2020 Music Festival Guide

Posted by Vanessa Lotz | | Music

Lineups are starting to drop, which means that fest-heads are on the prowl for tickets to see the most popular artists perform live in the desert, on a beach, or maybe even in an electric forest. As most Music Festivals sell out quickly, you, the rockstar travel advisor, has the perfect opportunity to swoop in and save the day with tickets from Events 365 comes in to save the day! 

Music festivals have evolved in recent years and now feature art and technology installations, luxury amenities, gourmet food options, and craft adult beverages to guarantee that attendees won’t have a shortage of ways to stay entertained. 

Whether for an extended weekend, birthday celebration or just because, hitting the road to see some shows is a guaranteed good time. Folks opting for trips like these will require air and ground transportation, as well as accommodation options and recommendations on local attractions and eats. Keep on reading for a sneak peek at what some of the most popular US festivals are offering this year. 

Keep on reading for a sneak peek at what some of the most popular US festivals are offering this year. 

Festivals Location & Dates:

 

Coachella Music and Arts Festival • Empire Polo Fields, Indio, CA • April 10 – 12

Coachella Music and Arts Festival Empire Polo Fields, Indio, CA • April 17 – 19

Coachella is the most popular music festival in the US, so popular in fact that the festival takes place on two weekends in April. Located in the heart of southern California’s Coachella desert valley, this festival maintains a history of surprise performances and heavy attended by celebrities. This festival goes beyond the music offering massive art installations and interactive experiences, plus great food and drink.

*Camping option


Stagecoach Country Music Festival • Empire Polo Fields, Indio • CA April 24 – 26

Taking place after the second weekend of Coachella, Stagecoach offers the same high quality music festival experience, but caters to country music fans. Like Coachella, Stagecoach goes beyond the music and features a BBQ contest, a record shop, and karaoke.

*Camping option


Okeechobee Music Festival • Sunshine Grove, FL • March 5 – 8

This four-day Florida festival features top musicians from around the world plus art installations and water activities. Located between Orlando and West Palm beach, attendees can expect near perfect weather and a whole lot of fun. 

*Camping option


Ultra Music Festival • Bayfront Park, FL • March 20 – 22

The most popular music festival out of Florida, Ultra, is purely an electronic music festival taking place in the heart of beautiful Miami. The artist line-up is released in three phases, which has nothing to do with which day the artist will perform. As this is a no-camp festival and hotels in Miami can have sky-high rates, it is recommended that attendees find more budget-friendly accommodations.near the Miami-Dade MetroRail system and then take the Metro to the festival each day, which have extended hours when the festival runs. 

*No camping


New Orleans Jazz Festival • New Orleans, LA • April 23 – May 3

Officially named the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, this 10-day event gathers musicians, cooks, and crafty folks to celebrate Louisiana heritage from indigenous music and culture all the way to contemporary jazz and R&B.

*No camping


Rolling Loud • Miami, FL • May 8 -10

The Rolling Loud Festival began in 2015 and has grown to hold additional shows in California, Asian and Australia. That said, the original Miami production continues to be the most highly. In a year of many lackluster lineups, Rolling Loud’s shines bright with hip hop heavy weights like A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott and Post Malone leading the way for three unforgettable performances at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.

*No camping


Hangout Music Festival • Gulf Shores Beach, AL • May 14 – 17

The south certainly doesn’t boast the highest concentration of music festivals, but with Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival, most music junkies will find what they crave. The event is hosted at Gulf Shores, AL, and includes indie rock, hip hop, and electronic music genres that help foster the mass appeal of this beach party down south.

Hangout Fest’s prime location has draws some of the best artists on the festival circuit, landing the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone, Billie Eilish and many others! Other acts worth checking out are plenty, ranging from electronic to hip hop.

*No camping


BottleRock Napa  • Napa Valley Expo Center, Napa, CA May 22 – 24, 2020

As the name implies, BottleRock is an annual music and wine festival held in California’s grape-rich Napa Valley. The 3-day festival will boast celebrity chef and vinter performances on a dedicated culinary stage, wine cabanas, craft beers and cocktails, VIP suites, silent disco, and (if all that wasn’t enough) epic after parties.

This year, BottleRock plays host to headliners and plenty more to make sure every music genre junkie has a beat to step to.

Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Nicks

Miley Cyrus, Khalid, Anderson .Paak, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monae, Maggie Rogers, Blondie, Maren Morris, Empire Of The Sun, Foals, Tegan And Sara, Jimmy Eat World, MUNA, Hamilton Leithauser, Ra Ra Riot, White Reaper, and more.

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Movement Electronic Music Festival • Detroit, MI • May 23 – 25

Movement Festival is the US mecca for any die-hard techno and electronic music fanatics. Held in Detroit, MI, attendees of this festival are there strictly to catch sets and dance their faces off. Forget arts and other festival add-ons, the focus here is all on the booming bass and laser light shows. This is a no camp fest, so comfy hotel accommodations are a must for attendees to kick their feet up and recharge between the three days of nonstop bangers and after parties.

*No camping


Boston Calling •  Boston, MA • May 22 – 24

Boston’s version of the three-day Memorial Day weekend bash, Boston Calling is held on the prestigious Harvard Athletic Complex and features a selection of artists that span across all genres. 

*No camping


2020 CMA Festival • Nashville, TN • June 4 – 7

CMA Music Festival is Nashville’s music event of the summer centered around- you guessed it, country music! Originally established in 1972 as a Fan Fair, the event features over 400 artists and celebrities- far more than your standard music festival. The event runs for four days and artists are not paid to participate in the festival. 

*No camping


Governor’s BallRandall’s Island, New York, NY June 5 – 7, 2020

New York’s original music festival, Governor’s Ball, has continued to grow in popularity year after year. Part of the appeal lies in the fact that the organizers go beyond the music and provide festival goers entertainment in the form of games, interactive activities, and plenty of instagrammable photo ops. 

Headliners: Tame Impala, Missy Elliott, Flume, Vampire Weekend

Stevie Nicks, Solange, Miley Cyrus, Ellie Goulding, H.E.R., RÜFÜS DU SOL, Portugal. The Man, Foals, Summer Walker, Jon Bellion, Khruangbin, Carly Rae Jepsen, Maren Morris, Of Monsters and Men, Milky Chance, Bleachers, BANKS and others!

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Bonnaroo Music Festival •  Manchester, TN June 11 – 14, 2020

Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music Festival has won the loyalty and adoration of fans that rivals the loyalty of the Coachella festival-goers of Southern California. Year after year, the lineup spans all genres so that there’s a set at every hour of the weekend to please the dedicated crowds who pile into their campsites night after night to charge up for long days in the sun.

Bonnaroo Bonus: Bonnaroo has gained a competitive edge by booking comedians around concerts to make sure attendees have a well-rounded experience. 

Headliners: Tame Impala, Lizzo, Tool

Lana Del Rey, Vampire Weekend, Flume, Miley Cyrus, the 1975, Run the Jewels, Young Thug, Megan Thee Stallion, Brittany Howard, DaBaby, Jason Isbell, Tenacious D, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Nelly performing all of Country Grammar, Cuco, Makaya McCraven, and more.

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Firefly Music Festival • Dover, DE • June 18 – 21

This family-friendly festival consistently promises a selection of over 100 of the hottest bands on the festival circuit. This is a four-day campout event located in the Woodlands of the Dover International Speedway.

*Camping only


Essence Festival • New Orleans, LA  •  July 2- 6

Coming in at the top of our most in-demand festivals, Essence festival takes over New Orleans’s Superdome to showcase the most influential African-American artists and entertainers for a weekend of unity and empowerment.

*No camping


Electric Forest • Rothbury, MI • June 25 – 28

Electric Forest is another mega music festival which grew to the point of expanding to two weekends- smack dab in the middle of summer. As the name implies, the event is hosted in a forest in Michigan. Contrary to what the name implies, the event is not solely focused on electronic music. This year’s lineup includes The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Flume, Major Lazer, Diplo and more.

*Camping only


Lollapalooza Chicago • Chicago, IL • July 30 – August 2

Boasting 8 stages and nearly 200 bands from around the world, Chicago’s Lollapalooza is one of the top “destination festivals” for music-junkies around the world. Genres of music include alt rock, heavy metal, hip hop, electronic, and more! And beyond the music you will find dance and comedy performances.

*No camping


Burning Man • Black Rock City, NV •  August 30 – September 7

Do not make the mistake of calling Burning Man a music festival. As any “burner” will tell you, it is an arts festival and gathering spanning the entire last week of August. It is located in the isolated Seven Mile Playa in Nevada’s Black rock desert. Attendees must pack and prepare for a week of no resource (water, power, electricity). Elaborate costumes and campsites are planned for months before people descend upon Playa. The festival concludes with the ceremonial burning of the festival’s massive Man structure.

*Camping only


Outsidelands • San Francisco, CA • August 7 – 9

Nothing like a music festival in the heart of San Francisco. Outside lands is held each year in the lush northern California’s Golden Gate Park, where music, the finest wine, and art intersect for three days of unforgettable music festival experience. 

*No camping


 Bumbershoot • Seattle Center Seattle, WA • September 4 – 6

Pacific Northwest music hub, Seattle, is another champion in the art of mixing music with arts and interactive experiences to make on epic music festival experience. In addition to witnessing performances by the hottest artists, attendees of last year’s mega-festival were able to enjoy comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, and more. The festival has taken place every Labor Day weekend since 1971.

*No camping


Made In America • Philadelphia, PA • September 5 – 6

Made in America is the brainchild of legendary New York City rapper, Jay-Z. As a result of Jay-Z’s hop influences, the MIA festival is mostly hip hop heavy, but also incorporates popular artists of other genres. 

*No camping


Austin City Limits • Austin, TX • October 2 – 4 & 9 – 11

Held in the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin City Limits followed in the steps of Coachella and expanded to two weekends in 2017. The three day all-music festival is conveniently located near the heart of downtown Austin, which gives festival-goers plenty of time to rub elbows with artists at local bars, or catch intimate surprise shows at any of the many venues around town.

*No camping


Voodoo Festival • New Orleans City Park, New Orleans, LA • October 30 – November 1

Just imagine celebrating Halloween weekend in New Orleans, layered on top of all the musings of a typical 3-day music festival weekend. The Voodoo Music & Arts Experience is a three day festival held in City Park and continues to showcase both local and popular artists of all genres. 

*No camping

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