February 1, 2018 (Updated)
Festival season is upon us! It’s that time of year where we praise the lesser-known and lower-billed bands to flex our musical knowledge, we debate over the best lineups and make fun of the ones that have awkwardly placed nostalgic acts. We crack wise about festival fashion and the sweltering heat at some summer festivals, but we still love it.
Over 32 million people in the US each year attend a music festival and, in hindsight, festival culture has influenced the way we listen to and consume music much like radio, MTV, Spotify, or Soundcloud. Where else could you go to catch arena headlining bands, discover a new indie hip-hop act, and an up-and-coming DIY band? Music festivals have as much sway on our social culture as Run DMC and Aerosmith’s collaboration of “Walk This Way.” At many festivals, we see diversity as a verb, in action, and the common bond of music unites generations and people of several different backgrounds.
Here are our favorite 2018 music festival lineups so far:
*Click on the festival for more info. We’ll be updating this list weekly*
March 1, 2018 – Okeechobee, FL
Arcade Fire, Travis Scott, Bassnectar, Joey Bada$$, Leon Bridges, Trombone Shorty, Khalid, The Flaming Lips, Syvan Esso, Lil Dicky, Smino, Hiss Golden Messenger, and more.
March 10-11, 2018 – Tampa, FL
Spoon, The Roots, Father John Misty, Mondo Cozmo, Nikki Lane, The War & Treaty, and more.
March 8-10, 2018 – Savannah, GA
Of Montreal, Nikki Lane, Wild Child, Public Access T.V., Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Yonatan Gat, and more.
March 9-10, 2018 – New Orleans, LA
Migos, SZA, Bassnectar, Sylvan Esso, MGMT, Porter Robinson, Bishop Briggs, Smino, Sango, Noname, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Electronica, Lil Uzi Vert, and more
March 17, 2018 – Columbia, SC
Judah and the Lion, Susto, J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, RBTS Win, and more.
March 22-25, 2018 – Knoxville, TN
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Lucius, Four Tet, Wolfgang Voight, Bela Fleck, Julie Byrne, Rostam, Steve Gunn, Tal National, and more.
March 24-25, 2018 – Houston, TX
Beck, Grizzly Bear, Explosions in the Sky, Queens of the Stone Age, Sylvan Esso, Broken Social Scene, Houndmouth, Gramatik, D.R.A.M., Highly Suspect, T-Pain, Lil Dicky, Lil Uzi Vert, Broods, Twin Shadow, 21 Savage, and more.
April 6-8, 2018 – Knoxville, TN
Deer Tick, Dr. Dog, The Mowgli’s, Hayes Carll, Caroline Spence, The War & Treaty, Ancient Cities, Sarah Shook and The Disarmers, and more.
April 13-22, 2018 – Indo, CA
David Byrne, The Weeknd, Tyler, the Creator, Migos, Beyonce, SZA, The War on Drugs, Vince Staples, Miguel, Eminem, Brockhampton, Kygo, Odesza, St. Vincent, Daniel Caesar, Kelela, Tom Misch, Fleet Foxes, and more.
April 14, 2018 – Savannah, GA
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gillian Welch, Marc Broussard, Brent Cobb, Brett Dennen, Mipso, and more.
April 19-22, 2018 – Charlotte, NC
April 20-22, 2018 – Atlanta, GA
Sturgill Simpson, Tedeschi Trucks, The String Cheese Incident, Vulfpeck, Ghostland Observatory, Umphrey’s McGee, and more.
April 21, 2018 – North Charleston, SC
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Band of Horses, Shovels & Rope, Brandi Carlile, Jeff Tweedy, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Shakey Graves, M. Ward, Susto, Valerie June, and more.
April 26-29, 2018 – Wilkesboro, NC
Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Rober Earl Keen, Rhiannon Giddens, Jim Lauderdale, Town Mountain, Donna The Buffalo, and more.
April 27 – May 6, 2018 – New Orleans, LA
Aretha Franklin, Jack White, Sting, Beck, David Byrne, Anita Baker, Sturgill Simpson, Aerosmith, Cage the Elephant, Trombone Shorty & New Orleans Avenue, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, The Revivalists, Buddy Guy, Common, and more.
April 28-29, 2018 – Cincinnati, OH
The National, Father John Misty, Future Islands, The Breeders, Julien Baker, Alvvays, Lord Huron, Big Thief, and more.
April 28-29, 2018 Forth Worth, TX
Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, De La Soul, RZA, Rapsody, Chicano Batman, tUnE-YaRdS, Hurray fot the Riff Raff, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Waxahatchee, Jay Som, and more.
May 4-6, 2018 – Atlanta, GA
Jack White, The National, David Byrne, Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs, Courtney Barnett, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Cake, Vance Joy, The Distillers, Tenacious D, Japandriods, Machester Orchestra, Lord Huron, Jimmy Eat World, Alvvays, Parquet Courts, Bully, Andrew W.K., and more.
May 4-6, 2018 – Memphis, TN
Jack White, Erykah Badu, Tyler the Creator, Queens of the Stone Age, David Byrne, Alanis Morissette, The Flaming Lips, Action Bronson, Logic, Cake, Vance Joy, and more.
May 11-13, 2018 – Atlanta, GA
Kygo, Marshmello, Zedd, Excision, Dillon Francis, Ludacris, Playboi Carti, G Jones, and more.
May 11-13, 2018 – Miami Gardens, FL
Migos, Travis Scott, J. Cole, N.E.R.D, Lil Wayne, Future, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Future, The Diplomats, Young Thug, A$AP Ferg, Torey Lanez, Action Bronson, Lil Uzi Vert, Metro Boomin, Cardi B, Jaden Smith, Smino, Post Malone, and more.
May 18-20, 2018 – Gulf Shores, AL
Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, Anderson .Paak, Odesza, SZA, St. Vincent, Logic, Foster The People, The Chainsmokers, Manchester Orchestra, Halsey, Bahamas, Noname, Grouplove, Tank and the Bangas, Bleachers, Cold War Kids, Oh Wonder, Blackbear, Lil Pump, and more.
May 24-27, 2018 – Axton, VA
The Wood Brothers, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Marcus King Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, Billy Strings, Tauk, Dangermuffin, Zack Deputy, and more.
May 25-27, 2018 – Napa, CA
Bruno Mars, The Killers, Muse, Snoop Dogg, Earth Wind and Fire, Phantogram, Billy Idol, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, The Head and the Heart, Lake Street Dive, Thievery Corporation, Oh Wonder, Shakey Graves, Manchester Orchestra, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Tank and the Bangas, Allen Stone, Lany, and more.
May 25-27, 2018 – Cambridge, MA
The Killers, Jack White, The National, Brockhampton, Queens of the Stone Age, Tyler, the Creator, Eminem, St. Vincent, Portugal. The Man, Fleet Foxes, Bryson Tiller, The Decemberists, Alvvays, Daniel Caesar, Julien Baker, Thundercat, Stormzy, Maggie Rogers, Perfume Genius, (Sandy) Alex G, Big Thief, and more.
May 25-28, 2018 – George, Washington
Bon Iver, The National, David Byrne, Tyler, The Creator, Anderson .Paak, Ray Lamontagne, Spoon, Modest Mouse, Grizzly Bear, Explosions In The Sky, Vince Staples, Shakey Graves, Thundercat, Slowdive, and more.
May 31 – June 3, 2018 – Nelsonville, OH
The Decemberists, Alvvays, Ani DiFranco, Sunflower Bean, Kevin Morby, Middle Kids, Antibalas, River Whyless, and more.
June 2, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA
Dave Chappelle, 2 Chainz, The Diplomats, Black Thought & J. Period, Rapsody, Lil Uzi Vert, Goldlink, Dirty Projectors, Rich The Kid, Brandy, and more.
June 1-3, 2018 – Cincinnati, OH
Jack White, Blink-182, Third Eye Blind, Young The Giant, Foster The People, GRiZ, The Chainsmokers, Royal Blood, Bishop Briggs, Peter Bjorn and John, Dropkick Murphys, Black Pistol Fire, Lany, and more.
June 1-3, 2018 at New York, NY
Travis Scott, Jack White, N.E.R.D., Brockhampton, Chvrches, James Blake, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Goldlink, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Sylvan Esso, Kelela, 2 Chainz, Cut Copy, Alvvays, Manchester Orchestra, 6lack, Maggie Rogers, Lil Uzi Vert, Amine, Vic Mensa, Margo Price, Post Malone, Japandroids, and more.
June 7-10, 2018 – Manchester, TN
The Killers, Bon Iver, Anderson .Paak, Brockhampton, Eminem, Sturgill Simpson, Broken Social Scene, Bassnectar, Sylvan Esso, Daniel Caesar, Kali Uchis, Manchester Orchestra, Playboi Carti, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Mavis Staples, Chic (feat. Nile Rodgers), First Aid Kit, Mr. Carmack, Japanese Breakfast, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Kali Uchis, and more.
June 14-17, 2018 – Dover, NE
Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, Lil Wayne, Arctic Monkeys, Logic, SZA, alt-J, Portugal. The Man, MGMT, Martin Garrix, Lord Huron, Big Gigantic, Cold War Kids, Vance Joy, Chromeo, and more.
June 15-17, 2018 – Hunter Mountain, NY
Sturgill Simpson, The War On Drugs, alt-J, Jack Johnson, Portugal. The Man, Father John Misty, The Decemberists, Kurt Vile, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Anderson East, and more.
July 5-8, 2018 – New Orleans, LA
Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Miguel, The Roots, Blackstreet, Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Kelela, Daniel Caesar, Fantasia, 112, and more.
July 13-15, 2018 – Louisville, KY
Chris Stapleton, Modest Mouse, The War on Drugs, Arcade Fire, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Father Jpin Misty, Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, Vic Mensa, Punch Brothers, Jenny Lewis, Jimmy Eat World, Houndmouth, Vance Joy, Lucero, Oh Wonder, Ron Gallo, Margo Price, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Flagship, and more.
July 14-15, 2018 – Birmingham, AL
Arcade Fire, Chris Stapleton, The War On Drugs, GRiZ, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Vic Mensa, Nikki Lane, Brent Cobb, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Vance Joy, Waxahatchee, Margo Price, Moon Taxi, and more.
July 25-29, 2018 – Floyd, VA
Foster The People, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, ZZ Ward, Hiss Golden Messenger, Greta Van Fleet, Leftover Salmon, Nikki Lane, Langhorne Slim, Antibalas, and more.
July 27-29, 2018 – New York, NY
The Weeknd, Migos, The Killers, The xx, David Byrne, Odesza, St. Vincent, Janet Jackson, SZA, Daniel Caesar, Fleet Foxes, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dua Lipa, Soulection, Gucci Mane, Yaeji, Japanese Breakfast, and more.
July 27-29, 2018 – Camden, NJ
David Byrne, Sturgill Simpson, The War On Drugs, Sylvan Esso, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band
August 2-5, 2018 – Happy Valley, OR
Broken Social Scene, Built to Spill, Jamila Woods, Shakey Graves, Phosporescent, Phil Cook, Jen Cloher, Blind Boys of Alabama, and more.
August 23-26, 2018 – Arrington, VA
Dead & Company, Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Sheryl Crow, The Suffers, Blues Traveller, Lettuce, and more.
*We’ll be updating this list weekly, and giving away several festival passes in 2018. Be sure to check back, share and sign up for our newsletter for updates!*
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