Best music festivals in the U.S.


     In some ways, a festival is the ultimate holiday. A life-changing experience, crammed into a few days, which transforms you from jaded commuter into free spirit, or opens your mind through art, music, poetry, performance.

 

  1. Burning Man

Each year, participants in the Burning Man Festival travel to the playa of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to form a temporary city—a self-reliant community populated by performers, artists, free spirits, and more. An estimated 70,000 people from all over the world came to the 31st annual Burning Man to dance, express themselves, and take in the spectacle, themed this year as “Radical Ritual.”

At Burning Man, the community explores various forms of artistic self-expression, created in celebration for the pleasure of all participants. Participation is a key precept for the community – selfless giving of one's unique talents for the enjoyment of all is encouraged and actively reinforced. Some of these generous outpourings of creativity can include experimental and interactive sculpture, building, performance, and art cars among other media, often inspired by the yearly theme, chosen by organizers.

The survivalist happening’s 10 principles include radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort and, above all, participation. These 10 hippy commandments lead to a strong “city” where inhibitions are left at the gates and freakery courses along the dusty streets. A week of art, exhibitionism, parades and music climaxes with the incineration of the Man, a fitting end to a festival where flame-throwers regularly split the night sky.

 

  1. Ultra Music Festival

 

Ultra Music Festival is an annual outdoor electronic music festival that takes place during March in the city of Miami, Florida The festival was founded in 1999 by Russel Faibisch and Alex Omes and is named after the 1997 Depeche Mode album, Ultra.

One of the most in-demand electronic festivals anywhere on the planet, UMF sets the dance world alight year after year.

The very best DJs around unite with incredible crowds to transform the heart of Miami into a full-throttle dancefloor, while the springtime sun streams down on three days of house, progressive house, underground techno and bass.

 

  1. Hangout Music Fest

Situated along the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, AL, the annual Hangout Music Fest has quickly built a reputation as one of the premiere destination festivals for its majestic setting. Since launching in 2010, they’ve also established a reputation for their eclectic lineups featuring both heavy-hitter headliners and buzzy newcomers across multiple genres, hosting the likes of the Weeknd, Outkast, Tom Petty, Florence and the Machine, and Jack White over the last few years.

 

  1. Made in America

 

Budweiser Made in America Festival was founded in 2012 by American rapper, record producer and business mogul Jay-Z, as a way to bring together music and culture. The festival is a massive musical celebration that takes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway over Labor Day weekend. 

 

  1. Bonnaroo

For 14 years, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival proved to be an unstoppable, trend-setting annual event, drawing about 75,000 fans annually to rural Coffee County and sparking a festival revolution that has spawned competing events in virtually every corner of the United States.

Available to the Bonnaroo public throughout the week are various activity tents. These tents become most popular with the night crowd, with such activities set up as The Silent Disco tent, and other club or bar-themed venues. In the Silent Disco, each person entering is given a set of headphones that sync with the DJ and the music. Everyone is listening to the same song through the headphones while appearing from the outside to be dancing to no music at all.

 

  1. Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza is an annual music festival featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, and electronic music bands and artists, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. It takes place in Grant Park, which is near Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago. The festival typical attracts over 50K music lovers each summer. Throughout the years many famous bands have played on the stages at Lollapalooza and the number of new bands playing the festival grows for the better every year.

 

  1. Essence Festival

The Essence Festival, known as "the party with a purpose", is an annual music festival which started in 1995 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women. It is the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States

The 2017 festival drew more than 470,000 attendees to its nightly concert series inside the Superdome and the free workshops and entertainment at New Orleans’ convention center. It featured first-time performances by Diana Ross and Chance The Rapper, plus keynote conversations with acclaimed director Ava Duvernay and many others.

 

  1. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, held in Indio, California, is the annual hit for art and music lovers. Awesome and inspiring large-scale installations and sculptures will be on display for those who enjoy the arts. In terms of music, be it rock, indie, hip hop or electronic dance music, all tastes are catered for with the incredible line-ups Coachella has become famous for.

 

  1. South by Southwest (SXSW)

South by Southwest (SXSW) is one of the largest creative gatherings in the world, featuring music and film festivals, conferences on a wide range of topics and exhibitions. Broadly speaking, the festival is centred around exploring creative arts and their evolving place in the world. Gathering so many innovators from a multitude of mediums in one place gives SXSW an electric atmosphere, resulting in particularly memorable performances and moments for fans and participants alike.

 

     10. Electric Forest

 

Since 2011, the Electric Forest Festival has been providing music aficionados with one of the most unique and immersive live concert experiences in the country. From its home at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Mich., Electric Forest pairs a breathtaking natural environment with live sets from a multitude of exceptional artists, especially focusing on leading acts from electronic and jam band genres.

Electric Forest is a wonderland for the senses. Everywhere you look is some secret goodie, or giant sculpture, or friendly face beaming with colors. When the sun goes down, the freaks come out, and all the real fun begins. Each evening spent wandering the technicolor trees of Sherwood Forest reveals even more excitement. Just when you think you've discovered it all, there's more to be seen.