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 remaining 2019 music festival lineups (updated weekly):

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.

Summer Spirit Festival – August 3 – Columbia, Maryland

Anthony Hamilton, Jhene Aiko, Raphael Saadiq, DVSN, PJ Morton, Ms. Kim & Scooby, and Kyle Dion

Bellwether Music Festival – August 9-11 – Waynesville, Ohio 

Beach House, Cake, Cold War Kids, Guided By Voices, Twin Shadow, STRFKR, Real Estate, Pinback, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Caroline Rose, Sego, 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.

Mamby on the Beach – August 23-24 – Montrose Beach, Chicago 

Brockhampton, Zhu, Santigold, Flying Lotus, Sylvan Esso, Phantogram, NAO, Sofi Tukker, Summer Walker, 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.

Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival – August 30-September 1 – Seattle, Washington 

Tyler, the Creator, The Lumineers, H.E.R., Taking Back Sunday, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alina Baraz, Summer Walker, Bob Moses, Arizona, and more.

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

Travis Scott, James Blake, 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.

One MusicFest – September 7-8 – Atlanta, Georgia 

Wu-Tang Clan, DMX, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Raphael Saadiq, KP the Great, Pharrell, Usher & Special Guests, Ari Lennox, The Florida All-Stars, Three 6 Mafia Reunion, Teyana Taylor, 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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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