson

When: February 18 - 19
Where: Los Angeles, CA

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Why You Should Go: 
Three years ago, snowboarding legend/guitarist Shaun White brought a global Big Air snowboard competition and music festival to L.A. Not only is Air + Style a competition featuring the world’s best winter athletes, but also has the hottest music artists in the game. The two-day event series, held at Expo Park at the L.A. Coliseum, will have performances from Vic Mensa and YG to Flume, Major Lazer and much more. Let's not forget the activities— learning how to snowboard on an Olympic-level, interacting with the latest technology, sampling a variety of food, and creating art.

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South by Southwest (SXSW)

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 19:  Goldlink performs onstage at the FADER FORT presented by Converse during SXSW on March 19, 2016 in Au
Roger Kisby

When: March 13 - 19
Where: Austin, TX

2016 Highlights:

Why You Should Go: It's the best festival in the world for uncovering new raw talent. SXSW means hopping around bars and venues in Austin, mingling with a mixed group of music fans and music industry people and watching future stars earn their stripes. Of course, you get the big names, too—who could forget Lady Gaga's high-octane performance in 2014?—but half the fun is stumbling across a brand new act, loving them and then bragging about it when that act blows up four months later.

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Ultra Music Festival

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MARCH 19:  Ultra DJ Spotlight Carl Cox performs on stage at the Ultra Music Festival 2016 on March 19, 2016
Sergi Alexander

When: March 24 - 26
Where: Miami, FL

2016 Lineup Highlights: Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, Kygo, Yellow Claw, AlunaGeorge, Icona Pop, Chainsmokers.

Why You Should Go: Ultra is the most famous EDM festival in North America and for good reason. Do you see the lineup highlights from 2016 up there? We could have kept adding more if we wanted. Also, Miami is a hell of a city to throw a huge party in. Ultra was condensed from two weekends to one in 2014, but that just means the fun is more concentrated.

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Coachella

INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Recording artists Matt Johnson (L) and Kim Schifino of Matt and Kim perform onstage during day 3 of the
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

When: April 14 - 16, April 21 - 23
Where: Indio, CA

2016 Highlights:

Why You Should Go: Taking place in the middle of the desert, Coachella is a top-notch festival experience that feels like the start of summer festival season. It provides an argument each year that its lineup is king of all festivals, and 2016 was no exception. This year, Beyoncé, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar will headline, need we say more? So do whatever you can to find tickets.

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Shaky Beats Music Festival

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When: May 5 - 7
Where: Atlanta, GA

2016 Lineup Highlights: Major Lazer, ZHU, A$AP Ferg, Tory Lanez, Chromeo, Nas, Yellow Claw

Why You Should Go: The sister festival of rock fest Shaky Knees is back for its second year. Shaky Beats will continue to shake Centennial Olympic Park with headliners like The Chainsmokers, Kaskade, Griz, Flosstradamus, Zeds Dead and Galantis. Get ready to dance the night away with electronic, hip-hop and indie acts. 

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Beale Street

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When: May 5 - 7
Where: Memphis, TN

2016 Lineup Highlights: Beck, Zedd, Megan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Barenaked Ladies, Indigo Girls, Lunchmoney Lewis, Bastille, Cypress Hill, Panic! at the Disco, Weezer.

Why You Should Go: Beale Street consistently brings forth one of the most eclectic festival lineups we see year to year. It's a huge advantage to be able to catch such a wide variety of acts in one weekend, so if you're looking for one festival to take in and you have scattered tastes, this might be the one for you.

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Shaky Knees Music Festival

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 14:  General view of atmosphere as Shakey Graves performs at Shaky Knees Music Festival at Centennial Olymp
Chris McKay

When: May 12 - 14 
Where: Atlanta, GA

2016 Lineup Highlights: Florence and the Machine, Young the Giant, Deftones, My Morning Jacket, Silversun Pickups, Cold War Kids, Jane’s Addiction.

Why You Should Go: The rock-centric festival takes place at Centennial Olympic Park and International Plaza. Rock-lovers of all ages can witness more than 60 artists on three stages ranging from iconic to up-and-coming. Check out this year's headliners including The xx, LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix and more while munching on food from Atlanta's locals.

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Hangout Fest

GULF SHORES, AL - MAY 21:  Sam Harris of X Ambassadors performs during the 2016 Hangout Music Festival on May 21, 2016 in Gul
Taylor Hill

When: May 19 - 21
Where: Gulf Shores, AL

2016 Lineup Highlights: The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, The Chainsmokers, Fetty Wap, Florence + The Machine, Alabama Shakes, Run the Jewels, Haim, Cage The Elephant.

Why You Should Go: Gorgeous beaches aren't your typical setting for a major music festival, but Hangout manages to draw massive headliners to the beautiful Alabama coastline for a weekend of serious shredding. As its name implies, Hangout is a chill affair that balances the more high-energy antics of Bonnaroo, Electric Daisy Carnival and the like with a lineup that is always wildly eclectic.

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Sasquatch! Music Festival

GEORGE, WA - MAY 29:  Leon Bridges plays an acoustic pop-up show at the Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre on
Suzi Pratt

When: May 26 - 28
Where: George, WA

2016 Lineup Highlights: Disclosure, A$AP Rocky, Oh Wonder, Andra Day, Lion Babe, Vince Staples, Bayonne.

Why You Should Go: The setting alone is enough to coax hordes of people to Sasquatch!, as the main stage is literally on the precipice of a giant cliff overlooking a majestic gorge. Between OutKast's incredible headlining set, Chance The Rapper's triumphant return to the festival circuit and HAIM's most hard-rocking performance of the season, Sasquatch!'s run in 2014 brought about tons of memorable musical moments. (Not like we'd expect anything less from a festival that sold out in a record 90 minutes in 2013.)

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Electric Daisy Carnival

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: DJ Kaskade performs during the 2016 Electric Daisy Carnival on May 15, 2016 in New York, New York.  (P
Mireya Acierto/Getty Images

When & Where: Mexico City, Feb 25 - 26; Las Vegas, June 16 - 18; UK, July 8; Tokyo, April 29 - 30

2016 Lineup Highlights: Afrojack, Marshmello, Cosmic Gate, Kaskade, David Guetta, Eric Prydz, Alison Wonderland.

Why You Should Go: The New York City event is a two-day warm-up for the bigger attraction, which is the insane party in Las Vegas—and 2015 marked the year that EDC went international! There's nary an EDM festival that's more widely anticipated, and Electric Daisy does it right by having acts perform between sunset and sunrise as opposed to during the day. Make sure you stay hydrated—you'll get surprisingly tired considering the sun's not out—but besides that, it's a blast of a festival.

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Governors Ball

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03:  Music fans on day 1 of Governors Ball festival at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City.
Burak Cingi

When: June 2 - 4
Where: New York, NY

2016 Lineup Highlights: Kanye West, The Killers, Jamie xx, Two Door Cinema Club, Miguel, Haim, Beck, Robyn, Mac Miller. 

2016 Highlights:

Why You Should Go: Governors Ball 2013 proved to be the meaning of "the show must go on," as the festival weathered a tropical storm and a flash flood warning on New York's Randall's Island. With an incredible lineup, it was a weekend where attendees had to look past their own mud-caked features and appreciate the music at hand. 2014 paid off for those who returned, as they got to watch major talents hailing from every genre rock so loudly their tunes bounced off the nearby Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. Even the super-celebs were stage-hopping: Madonna made sure to catch Disclosure's set, and André 3000 brought his son Seven to the photo pit in order to get up close and personal with Childish Gambino. Don't even get us started on 2015, with Lana Del Rey, deadmau5, Black Keys, Drake and more.

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Bonnaroo

MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 11:  Judah Akers of Judah and The Lion performs in the crowd on June 11, 2016 in Manchester, Tennessee.
Erika Goldring

When: June 8 - 11
Where: Manchester, TN

2016 Highlights:

Why You Should Go: None of the top few American festivals are as "hardcore" as Bonnaroo for most people who go. It's one of the greatest camping experiences at any festival in the world, and Bonnaroo organizers constantly deliver a fantastic lineup. Once you survive four days sleeping outside and watching awesome bands in the intense Tennessee heat, no one will doubt your festival experience. (And definitely try to catch at least one late-night super jam.)

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Firefly Music Festival

DOVER, DE - JUNE 18:  Festival goers attend as Deadmau5 performs onstage at Firefly Music Festival on June 18, 2016 in Dover,
Theo Wargo

When: June 15 - 18
Where: Dover, DE

2016 Lineup Highlights: Mumford & Sons, deadmau5, Florence + The Machine, Blink-182, Kings of Leon and more.

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Why You Should Go: Firefly can still be classified as a start-up of sorts, only launching in 2012. But the festival claims a unique home in the beautiful woodlands of Delaware and has come on strong with powerful lineups. There's camping available as well, so you can make a lot out of this fest!

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Warped Tour

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When: June 16 - August 6
Where: Throughout North America

2016 Lineup Highlights: Good Charlotte, Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, Waka Flocka Flame, Sum 41, The Summer Set, Yellowcard

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Why You Should Go: Warped Tour is the only festival on this list that's actually a full North American tour. It stops in more than 40 cities throughout the course of eight grueling summer weeks, setting up and tearing down a mini-city each day. The festival celebrated its twentieth year in 2014 and continues to blend acts ranging from pop to metalcore to pop-punk to electronic and everything in between. If you're looking for one full, action-packed day of watching bands, Warped is a great place to go and probably not too far from you.

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KCON

KCON 2016 LA - Concert Finale (Homepage)
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When: TBD
Where: LA & NYC

2016 Lineup Highlights: BTS, Girls' Generation-TTS, CNBLUE, Seventeen, Dynamic Duo, Crush, Twice

2016 Highlights:

Why You Should Go: KCON has been called the Mecca of all things K-pop, and has grown exponentially since it was first introduced in 2012 (a.k.a. the year of "Gangnam Style"), evolving from a one-day convention to a multi-coast extravaganza. Even if you aren't well-versed in all things K-pop, the extreme passion you'll see from fans is engaging as any other major festival culture.

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Panorama

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Major Lazer performs onstage at the 2016 Panorama NYC Festival - Day 1 at Randall's Island on July 22
Theo Wargo/Getty Images

When: June 28 - 30
Where: New York, NY

2016 Lineup Highlights: Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Run the Jewels, Grace Potter, Foals, Blood Orange, FKA Twigs, Silversun Pickups, Schoolboy Q.

2016 Highlights:

Why You Should Go: Here's an east-coast music festival alternative to Coachella, if you didn't get a hold of tickets or can't make it out to the west. The new music festival will give you an almost similar experience with art installations, local food selections and a wide range of music performances. Last year gave us three days of sick lineups. 2017 will bring us Solange, MGMT, Frank Ocean, Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest and so much more!

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Essence Festival

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When: June 29 - July 2
Where: New Orleans, LA

2016 Highlights: 

Why You Should Go: The magazine's annual festival always brings out R&B and hip-hop royalty (the 2017 iteration will see performances from Chaka Khan plus Diana Ross playing the fest for the first time) along with tons of rising talent and classic favorites. Fans fill NOLA's Superdome for a stylish getaway weekend where everyone dresses to impress while singing along to their favorites of today and yesterday.

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Newport Folk Festival

NEWPORT, RI - JULY 27: Atmosphere during the 2013 Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park on July 27, 2013 in Newport,
Douglas Mason/Getty Images

When: July 28 - 30
Where: Newport, RI

2016 Lineup Highlights: Edward Sharpe, Norah Jones, Alabama Shakes, Father John Misty.

Why You Should Go: Newport Folk is an American music tradition at this point, but it's hardly just for the family-friendly/Dylan-crooning set. Over the course of three days, musicians that redefine "folk" in every fashion from the soulful belts of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings to the hard-rocking ways of Jack White descend upon Fort Adams and let their music waft across the sail boat-speckled Narragansett Bay. It's scenic, it's chill and it's a great excuse to eat lobster rolls for an entire weekend while rediscovering an appreciation for banjos.

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Lollapalooza

Diplo of Major Lazer performs on Day 2 of the 25th anniversary Lollapalooza at Grant Park on July 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illino
Gary Miller/FilmMagic

When: August 3 - 6
Where: Chicago, IL

2016 Lineup Highlights: J. Cole, Lana Del Ray, Future, Major Lazer, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Disclosure, Halsey, Ellie Goulding

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Why You Should Go: Lolla has a great reputation as one of the most organized festivals in the country, as we saw in 2012 when a gnarly storm shut things down for part of the weekend. Sets were rescheduled and the show impressively went on. Other pros about the Chicago fest: Krewella say you don't have to dress fancy and you can explore the city by day.

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Made in America

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 04:  DJ Khaled performs onstage during the 2016 Budweiser Made in America Festival - Day 2 at Be
Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch

When: September TBD
Where: Philadelphia, PA

2016 Highlights:

Why You Should Go: How could a festival founded by Jay Z not be cool? Already in its fifth year, Made in America continues to get more ambitious with both the type of talent and amount of talent it brings to Philly each year. There's an emphasis on pop, hip-hop and electronic acts here, and even though the fest is no longer bi-costal, it still becomes an excellent way to spend Labor Day weekend and close out your summer.

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Riot Fest

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 02:  Atmosphere during Riot Fest at National Western Complex on September 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.
Tim Mosenfelder

When: September 15 - 17
Where: Chicago, IL

2016 Lineup Highlights: The Flaming Lips, Death Cab for Cutie, Method Man & Redman, Jimmy Eat World, Morrissey, Rob Zombie

Why You Should Go: Riot Fest provides the ultimate cross between mainstream and independent acts, current punk rock megastars and legendary bands from the past. This was on full display in 2013, when Humboldt Park hosted two mega-awesome modern headliners in Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy, and then followed it up with Weezer bringing some serious musical might to the stage alongside acts like the Flaming Lips and Descendents. 2016's lineup (The Flaming Lips, Fitz & The Tantrums) was just as exciting. If the relatively new Riot Fest can keep the momentum going, it'll soon be mentioned in the same breath as America's heaviest-hitting festivals.

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Austin City Limits

American electronic music band Major Lazer performs during day 1 of Austin City Limits Music Festival held at Zilker Park on
SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty Images

When: October 6 - 8, October 13 - 15
Where: Austin, TX

2016 Lineup Highlights: Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, LCD Soundsystem, Kygo, Willie Nelson, Flume, LL Cool J, Chris Stapleton

2016 Highlights:

Why You Should Go: ACL Fest comes later in the calendar than Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and SXSW, but that's what makes this festival such a special one to attend. Make no mistake, it's still a huge deal and has sold out for the last decade! But falling in October means that the summer festival rush has ended and this serves as a positive: You get a more relaxed crowd, milder temperatures in Austin and less chaos on the whole. Plus, it's two weekends long now, so the party is twice as good!

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The Fest

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When: October TBD
Where: Gainesville, FL

2016 Lineup Highlights: The Ergs!, Less Than Jake, Latterman, A Wilhelm Scream, Propagandhi, Dillinger Four

Why You Should Go: If you like punk rock, The Fest is probably one of your favorite weekends of the year. It's a mecca of sorts for punk fans, drawing attendees from countries all over the world. Held in downtown Gainesville, it's a lot like SXSW in that you'll be hopping between multiple venues every day, but the similarities end there, as it's retained a DIY feel throughout each of its 12 years. Held on the same weekend as the annual Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville, the University of Florida's college town is left entirely to the 5,000 punks who descend upon it, and the atmosphere is something you have to witness.

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Voodoo Music Experience

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 29:  Atmoshere during the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at City Park on October 29, 2016 in N
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

When: October 27 - 29
Where: New Orleans, LA

2016 Highlights:

Why You Should Go: Everyone talks about summer festivals, but October's Voodoo Music Experience, in the lively city of New Orleans, challenges the summer fests with an attitude of its own. Whether you're looking for a top-tier festival to beat the heat or wanting to cap off an awesome summer of music with one more weekend of watching huge-name acts, Voodoo is a great choice.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 08: Girl Talk performs in concert during day 2 of FunFunFun Fest at Auditorium Shores on November 8, 20
Merrick Ales/FilmMagic

When: November TBD - cancelled?
Where: Austin, TX

2016 Lineup Highlights: Jane's Addiction, Wu-Tang Clan, Chvrches, Grimes, Cheap Trick, ScHoolboy Q, Gogol Bordello

Why You Should Go: Austin just keeps on giving. Fun Fun Fun Fest prides itself on highlighting independent and progressive music, and while it doesn't get the same mainstream love as SXSW or the Austin City Limits Festival, it's still an impressive lineup. All music fans need to make a trip to Austin eventually, and FFF Fest provides an excellent opportunity to do so.

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