Top 4 Summer Music Festivals

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Summer is a great break from college and is the best time to travel for music festivals and if you’re like me then you love going to them. Sure getting there and setting up your tent is a pain, the traffic is bad, and usually the weather is sweltering hot – but the memories you will have and the people you will meet is all worth it. Here are four of the best summer festivals you should check out.

1. Vans Warped Tour

Warped Tour started in 1994 as an event to pair extreme sports and punk music like 3OH!3, August Burns Red, Automatic Loveletter, Bowling For Soup, Hawthorne Heights, Motion City Soundtrack, Reel Big Fish, Relient K, Run DMT, Silverstein, and The Used (just to name a few). This year the tour goes on from June 15th to August 4th. Along with the music there is also live extreme sports demonstrations involving BMX Bikes and skateboards on half-pipes and street courses. Motorcycle stunts and human cannonballs have been included recently. The merchandise booths are also a great way to find exclusive merchandise and even chat with the band members who often staff the booths when they aren’t on stage.

Vans Warped Tour Music Crowd

Photo © Electro Voice

2. Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza was a tour until 2005 when it settled in Grant Park, Chicago, IL. This year it will be held from August 2nd through August 4th and will be featuring Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Vampire Weekend, Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, Tegan & Sara, Lana Del Ray, and many more. It has always hosted a wide array of rock music of all varieties, this year seeming to be mostly alternative/indie rock. Lollapalooza is one of the most ecologically conscious festivals of all time with hundreds of recycling bins, composting stations, and a hired waste management team on the grounds. Local vendors are hired to set up stations between stages and provide games and entertainment as well as promoting local businesses.

Lollapalooza Concert Stage and Crowd Tour

Photo © Festival Crashers

3. Outside Lands

Outside Lands takes place at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for 2 days starting August 9th. Outside Lands lineup features rock and alternative bands such as Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Lights, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, and Band of Horses. Outside Lands is also one of the most green festivals you will ever go to. In The Eco Lands, you will find the famous Panhandle Solar Stage which is entirely powered by alternative and solar energy and you will find a farmer’s market, locally sourced food vendors, refillable water stations, and a recycling store.

Outside Lands Outdoor Music Stage

Photo © katarokkar

4. Bumbershoot

Bumbershoot takes place late in the summer, from August 31st to September 2nd, in Seattle, Washington. Also featuring a large alternative rock line-up like Death Cab for Cutie, Fun, Heart, Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, Tegan and Sara, Matt and Kim, Icona Pop, Ra Ra Riot, and The Mowgli’s. Bumbershoot adds in some hip-hop/rap, pop, classic rock, and comedy. You can go watch your favorite bands and musicians play as well as get a glimpse of Bumbershoot’s Regional Theatre Program. Setting itself apart from the rest, Bumbershoot will certainly be a great end of the summer trip for festival goers looking for a unique combination of music and art.

Bumbershoot Music Festival Crowd

Photo © Music Festival Junkies

What festivals or concerts are you going to see this summer? Leave us a comment below!

2 Responses to Top 4 Summer Music Festivals

  1. Edith Bond says:

    The Outside Lands Music Festival is San Francisco’s answer to the indie-rock fests found across the country each summer. In 2012, you will be able to find another spectacular lineup of great bands. Grab Outside Lands Music Festival tickets for Golden Gate Park before things heat up this summer!

  2. Andre West says:

    The Outside Lands Music Festival is San Francisco’s answer to the indie-rock fests found across the country each summer. In 2012, you will be able to find another spectacular lineup of great bands. Grab Outside Lands Music Festival tickets for Golden Gate Park before things heat up this summer!