14 Music Festivals You Have To Hit Up In 2017

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Created By Binx Bolling
On Feb 13, 2017
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1. Coachella

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Taking place in the middle of the desert, Coachella is a top-notch festival experience that feels like the start of summer festival season. It provides an argument each year that its lineup is king of all festivals, and 2016 was no exception. This year, Beyoncé, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar will headline, need we say more? So do whatever you can to find tickets.

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2. South by Southwest (SXSW)

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SXSW is the best festival in the world for uncovering new raw talent. It basically just means bar/venue hopping in Austin, mingling with a myriad of music fans and music industry people and watching future stars earn their stripes.

And sure, you get the big names, too! Like who who could forget Lady Gaga's performance in 2014...?! But most of the fun is still stumbling across a brand new act, falling in love with a new sound and then have all the bragging rights for seeing them live when that act blows up four months later!

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3. When We Were Young

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For those of you who enjoy summering in Southern California, the festival season just got a lot more interesting! While the festival has Morrissey in the headline spot, there will be plenty of harder rocking acts on the bill that are sure to draw fans to the event. 

Descendents and AFI get second line billing for the music weekend, while Cage the Elephant, Taking Back Sunday, Alkaline Trio, Saves the Day and more will play over the two-day event.

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4. Firefly Music Festival

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This centrally located festival, within driving distance to Philadelphia, New York City and Washington D.C, making the First State an ideal and convenient destination for this premier music experience. It is a premier music experience set among lush wooded landscapes, featuring renowned headliners and emerging artists.

 People from all ages and backgrounds will gather together for this four-day festival, camp out and enjoy sets from some of the best bands in the nation. In the past, Firefly has let people vote on the festival's lineup, but in 2017, fans will have access to all aspects of the event.

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5. Shaky Beats Music Festival

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Take a minute to thank the festival gods because Shaky Beats Music Festival just dropped one of the best lineups of 2017. Following the success of last year’s inaugural festival, C3’s Shaky Beats is heading back to Centennial Olympic Park and bringing The Chainsmokers, Kaskade, GRiZ, Flosstradamus, Zeds Dead, Galantis, RL Grime, Gramatik, Girl Talk, and many more. All told, more than 45 artists will perform on Shaky Beats’ three stages in the heart of downtown Atlanta this May!

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6. Hangout Fest

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Situated along the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, AL, the annual Hangout Music Fest has quickly built a reputation as one of the premiere destination festivals for its majestic setting. 

Frank Ocean will headline alongside Chance the Rapper and Mumford and Sons. Other notable acts include MGMT, Weezer, Sigur RĂłs, Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, Mac DeMarco, Local Natives, Charli XCX, Warpaint, ASAP Ferg, Lil Yachty, DJ Snake, and Young the Giant.

Also playing the festival are Twenty One Pilots, Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, Marshmello, The Head and the Heart, Lukas Graham, Snakehips, Andre McMahon In the Wilderness, MUTEMATH, Lewis Del Mar, The Suffers, White Reaper, Towkio, Bob Moses, and PVRIS.

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7. Sasquatch!

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The setting alone is enough to coax hordes of people to Sasquatch!, as the main stage is literally on the precipice of a giant cliff overlooking a majestic gorge. Between OutKast's incredible headlining set, Chance The Rapper's triumphant return to the festival circuit and HAIM's most hard-rocking performance of the season, Sasquatch!'s run in 2014 brought about tons of memorable musical moments. 

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8. Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

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The 2017 Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival will once again feature the wide-ranging scope of diverse artistry that fans have come to expect, with a spectacular array of musicians, bands, and comedians performing around the clock across 13 unique stages over the four-day event. 

We already knew that legendary U2 would be making an appearance, and thanks to the traditional RooClues we got a few more names early, but you can now officially add to that list the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper (officially on the lineup this year!), Major Lazer, the xx, Lorde, Big Gigantic, Cage the Elephant, Flume, Travis Scott, and many MANY more.

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9. Panorama

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 The range of talent is one of Panorama’s better strengths. It’s a colorful smorgasbord of brazen hip-hop (Vince Staples, Tyler, The Creator, Isaiah Rashad), stellar rock ‘n’ roll (Cloud Nothings, Spoon, Angel Olsen), addicting synth pop (Future Islands, Justice, MØ), and even cutthroat electronic music (Nicolas Jaar). Sure, there’s some festival fat that’s everywhere this summer — see: Glass Animals, Vance Joy, DJ Shadow — but it’s offset by these more muscular inclusions.

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10. Electric Forest

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After adding a female-only campground for its 2016 edition, big changes are still underway for Electric Forest. Organizers of the Rothbury, Michigan festival have announced that it is expanding to two weekends in 2017.

The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Claude VonStroke, Lotus, and many more will be performing on both weekends. On the First Weekend ODESZA, My Morning Jacket, Above & Beyond, Nero (Live), and many more will be performing. On the Second Weekend, RL Grime, DJ Snake, Thievery Corporation, Sub Focus, and many more take the stage.

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11. Electric Daisy Carnival

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It's the biggest carnival you've ever seen, with more flashing lights and bare skin than you'd ever think possible. It's got clowns, and Ferris wheels, and boatloads of fireworks at the ready. Now in its 21st year, and seventh in Vegas, the Electric Daisy Carnival will once again engulf Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a cocoon of light and sound from June 16 to 18.

From its early origins at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles, a 5,000-capacity venue, Electric Daisy Carnival has grown into one of the largest music festivals in the world and one of the signature events for the EDM genre, normally selling out in advance.

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12. Essence Festival

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The 2017 Essence Festival is set to happen June 29 through July 2 in New Orleans at the Louisiana Superdome. 

This year’s Festival lineup puts women at the forefront of an incredible weekend of entertainment featuring the living legend Diana Ross, who is set to take the stage for the first time at the event, while Solange, John Legend, and India. Arie will hit the main stage to perform some likely memorable sets. Mary J. Blige will be hosting “My Path to Strength,” which is touted as a “night of girl power and soul” and will feature performances by Jazmine Sullivan and Chaka Khan!

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13. Newport Folk Festival

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Founded by the ultimate festival pioneer George Wein in 1959, who began the Newport Jazz Festival in 1954, Newport Folk Festival’s roots stretch almost the deepest of any other country/folk music festival in the USA. As a world all of it's own in the the larger musical landscape these days, Newport’s expansiveness feels so organic and natural that it’s hard to fathom how adding country to a folk music festival was a big deal.

For those of you coming with children, enjoy the expansive Family Stage, which features entertainment that appeals to the whole family, and often includes surprise guest visits from main stage headliners. In fact, the first ten rows of the audience are dedicated to kids 10 and under!

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14. Lollapalooza

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It’s always a good time when Lollapalooza rolls around in Chicago. For 2017, Lollapalooza is rumored to feature Muse, Arcade Fire, Axwell Ingrosso, Chance the Rapper, Daft Punk, Foo Fighters, Gorillaz, deadmau5, MGMT, Porter Robinson, Steve Angello, The xx and many more!

If past years are any indication, you'll be able to find out how accurate our predictions were when Lollapalooza releases its lineup (the day after tickets go on sale, as usual) sometime in March. 

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