I don't know about you, but I've been trying to distract myself from the fact that it's winter by daydreaming and researching all the concerts coming up this summer. Few things are better in this life than a cold beer in hand, a light sundress, and letting yourself dance into a warm summer night to some great live music. You know what's even better? Doing that for three or four nights in a row at a festival. It seems that every year there are more music festivals popping up (not a bad thing!), but how do you decide which ones to attend? Here are a few coming up in 2017 that have lineups worth traveling for!
March 13-19 Austin, TX
You know those people that always claim to have known the artist before they were famous? Yeah, they're annoying, but they also probably go to SXSW to make these claims. If you're looking for some new artists, this is the mecca. From folk to death metal, you're bound to find some new tunes to take home. Not only do you get new music here, but the chance to see inspiring independent films (this starts on March 10). So you can claim you saw the movie before it was in theaters, too. Lastly, it's in Austin, TX, which you need to visit anyways if you haven't already.
April 14-16 & April 21-23 Indio, CA
3. Rock on the Range
May 19-21 Columbus, OH
The lineup for Rock on the Range is pretty, well, rocking this year. Metallica, Korn, The Offspring, Taking Back Sunday, Chevelle to name a few.
4. Bunbury Music Festival
June 2-4 Cincinnati, OH
I can't make this list and not represent my hometown! This will be Bunbury's 5th year and it has been an exciting event every year since it's infancy for Cincinnati. If you're looking for a music festival with a variety of artists but aren't too fond of the camping portion, I recommend giving Bunbury a run. You will definitely get the music festival vibe, great artists, but will be within walking distance from downtown Cincinnati and hotels.
5. Bonnaroo Music + Arts Festival
June 8-11 Manchester, TN
Bonna-who? BONNAROOOOOO! Unlike with Bunbury, if you are looking for the camping-not showering-dirty hippie kind of festival, Bonnaroo is the winner. Offering a range of music to enjoy from famous names like U2 and The Weekend to up-and-coming artists, you will never go without a time of day without live music. If you need to give your ears a break, roam the grounds (barefoot, because dirty hippie) and take in all the art or check out a comedy show.
6. Firefly Music Festival
June 15-18 Dover, DE
Have plans over Bonnaroo weekend? You're in luck! Firefly follows right behind. A slightly similar lineup to Bonnaroo and camping so you can still be a dirty hippie! Want to be a little less dirty? They offer glamping options, as well.
7. Electric Forest
June 22-25 & June 29-July 2 Rothbury, MI
This is where you come to get weird. And inspired. But mostly weird. The Forest is a world unlike any other, and one you just need to experience for yourself.
August 24-27 Arrington, VA
Looking for a festival with some music that will just get your feet moving and make you feel good? Hello, Lockn'. Celebrating 5 years in 2017, it's a festival that you should add to your list for the artists and focus they put on local vendors. Also, it's not too far from Washington, DC and there's plenty going on there these days.
9. Lollapalooza Berlin
September 9-10 Berlin, Germany
Yes, I know there is a Lollapalooza in Chicago (it's August 3-6 so you could go to that one too), but hear me out on why Berlin. First, because why wouldn't you want to go to Berlin, Germany? Second, a stellar lineup. Third, the following weekend (September 16) is the start of Oktoberfest in Munich. So here's what you need to do, go to Lollapalooza in Berlin, spend the week of September 10th wandering around Europe by train, cap it off in some lederhosen at Oktoberfest. You're welcome.
10. Austin City Limits
October 6-8 & October 13-15 Austin, TX
We started in Austin, it only feels right to end in Austin. So the lineup isn't out yet for 2017, but if you have any doubts, look at past lineups and any hesitation about adding ACL to your calendar should subside. Go one weekend or go both; either way, just go.