Music Festivals USA Guide 2018

We all have our weaknesses – I have to confess that my kryptonite is music festivals. It all began with a movie You Instead (check it out, you’ll love it) while I was still at school in Ukraine. Of course, at that time I couldn’t go to the nearest town by myself, leave alone music festivals. So I had to wait. Finally, when I was 19, I went to my first music fest – Bunbury in Ohio – and I was hooked since then.

Most music festivals release their lineups in January. Whether you we’ve never been to a music fest or want to learn more about my favorites this year, this super long guide covers the best music festivals of the US. And yes, I’ve been almost to all of them (except 3, but they are in my bucket list already!) Pack your things – you don’t want to miss these music festivals in 2018!

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Coachella

Location: Indio, CA
Dates: April 13-15 | April 20-22
Coachella 2018 Lineup: Beyonce, Eminem, The Weeknd, SZA, HAIM, Tyler, the Creator, David Byrne, alt-J, Post Malone…

Traditionally, I’ll start with the biggest and most popular overseas fest. Of course, it features Eminem (you’ll see him a lot this summer) and a lot of pop singers everyone listens to. Personally, I’m not going there this year, because it gets too crowded for me. I feel like now Coachella is more about fashion and celebrities than quality music and having a good time.

Austin City Limits

Location: Austin, TX
Dates: October 5-7 | October 12-14
Austin City Limits 2018 Lineup: TBA

We are still waiting for the lineup, but last year was pretty good! Austin City Limits 2017 Lineup featured Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper, The Killers, and Gorillaz.

Bonnaroo

Location: Manchester, TN
Dates: June 7-10
Bonnaroo 2018 Lineup: Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Future…

While festival headliners include good old Eminem, The Killers and Muse (this year’s festival lineup trifecta, apparently), Bonnaroo also features less known artists who usually become incredibly popular in a few years.

Ultra

Location: Bayfront Park, Miami, FL
Dates: Mar 23, 2018 – Mar 25, 2018
Ultra 2018 Lineup: Armin van Buuren, DJ Snake, David Guetta, The Chainsmokers, Tiësto…

Lately, I’ve been hooked on EDM music, so I couldn’t miss Ultra – the world’s premier electronic music festival. I’m going there for the first time this year and I couldn’t be more excited!

Panorama

Location: Randall’s Island Park, New York City, NY

Dates: Jul 27 – Jul 29, 2018
Panorama 2018 Lineup: Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, Killer

Last year’s Panorama was a blast, mostly because of their HP Lab that featured interactive art installations and mind blowing masterpieces. Whether you are high or drunk, you’ll remmeber this place forever 😉

Unfortunately, this year’s lineup is not as great I do not plan to go again. Last year I went  to see Tame Impala and Alt J and wasn’t disappointed!

EDC

Location: 7000 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV
Dates: May 18, 19, 20

Electric Daisy Carnival, commonly known as EDC, is one of the biggest electronic dance music festivals in the world. While it’s held in different cities, I recommend going to their flagship event held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s a unique, mind blowing experience!

Voodoo Music +Art Experince

Location: City Park, New Orleans
Dates: Oct 26 – Oct 28, 2018
Voodoo Fest 2018 Lineup: TBA

Believe me, there is no better way to celebrate Halloween than going to New Orleans for a Voodoo Fest!

Governor’s Ball

Location: Randall’s Island Park, New York City, NY
Dates: Jun 1 – Jun 3, 2018
Governors Ball Music Festival 2018 Lineup: Eminem, Travis Scott, Jack White

The hottest New York City fest is worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. Unfortunately, I had a pretty bad experience there last year (my phone was stolen) and I’m not a big fan of their lineups either.

Firefly

Location: Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE
Dates: Jun 14 – Jun 17, 2018
Firefly Fest 2018 Lineup: Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers

I’ve been waiting to go to this festival for years. This year, I’m volunteering and yes, I’ll be the person who is going to check your tickets near the front gates. See you there!

Lollapalooza

Location: Grant Park, Chicago, IL
Dates Aug 2 – Aug 4, 2018
Lollapalooza 2018 Lineup: TBA

This unique fest features a blend of popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, indie, electronic music bands and artists, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths.

Groove Cruise

World’s largest floating dance music festival! The closest one sails from Miami, Florida, but there is one in California as well. I’ve never been a fan of cruises but this festival changed it all 🙂

Burning Man

Location: Black Rock Desert, NV
Dates: Aug 26, 2018 – Sep 3, 2018
This festival is my ultimate dream! Hope I can save enough money and finally see this marvelous events with my own eyes. Fingers crossed!
What music festival do YOU want to visit the most this year?
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