With Festival season having kicked off earlier this year in March with the South by SouthWest Music Festival the anticipation for another summer of music, fun and free spirited revelry has begun. The last two weekends have only added to the angst in the wake of one of the largest festivals of the season, Coachella, kicking off with record turn outs and amazing performances.
Feeding off of energy of the recently ended festival that has kicked both the fashion and music worlds into high gear let’s take a look at some of the other greatly anticipated festivals to come this summer!
The New Orleans Jazz Festival
One of the most diverse concert series, the festival will feature twelve stages that will host performers such as Elton John, The Who, Keith Urban, Pitbull, T.I. Jimmy Cliff, Anthony Hamilton, The O’jays, John Legend and Estelle as well as artists from across every genre. Not only will the festival be home to exceptional showcases but also Louisiana’s own unique culture. This lineup does not sound like one to be missed.
The Roots Picnic
With featured artists the roots, fellow hip-hop and rap performers such as A$AP Rocky, Erykah Badu, The Weekend and Afrika Bambaataa join in celebrating the culture that raised generations in the City of Brotherly Love.
Governor’s Ball Music Festival 2015
With performances by Drake, The Black Keys, Lana Del Ray, Florence + the Machines, Björk, The Districts and Echosmith, this three day festival of non-stop parties and excitement in the heart of New York City will be one for the books. Will you be booking your tickets?
The New York City Parks Foundation Summer Stage Concert Series
Usually one of the most anticipated free concert series for city dwellers like myself. The annual summer series has seen the likes of Janelle Monae, John Legend, Kes and the Band and several other international artists from across the music world bless the city’s parks. I am especially excited to see what’s in store for this summer. *fingers crossed.
Hot97 Summer Jam Concert Series
Taking over the MetLife Stadium with explosive performances by Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Big Sean, Fabolous, Meek Mill and Omarion. Music by Funk Master Flex and Ebro as well as Festival stage performances by Travi$ Scott, B.o.B, Joey Bada$$, DeJ Loaf and Teyana Taylor. The Festival village will feature street art, grafitti booths and cooling stations amongst other attractions to add to what is boasted to be the most epic night in hip hop.
Bonnaroo – June 11th – 14th (Manchester, TN)
For the free-spirited adventurers this music festival features arts, music, dancing, open air and nature to the tune of artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, Billy Joel, Childish Gambino, SZA and Mumford and Sons.
Glastonbury 2015 Music Festival (Pilton, UK)
And across the pond from June 24th to the 28th the British version of Coachella kicks into full swing drawing celebrity crowds to rival those on our side of the Atlantic. The bill markets the series as a series of electronic, indie, pop and rock music. Started the day after the death of Jimi Hendrix in 1970, Glastonbury is the largest greenfield festival in the world with the grounds encompassing eight and a half miles and big ticket acts like the Foo Fighters and Lionel Richie for starts. Sounds like good fun!
Essence Music Festival – July 2nd – 5th
One of the largest Music festivals, the Essence Music festival is not just about the music but also the gathering of thousands of African Americans and fans of the festival for a celebration of culture mingled with the history and essence of New Orleans. Be on the look out for repeat performers Erykah Badu, India Arie, Mary J Blige, Doug E Fresh and Common as well as a new generation of artists like Elle Varner, Kendrick Lamar and music Veterans Missy Elliot, Tweet, Usher, Tank and the Bangas and Raheem Devaughn. Besides the festivals performers some of the country’s top Djs will also be spinning at the hottest events of the season, so you don’t want to miss out!
Lollapalooza – July 31st -Aug.2nd (Chicago, IL)
Taking place in Chicago’s Grant Park this amazing festival hosts a multitude of artists ranging from Paul McCartney and Sam Smith to Metallica, The Weekend, Kid Cudi, Kaskade, Of Monsters and Men, Tyler the Creator, FKA Twigs and Charli XCX. This is an ultimate summer line up for music fans everywhere. Keep an ear out for any further announcements to the already burgeoning list of hit-makers set to grace the stage. Seems like it will be a great one!
AfroPunk Festival Weekend
A local Brooklyn Music festival taking place in late August the newly started series has seen popularity on par with Governor’s Ball. Featuring artists like ?uestlove, Theophilus London, The Coup, The Skins, D’Angelo and Alice Smith the festival draws crowds from everywhere not just for the festivities but the eclectic fashions and cultural attractions and displays. I’m looking forward to hearing what’s in store for this year’s weekend and the wonderful festivities in store.
The Budweiser Made in America Concert Series
For the first time since it’s inception the concert series will be featured on both the east and the west coast with headliners like Kanye West rotating nights. Alongside Kanye other fellow musicians Big Daddy Kane, DJ Mustard, Pharell Williams, Rita Ora, Cypress Hill, and John Mayer amongst others will hit the Made in America stage. So for a final round up of all things music before heading into Labor Day, how does this series sound?
Electric Zoo September 4th -6th (Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY)
Head on back to the Big Apple to close out the summer festival fun on Labor Day weekend with the ultimate EDM dance party housed on Randall’s Island…also home of summer’s Governor’s Ball. The series promises the best on electronic dance music and the most outrageous party experience – hop on over to the official site to take a look at last year’s gallery! Stay tuned for the official line up news.
Be Sure to mark your calenders – and get your tickets early because we all know it sucks reading about all the great things that we missed on the blogs! Hope to see you all there.
p.s. I am also patiently awaiting the release of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Concert series line-up. Looking back at last year’s performers like Anthony Hamilton, and Gyptian with special guest Maxi Priest just makes me giddy with excitement.