1. SXSW (March)
At nearly a quarter of a century old, South by Southwest, remains one of the hottest music festivals in the United States. In the heart of Austin, Texas this festival combines music with film, social media, and developing technology, into 9 days of fun. By day, thousands of registered attendees network in the halls of the Austin Convention Center, do business in the SXSW Trade Show, sit in on informative panel discussions, and gain insight from legendary speakers from various industry’s. By night, SXSW features over 2,000 musical acts from around the world, on over 90 stages in downtown Austin. SXSW acts as a tool for creative people and the companies they work for, and at the center of it all is a world-renowned music festival.
2. Coachella (April)
California’s historic music festival, located in the desert, features a mix of hip-hop, electronica, indie, and rock. The three day festivals drawls in 75,000 people a day, giving Coachella a reason to take sustainability seriously. Various initiatives are taken to be more green, such as offering 24 DJs the opportunity to spin at Coachella, but only under the circumstance that they recruit festival goers to generate energy to power their entire set. Attendees dance around sculptures and exhibits, and with the desert heat, are sure to drink a lot of water. Through the 10 for 1 recycle program those thirsty attendees are offered one full bottle of water for every ten empty bottles. Aside from being an environmentally friendly festival, Coachella is also known for fashion, with street-style moments galore. Celebrities mix into the crowd of campers and pool party goers, while reveling in the euphonious festival.
3. ULTRA (March)
One of the worlds most famous outdoor electronic music events, Ultra Music Festival has won “Best Music Event” by the International Dance Music Awards for 5 consecutive years. Last year the 3-day festival drew in 150,000 people from various countries, making it the first festival of its kind to sell out just two months before the event. ULTRA is set in glamourous Miami, Florida, and features 300 of the hottest electronic artists performing on 27 stages. Grab your glow-sticks, show some skin, and get ready to dance until you sweat at the sexiest music festival around!
Since 1968, Summerfest has brought Milwaukee an unforgettable live music experience for fans from around the world. It is “The World’s Largest Music Festival” running 11 days long, and featuring everything from alternative to zydeco on 11 different stages. Over 700 bands gather for Summerfest, along with a diverse selection of food and beverage vendors, marketplaces and interactive exhibits set against beautiful Lake Michigan. Known as “the big gig” to the locals, Summerfest attracts up to a million people each year across 75-acres of land, and is a musical experience like no other.
Started by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell in 1991, today Lollapalooza is one of the most unique music festivals in America. Also on beautiful Lak Michigan, the festival boasts views of the Chicago skyline, while festival goers rock out to everything from alternative to reggae, and electronica. What once was a crowd of grunge rockers in flannel, clearing out mosh pits for bands, is now a music festival that has taken on a life of its own. The unique crowd spreads out 115 acres watching over 130 artists. Fans hit the farmers markets, grab some gourmet grub at Chow Town, enjoy handmade arts and crafts, and rock out to some of top artists of the year.