2018 SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS You Can't Download a Live Experience

“Music is the only thing that makes sense anymore…play it loud enough and it keeps the demons at bay.” We couldn’t agree more with that quote from Across the Universe, and this summer it is finally time for you to check off some music festivals from your bucket list. Here’s 6 music gatherings that are worth the trip.

Pitchfork Music Festival | Chicago | July 20-22
Since 2006, fans have flocked to Chicago’s Union Park for the Pitchfork Music Festival. You can expect a heavy dose of alternative rock, rap and dance music, as well as a ton of food, beverages and art. Tame Impala, Fleet Foxes and Ms. Lauryn Hill headline this year, making this a must-see summer festival.

Mo Pop Festival | Detroit | July 28-29
Set along the Detroit River, Mo Pop Festival has quickly become a popular destination for indie music fans. While smaller in size, Mo Pop has been compared to Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo—and that’s saying something. Check out Bon Iver, The National, St. Vincent, Highly Suspect and many more.

Panorama | New York | July 27-29
You can’t go wrong with a New York music festival. Beautiful Randall’s Island Park plays host to Panorama, an annual festival created by the same entertainment company that hosts Governors Ball. Headlining this year is The Weeknd, Janet Jackson and the Killers.

Lollapalooza | Chicago | August 2-5
If you must pick one festival to travel to, Lollapalooza should be a no-brainer. It’s simply THE festival of the summer—it usually sells out before they even announce a single performer. We could list every incredible band playing this year but the list would be too long. Just go.

Lockn’ Festival | Virginia | August 23-26
For the jam band fans, we’ve got Lockn’ Festival, held annually in Arrington, Virginia. Fans can expect extremely long sets from Dead & Company and Umphrey’s McGee, as well as multiple other high profile artists (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sheryl Crow, Blues Traveler, Matisyahu).

Austin City Limits | Austin | October 5-7 & 12-14
An extension of the TV show by the same name, Austin City Limits is two weekends of pure music bliss. Join 450,000 other concertgoers and experience eight stages highlighting every music genre out there. Sir Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys and 125+ more performers—it doesn’t get much better.

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