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2016 Music Festival Roundup

2016 Music Festival Roundup
Courtney Allen

Thinking about adding a music festival to your spring/summer plans?  We know that picking a festival, especially with all of the different lineups, locations, and unique qualities can be rough. It’s practically a full time job. But don’t worry, we’ve got good news. did all of the research for you. Round up your crew, grab your tickets now, and we’ll see you at the beer tent!


3/14-3/20 in Austin, TX

Top Headliners: Big Grams, NAS, CHVRCHES, Charles Bradley & The Extraordinares,

Don’t Miss: Run River North, Lucius, Baio, The Strumbellas, Hey Marseilles, The National Parks,

Go if you want: One of the nation’s preeminent showcase of emerging artists



Treefort Music Festival

3/23 – 3/27 in Boise, ID

Top Headliners: Built to Spill, Youth Lagoon, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Don’t Miss: Willis Earl Beal

Go if you want: a stacked lineup of the best up-and-coming artists



Coachella Music Festival

4/15 – 4/25 in Indio, CA

Top Headliners: LCD Soundsystem, Calvin Harris, Guns N’ Roses

Don’t Miss: Jack U

Go if you want: the best of the best lineup in a sprawling desert location



New Orleans Jazz Festival

4/22 – 5/1 in New Orleans, LA

Top Headliners: Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Don’t Miss: Nick Jonas

Go if you want: some jazz and beignets with your summer music festival



Beale Street Music Festival

4/29 – 5/1 in Memphis, TN

Top Headliners: Neil Young, Beck, Jason Derulo

Don’t Miss: Neil Young

Go if you want: a truly eclectic lineup from your favorite indie bands to radio hits and 90s throwbacks



Shaky Knees Festival

5/13 – 5/15 in Atlanta, GA

Top Headliners: My Morning Jacket, Jane’s Addiction, The 1975

Don’t Miss: The 1975

Go if you want: a blend of electronic and hip hop



Hangout Festival

5/19 – 5/22 in Gulf Shores, AL

Top Headliners: The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Florence + the Machine

Don’t Miss: Leon Bridges

Go if you want: mellow vibes and ocean views



Boston Calling

5/27 – 5/29 in Boston, MA

Top Headliners: Sia, Sufjan Stevens, Robyn

Don’t Miss: Miike Snow

Go if you want: a killer lineup in the middle of Boston without having to deal with muddy fields and rows and rows of tents




5/27 – 5/29 in Napa, CA

Top Headliners: Stevie Wonder, Florence + the Machine, The Lumineers

Don’t Miss: Death Cab for Cutie

Go if you want: to get the most out of your vacation. Where else can you hit a festival AND wineries?




5/27 – 5/30 in George, WA

Top Headliners: The Cure, Disclosure, A$AP Rocky

Don’t Miss: Sufjan Stevens

Go if you want: beautiful weather and a gorgeous view



Roots Picnic

6/4 in Philadelphia, PA

Top Headliners: Future, Usher, Leon Bridges

Don’t Miss: Usher

Go if you want: a fest organized and headlined by your favorite late night band



Governor’s Ball Music Festival

6/3 – 6/5 in New York, NY

Top Headliners: The Strokes, The Killers, Kanye West

Don’t Miss: Miguel

Go if you want: a NYC fest with a comprehensive lineup



Bunbury Music Festival

6/3 – 6/6 in Cincinatti, OH

Top Headliners: The Killers, Florence + the Machine, Tears for Fears

Don’t Miss: Grimes

Go if you want: a lineup that’s equal parts indie, alternative, throwback and rap and R&B


2016 free press summer fest lineup

Free Press Summer Festival 

6/4 – 6/5 in Houston, TX

Top Headliners: DeadMau5, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Modest Mouse, Leon Bridges, Trampled by Turtles

Don’t Miss: Young the Giant

Go if you want: random mix of electronic, hip hop and rising/mid-sized indie/folk… or if you live in anywhere in TX other than Austin and can’t access this much great music all at once.



Bonnaroo Music Festival

6/9 – 6/12 in Manchester, TN

Top Headliners: Pearl Jam, LCD Soundsystem, Ellie Goulding

Don’t Miss: Chris Stapleton

Go if you want: do we really need to sell you on Bonnaroo? Didn’t think so.



Firefly Music Festival

6/16 – 6/19 in Dover, DE

Top Headliners: Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Deadmau5

Don’t Miss: Blink 182

Go if you want: all of your favorite artists from the 2000’s, all in one place


Telluride Bluegrass Festival

6/16 – 6/19 in Telluride, CO

Top Headliners: John Prine, Dave Rawlins Machine, Punch Brothers

Don’t Miss: Punch Brothers

Go if you want: a small town fest with epic views



Electric Forest

6/23 – 6/26 in Rothbury, MI

Top Headliners: The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Major Lazer

Don’t Miss: Fetty Wap

Go if you want: a light show just as impressive as the lineup


6/29 – 7/10 in Milwaukee, WI

Top Headliners: TBD

Don’t Miss: TBD

Go if you want: to go to the world’s largest music fest


2016 The Ride Festival Lineup

The Ride Festival

7/9 – 7/10 in Telluride, CO

Top Headliners: Pearl Jam, Cage the Elephant

Don’t Miss: The Sheepdogs

Go if you want: to include some flannel in your music festival wardrobe


2016 forecastle music festival lineup


7/15 – 7/17 in Louisville, KY

Top Headliners: The Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Death Cab for Cutie

Don’t Miss: Ryan Adams

Go if you want: an amazing lineup that’s located within a day’s drive of half the U.S. population


216 pitchfork music festival lineup

Pitchfork Festival

7/15 – 7/17 in Chicago, IL

Top Headliners: Beach House, Blood Orange, Carly Rae Jepsen

Don’t Miss: Carly Rae Jepsen

Go if you want: a lineup curated by one of the best authorities on what’s good and hip in 2016


2016 Sloss Music Festival

Sloss Music & Arts Festival

7/16 – 7/17 in Birmingham, AL

Top Headliners: Ryan Adams, Death Cab for Cutie, Ray Lamontagne

Don’t Miss: The Joy Formidable, Sylvan Esso

Go if you want: Lower key, indie/singer songwriter festival in Alabama


2016 cap hill block party lineup

Capitol Hill Block Party

7/22 – 7/24 in Seattle, WA

Top Headliners: Odesza, Chvrches, Crystal Castles

Don’t Miss: The Cave Singers

Go if you want: a neighborhood vibe with a strong indie/electronic lineup


Newport Folk Fest

7/22 – 7/24 in Newport, RI

Top Headliners: Father John Misty, Ray Lamontagne, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

Don’t Miss: Flight of the Conchords

Go if you want: to skip festival crowds and traffic and ride your bike or hop on a ferry to get to the festival grounds


2016 xponential music festival lineup

XPoNential Music Festival

7/22 – 7/24 in Camden, NJ

Top Headliners: Ryan Adams, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Old Crow Medicine Show

Don’t Miss: Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band

Go if you want: a great lineup without the overrated hype


Lollapalooza Chicago

7/28 – 7/31 in Chicago, IL

Top Headliners: TBD

Don’t Miss: TBD

Go if you want: Chicago’s best eats with the year’s best acts


2016 osheaga music festival lineup

Oshega Music Festival

7/29 – 7/31 in Montreal, QC

Top Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Radiohead

Don’t Miss: The Barr Brothers

Go if you want: to pretend like you’re in Paris when you’re really in Canada



Eaux Claires

8/12 – 8/13 in Eau Claire, WI

Top Headliners: Bon Iver, Jenny Lewis, Phosphorescent

Don’t Miss: Har Mar Superstar

Go if you want: to live out your love for all things Justin Vernon


Outside Lands

8/5 – 8/7 in San Francisco, CA

Top Headliners: TBD

Don’t Miss: TBD

Go if you want: a fest with views of the Golden Gate Bridge



8/5 – 8/7 in Happy Valley, OR

Top Headliners: Jeff Tweedy, Wolf Parade, Beach House

Don’t Miss: Mount Moriah

Go if you want: to catch your favorite band play a set in the middle of the woods. No, this is not an episode of Portlandia.



9/2 – 9/4 in Seattle, WA

Top Headliners: TBD

Don’t Miss: TBD

Go if you want: break up your festival weekend with Seattle’s amazing summer weather and best breweries around town


Austin City Limits

9/30 – 10/9 in Austin, TX

Top Headliners: TBD

Don’t Miss: TBD

Go if you want: to warm up before winter sets in with Austin charm and all of the breakfast tacos

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