Best Music Festivals For 2015 “You Better Twerk”

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What are the personality types who would work all year long in mediocre jobs to save just enough money to purchase those golden music festival tickets? These people live to party and live within the music.

The journey to music Mecca resembles Salmon swimming upstream to spawn. A hard current of pumping music calls to the fans to return to breed. It is almost an uncontrollable life force. These music festivals are to many a re-charging station. It can bring you closer to 40 thousand of your closest friends.

But if you have never been and this is your first time the total experience may not be so life changing, well not at first. You just dropped $400 on a festival ticket, but now you have to buy a plane ticket, rent an RV and figure out which friend is going to “volunteer” to drive everyone to the obscure festival location. Oh, and good luck fitting everyone’s luggage in the trunk. How do you pack fresh food for a three-day festival? You don’t. Those Doritos and granola bars you packed will disappear by the time you arrive at the venue, and you’ll most likely spend your life savings on festival food.

When we say drink responsibly we mean the more liquid you drink (and by all means stay hydrated) the sooner you will need to visit a facility. Now finding clean usable Bathrooms will become your own version of the Hunger Games. Lets talk Shoes, Sandals, a bloody mess. Sneakers count your blisters and flip-flops; will be lost in the mud.

Understanding these facts, embrace them, now you can move on to opening up and let the music fill your soul. So what festival do you start with? What festival do you add to your holiday plans for 2015?

If your a neebie, here are the 10 People you might meet at a Music Festival:

 1. The Groupie
This girl is soooooooooooooo excited to be here. They can barely contain it. Don’t worry you won’t have to spend too much time with them because they will be at the front of the stage salivating over the guitar player. She is unsuccessfully going to try and get backstage and then get lost from all her friends. she doesn’t care. She just got to see “the love of her life” perform. She’s in heaven.

2. The Raver

This is typically a guy who has spent way too much of his life on ecstasy. He is twirling around glow sticks and looking up every few seconds to assure he has an audience. He wants you to know this is indeed a skill. Watch out he may pick up his pretend rave ball and throw it your way.

3. The Druggie
“You guys got any Molly?” No. Get away from me.
This person is so drugged out they have no idea who they’re here to see. Because they aren’t. They are here for the drugs. Catch them sucking on a lollipop and looking up into the sky.

4. The Drunk
This girl can’t walk in a straight line and is constantly screaming, “That’s My JAM!” at every song. She can be seen vomiting near the bathroom (she doesn’t have enough wits about her to quite make it there) and her friends are holding her up by both arms. Unsuccessfully.

5. The Expert
This person knows the ins and outs of the music. “Can you hear the flute in this song? It transforms me.” Yeah. You can transform your way out of my line of sight to the stage. They are trying to tell you everything you don’t know about the artist and the music scene. Can you talk to me later? I’m at a festival. Thanks.

6. The Bro
This guy is decked out in a tank top and cut off shorts (or his shirt is removed if it’s later in the day). He’s got a fresh brew in his hand and he keeps chanting things like “Legit,” “YOLO” and “Tight!” He is probably trying to hit on the girl in the skimpiest outfit. Don’t worry, he will pass out soon.

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7. The Slut
She is hanging out with the guy above and is wearing what I can only describe as a swimsuit (or lingerie.) She has on neon and glitter. On her chest. And every girl hates her. She is dancing provocatively and licking her lips. She has no idea who’s playing.  Hint: wearing more bracelets doesn’t equal wearing more clothing.

 

8. The Hipster
This guy is here for the music. Don’t speak to him. He has his eyes closed and he is bobbing up and down to the beat. He rarely moves from his spot and he is wearing glasses although, he has no use for them. He is also wearing flannel although it’s 94 degrees outside.

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9. The First Timer
This is the first time this person has ever been to a music festival. You can easily trick them to believing in make believe artists and they will tell you they love them. They are dressed in what can be described as an “American Pride” outfit but really they are just an embarrassment to our country.

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10. The Dancer
Martha Graham has nothing on this person, a self proclaimed medicated and marinated choreographed that can and will dance to every single song. Even if it’s a slow song, they are hippie swaying. Don’t try to talk to them, they are too busy dancing. They are constantly sweating and saying things like…never mind they are too busy dancing to speak.

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Now that you know the type of characters you could encounter what festivals fit you.

Here are the top Music Festivals in the US as we see them. We omitted the IHEART radio festival because it is basically a clear channel infomercial.

These festivals are in order of date not ranking.

South By Southwest

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 14: Billie Joe Armstrong of Foxboro Hot Tubs performs at Yahoo's Brazos Hall during 2014 SXSW Music, Film

When: March 13-22
Where: Austin, TX
2015 Lineup Highlights: Still TBA.

Why You Should Go: It’s the best festival in the world for uncovering new raw talent. SXSW means hopping around bars and venues in Austin, mingling with a mixed group of music fans and music industry people and watching future stars earn their stripes. Of course, you get the big names, too—who could forget Gaga’s high-octane/vomit art performance last year?—but half the fun is stumbling across a brand new act, loving them and then bragging about it when that act blows up four months later.

Ultra Music Festival

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 28: Atmosphere as Diplo performs during the Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park Amphitheater on March 28,
When: March 27-29
Where: Miami, FL

2015 Lineup Highlights: Avicii, David Guetta, Skrillex, Kiesza, Tiësto, Eric Prydz, Steve Aoki, Krewella, Die Antwoord, Gorgon City.

Why You Should Go: Ultra is the most famous EDM festival in North America and for good reason. Do you see the highlights from 2014 up there? We could have kept adding more if we wanted. Also, Miami is a hell of a city to throw a huge party in. Ultra was condensed from two weekends to one in 2014, but that just means the fun is more concentrated.

Coachella

INDIO, CA - APRIL 20: Escape Velocity art installation by Poetic Kinetics is seen during day 3 of the 2014 Coachella Valley M

When: April 10-12, April 17-19
Where: Indio, CA

2015 Lineup Highlights: Drake, Jack White, AC/DC, Florence and the Machine, Azealia Banks, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, Interpol, Alabama Shakes, Run the Jewels, Kaskade, St. Vincent, Hozier and more.

Why You Should Go: Taking place in the middle of the desert, Coachella is a top-notch festival experience. It provides an argument each year that its lineup is king of all festivals, and 2014 was no exception. Organizers snagged the first confirmed OutKast reunion appearance, the Replacements played only their fourth show since 1991, and the rest of the headliners made for two weekends that kicked off festival season right.

Beale Street

When: May 1-3
Where: Memphis, TN

2015 Lineup Highlights: Still TBA.

Why You Should Go: Beale Street consistently brings forth one of the most eclectic festival lineups we see year to year. It’s a huge advantage to be able to catch such a wide variety of acts in one weekend, so if you’re looking for one festival to take in and you have scattered tastes, this might be the one for you.

Hangout Fest

GULF SHORES, AL - MAY 17: Hodan Dickie of Diarrhea Planet performs during the 2014 Hangout Music Festival on May 17, 2014 in

When: May 15-17
Where: Gulf Shores, AL

2015 Lineup Highlights: Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, Beck, Paramore, Skrillex, Foster The People, My Morning Jacket, Major Lazer, Spoon and more.

Why You Should Go: Gorgeous beaches aren’t your typical setting for a major music festival, but Hangout manages to draw massive headliners to the beautiful Alabama coastline for a weekend of serious shredding. You and your friends are only at the concert to see one band — the same band that you’ve followed since 7th grade. The only problem? You have to sit through six other acts without letting go of your friend’s hand or you’ll lose her forever, and most of the time the other acts aren’t even that good. But the good side is on those rare occasions you discover a new band or two and that makes it all worth it.

 

CounterPoint Festival

ROME, GA - APRIL 27: A general view of the 2014 Counterpoint Festival at Kingston Downs on April 27, 2014 in Rome, Georgia.
When: May 22-24
Where: Kingston Downs, GA

2015 Lineup Highlights: Widespread Panic, The Roots, Zedd, Umphrey’s McGee, iLoveMakonnen, Dillon Francis, Chet Faker and more.

Why You Should Go: CounterPoint only kicked off in 2012, but it’s already become a viable contender for one of America’s best electronic festivals. OutKast played a rousing hometown set here. Pretty Lights, Skrillex, Avicii and more performed, and this year Counterpoint has moved to the same venue that TomorrowWorld was held at in 2013.

Sasquatch Music festical!

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When: May 23-25
Where: George, WA

2015 Lineup Highlights: Coming in February 2015!

Why You Should Go: The setting alone is enough to coax hordes of people to Sasquatch!, as the main stage is literally on the precipice of a giant cliff overlooking a majestic gorge. Between OutKast’s incredible headlining set, Chance The Rapper’s triumphant return to the festival circuit and HAIM’s most hard-rocking performance of the season, Sasquatch!’s run in 2014 brought about tons of memorable musical moments. (Not like we’d expect anything less from a festival that sold out in a record 90 minutes in 2013.)

Electric Daisy Carnival

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When: February 21-22 (Puerto Rico), February 28-March 1 (Mexico), May 23-24 (New York), June 19-21 (Las Vegas)
Where: San Juan (Puerto Rico), Mexico City (Mexico), New York, NY, Las Vegas, NV
2015 Lineup Highlights: Still TBA

Why You Should Go: The New York City event is a two-day warm-up for the bigger attraction, which is the insane party in Las Vegas—and 2015 marks the year that EDC went international! There’s nary an EDM festival that’s more widely anticipated, and Electric Daisy does it right by having acts perform between sunset and sunrise as opposed to during the day. Make sure you stay hydrated—you’ll get surprisingly tired considering the sun’s not out—but besides that, it’s a blast of a festival.

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Governors Ball

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: A general view of atmosphere during the 2014 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on Jun

When: June 5-7

Where: New York, NY

2015 Lineup Highlights: Drake, the Black Keys, Deadmau5, Florence and the Machine, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Björk, Ryan Adams, Chromeo and more.

Why You Should Go: Governors Ball 2013 proved to be the meaning of “the show must go on,” as the festival weathered a tropical storm and a flash flood warning on New York’s Randall’s Island. With an incredible lineup, it was a weekend where attendees had to look past their own mud-caked features and appreciate the music at hand. 2014 paid off for those who returned, as they got to watch major talents hailing from every genre rock so loudly their tunes bounced off the nearby Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. Even the super-celebs were stage-hopping: Madonna made sure to catch Disclosure’s set, and André 3000 brought his son Seven to the photo pit in order to get up close and personal with Childish Gambino.

Bonnaroo

MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 15: A general view of fans during the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 15, 2014 in Mancheste

When: June 11-14
Where: Manchester, TN

2015 Lineup Highlights: Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence and the Machine, My Morning Jacket, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters and more.

Why You Should Go: None of the top few American festivals are as “hardcore” as Bonnaroo for most people who go. It’s one of the greatest camping experiences at any festival in the world, and Bonnaroo organizers constantly deliver a fantastic lineup. Once you survive four days sleeping outside and watching awesome bands in the intense Tennessee heat, no one will doubt your festival experience. (And definitely try to catch at least one late-night super jam.)

Warped Tour

POMONA, UNITED STATES - JUNE 20: Vocalist Tyler "Telle" Smith of The Word Alive performs at the Vans Warped Tour on June 20,

When: June 19 – August 8

Where: Throughout North America

2015 Lineup Highlights: Family Force Five, blessthefall, The Wonder Years, Escape The Fate, Neck Deep, Matchbook Romance and Icon For Hire. More bands are being announced every Wednesday through April. Check out the continuously updated lineup listed here!

Why You Should Go: Warped Tour is the only festival on this list that’s actually a full North American tour. It stops in more than 40 cities throughout the course of eight grueling summer weeks, setting up and tearing down a mini-city each day. The festival celebrated its twentieth year in 2014 and continues to blend acts ranging from pop to metalcore to pop-punk to electronic and everything in between. If you’re looking for one full, action-packed day of watching bands, Warped is a great place to go and probably not too far from you.

Firefly Music Festival

DOVER, DE - JUNE 23: A general view of atmosphere at the Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands of Dover International Speed

When: June 18-21
Where: Dover, DE

2015 Lineup Highlights: Still TBA.

Why You Should Go: Firefly can still be classified as a start-up of sorts, only launching in 2012. But the festival claims a unique home in the beautiful woodlands of Delaware and has come on strong with two powerful lineups. There’s camping available as well, so you can make a lot out of this fest!

Newport Folk Festival

NEWPORT, RI - JULY 27: Atmosphere during the 2013 Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park on July 27, 2013 in Newport,

When: July 24-26
Where: Newport, RI

2015 Lineup Highlights: Still TBA.

Why You Should Go: Newport Folk is an American music tradition at this point, but it’s hardly just for the family-friendly/Dylan-crooning set. Over the course of three days, musicians that redefine “folk” in every fashion from the soulful belts of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings to the hard-rocking ways of Jack White descend upon Fort Adams and let their music waft across the sail boat-speckled Narragansett Bay. It’s scenic, it’s chill and it’s a great excuse to eat lobster rolls for an entire weekend while rediscovering an appreciation for banjos.

Lollapalooza

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When: July 31 – August 2
Where: Chicago, IL

2015 Lineup Highlights: Still TBA.

Why You Should Go: Lolla has a great reputation as one of the most organized festivals in the country, as we saw in 2012 when a gnarly storm shut things down for part of the weekend. Sets were rescheduled and the show impressively went on. Other pros about the Chicago fest: Krewella says you don’t have to dress fancy and you can explore the city by day.

 

Riot Fest

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 21: Atmoshere as Bouncing Souls perform during the Riot Fest Music Festival at Sports Authority Field

When: September 11-13
Where: Chicago, IL

2015 Lineup Highlights: Still TBA.Why You Should Go: Riot Fest provides the ultimate cross between mainstream and independent acts, current punk rock megastars and legendary bands from the past. This was on full display in 2013, when Humboldt Park hosted two mega-awesome modern headliners in Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy, and then followed it up with Weezer bringing some serious musical might to the stage alongside acts like the Flaming Lips and Descendents. If the relatively new Riot Fest can keep the momentum going, it’ll soon be mentioned in the same breath as America’s heaviest-hitting festivals.

TomorrowWorld

 FAIRBURN, GA - SEPTEMBER 29: Atmosphere  at TomorrowWorld Electronic Music Festival on September 29, 2013 in Fairburn, Georgi

When: September 25-27
Where: Chattahoochee Hills, GA

2015 Lineup Highlights: Still TBA.

Why You Should Go: TomorrowWorld is the American expansion of global phenomenon Tomorrowland, which is widely considered one of the most popular festivals in the world. 2013 was its first incarnation, and if they had to work out any kinks, they weren’t all that noticeable. The festival’s debut was a huge success and offers an experience unlike any other with its “Dreamville” camping area, and it’s set to outdo itself in 2015.

Austin City Limits Festival

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 03: Atmosphere at the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 3, 2014 in Austin, Tex

When: October 2-4 and 9-11
Where: Austin, TX

2015 Lineup Highlights: Still TBA.

Why You Should Go: ACL Fest isn’t mentioned in the same revered breaths as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and SXSW, but that’s what makes this festival such a special one to attend. Make no mistake, it’s still a huge deal and has sold out for the last decade! But falling in October means that the summer festival rush has ended and this serves as a positive: You get a more relaxed crowd, milder temperatures in Austin and less chaos on the whole. Plus, it’s two weekends long now, so the party is twice as good!

CMJ Music Marathon

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When: TBD, but it typically extends over the third week of October
Where: New York, NY

2015 Lineup Highlights: Still TBA.

Why You Should Go: If you want to find some of the best new, raw talent in the country, CMJ is for you. It’s called a “music marathon” for a good reason. Lasting an entire week, you have the opportunity to see a ton of music and attend music industry-related conferences.

The Fest

When: TBA, but probably October 30 – November 2
Where: Gainesville, FL

2015 Lineup Highlights: Still TBA.

Why You Should Go: If you like punk rock, The Fest is probably one of your favorite weekends of the year. It’s a mecca of sorts for punk fans, drawing attendees from countries all over the world. Held in downtown Gainesville, it’s a lot like SXSW in that you’ll be hopping between multiple venues every day, but the similarities end there, as it’s retained a DIY feel throughout each of its 12 years. Held on the same weekend as the annual Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville, the University of Florida’s college town is left entirely to the 5,000 punks who descend upon it, and the atmosphere is something you have to witness.

 

Voodoo Music Experience

When: October 30 – November 1
Where: New Orleans, LA

2015 Lineup  Highlights: Still TBA.

Why You Should Go: Everyone talks about summer festivals, but November’s Voodoo Music Experience, in the lively city of New Orleans, challenges the summer fests with an attitude of its own. Whether you’re looking for a top-tier festival to beat the heat or wanting to cap off an awesome summer of music with one more weekend of watching huge-name acts, Voodoo is a great choice.

Fun Fun Fun Fest

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 08: Girl Talk performs in concert during day 2 of FunFunFun Fest at Auditorium Shores on November 8, 20

When: TBD, early November
Where: Austin, TX

2015 Lineup Highlights: Still TBA.

Why You Should Go: Austin just keeps on giving. Fun Fun Fun Fest prides itself on highlighting independent and progressive music, and while it doesn’t get the same mainstream love as SXSW or the Austin City Limits Festival, it’s still an impressive lineup. All music fans need to make a trip to Austin eventually, and FFF Fest provides an excellent opportunity to do so.

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