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Fall Music Festivals

by Akhil Kalepu

Sep 16, 2014

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It’s getting colder and festival season is coming to a close. Fortunately these music festivals will round out your year as you wait for summer again.


Americana Music Festival,

Sept. 17–21, 2014

Nashville, Tenn.

Every year the Americana Music Association upholds the history and culture of American roots music, which re-entered pop culture with the success of Mumford & Sons and The Civil Wars. This year’s festival will feature Greensky Bluegrass and The Avette Brothers as headliners.


Freshgrass Bluegrass Festival,

Sept. 19–21, 2014

North Adams, Mass.

Four stages will showcase both traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass at this year’s festival. The venue is a former 19th-century factory turned museum in North Adams, Mass. Instrument workshops and seminars are held with the American Roots Program of Berkley College of Music.


Decibel Int. Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art & New Media,

Sept. 24–28, 2014

Seattle, WA

Decibel is a unique electronic music event that focuses on live performance and multimedia art from around the world. Held in Seattle’s Experience Music Project museum, expect performances from the top DJs in the world to cutting-edge underground artists.



Sept. 26–28, 2014

Chattahoochee Hills, Ga.

This Belgium import (formerly TomorrowLand), has been a major hit in the Atlanta music scene, and hailed as one of the best dance festivals in the world with its elaborate stages and top-tier line-up. Organizers decided to hold the event on a farm in Chattahoochee Hills, evoking the peacefulness of its original home in the small town of Boom, Belgium.


Austin City Limits Music Festival,

Oct. 3–5 & 10–12, 2014

Zilker Park; Austin, Texas

For two weekends, the ACL Festival is held on the sprawling 42 acres of Zilker Park in Austin, where more than 130 artists will perform. In addition to the music, ACL also features an art market, community action and the best food vendors Austin has to offer.


Voodoo Music + Arts Experience,

Oct. 31–Nov. 2, 2014

New Orleans, La.

Voodoo has been a Halloween tradition in New Orleans since 1999, hosting more than 2,000 artists and a million fans in New Orleans’ City Park. The festival features a diverse line-up on a variety of stages for everything from mainstream to indie music. This year’s headliners will include the Foo Fighters, Pretty Lights and a reunited Outkast.


The Fest,

Oct. 31–Nov. 2, 2014

Gainesville, Fla.

The Fest is one of the most renowned punk rock festivals out there. Showcasing performances from veteran punk rockers and newcomers alike, the event is held in a variety of venues, ranging from small bars to large concert venues. The Fest is held on the same weekend of the Florida-George football game, leaving the city of Gainesville deserted except for several thousand punk rock fans.



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