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15 Exciting Music Festivals In U.S.

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The 1969 experience

Are you looking for exciting music festivals in the U.S.? This article lists some of the top music festivals in America!

Music has always been a tonic for every soul, and so is are music festivals. It serves as a therapeutic experience for every human mind.

The beats or the groove anything can just stand like severe happy experiences during low moments. We generally stick to tunes that suit our mood. Some are driven by the lyrics, some by the tune.

Given there are already so many subdivisions or genres in music we can now easily know what we want to plug in to.

Music Festivals are not only about music, but they have been a way of life since Woodstock 1969 happened.

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Santana at Woodstock 1969

It was three days of peace and music. The enthusiasm of this musical extravaganza has been life-changing for all those who have been there.

It witnessed a mass gathering of nearly 400,000 people in the Bethel Dairy Farm. Though the event was first set to happen at Woodstock itself due to the public protests, it was held at a distance a few miles away from its original decided venue.

The age when hippie propaganda was fueled by the counterculture of ’60s the 3-day music festival was a symbol, a cause in the New York pasture. The exhilaration of pot-smoking urban crowds were invaluable addendums.

Apart from iconic music legends like Joplin, Hendrix, Baez, the total concentration was euphoric above the mud and squalor. It was the way it was the mud -acid weekend. For all those who were there, it was a life-changing multifaceted experience.

The Zen-like ambience was utopic, and it was made into what we can call more than just a rock concert. Owing to all the charismatic bands and people like Creedence, Sly and the Family, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Santana, Arlo Guthrie, Ravi Shankar the music festival took a classic shape.

Fifty years down the line, we will discuss some of the prominent music festivals in the U.S. who are trying to somehow live up to the spirit of “3 Days of Peace and Music.”

15 Exciting Music Festivals in U.S.!

1. Ultra Music Festival

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Ultra Music festival

If you want to know about some vital music festivals in 2020, this one happening at Miami is one of them. To tell you the exact spot in Florida, Miami, it is held at Bayfront Park.

The festival found its name from a Depeche Mode album in 1997. Last year around 170,000 people gathered to groove to the beats of electronic music for three nights from March 26-28 at Miami.

Lost frequencies, Martin Garrix, Chain-smokers, David Guetta, Junior Sanchez, Popof, Pleasurekraft, Marshmello, Tiesto, Alan Walker, Cheat Codes, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, Alesso, are some of the icons of electronic music who lent to the trance atmosphere created at Bay park.

For the teenagers with the EDM running in their veins, you do not need to worry about age restrictions, but VIP  tickets are only given to 21+ souls. The tickets will cost you from a range of $138  to $568.

Nevertheless, do not set yourself low-key. You will enjoy this music festival. Though due to social issues there were upheavals and decisions about moving the music festival to Virginia Key in 2019 later it was again decided to be held at Bayfront itself.

The 2020 event stands cancelled due to present pandemic situations, so no tickets are available on their official website. They have announced rescheduled dates for 2021, so if you are planning to get there, you can avail any public transportation through Downtown Miami.

 

2. EDC Las Vegas

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The Dance Trance-EDC

This is yet another music festival out of the many music festivals happening to be the heartbeat of North America. The founders Insomniac host the music festival during May at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Orlando.

Being the home for all the rhythmic souls who want to float with trance music some house beats and techno groove, this music festival is one of the largest dance music festivals in N.A. The General Admission tickets owe you a pocket-pinch of 550 dollars.

You can use carpool or EDC’s shuttles to get there.get yourself some fluorescent kaleidoscope glasses and quirky tops, and you are all set for the 3-day musical extravaganza. This music festival offers you more than the beats you can plug in to in your comfy couch so get up to groove to the trance and tantra beats.

Unfortunately, the music festival stands cancelled for 2020, but it may be held during October. The refunds for the nights are now being processed.

This music festival has allowed music lovers to witness performances by Steve Aoki, BoomboxCartel, Dillon Francis, Whipped Cream, Infected Mushroom, Alan Fitzpatrick, Redlight, Paul Denton, and many others.

3. Coachella Valley Music

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Coachella Valley Music

Coachella is the music festival that grasps onto the bohemian side of music and arts at Colorado. This music festival is based in California, and it sprawls over more than a weekend of good music.

What initially started with a brawl about Pearl Jam since 1999 is now one of the annual cultural hits in the USA. Lending to the enormous gatherings it is now held during two weeks in April, and the pocket pinch is 429 dollars.

In the past two decades, this ever-growing music festival has witnessed 2,400 performers including Radiohead, Depeche Mode, Paul Mc Cartney, Lady Gaga, Roger Waters, Death Cab for Cutie, Prince, Tool, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Mumford And Sons, Shpongle, Arctic Monkeys, Guns N Roses, AC-DC, Black keys, the Cure, Leonardo Cohen, Band of Horses.

Ya, if your pupils are dilated, and you are breathing fast, your heart is racing then yes you need to camp at this music festival. It is the hub of the prolific icons of music which you can witness live outside your Spotify playlist.

4. Lollapalooza Chicago

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Lollapalooza

This music festival held in Chicago is considered to be one of the oldest running music festivals in the USA.

It is now held at Grant Park, Chicago. It features alternative rock, EDM, heavy metal, and punk rock mainly. The music festival was named after “Heart of A goof” by P.G.Wodehouse.

With the grand outburst and uprise of Alt-Rock cult in the 90s, this music festival had its best times.

And yes, the man behind the grunge we still love, Kurt Cobain, hit the stage in 1994. There have been numerous downfalls that the music festival has gone through. Even, it has, fortunately, survived them all, and this year or next year (which is uncertain due to present times), will see an appearance of Metallica stars as a tribute to David Bowie on stage.

5. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival

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This music fest is more popularly known to people as the Jazzfest. It is a distinguishable experience in New Orleans out of many music festivals.

To the lovers of bluegrass, RnB, and of course, Jazz, this can be a dream come true. The delicious meals add a feather to the cap.

This fest begins from April 22 and lasts till May 2 at the New Orleans Fair Grounds. It goes on from 11 am to 7 pm staging various artists.

The music festival which was founded by Wein the famous jazz music enthusiast in 1954 is now a sprawling event and one of the main attractions of New Orleans. It is a feast for ears with Afro drum beats, Latin music, Cajun, and Zydeco.

6. Firefly Music festival

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Firefly Music Festival

This music festival is more of a newborn compared to the oldie goldies out there.

It was the baby of Red Frog Productions in 2012 first held at Dover International Speedway at Delaware.

In 2016 it witnessed 100 performers including John Legend, the Killers, Young the Giant, Imagine Dragons, Moon Taxi, Awolnation, The Flaming Lips, Foster the People, Bombay Bicycle Club, the Avett Brothers, Calvin Harris, The Lumineers over time.

This growing music festival won’t disappoint you as it promises to let you witness Halsey and Billie Eilish for just $299.You just need to plan your camping weekend from June 17 to 21st at the Dover international speedway.

7. BottleRock Napa Valley

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Tom Petty at Bottle Rock Napa

This music festival, unlike many new music festivals, is nowhere near to disappointing you. This 5-day music festival has seen its best times featuring few best wineries of the Napa Valley.

You can get there through Napa Valley local bus services and Bottle Rock buses are available or out of town transportation. The stage was a witness to Cage the Elephant, Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, and many more.

This 5-day festival is Rock, Indie, music, and more. The tickets are your wristbands. There is a limit of 12 tickets for general admissions.

8. Pitchfork Music Festival

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The Flaming Lips at Pitchfork

This is the summer music festival held at Illinois, Chicago. This music festival has been the home for rising artists with the zeitgeist in their blood.

It hosts artists from alternative rock, punk rock, grunge, indie rock, and also experimental jazz. Recently due to overwhelming responses, it has also staged some prolific classical trendsetters in the world of music.

The stage was about to feature The National, Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Kim Gordon, Thundercat, and more this year.

9. Outside Lands

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Broken Social Scene at Outside Lands

This music festival is held at the heart of California, at the golden gate park in San Fransisco.

It is usually held for three days in August.

This 3-day event celebrated its born day with Radiohead. Later it has seen Howlin Rain, Devendra Banhart, Wilco, Broken Social Scene, Mike Gordon, Bon Iver, Lateef and hedonic, Liars, the Cool Kids, Beck, Cold War Kids, Tom Petty and heartbreakers, Pearl Jam, Incubus, Brett Dennen, The Strokes, Kings of Leon, The Vaccines, Norah Jones, Tame Impala, City and Colour, Birdy, Passion Pit, The Head and the Heart, Daughter, Twenty One Pilots and many more over the years from 2008.

It has been heard that Beach House might return to Outside Lands next year. The general admission pass for three days starts from $375.i am sure you can spend that much for an overwhelming performance.

10. Boston Calling Music Festival

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Boston Calling

This music festival has grown from a two-day event to a three-day carnival of music and good food with double the audience. It all began from City Hall Plaza, and now it is a full-grown music festival. Crash Line Productions host this 3-day event during May.

11. Summerfest

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Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic

This music festival was first held in 1968 at Henry Maier Festival Park. This festival is now held at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

It usually features blues, alternative rock, hard rock, metal, gospel, hip hop, RnB, reggae, indie, and other music genres. The festival goes on from the last week of June to the beginning of July.

It originally started from the inspiration Henry Maier got from a famous festival in Germany. This stage has witnessed people like Bob Dylan to Maroon 5.

The Ramones, Judas Priest, and UFO have set foot on this stage. Linkin Park, The Rolling Stones, Keith Urban, Ed Sheeran, REO Speedwagon have also been there.

12. Burning Man

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Burning Man

This music festival is based in the Black Rock City, Nevada. Like Summerfest, this also traces its roots back to 1986.

It captures the boho vibes and the high spirits of the crowd. It lasts from the last week of August to the first week of September. It is a flourishing event with their organizers arranging a platter of music and activities for you.

13. Bonnaroo Music Festival

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Bonnaroo Music Festival

It is a 4-day music festival held in Manchester, Tenessee. Over 80,000 people gathered at The Great Stage Park in 2015. It features alt-rock, indie, country, gospel, classic rock, bluegrass, jazz, folk, and other forms of music.

The stage has been blessed by the presence of Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, The Allman Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, The Police.

The 4-day general admission ticket allows you to enjoy all the performance on the four stages.

14. Exit 111 Music Festival

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Exit 111 Line up

This music festival is just for the ones who miss listening to djent, guitar shreddings, some great riffs and death metal.

This music festival is the place for the headbangers to set foot on. It happens right at the same home as Bonnaroo. Last year it called all metalheads during October.

So you’ve just got to be there raising your hands. Your devil horns are all geared up to witness some heavy metal on the stage which has seen Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slayer, Megadeth, Black Label Society, Black Stone Cherry, The Cadillac Three, Bishop Gunn, Seether, Def Leppard, Alter BridgeLamb of God, Gojira, Deft tones.

15. Voodoo Music Festival

 

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This is a multi-day music festival held in New Orleans. Metallica, Marilyn Mason, and others have performed here.

Most of these Music Festivals are either postponed or rescheduled to 2021 due to the pandemic crisis throughout the world.

But do not be in low spirits as we are all hoping to return with a blast. Do let us know about other important music fests in the U.S. and feel free to drop any information you have related to these music festivals.

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Written by riddhima

She is twenty-something. Trying to find herself in the dust, smoke, and nothing.
A physicist with a passion for words.

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