March 4, 2016 (Updated)
Several notable music festivals have announced their lineups for 2016. First time festival, Okeechobee Music Festival in Florida dropped an impressive lineup early with multiple genres and bands acts that reach a wide array of music lovers. Other large-scale festivals like Hangout, Forecastle, Sasquatch, Firefly, Coachella, Jazz Fest, Shaky Knees, and Governors Ball have also announced extremely impressive lineups. North Carolina music festivals made a splash with Merlefest, Art of Cool Fest, and the newly relocated Moogfest.
We’ve put together a list of notable lineups in 2016.
Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival March 4 – 6, 2016 in Okeechobee, FL
Notable acts: Kendrick Lamar, Big Grams, Grace Potter, Jason Isbell, Portugal The Man, Dr. Dog, The Oh Hellos, Deer Tick, Kamasi Washington, and Shabazz Palaces.
Buku Music and Art Project March 11 – 12, 2016 in New Orleans, LA
Notable acts: Pretty Lights, Kid Cudi, Chvrches, Earl Sweatshirt, Griz, A$AP Ferg, and Kehlani.
Ultra Music Festival March 18 – 20 in Miami, FL
Notable acts: Caribou, Chet Faker, and Purity Ring
Big Ears Festival March 31 – April 2 in Knoxville, TN
Notable acts: Laurie Anderson and Phillip Glass, Andrew Bird, Yo La Tengo, Shabazz Palaces, Angel Olsen, and Kamasi Washington.
Phuzz Phest April 15 -16 in Winston Salem, North Carolina
Notable acts: Neon Indian, White Denim, Lera Lynn, Sunflower Bean, Boulevards, T0W3RS, The Tills, Miami Dice, Spirit System, and more.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival April 15-17 and April 22-24 in Indio, California
Notable acts: LCD Soundsytem, Gun’s N’ Roses, Sufjan Stevens, Run the Jewels, Chvrches, Ellie Goulding, Courtney Barnett, Calvin Harris, A$AP Rocky, Sia, Beach House, Cold War Kids, and many more
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival April 22 – 24 in New Orleans, LA
Notable acts: Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Beck, Steely Dan, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, My Morning Jacket, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Dr. John & the Nite Trippers, Gary Clark Jr., Mavis Staples, J. Cole, Gov’t Mule, The Isley Brothers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Grace Potter, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Aaron Neville, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Rhiannon Giddens, The Lone Bellow, and more
SweetWater 420 Fest April 22 – 24 in Atlanta, GA
Notable acts: Ben Harper, Cypress Hill, Ludacris, and Bastille.
MerleFest April 28 – May 1, 2016 in Wilkesboro, NC
Notable acts: John Prine, Jason Isbell, Brandy Carlile, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Rawlings Machine, and The Wood Brothers.
Art Of Cool Fest May 6 – 8, 2016 in Durham, NC
Notable acts: Terence Blanchard, Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, Dwele, and The Internet.
Shaky Knees Music Festival May 13 – 15 in Atlanta, GA
Notable acts: My Morning Jacket, Florence + The Machine, Janes Addiction, Deftones, The Decemberists, 1975, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Frightened Rabbit, Bloc Party, The Kills, The Head and The Heart, Cold War Kids, Shakey Graves, Strand of Oaks, Phosphorescent, Savages, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Houndmouth, Parquet Courts, Beach Slang, Diet Cig, and more.
Shaky Beats Festival May 20 – 22, 2016 in Atlanta, GA
Notable acts: ODESZA, NAS, Cherub, Com Truise, Watch The Duck, and A$AP Ferg
Moogfest May 19 – 22 in Durham, NC
Notable acts: GZA, Gary Numan, Laurie Anderson, ODESZA, Blood Orange, RBTS Win, Reggie Watts, King Mez, and Made of Oak (Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso)
Hangout Music Fest May 20 – 22 in Gulf Shores, AL
Notable acts: The Weeknd, Alabama Shakes, Florence + the Machine, Cage The Elephant, Leon Bridges, Jason Isbell, Run The Jewels, Big Grams, Portugal The Man, Mayer Hawthorne, Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, Vince Staples, and The Revivalists
DelFest May 26 – 29 in Cumberland, MD
Notable acts: Tedeschi Trucks, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Sam Bush, The Wood Brothers, Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, and more.
Sasquatch May 27 – 30 in Quincy, WA
Notable acts: The Cure, Florence + The Machine, Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky, Sufjan Stevens, Kurt Vile, Leon Bridges, Jamie XX, Allen Stone, Tycho, Digable Planets, M. Ward, Yo La Tengo, Frightened Rabbit, Big Grams, Oddisee, and more
Mountain Jam June 2 – 5 in Hunter Mountain, NY
Notable acts: Beck, Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Warren Haynes, Gary Clark Jr., Jason Isbell, Gov’t Mule, Courtney Barnett, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and many more.
Governors Ball Music Festival June 3 – 5, 2016 in Randall’s Island Park, NYC
Notable acts: Kanye West, The Strokes, The Killers, Chvrches, Jamie XX, Beck, Gary Clark Jr., Courtney Barnett, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Lord Huron, Big Grams, Thundercat, Cold War Kids, and more.
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival June 9 – 12 in Manchester, TN
Notable acts: Pearl Jam, J.Cole, Dead & Company, LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, Jason Isbell, Chvrches, Ween, Band of Horses, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Death Cab for Cutie, Grace Potter, Lucius, Blood Orange, Goldlink, Tyler the Creator, Mavis Staples, Leon Bridges, Father John Misty, and more.
Firefly Music Festival June 16 – 19, 2016 in Dover, DE
Notable acts: Florence + the Machine, Death Cab for Cutie, Chvrches, Tame Impala, Major Lazer, A$AP Rocky, Disclosure, Of Monsters and Men, Vince Staples, Two Door Cinema Club, Goldlink, Robert Delong, Trombone Shorty, Pell, Earth Wind & Fire, The Neighbourhood, and Ludacris.
Forecastle Music Festival July 15 – 17 in Louisville, KY
Notable acts: The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr., Glass Animals, Dr. Dog, Sylvan Esso, Danny Brown, Shakey Graves, Phosphorescent, and Wild Child.
Sloss Music & Arts Festival July 16 & 17 in Birmingham, AL
Notable acts: Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne, The Flaming Lips, Death Cab for Cutie, The Arcs, Sylvan Esso, Dr. Dog, Danny Brown, Ghostland Observatory, Jr Jr, Dylan LeBlanc, and more.
FloydFest July 27 – 31 in Floyd, VA
Notable acts: Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, Shakey Graves, The Wood Brothers, and Anders Osborne
LOCKN’ Music Festival August 25 – 28 in Arrington, VA
Notable acts: Gary Clark Jr., Phish, WEEN, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brandi Carlile, Tedeschi Trucks, and more.
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- Art Of Cool Fest
- big ears festival
- buku music and arts festival
- Charlotte Music
- Firefly Music Festival
- governors ball
- hangout fest
- j dilla weekend
- Mountain Jam
- north carolina
- north carolina music
- Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival
- raleigh music
- shaky beats
- sweet water 420
- ultra music festival