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By Cameron Lee
March 8, 2019
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):
Treefort Music Festival – March 20-24 – Boise, Idaho
Toro Y Moi, Vince Staples, Liz Phair, American Football, Built to Spill, Mandolin Orange, Mt. Joy, JPEGMAFIA, Caroline Rose, and more.
Big Ears – March 21-24 – Knoxville, Tennessee
Spiritualized, Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck, Rhiannon Giddens, Richard Thompson, Bill Frisell, Mountain Man, and more.
BUKU Music + Arts Festival – March 22-34 – New Orleans, Louisiana
Lana Del Rey, Toro Y Moi, A$AP Rocky, Earl Sweatshirt, J.I.D, GRiZ, Ella Mai, RL Grime, Gunna, Playboi Carti, Denzel Curry, Death Grips, Earthgang, and more.
Dreamville Festival – April 6 – Raleigh, North Carolina
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.
High Water Festival – April 13-14 – North Charleston, South Carolina
Leon Bridges, Lord Huron, Jenny Lewis, Mitski, The Head and the Heart, Shovels & Rope, Dr. Dog, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Durand Jones & the Indications, Phosphorescent, The War And Treaty, Blitzen Trapper, 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moonrise 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.
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.
Be sure to check back as we continue to update new festivals announced, and giveaways in 2019!
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