America’s Top Music Festivals

When the weather warms up and the sun comes out, there’s no better way to celebrate than by pitching up a tent and rocking out to your favorite bands. Festivals are the best way to experience music, from the powerful live performances to the chance to connect with other fans, and the US is full of exciting events.


Taking place annually in June, Bonnaroo is one of the country’s most popular music festivals. Located in Tennessee just 60 miles from Nashville, music lovers across the country flock down south to see the huge names that this festival gets every year. In 2014 Bonnaroo hosted Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, Vampire Weekend and the Arctic Monkeys- a line-up well worth the trip. It’s not all about the music, either- Bonnaroo hosts a comedy theatre, cinema tent and a humungous tropical slide for non-stop fun.

The Governors Ball

This festival, located on Randall’s Island in Manhattan, is the place to be every summer if you have eclectic taste. The festival brings together indie, hip hop and electronica, with something to suit everyone’s tastes. There are also tons of games and activities for festival-goers if you somehow get tired of the tunes.


This Milwaukee festival is the biggest in the world since 1999, with 11 days of action and over 800 acts to enjoy. There are plenty of huge names every year (this year saw Lady Gaga, Fall Out Boy, Outkast, Dave Matthews Band and Motley Crue take the stage), and entry costs its 900,000 attendees only $60!

Newport Folk Festival

Rhode Island is the place to be for folk fans in the summer, with the long-standing Newport Folk Festival pulling in exciting acts and thousands of music lovers for a weekend of laid back listening and beautiful scenery. Attendees travel to the event on water ferries and settle in for a mix of classic folk musicians and newer artists- this year we can expect Feist, Beck, The Lumineers and the Avett Brothers.

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