2018 Music Festival Guide

 By CLTure

February 1, 2018 (Updated *3.9.18*)

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*

Shaky Beats Music Festival 

May 11-13, 2018 – Atlanta, GA

Kygo, Marshmello, Zedd, Excision, Dillon Francis, Ludacris, Playboi Carti, G Jones, and more.

Rolling Loud 

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 17-20, 2018 – Durham, NC

Jamila Woods, Kelela, KRS-One, Mouse On Mars, Chelsea Manning, Jon Hopkins, J Rocc, Jenny Hval, Shabazz Palaces, Honey Dijon, and more.

Hangout Music Festival 

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.

Rooster Walk 

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.

Bottlerock Music Festival 

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.

Boston Calling 

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.

Sasquatch Music Festival 

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.

Movement Detroit 

May 26-28, 2018 – Detroit, MI

Claude VonStroke, Wu-Tang Clan, Diplo, Too $hort, BadBadNotGood, and more.

Soundset Music Festival 

May 27, 2018 – Minnesota, MN

Migos, Wu-Tang Clan, Logic, Erykah Badu, Tyler the Creator, Brockhampton, Jaden Smith, Rapsody, J.I.D., Atmosphere, Kamaiyah, Russ, A Boogie Wit The Hoodie, and more.

Nelsonville Music Festival 

May 31 – June 3, 2018 – Nelsonville, OH

The Decemberists, Alvvays, Ani DiFranco, Sunflower Bean, Kevin Morby, Middle Kids, Antibalas, River Whyless, and more.

Roots Picnic 

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.

Bunbury Music Festival 

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.

Governors Ball 

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.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 

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.

Firefly Music Festival 

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.

Mountain Jam 

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.

Electric Forest 

June 21-July 1, 2018 – Rothbury, MI

GRiZ, Bassnectar, Marshmello, Galantis, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Super Duper Kyle, The String Cheese Incident, Key N Krates, The Glitch Mob, Noname, G Jones, Bishop Briggs, and more.


June 27 – July 8, 2018 – Milwaukee, WI

James Taylor, Bonnie Rait, Logic, J. Cole, Dave Matthews Band, The Weeknd, Arcade Fire, Manchester Orchestra, Kesha, Lil Uzi Vert, The Flaming Lips, Pixies, Grizzly Bear, Phantogram, Spoon, Jason Isbell, and more.

Essence Festival 

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.

Camp Bisco 

July 12-14, 2018 – Scranton, PA

Bassnectar, STS9, Ghostface Killah, The Disco Biscuits, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Lettuce, Snails, Papadosio, Tipper, and more.

Forecastle Music Festival 

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.

Sloss Music & Arts Festival 

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.

Pitchfork Music Festival 

July 20-22, 2018 – Chicago, IL

Tame Impala, The War On Drugs, Chaka Khan, Kelela, DRAM, Julien Baker, Raphael Saadiq, (Sandy) Alex G, Japandroids, Lucy Dacus, Kelly Lee Owens, Ravyn Lenae, 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.

Newport Folk Festival 

July 27-29, 2018

Sturgill Simpson, Courtney Barnett, Tank and The Bangas, Gary Clark Jr., Hamilton Leithauser, The War and Treaty, 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.

XPoNential Music Festival 

July 27-29, 2018 – Camden, NJ

David Byrne, Sturgill Simpson, The War On Drugs, Sylvan Esso, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Mo Pop Festival 

July 28-19, 2018 – Detroit, MI

Bon Iver, The National, Vince Staple, St. Vincent, Portugal. The Man, Brockhampton, Daniel Caesar, Alvvays, and more.


August 2-5, 2018  – Grant Park, Chicago

The Weeknd, Jack White, The National, Vampire Weekend, Odesza, Artic Monkeys, Travis Scott, Brockhampton, Bruno Mars, Chvrches, St. Vincent,  Khalid, Logic, Portugal. The Man, Tyler The Creator, Daniel Caesar, and more.


August 3-4, 2018 – St. Charles, IA

Sturgill Simpson, Band of Horses, Chvrches, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, J. Roddy Walston, Anderson East, and more.


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.

Afropunk Brooklyn 

August 25, 2018 – Brooklyn, NY

Erykah Badu, Miguel, Tyler The Creator, The Internet, Jaden Smith, Jamila Woods, Janelle Monae, Twin Shadow, Ibeyi, Smino, Willow Smith, Denzel Curry, and more.


Moon River Music Festival 

September 8-9, 2018

The Avett Brothers, The Head and the Heart, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Judah & The Lion, Margo Price, Mavis Staples, Tramples by Turtles, Durand Jones and the Indications, Joseph, and more.

Grandoozy Music Festival 

September 14-16, 2018 – Denver, Co

Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, Sturgill Simpson, Miguel, St. Vincent, The War On Drugs, De La Soul, Mavis Staples, Daniel Caesar, Big K.R.I.T., and more.

Pilgrimage Music Festival

September 22-23, 2018 – Franklin, TN

Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Lord Huron, Counting Crows, Bleachers, Dawes, Maggie Rogers, Valerie June, The Struts, Elle King, Pete Yarn, John Moreland, and more.

Afropunk Atlanta 

October 13-14, 2018 – Atlanta, GA

N.E.R.D., The Internet, Noname, Benjamin Booker, Yves Tumor, Lil Simz, 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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