2018 Music Festival Guide

 By CLTure

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*

Okeechobee Music & Arts 

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.

Gasparilla Music Festival

March 10-11, 2018  – Tampa, FL

Spoon, The Roots, Father John Misty, Mondo Cozmo, Nikki Lane, The War & Treaty, and more.

Savannah Stopover 

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.

Buku Music + Art Project

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

St. Pat’s in Five Points

March 17, 2018 – Columbia, SC

Judah and the Lion, Susto, J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, RBTS Win, and more.

Big Ears 

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.

In Bloom Music Festival 

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.

Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival 

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.

Coachella 

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.

Savannah Music Festival 

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.

Tuck Fest 

April 19-22, 2018 – Charlotte, NC

Shakey GravesLettuceThe Wood BrothersDeer TickSUSTO, John MorelandThe Ghost of Paul Revere, DriftwoodNicki Bluhm & The GramblersPigeons Playing Ping PongWalden, and Elonzo Wesley.

SweetWater 420 Fest 

April 20-22, 2018 – Atlanta, GA

Sturgill Simpson, Tedeschi Trucks, The String Cheese Incident, Vulfpeck, Ghostland Observatory, Umphrey’s McGee, and more.

High Water Festival 

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.

MerleFest 

April 26-29, 2018 – Wilkesboro, NC

Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Rober Earl Keen, Rhiannon Giddens, Jim Lauderdale, Town Mountain, Donna The Buffalo, and more.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 

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.

Homecoming Music Festival 

April 28-29, 2018 – Cincinnati, OH

The National, Father John Misty, Future Islands, The Breeders, Julien Baker, Alvvays, Lord Huron, Big Thief, and more.

Fortress Festival 

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.

Shaky Knees Music Festival 

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.

Beale Street Music Festival 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FloydFest 

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.

Panorama 

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

Pickathon

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.

LOCKN’ 

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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