2019 Music Festival Guide

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 By Cameron Lee

March 8, 2019 (Updated)

Festival season is here and, with more than 800 music festivals in the US alone, they have become one of the most popular reasons for travel in the country, with over 32 million people attending at least one music festival in a given year. They have influenced our music taste as much, if not more than, radio, MTV, Spotify, and YouTube. Where else can you go to catch mega headlining bands, indie acts, and up-and-comers in one place?

Ranging in genres from indie rock to hip-hop to EDM, music festivals have heavily impacted our social culture, especially with the explosion of social media. Above all, they are fun, vibrant, and serves as gathering spaces for people of all backgrounds, all celebrating their love for one thing: music.

Here are some our favorite 2019 music festival lineups (updated weekly):

Hangout Music Festival – May 16-19 – Gulf Shores, Alabama 

Travis Scott, The Lumineers, Khalid, Vampire Weekend, Cardi B, GRiZ, Kygo, 1975, Buddy, Shame, Jimmy Eat World, Diplo, Hozier, Bishop Briggs, and more.

Rhythm & Blooms – May 17-19 – Knoxville, Tennessee

Tyler Childers, Tank and The Bangas, Dawes, Lukas Nelson, Langhorne Slim, The Black Lillies, The Suffers, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Cereus Bright, and more.

Rooster Walk – May 23-26 – Axton, Virginia

Galactic, Shovels & Rope, The Marcus King Band, Big Something, Billy Strings, The Black Lillies, and more. 

Bottlerock Music Festival – May 24-26 – Napa Valley, California 

Neil Young, Pharrell Williams, Logic, Sylvan Esso, Gary Clark Jr., Santana, Big Boi, Nathaniel Rateliff, Jenny Lewis, Tash Sultana, Lord Huron, Anderson East, Bishop Briggs, and more.

Boston Calling – May 24-26 – Allston (Boston), Massachusetts

Travis Scott, Tame Impala, Anderson .Paak, Logic, Janelle Monae, Lord Huron, Brandi Carlile, Hozier, Big Red Machine, Black Star (Yasiin Bey + Talib Kweli), Odesza, Tank and The Bangas, Shame, Christine and The Queens, Snail Mail, and more.

Sound Set – May 26 – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lil Wayne, Run The Jewels, SZA,, DMX, Lil Uzi Vert, Black Star (Yasiin Bey + Talib Kweli), Beast Coast (Flatbush Zombies + Joey Bada$$), Buddy, Trippie Redd, Bas, Tierra Whack, G-Eazy, Doja Cat, YBN Cordae, Just Blaze, and more.

Candler Park Music + Food Festival – May 31 – Atlanta, Georgia 

Dr. Dog, Trampled By Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, Stephen Marley, Dispatch, Larkin Poe, and more.

Riverbend Music Festival – May 31-June 1 – Chattanooga, Tennessee 

Weezer, Lionel Ritchie, Macklemore, The War and Treaty, Keith Urban, Old Crow Medicine Show, Larkin Poe, and more.

Bunbury – May 31-June 2 – Cincinnati, Ohio

Run The Jewels, 1975, Girl Talk, The Aces, Fall Out Boy, AWOLNATION, Dashboard Confessional, Jukebox the Ghost, and more.

Governors Ball – May 31-June 2 – Randall’s Island, New York

The Strokes, NAS, Kacey Musgraves, Florence and The Machine, Tyler The Creator, Jorja Smith, Brockhampton, SZA, Vince Staples, The Internet, Ty Dolla $ign, Blood Orange, Noname, Kaytranada, Ravyn Lenae, and more.

Roots Picnic – June 1 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

The Roots, H.E.R., 21 Savage, Lil Baby, City Girls, Tank & the Bangas, Ari Lennox, Queen Naija, Blueface, Moonchild, and more

Bonnaroo – June 13-16 – Manchester, Tennessee *Giveaway*

Childish Gambino, Kacey Musgraves, Solange, Brockhampton, The National, Odesza, Phish, Post Malone, Cardi B, Beach House, Hozier, Courtney Barnett, The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, GRiZ, Jim James, and more.

Smokin’ Grooves – June 15 – Long Beach, California 

Usher, Erykah Badu, Common, Ella Mai, Ari Lennox, Kali Uchis, The-Dream, The Pharcyde, T Pain, Slum Village, Raveena, Ravyn Lenae, Summer Walker, and many more.

Firefly – June 21-23 – Dover, Delaware

Travis Scott, Vampire Weekend, Post Malone, Tyler The Creator, Courtney Barnett, Death Cab for Cutie, Car Seat Headrest, GRiZ, Gucci Mane, Zedd, Kygo, Bishop Briggs, Hop Along, and more.

Summerfest – June 26-30 + July 2-July 7 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Bon Iver,The Killers, The National, Billy Eilish, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q, Lionel Richie, Ozzy Osbourne, Jennifer Lopez, Brandi Carlile, The Head and The Heart, and more.

Warped Tour Atlantic City – June 29-30 – Atlantic City, New Jersey

Blink-182, 311, Taking Back Sunday, Andrew W.K., Good Charlotte, Gym Class Heroes, Circa Survive, Cut Chemist, Anti-Flag, Bad Religion, Dirty Heads, Less Than Jake, and more.

Essence Music Festival – July 4-7 – New Orleans, Louisiana

Missy Elliot, Mary J. Blige, Pharrell Williams, H.E.R., Teyana Taylor, Nas, City Girls, NAO, Teddy Riley, Anthony Hamilton, Timbaland, Big Freedia, Ginuwine, Scarface, and more.

Forecastle – July 12-14 – Louisville, Kentucky

The Killers, Anderson .Paak, The Avett Brothers, Tyler Childers, Maggie Rogers, Portugal. The Man, Chvrches, First Aid Kit, Andrew Bird, Dawes, Anderson East, Lucius, Noname, Denzel Curry, and more.

Pitchfork Music Festival – July 19-21 – Chicago, Illinois

The Isley Brothers, Robyn, Pusha T, Mavis Staples, Kurt Vile, Earl Sweatshirt, Parquet Courts, Haim, Rico Nasty, Whitney, Snail Mail, Belle & Sebastian, and more.

FloydFest – July 24-28 – Floyd, Virginia *Giveaway

Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile, Margo Price, Tyler Childers, The War and Treaty, Lukas Nelson, Fantastic Negrito, Phil Lesh, The String Cheese Incident, American Aquarium, and more.

Merge Records Festival – July 24-27 – Durham, North Carolina

Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, Hiss Golden Messenger, Wye Oak, Waxahatchee, Fruit Bats, Sneaks, and more.

XPoNential Music Festival – July 26-28 – Camden, New Jersey 

Hozier, Elvis Costello, Blondie, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Gregory Alan Isakov, Dawes, Japanese Breakfast, The Wood Brothers, Lucy Dacus, The War and Treaty, Ruston Kelly, and more.

Mo Pop Festival – July 26-27 – Detroit, Michigan 

Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Ella Mai, Kali Uchis, Lizzo, J.I.D, Noname, Wallows, Snail Mail, CAAMP, and more.

Lollapalooza – August 1-4 – Chicago, Illinois 

The Strokes, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Kacey Musgraves, Lil Wayne, Janelle Monae, Tierra Whack, Gary Clark Jr., 6lack, Meek Mill, H.E.R., Maggie Rogers, Hozier, Smino, J.I.D, Rich The Kid, Denzel Curry, Hayley Kiyoko, and more.

Outside Lands – August 9-11 – San Francisco, California 

Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, Kacey Musgraves, Lil Wayne, The Lumineers, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Leon Bridges, Hozier, Ella Mai, Tierra Whack, Mavis Staples, Santigold, Toro y Moi, Denzel Curry, and more.

Railbird Festival – August 10-11 – Lexington, Kentucky 

The Raconteurs, Brandi Carlile, Gary Clark Jr., St. Paul and The Broken Bones, I’m With Her, Mavis Staples, Hozier, Susto, The Dip, Fruit Bats, and more.

Moonrise Music Festival – August 10-11 – Baltimore, Maryland 

Illenium, KSHMR, Nghtmre + Slander, R3hab, Slushii, Tiesto, Cheat Codes, 21 Savage, Big Gigantic, Blackbear, Excision, Ganja White Night, and more.

Lockn’ Festival – August 22-25 – Arrington, Virginia 

Gary Clark Jr., Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Trey Anastasio Band, Khruangbin, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Vulfpeck, The Allman Betts Band, Bob Weir, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and more.

Afropunk Brooklyn – August 24-25 – Brooklyn, New York 

Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr, Jill Scott, FKA twigs, Kamasi Washington, Santigold, GoldLink, Toro y Moi, Nao, Death Grips, Danny Brown, Tierra Whack, J.I.D, Ravyn Lenae, Masego, Leikeli47, Rico Nasty, Earthgang, Kari Faux, and more.

Made in America Festival – August 31-September 1 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Travis Scott, James Black, Anderson .Paak, Jorja Smith, Tierra Whack, Jacob Banks, Kaytranada, Roddy Rich,  DaBaby, Amber Mark, Cardi B, and more.

Hopscotch Music Festival – September 5-7 – Raleigh, North Carolina 

James Blake, Sleater-Kinney, Chvrches, Phantogram, Little Brother, Dirty Projectors, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Jenny Lewis, Deerhunter, Lute, Joey Purp, The Nude Party, and more.

Moon River Music Festival – September 7-8 – Chattanooga, Tennessee

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Brandi Carlile, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Moon Taxi, Drew and Ellie Holcomb, The Wood Brothers, Johnnyswim, The Oh Hellos, Josh Ritter, Rayland Baxter, Lady Wray, and more.

Music Midtown – September 14-15 – Atlanta, Georgia 

Vampire Weekend, Travis Scott, Billy Eilish, Lizzo, 6lack, Tash Sultana, Lord Huron, Banks, Jaden Smith, Lil Yachty, The Coathangers, and more.

Bourbon and Beyond – September 20-22 – Louisville, Kentucky

Foo Fighters John Fogerty, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Trey Anastasio, Leon Bridges, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Kurt Vile & The Violators Margo Price, Grace Potter, The Flaming Lips, Jenny Lewis, Mipso, Daryl Hall & John Oates, and more

Imagine Festival – September 20-22 – Atlanta, Georgia

Diplo, Zeds Dead, Marshmello, Above & Beyond Alison Wonderland KSHMR, Louis The Child, Tipper, Claude VonStroke, and more.

Life is Beautiful – September 20-22 – Las Vegas, Nevada 

Vampire Weekend, Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper, The Black Keys, Billy Eilish, Post Malone, Portugal the Man, Lord Huron, Janell Monae, Banks, Masego, Carly Rae Jepsen, and more.

Pilgrimage Music Festival – September 21-22 – Franklin, Tennessee 

Foo Fighters, The Killers, Leon Bridges, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Head & The Heart, Jenny Lewis, Phosphorescent, Rayland Baxter, Lukas Nelson, Justin Townes Earle, The War & Treaty, The Dip, and more.

Louder Than Life Festival – September 27 -29 – Louisville, Kentucky 

Guns N’ Roses, Ice Cube, Die Antwoord, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Three Days Grace, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, Ice Cube, Sum 41, Breaking Benjamin, and more.

Art of Cool – September 27-30 – Durham, North Carolina 

Jill Scott, Ari Lennox, Run-DMC, 9th Wonder, Black Violin, Whodini, Marcus Anderson, and more

ACL Music Festival – October 4 – 13 – Austin, Texas

The Cure, Guns N’ Roses, Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Billy Eilish, Gary Clark Jr., James Blake, Kali Uchis, Lizzo, Robyn, Banks, and many more.

Afropunk Atlanta – October 12 + 13, 2019 – Atlanta, Georgia

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, FKA Twigs, Danny Brown, Smino, SiR, Earthgang, Leikeli47, Masego, Gallant, Ravyn Lenae, and more.

Be sure to check back as we continue to update new festivals announced, and giveaways in 2019!

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