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Gear Up for Festival Season U.S.A

by Akhil Kalepu

Feb 21, 2015

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Escape Velocity at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio, California © Sam Howzit | Flickr

Escape Velocity at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio, California © Sam Howzit | Flickr

 

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, April 10–12, 17–19, 2015

Coachella was born out of a reaction to the mainstream music world. Way back in 1993, Pearl Jam chose Indio, Calif., for their concert in protest of Ticketmaster and the Southern California venues it controlled. The event turned out to be a huge success, drawing 25,000 to the Empire Polo Club, which had never hosted a concert before. Six years later, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was born, quickly labeled the “anti-Woodstock” for its dedication to artistry over popularity. This year’s headliners include Jack White, Drake and AC/DC.

 

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips at Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores, Alabama © Curtis Fockele | Flickr

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips at Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores, Alabama © Curtis Fockele | Flickr

 

Hangout Music Festival, May 15–17, 2015

Held on the public beaches of Gulf Shores, Ala., Hangout is a unique festival thanks to its laidback atmosphere and location right on the shore. The annual gathering is only four years, old, but pulls a variety of great artists spanning rock, hip-hop and electronic music. This year’s lineup includes Foo Fighters, Major Lazer and Spoon, in addition to recent Grammy winners Sam Smith and Beck. On top of the great music, there is a lot of great food to eat as well, featuring classic Gulf Coast seafood from the festival’s namesake restaurant, The Hangout.

 

Vampire Weekend at Governors Ball, New York City © Aneil Lutchman | Flickr

Vampire Weekend at Governors Ball, New York City © Aneil Lutchman | Flickr

 

Governors Ball, June 5–7, 2015

New York City’s Governors Ball has proven to be one of the most well executed music festivals to be held in the city. The lineup includes a large range of genres covering everything from pop to folk. What sets Governors Ball apart from other New York City festivals is its integration into the city, featuring food from the city’s best restaurants and food trucks, in addition to unique activities like lawn games, silent discos and ping-pong events sponsored by Spin. This year’s headliners include The Black Keys, Deadmau5 and Florence + The Machine.

 

Stevis Harrison of The Chariot at Warped Tour © Jesus Martinez | Flickr

Stevis Harrison of The Chariot at Warped Tour © Jesus Martinez | Flickr

 

Warped Tour, June 14–Aug. 23, 2015

Whether you are a veteran headbanger or just reliving your emo days, Warped Tour is a favorite of rockers across North America. It is the largest traveling show in the United States, now in its 20th year since its inaugural show in 1995. Warped Tour has its roots in punk rock, but has since grown to encompass a range of rock, metal and electronic styles. There has even been some pop thrown in the mix, much to the chagrin of the festival’s more diehard fans. The festival has been known to propel undiscovered bands into stardom, while still drawing veterans like Bad Religion.

 

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