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):

Coachella Music & Arts Festival – April 12-14 + April 19-21- Indio, California 

Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Kacey Musgraves, Solange, Khalid, Kid Cudi, Ariana Grande, Janelle Monáe, Anderson .Paak, 1975, Ella Mai, Chvrches, YG, Pusha T, Aphex Twin, DVSN, and more.

SweetWater 420 Festival – April 19-21 – Atlanta, Georgia

The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell, Widespread Panic, JJ Grey & Mofro, Moon Taxi, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and more.

Broccoli City Festival – April 26-27 – Washington, DC

Lil Wayne, Childish Gambino, 6LACK, Ella Mai, Teyana Taylor, Gunna, City Girls, Lil Baby, YBN Cortae, and more.

Tuck Fest – April 25-28 – Charlotte, North Carolina

Tyler Childers, The Milk Carton Kids, J. Roddy Walston, Fantastic Negrito, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, The Marcus King Band, Mo Lowda, and more.

MerleFest – April 25-28 – Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Brandi Carlile, The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Tyler Childers, Wynonna and the Big Noise, The Milk Carton Kids, Sam Bush Band, Sean McConnell, and more.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – April 25-28 + May 2-5 – New Orleans, Louisiana 

The Rolling Stones, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Chris Stapleton, Katy Perry, Santana, Logic, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Chaka Khan, Van Morrison, Al Green, Earth, Wind & Fire, Trombone Shorty, Alanis Morissette, Bonnie Rait, Herbie Hancock, and many more.

Fortress Festival – April 27-28 – Forth Worth, Texas 

Leon Bridges, Chvrches, Rae Sremmurd, Khruangbin, Tank and the Bangas, Superorganism, Tinashe, Bobby Sessions, and more

Something in the Water Festival – April 26-28 – Virginia Beach, VA

Missy Elliot, Migos, SZA, Travis Scott, SZA, Janelle Monae, Anderson .Paak, Mac DeMarco, Pharrell & Friends, Masego, Leikeli47, Kaytranada, Maggie Rogers, Ferg, Virgil Abloh, and more.

Trondosa Music & Arts Festival – April 27-28 – North Charleston, South Carolina

Widespread Panic, The Marcus King Band, The Wood Brothers, Caroline Rose, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Umphrey’s McGee, and more.

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival – May 2-5 – Pittsboro, North Carolina

Lukas Nelson, Donna The Buffalo, Zach Deputy, Young Bull, Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey, Zach Deputy, and more.

Shaky Knees – May 3-5 – Atlanta, Georgia

Tame Impala, Beck, Cage The Elephant, Gary Clark Jr., Tash Sultana, Tears for Fears, Jim James, The Struts, Sharon Van Etten, Maggie Rogers, Deer Hunter, Japanese Breakfast, Natalie Prass, and more.

Epicenter Festival – May 10-12 – Rockingham, North Carolina *Giveaway

Foo Fighters, Tool, Tom Morello, Evanescence, Korn, Rob Zombie, The Cult, Mastodon, Judas Priest, Bush, Machine Gun Kelly, and more.

Shaky Beats – May 10-11 – Atlanta, Georgia

Rufus Du Sol, Martin Garrix, Big Gigantic, Snakehips, Galantis, San Holo, and more.

Rolling Loud – May 10-12 – Miami, Florida 

Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Migos, Travis Scott, DMX, Rick Ross, Cardi B, Goldlink, Gucci Mane, YG, 21 Savage, J.I.D, Lil Skies, Denzel Curry, Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Beast Coast (Joey Bada$$ and Flatbush Zombies), Rae Sremmurd, Young Thug, Tee Grizzley, and many more.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Riot Fest – September 13-15 – Chicago, Illinois 

The Raconteurs, Blink-182, The Flaming Lips, Jawbreaker, Bloc Party, Violent Femmes, Die Antwoord, Ween, Rise Against, Descendents, Taking Back Sunday, Manchester Orchestra, Patti Smith, and more.

Music Midtown – September 14-15 – Atlanta, Georgia 

Vampire Weekend, Travis Scott, Leon Bridges, Billy Eilish, Lizzo, 6lack, Tash Sultana, Kali Uchis, Lord Huron, Banks, Jaden Smith, Cold War Kids, The Coathangers, Cardi B, 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.

Sea. Hear. Now Music Festival – September 21-22 – Asbury Park, New Jersey 

The Lumineers, Dave Matthews Band, Sharon Van Etten, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, The B-52’s, The Struts, Matt & Kim, The Marcus King Band, and more.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots – September 20-22 – Bristol, Tennessee 

Wynonna & The Big Noise, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Patty Griffin, Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives, Sam Bush, Caamp, Ruston Kelly, Lucy Dacus, The Black Lillies, Steep Canyon Rangers, Darrell Scott, 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.

The Marcus King Band Family Reunion – September 27-28 – Black Mountain, North Carolina

The Marcus King Band, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Yonder Mountain String Band, Josh Ritter, Amanda Shires, Doom Flamingo, Doyle Bramhall, Futurebirds, 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.

Rockweave Music & Arts Festival – Oct 4-5 – LaGrange, Georgia

Dawes, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Grouplove, Moon Taxi, Greensky Bluegrass, Johnnyswim, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, The Original Wailers, Durand Jones & the Indications, Lucie Silvas, Susto. The Suffers, and more.

Breakaway Festival – October 4-5 – Charlotte, North Carolina

Future, Lil Baby, Illenium, Kaskade, Boogie, Bryce Vine, Chelsea Cutler, Fisher, and more.

Exit 11 Festival – October 11-13 – Manchester, Tennessee 

Guns N’ Roses, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slayer, Deftones, Megadeth, Coheed and Cambria, Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Ghost, Mastodon, Gojira, Blackberry Smoke, Of Mice and Men, Thrice, and more.

Rolling Loud New York – October 12-13 – Queens, New York 

Wu-Tang Clan, Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky, DaBaby, YG, Fat Joe, Fabolous, Young Thug, Pusha T, DMX, Action Bronson, Megan Thee Stallion, and more.

Desert Daze – October 10-13 – Lake Paris, California 

Wu-Tang Clan, Ween, The Flaming Lips, Devo, Flying Lotus, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Khruangbin, The Black Angels, Alvvays, Parquet Courts, 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 – Atlanta, Georgia

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

Suwannee Hulaween – October 24-27 – Live Oak, Florida 

Anderson .Paak The Free Nationals, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Flying Lotus, The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Thundercat, Greensky Bluegrass, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Snails, STS9, Umphrey’s McGee, Tom Morello, G. Love & Special Sauce, and more.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience – October 25-27 – New Orleans, Louisiana

Guns N’ Roses, Beck, The National, Brandi Carlile, Interpol, Zhu, Japanese Breakfast, Denzel Curry, Bring Me The Horizon, Bishop Briggs, Young The Giant, and more.

The Fest – November 1-3 – Gainesville, Florida 

Jawbreaker, Less Than Jake, Against Me!, Jawbox, Stiff Little Fingers, Dag Nasty, The Bronx, American Steel, AJJ, Iron Reagan, Off with their Heads, Joyce Manor, Teenage Bottlerocket, and more.

Day N Vegas – November 1-3 – Las Vegas, Nevada 

J. Cole, Tyler, the Creator, Brockhampton, Travis Scott, DaBaby, Migos, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Schoolboy Q, Kali Uchis, A Boogie, Smino, Megan the Stallion, Bas, Dreezy, and more.

Levitation Festival – November 7-10 – Austin, Texas 

The Flaming Lips, Deafheaven, Angel Olsen, The Black Angels, Chelsea Wolfe, John Cale, Russian Circles, Mercury Rev, Devendra Banhart, and more.

Camp Flog Gnaw – November 9-10 – Los Angeles, California 

Tyler the Creator, Solange, Brockhampton, YG, DaBaby, Goldlink, The Internet, Daniel Caesar, Earl Sweatshirt, Yasiin Bey, Blood Orange, 21 Savage, and more.

Intersect Music Festival – December 6-7 – Las Vegas, Nevada 

Foo Fighters, Kacey Musgraves, Anderson .Paak, Beck, Chvrches, Brandi Carlile, H.E.R., Leon Bridges, Spoon, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Kaytranada, and more.

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

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