A weekend is a terrible thing to waste. Whether you groove to country, EDM, pop, rock, or alternative, these first-ever fests are sure to strike a chord with you this season. So if you want to try something new, get your fix with one of these new music festivals.
Rock in Rio is raising the stakes with two weekends in Las Vegas for both pop and rock fans. Rock Weekend is up first May 8-9 with No Doubt and Metallica, then Pop Weekend takes over May15-16 with Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars. The Silver City is setting the gold standard with their headliners and supporting acts both weekends.
Country fans in Sin City are in for a treat when Professional Bull Riders stop through for their Cowboy Spring Break May 22-24. The audience will have a rip-roaring time in Las Vegas with big-time headliners Montgomery Gentry, Gary Allan, and The Band Perry.
Chicago is importing some first-rate talent for the initial installment of what promises to become a country music tradition. Established artists like Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, and Florida Georgia Line will be rubbing elbows with up-and-comers like Cassadee Pope, Canaan Smith, and Maddie & Tae for this can’t-miss Midwest festival June 19-21.
The first country festival to hit New York City is definitely big enough for the Big Apple. First-rate headliners like Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Dwight Yoakam, and Dierks Bentley will bring all the down home music city slickers can handle to beautiful Randall’s Island June 26-28.
Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival
Started by indie royalty Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National), Eaux Claires is taking a home-grown approach to the festival scene to encourage artist collaboration on a grand scale. Midwest notables like Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, The National, and Low will take over Wisconsin’s idyllic Chippewa River Valley July 17-18.
Pop, rap, electronic, and alternative are heading to the Great White North for the Way Home festival. Huge names like Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, alt-J, Modest Mouse, Hozier, and Bassnectar will bring something for everyone to beautiful Oro-Medonte, Ontario July 24-26.
What better setting than the First State for a rowdy weekend of patriotic, boot-stomping country music courtesy of superstars like Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line? With these huge acts and tons of rising stars taking the stage August 14-16, Delaware Junction is making its own bid to be the best country music festival hitting the East Coast this year.
The HARD Summer Music Festival couldn’t contain their electronic music mayhem any longer. Now, with stops in Miami, Seattle, Dallas, Toronto, and New Orleans, the GoHARD Tour may be your best chance to catch insane acts like Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, and Eric Prydz this spring.
Set on the sunny coast of San Diego September 18-20, the KAABOO Festival promises an epic experience for music lovers, by music lovers. Organizers are rolling out cushy amenities for you to enjoy acts like No Doubt, The Killers, Zac Brown Band, and Snoop Dogg in one of the most beautiful cities in the country.
Electronic music promotion giant FNGRS CRSSD brought a huge EDM-centric festival to San Diego’s beautiful shores March 14-15. CRSSD Festival gave other events a run for their money with an inaugural lineup that included names like Empire of the Sun, Chromeo, and Maceo Plex.