There are few more harmonious relationships on the planet than that of summer and festival season.
While some of the larger festivals have already come and gone (SXSW, Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, etc.), there’s no shortage of great multi-day musical extravaganzas to get to this summer. Here are 15 of the best music festivals left in the 2013 Festival Season that will take you from this weekend all the way to the end of September. Rage on, children.
Governors Ball: June 7-9 | Governors Island, NY | TICKETS
The Governors Ball NYC Music Festival is a 3 day event that takes place on Governors Island in NYC that crosses a bunch of different genres. Headliners include Kings of Leon, Guns N Roses & the man himself Kanye West only a week before his 6/18 release of his studio album Yeezus...expect some fireworks. Other artists include Nas, Pretty Lights, Animal Collective, Kendrick Lamar, The Avett Brothers and possibly every other artist you've ever wanted to see from every genre. If you're in the area we can't urge you enough to get there.
Bonnaroo: June 13 - 16 | Manchester, TN | TICKETS
The legendary Tennessee based Bonnarroo Music & Arts Festival is a hajj for many a music fan to be knocked off the bucket list. This year's lineup is absolutely no letdown with performances from Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Wu-Tang Clan and The National as well as DJs such as Wolfgang Gartner, Boys Noize, Porter Robinson & A-Trak. Peep the whole lineup here so that I don't literally have to list out everyone and their mother.
Warped Tour: June 15 - Aug 4 | Nationwide | TICKETS
Still got some of that teenage angst that you gotta get out? Everyone's favorite festival from high school is back with another year of mosh pits, headbanging and guitars kicking off their nationwide tour in Seattle on 6/15 and going all over the country with bands such as 3OH!3,Big D And The Kids Table, Chiodos, Hawthorne Heights, Motion City Soundtrack & more until they end up in Houston on 8/4.
Firefly Music Festival: June 21 - 23 | Dover, DE | TICKETS
One of my most anticipated and too-often overlooked festivals to roll around this summer is the Firefly Music Festival held in Delaware. Besides huge headliners such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers & Vampire Weekend, they crafted their lineup perfectly for the second year in a row by pulling in an aggregate of artists from all over the spectrum such as Dispatch, Big Gigantic, Zedd, MGMT, Matt & Kim & Earl Sweatshirt. Be sure to grab tickets to this one, it's going to be huge!
Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas: June 21 - 23 | TICKETS
The original Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas International Speedway is one of the festivals that can be credited with the explosion of "EDM" in America. Pasquale Rotella's baby is back for another year in Sin Ciy where you can see big name DJs like Calvin Harris, Avicii, Afrojack, Flux Pavillion, Tiesto & Laidback Luke
Electric Forest: June 27 - 30 | Rothbury, MI | TICKETS
Sometimes its just best to let the video do the talking. This Michigan based festival is nestled in the middle of a giant forest with enough bass to shake even the most experienced bassheads to their core. With a lineup consisting of Knife Party, Kill The Noise, Baauer, Emancipator, RL Grime, Flosstradamus & Krewella, it's hard to imagine this being anything short of unbelievable.
Camp Bisco XII: July 11 - 14 | Pattersonville, NY | TICKETS
Having personally experienced the madness that is Camp Bisco last summer, I can only tell you that you better be ready for the wildest 3 days of your life if you plan on coming. The vibe is amazing there and the people are just as awesome and you can see a huge array of electronic and jam band artists there including the resident Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, Flux Pavillion, Dillon Francis, Madeon, Alvin Risk, Koan Sound & more. Be sure to check out the dual main stage action, the dance tent and if you're looking for a whole other type of experience check out that late night silent disco and get real weird.
Mad Decent Block Party: July 19 - September 17 | Nationwide | TICKETS
Diplo's brainchild record label Mad Decent has been throwing the wildest block parties across the continent over the last couple years and this year is just another step in it's growth. The tour is going to hit cities all over North America like LA, Brooklyn, San Diego, Atlanta, Toronto & Atlanta and although it's no longer free, your $20 ticket will go a long way with some HUGE names on the lineup that you can see on the video above. Check the ticket link to see which cities get which artists and get ready for some HUGE parties.
Osheaga Music Festival: August 2 - 4 | Montreal, Quebec | TICKETS
For those of you looking to go north of the border and to one of the most diverse festivals you can find, look no further than Osheaga Music Festival held in Montreal. With artists such as Beck, Phoenix, The Cure, Frank Ocean, King Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ellie Goulding, The Gaslight Anthem and plenty of your favorite DJs (Tommy Trash, Porter Robinson, Disclosure, Carnage & The Knocks), this is the top of the class for a music festival lineup I've seen in a hot minute.
Lollapalooza: August 2 - 4 | Chicago, IL | TICKETS
Lollapalooza is one of the most sought after festivals in the United States and with good reason. Right in the heart of Chicago, you can explore the city by day and rage at night to a soundtrack provided by The Killers, The Postal Service, Queens of the Stone Age, Adventure Club, Major Lazer, Band Of Horses & The Lumineers amongst a ton of others which you can check at the ticket link above.
Electric Adventure: August 3 - 4 | Jackson, NJ | TICKETS
With the option to ride the roller coasters during the day and rave with your friends at night, this year's Electric Adventure held at Six Flags in New Jersey is my dark horse for an awesome festival. Spread out over two days this year, DJs such as 12th Planet, Flosstradamus, GTA, Zeds Dead & Doctor P will be laying down some huge sets in a larger than life setting which may just turn out to be one of the best nights you can find this summer.
Electric Zoo: August 30 - September 1 | Randall's Island Park, NYC | TICKETS
Widely celebrated as New York's best music festival, Electric Zoo takes place on Labor Day weekend on Randall's Island this year and is going to easily continue the tradition. With an iPhone app that makes schedule browsing and stage-finding super easy, the festival boasts a lineup filled with the biggest (and highest paid) names in "EDM" such as David Guetta, Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Steve Aoki, Armin van Buuren as well as Martin Solveig, Sebastian ingrosso, Laidback Luke & Dada Life. This is definitely an experience of a lifetime for those that revel in the sounds of house music and 128 BPM.
Made In America Festival: August 31 - September 1 | Philadelphia, PA | TICKETS
The boss of all bosses Sean Carter aka Jay-Z has made his presence felt in almost every facet of the entertainment world at this point in his career. The guy can check major label executive, legendary rap career, executive producer of video games and movies, sports agent, pop culture icon and husband of Beyonce, and part owner of an NBA team off the bucket list but he doesn't stop there. After the rampant success of last years inaugural Made In America Festival, this year's second edition of the festival features HUGE names as only HOV would due including Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails, 2 Chainz, Imagine Dragons & Wiz Khalifa.
Tomorrowworld: Sept 27 - 29 | Bouckaert Farm near Atlanta, GA | TICKETS
The Belgian dance festival that had everyone captivated in 2012 is now gearing up to bring it's Alice in Wonderland styled attraction across the Atlantic to American soil. Held outside of Atlanta at the site of Counterpoint Music Festival, this festival is going to be the spectacle of the world's eye at the end of September when names like Alesso, Carl Cox, Hardwell, Fedde Le Grand, Avicii, Chuckie, Afrojack and entire stage of trap artists come rock US soil for an entire weekend joined by ravers from around the whole world. Check the guide from the guys at WhiteRaverRafting for everything you need to know about punching your ticket to Tomorrowworld!