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The best music festivals are found in the USA…

The USA is MASSIVE. Seriously massive. It’s a country full of diversity, which is reflected in their music scene. They’ve got a variety of incredible festivals just waiting to be attended. Whether you’re a bit of a celebrity-spotting fashionista, into your hard-core punk or like to keep things pretty chilled, the USA is guaranteed to satisfy your musical penchant, whatever it is! Not only that, the freshest new talent and undiscovered gems are often found at festivals, especially in the States – that’s the best bit about them. So hop across the pond, put your dancing shoes on and keep your ears out for the next big thing in music!

Let’s get stuck into some of the AWESOME festivals the USA has to offer…

The obvious choices…


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When: April 13th – 15th and 20th – 22nd April

Where: Indio, California

2017 highlights: Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and Bon Iver

2018 line up highlights: Beyonce, Eminem and Tyler the Creator

Why you should go: Taking place in the middle of the desert, Coachella is one of the first to kick off the summer festival season. If you truly believe fashion and music go hand in hand then get yourself to Coachella next year. Basically, anyone who is anyone will be there.

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When: June 7th – 10th June

Where: Manchester, Tennessee

2017 highlights: U2, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Chance the Rapper

2018 line up highlights: Eminem, The Killers and Muse

Why you should go: Bonnaroo is hard-core! Don’t say we didn’t warn you. It’s known to be one of the greatest camping experiences in the world and the line-up never disappoints. Be careful of that Tennessee heat though!

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When: August 2nd – 5th

Where: Chicago, Illinois

2017 highlights: Lorde,  Arcade Fire and Chance the Rapper

2018 line up highlights: TBC!

Why you should go: You don’t have to get all dressed up for this one. Lollapalooza is known to be chilled out yet at the same time being super organised. When a storm shutdown the festival over one of the days, sets were quickly rescheduled and the show went on. Nice work Lollapalooza crew!

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South By Southwest (SXSW)

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When: March 9th – 18th

Where: Austin, Texas

2017 highlights: Ryan Adams, Future Islands and Cherry Glazerr

2018 line up highlights: TBC!

Why you should go: This is THE festival for discovering raw talent. Hop around bars and venues around Austin and rub shoulders with music industry folk as they look for their next big act to sign. It’s not just future stars though, you’ll also catch big names gracing the stages.

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The less obvious choices…

The Governors Ball Festival

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June 1st – 3rd

Where: Randall’s Island Park, New York City

2017 highlights: Pheonix, Childish Gambino and Lorde

2018 line up highlights: Eminem, Jack White and N.E.R.D

Why you should go: Governors Ball is one of the coolest festivals out there. So cool in fact, that you might find yourself stood next to a big time celebrity while waiting for the next band to perform! The benefit of Governors Ball (or negative, however you look at it!) is that there’s no camping involved, everyone stays in hostels and hotels. So the hangover the next morning won’t hurt as much as it would waking up on a field.

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Hangout Music Festival

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When: May 18th – 20th

Where: Gulf Shores, Alabama

2017 highlights: Mumford and Sons, Twenty One Pilots and Frank Ocean

2018 line up highlights: The Killers, Chainsmokers and Kendrick Lamar

Why you should go: The beautiful beaches of the Gulf Shores should be enough to sway it for you. It’s not your typical setting for a festival, but it still manages to bring in the big names to the line-up. It’s a super chilled atmosphere too – Hangout by name, hangout by nature!

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Boston Calling

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When: May 25th – 27th

Where: As the name suggests, Boston

2017 highlights: Bon Iver, The XX and Weezer

2018 line up highlights: Eminem, The Killers and Queens of the Stone Age

Why you should go: Look at the 2016 highlights above, so diverse! Boston Calling has something for everyone. It’s a relatively new festival, debuting in 2013 so the line-up is bound to keep on getting stronger and stronger.

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Pitchfork Festival – Chicago, Illinois

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When: July 20th – 22nd

Where: Chicago, Illinois

2017 highlights: LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest and Solange

2018 line up highlights: TBC!

Why you should go: If you don’t manage to get tickets to Lollapalooza then Pitchfork Festival is a good back up if you’re heading to Chicago. The line-up is always diverse, showcasing acts from alternative rock to hard-core punk.

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Now that was EPIC. I’m liking the sound of Governors Ball – no tents & celebrity spotting! What’s your pick? If you want to know what other delights the USA has got in store, check out more info here