It’s official! Festival season’s in full swing!
For most of us, Coachella is one of those festivals that we can only admire from afar through glossy pics posted by influencers on social media, and totally epic sets posted by our favorite artists on livestreams (um, hello, Beychella anyone?)
But while Coachella may be one of those music festivals that remain a *bit* inaccessible to us normie folk, it certainly still rings in festival season with an impressive bang! And now that it’s halfway over, here’s 10 more music festivals to look forward to in 2019!
10. Shaky Knees Music Festival
Located in central park smack dab in the middle of the ATL, Shaky Knees is one of the funnest indie music festivals around! And this year’s line up is totally insane, especially for those nursing major FOMO from Coachella: Tears For Fears, Beck, Tame Impala, Cage The Elephant, and Incubus are just some of the iconic headliners leading this year’s festival, along with popular rising stars Tash Sultana and Maggie Rogers. The festival will be held May 3-5 2019, so don’t forget to buy your tickets ASAP!
Ahh, a classic! Lollapalooza’s one of the OG festivals that still manages to stay true to its iconic, summer-vibe festival roots. Featured in this year’s lineups are some absolute knockouts like Janelle Monae, Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande, and so many more! There’s a little bit of everything for music lovers at this fest, so don’t miss out! You also still have plenty of time to plan if you itching to attend, as Lollapalooza 2019 will be held in Grant Park, Chicago from August 1-4.
8. Electric Zoo
EDM lovers rejoice, because Electric Zoo is back for another totally psychedelic year at Randall Island Park in New York. This year’s lineups features veterans like Benny Benassi and Armin Van Buuren, as well as popular faves Diplo and Zedd. One of the largest electric musical festivals around, Electric Zoo will take place August 30-September 1 2019.
Another quintessential festival to add to your list, Bonnaroo never fails to bring in great music and awesome fun each summer. This year’s lineup boasts some impressive artists like Cardi B, Childish Gambino, Solange, and Hozier. It also features old faves like the Lonely Island, so make sure to grab your passes before they sell out! This year’s Bonnaroo will take place in Manchester, Tennessee from June 13-16, 2019.
6. Louder Than Life Festival
The lovely Anjé and I covered the incredible set list this festival’s gearing up to have in a previous article, so if you’re ready to reconnect with your alternative/rock faves, head on down to Kentucky for what is sure to be a lively and totally hardcore fest! Featuring such greats like Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin, Slipknot, and soo many more, this is definitely a festival fellow head bangers will definitely not want to miss! Louder Than Life Festival will take place at the Highland Festival Grounds in Kentucky from September 27-29, 2019.
Oh lawd, here we go! After nearly a 30 year hiatus ( and several false starts) it appears Freaknik has finally returned to the city of Atlanta. If you’re unfamiliar with the infamous fest, Freaknik was a wildly popular festival created in the early 80’s by Morehouse University students.
It reached the peak of its popularity in the mid-90’s, but after crowd control problems, violence, and sexual violence allegations, the festival was forced to tame its flame, and eventually, discontinued. Let’s hope this year brings a renewed and respectful fest that everyone—especially this new generation—can enjoy! Freaknik 2019 is scheduled to take place June 22 at the Cellairis Ampitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, Georgia.
4. Warped Tour
That’s right, it ain’t dead yet! 2019 actually marks the 25th anniversary for the iconic pop punk/emo festival, and while it isn’t a touring fest anymore, that doesn’t mean you still can’t check it out at some awesome cities this year! Warped Tour 2019 is set to kick off at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio on June 8th 2019, with two more stops in Atlantic City, New Jersey from June 29-30 2019, and Mountain View, California, from July 20-21. Featured bands in this year’s line-up include We The Kings, The All-American Rejects, Blink-182, and so much more!
3. Camp Flog Gnaw
A music festival? Created by Tyler, The Creator?? That doubles as a carnival with some awesome music?? Sign me right the eff up! While the dates and lineup for this year’s Camp Flog Gnaw haven’t officially been announced yet, be sure to be on the lookout as announcements drop, as this is one of those festivals that you definitely don’t want to miss! For the strange, quirky, and downright “odd” (you see what I did there?) Camp Flog Gnaw always promises to be a good time!
2. Burning Man
Feel the burn! Burning Man is one of those festivals you’ve just gotta check out at least once, especially if you feel like Coachella’s become too plugged into the digital sphere for your tastes. Be aware though, this isn’t for the faint of heart, as Burning Man is an epic festival where everyone is encouraged to let their freak flag fly, and their inhibitions release.
So put together your favorite festival coords, grab some friends, and head on down to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada for 8 days of psychedelic adventure! Burning Man will take place from August 25- September 2 2019. Remember, “what happens on the playa, stays on the playa”.
CAN YOU TELL I’M EXCITED ABOUT WOODSTOCK???!!
Okay but seriously, this iconic festival is in many ways what started it all, and is the ultimate OG of musical festivals everywhere. Premiering in 1969 with incredible acts like Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Santana, The Who, and too many others to count, Woodstock was the epitome of carefree summer vibes, and the “make love, not war” mantra that defined the 60’s.
While Woodstock ’99 was unfortunately, a bit of a shit show (no, seriously, it. was. bad), the festival still remains a warm memory in many people’s hearts, and in pop culture as a whole. With the 50th anniversary of Woodstock looming this year, it feels fitting to bring the festival back for a new generation of music-lovers who exude many of the feel good, free-love beliefs held by the attendees of the inaugural fest, and who have been long overdue for some good, authentic, classic festival vibes.
And what a lineup for this year! With acts like Jay Z, Halsey, Chance The Rapper, Greta Van Fleet, and the Black Keys (just to name a few!), I’m sure Woodstock 50 will certainly be a celebration that nobody will soon forget.
Woodstock 50 will take place August 16-18 2019 in Watkins Glen, New York.
P.S Okay, so while we can admit that Woodstock ’99 was an…experience, can we at least admire some of the amazing acts that performed?
Like Limp Bizkit, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ice Cube (and a reunited N.W.A!), Sevendust, Alanis Morisette, Insane Clown Posse and a totally gorgeous Gavin Rossdale singing a haunting rendition of “Glycerine“ shirtless in the rain to a jam packed crowd????
( Is this shamelessly self-indulgent? Perhaps. Am I ashamed? Absolutely not.)