The Ultimate Guide to the Best Music Festivals in the US

As we slowly and tentatively emerge from winter hibernation, the live music scene is similarly emerging with new, exciting, and vibrant energy. From EDM events and big jazz celebrations to huge pop explosions, these are the best music festivals in the US that you don't want to miss. Named for the open listening approach it asks of attendees, Big Ears regularly presents contemporary classical music performances along with adventurous styles of indie-rock, jazz, metal and electronic music. Listing genres is almost the antithesis of the spirit of the festival, which does not recognize such distinction in its omnivorous reserves.

Big Ears transforms the city into a paradise for music of all kinds and takes over majestic music halls, intimate clubs and quiet churches, all centrally located and a short walk away. The Jazz Fest, one of the oldest music festivals in the country, which has been held annually since 1970, is also one of the biggest. Nearly half a million people show up to enjoy an enormous range of jazz, blues, rock and root music. While most festivals are content to have the same handful of alternative rock bands reunited, the Jazz Fest always has headliners of the caliber of the Hall of Fame.

This year's lineup goes far beyond jazz with names like Jon Batiste, Jill Scott, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Kane Brown, H. E. R., The Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tenacious D, Placebo and many of the biggest names in modern music. It wouldn't be a true Wine Country event without lots of wine, gourmet food, and a mid-festival massage (seriously).

But BottleRock truly sets itself apart by satisfying your palettes of flavors and sounds, and the variety of attractions doesn't disappoint. Confirmed artists include The Smashing Pumpkins, Duran Duran, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Post Malone and many more. The Detroit Movement is the antithesis of the expanding, sense-attacking EDM mega-raves such as Electric Daisy Carnival which come to mind when you hear the phrase “electronic music festival”. What began as a few tents among abandoned buildings and military barracks is now a reference festival which occupies a unique place among summer concerts in New York.

All stages will be located in the center of a Citi Field bordered by artificial grass with a 360-degree design to avoid loss of sound between stages and eliminate long walks for festival goers. It's the only local festival where you can see the leaders of the hip-hop charts, trending bands approved by trendsetters, left-wing pop heroes and yes - the EDM lords who dominate the dance. This year's lineup includes Lizzo, Lil Uzi Vert, Finneas Odesza Lil Baby Lil Nas X and many other musical artists that you've probably heard of.


with a long history has a reputation for being the most modern of the main modern music festivals from its location in rural Tennessee and its hedonistic camping there to its slightly hippie programming and emblematic all-star superjam.

When Summerfest revealed about 100 top artists they had just begun - The lineup which will take place over three consecutive weekends features a whopping more than 800 artists on 12 stages including Elle King Sheryl Crow Dave Matthews Band Imagine Dragons James Taylor Zach Bryan and more.


better known as the place where Dylan went electric (before being interrupted by furious popular traditionalists) has been showing the changing face of America for almost half a century. Although the lineup usually has a good dose of artists that reflect their history of traditionalism it also has rockers R&B singers and electronically assisted performances. This year there will be two three-day events with performances storytelling and workshops.

Electric Zoo is New York City's premier electronic music festival held during Labor Day weekend with a ton of artists ranging from bass to techno and everything in between it's an unusual and exciting way to spend holidays. This year's star lineup includes Armin Van Buuren Carl Cox Gorgon City Martin Garrix and many more. The events of previous years had as their theme “Supernaturals” which invited “all cosmic creatures astral aliens intergalactic illusionists supernatural magicians shamans witches and extraterrestrial beings” to enjoy a spectrum of electronic music and its various subgenres - That should give you an idea of what to expect! With tickets sold out every year The Indian Desert becomes a hotbed of best artists seen by modern people and celebrities alike. The Coachella lineup which tops list of festivals around world is constant source of annual excitement and hotbed musical debates.

Lollapalooza, a wonderful gathering of music dance comedy and craft stands is another multi-genre delight that also offers platform for artists and political non-profit groups - The festival has always created historic moments in careers many musicians firmly established it in world festival hall fame! Lollapalooza Guide & Mailing List Pitchfork Music Festival Guide & Mailing List Stagecoach is Coachella country music every sense word - The lineup one most anticipated country every year features biggest names modern (country) music you're likely see some celebrities there even celebrated same sacred grounds Indio California.