Top-notch national festivals | Summer 2014

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June 6-8

Randall’s Island, New York

Ticket Price: $250

Lineup Includes: Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Phoenix, Skrillex, Foster the People, TV on the Radio, Interpol, Julian Casablancas & the Voidz

The Governor’s Ball added a third day packed full of music last year, and they’re continuing that this year with an impressive lineup all three days. Rain or shine, expect some of the best in electronic, rock, hip-hop music, and partying in the NYC summer, high-fiving random strangers. The festival is also partnering with Hotels for Hope to offer hotels for all budgets and accommodations. Bring tons of sunscreen, comfy shoes, stylish sunglasses, and be ready to party for three days straight.

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[title size=”1 to 6″ style=”options: default, sidebar”]Bonnaroo[/title]

June 12-15

Manchester, TN

Ticket Price: $269.50

Lineup Includes: Kanye West, Elton John, Jack White, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend

Bonnaroo has exploded as one of the best music festivals in the past few years, and the lineup proves it. Packed with the best in hip-hop, electronic, and alternative music, all on a 700 acre farm in Tennessee, Bonnaroo brings different genres together into one massive party. If you’re looking to save money, camping is allowed on the farm, so make sure to pack a tent and bring some friends along for the ultimate festival experience.

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August 1-3

Grant Park, Chicago

Ticket Price: Sold out

Lineup Includes: Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Lorde

Located in downtown Chicago, Lollapalooza is a weekend packed full of some of the best in hip-hop, electronic, and alternative music. 70 bands take over five different stages for the first weekend in August, with even more after shows and performances in downtown Chicago hotels. Currently, the cheapest way to find yourself at Lollapalooza 2014 is an $1800 travel package, as general admission tickets are sold out. However, Lollapalooza is still offering a Throwback Thursday contest to win tickets, so there may be a chance to make it to one of the best festivals of the summer.

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May 24-25 (New York)

June 20-22 (Las Vegas)

Ticket Prices: New York: $240; Las Vegas: Sold Out

New York Lineup Includes: Blasterjaxx, Tiësto, Calvin Harris

Las Vegas Lineup: TBA

Among the top EDM festivals in the world, Electronic Daisy Carnival otherwise know as EDC is the mecca for the dance music scene in the United States. Drawing in crowds of upwards of 250,000 bubbly outgoing ravers, EDC starts with four smaller festivals, this year hosted in New York, Mexico, the UK, and Orlando, before the grand finale festival in Vegas. This year EDC Vegas sold out with the lineup still unannounced. Along with the extravagantly dressed gogo dancers roaming the crowds, the carnival rides, and the fantasyland surroundings, EDC hosts the biggest and best artists of the electronic dance music genre placing it at the top of any bucket list.

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[title size=”1 to 6″ style=”options: default, sidebar”]Summerfest[/title]

June 25-29
July 1-6

Milwaukee, WI

Ticket Price: Starting at $16/Day, other passes available

Lineup Includes: Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Usher, Dave Matthews Band, Arctic Monkeys

Summerfest seems almost too good to be true. Located on 11 stages over 11 days, with over 800 acts, it’s hard to believe a pass for the entire 11-day event only costs $16 per day. Wisconsin residents (or festival goers driving through Wisconsin), can also buy a $70 11-day pass, making this festival one to definitely consider. Featuring some of the best in country, rock, and hip-hop, Summerfest is one festival everyone should check out this year.

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July 18-20

Union Park, Chicago

Ticket Price: $130

Lineup Includes: Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel

For three days in July, the Pitchfork Music Festival highlights the best in emerging music. One of the newer festivals, Pitchfork has also proven to be one of the most affordable, welcoming, and rewarding festivals, with 40 different bands. The festival also works with local businesses and vendors to promote Chicago’s economy, as well as the city’s art scene. With affordable tickets and a reasonable drive to Chicago, the Pitchfork Music Festival is one you should keep on your radar.

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May 23-25

Chillicothe, IL

Ticket Price: $194.50

Lineup Includes: Zac Brown Band, Bassnectar, Moe, Umphrey McGee, Primus, Girl Talk, Slightly Stoopid

Get ready to return to summer camp. Another festival to kick off the summer with, Summercamp maintains the familiarity and energy it’s had since it started in 2001. Located at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, the population of the town triples during the festival, creating a city within a city. With a wide variety of genres and over 100 bands, Summercamp is sure to have something for everyone.

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May 16-18

Gulf Shores, Ala.

Ticket Price: $229

Lineup includes: The Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast, Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse

Located on the gorgeous beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, the Hangout Music Festival is one of the best ways to start off your summer. Featuring over 70 bands, the three-day festival basically becomes one giant beach party with 35,000 people. Located right next to the Florida border, the festival is easy to reach, and condos can be rented within walking distance of the festival. There are lots of great ways to kickoff your summer, but few are as good as Hangout.