Not Going to Coachella? Try These 8 Other Music Festivals Instead
If tickets to Coachella sold out faster than you could say "Axl Rose," worry not: You can still attend an awesome music festival this summer featuring many of the same artists, without a lot of hassle. Whether you're game for a woodland adventure or a weekend jaunt to a neighboring city, check out these very worthy alternatives. You'd be wise to leave your flower crown at home.
Southern Ground Music & Food Festival
April 16-17 in Charleston, S.C.
The Atlanta-based Zac Brown Band will bring an impressive slate of headliners to MUSC Health Stadium for its fifth year this spring. Expect the country group's "Super Sets," which in the past have featured the likes of John Fogerty, John Mayer, and Jason Mraz, along with the usual smorgasbord of southern food from local chefs.
Lineup Highlights: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Kacey Musgraves, Hunter Hayes, Marshall Tucker Band, Zac Brown Band.
Get your tickets at southerngroundfestival.com.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 22-May 1 in New Orleans
The term "jazz" is used loosely at this festival, which spans two weekends and features an eclectic set of musical acts ranging from hip-hop to blues rock. A rite of passage for hundreds of thousands of Louisianians and out-of-towners alike, it continues after hours in bars on Frenchman Street, and even later at Cafe du Monde for requisite late-night beignets.
Get your tickets at nojazzfest.com.
Boston Calling Music Festival
May 27-29 in Boston
It befuddles us why more people aren't aware of Boston Calling—the three-day event held in Boston's City Hall Plaza each spring and fall—but we're not exactly complaining. Say goodbye to painstakingly long lines and epic schleps to catch other sets—each stage can be seen from wherever you're standing, so you're guaranteed not to miss a beat. Literally.
Get your tickets at bostoncalling.com.
May 27-29 in Napa Valley, Calif.
Seeing as BottleRock is held in the wine mecca of the continental U.S., it's no surprise that there will be an abundance of vino, plus delicious gourmet bites from Morimoto, Bouchon Bakery, and others to boot. Also, the location at the Napa Valley Expo is ideal for FOMO-inducing sunset 'grams.
Lineup Highlights: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence + the Machine, Death Cab for Cutie, Cold War Kids.
Get your tickets at bottlerocknapavalley.com.
Governors Ball Music Festival
June 3-5 in N.Y.C.
Governors Ball's debut may have been a mud-soaked mess, but they've made up for lost shoes and dignity in recent years with stellar lineups that outshine certain Indio-based fests, and this sixth iteration is no different. Kick back and enjoy the 65 acts and insane food offerings (ramen burgers!), and take solace in the fact that you can avoid a miles-long Uber line by walking across the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge back to Manhattan.
Lineup Highlights: Kanye West, The Strokes, The Killers, Robyn, Haim.
Get your tickets at governorsballmusicfestival.com.
Firefly Music Festival
June 16-19 in Dover, Del.
Situated among lush woodland landscapes at Dover International Speedway, this four-year-old affair boasts a bevy of attractions, including an on-site craft beer bar (with a Dogfish Head Pale Ale specifically brewed for the festival), a coffee house, outdoor bazaar, hammocks, and a designated arcade area—because why not?
Lineup Highlights: Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Florence + the Machine, Ellie Goulding, Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky, CHVRCHES.
Get your tickets at fireflyfestival.com.
August 5-7 in Happy Valley, Ore.
Held at the 80-acre Pendarvis Farm, 15 minutes outside of downtown Portland, Pickathon boasts a diverse bill and amazing local craft food and beverage vendors serving up local beer and cider on tap. Can't wait? Follow Pickathon's Spotify playlist to get pumped for the show.
Lineup Highlights: Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo, Beach House, Ibeyi.
Get your tickets at pickathon.com.
August 5-7 in San Francisco
Every August, like clockwork, San Francisco's famed Golden Gate Park transforms into a veritable mecca of music, art, and live comedy, set against the backdrop of the city's famed bridge. If that's not enough to sway you, Radiohead is reportedly this year's rumored headliner.
Lineup to be announced.
Get your tickets at sfoutsidelands.com.