Written by Laura Curry
Date: June 29-July 3/ July 5-10, 2016
Location: Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, WI
Official Site: http://www.summerfest.com/
Breakdown: While the official lineup has not been released, Summerfest has announced that headliners for 2016 include: Selena Gomez, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Panic! At the Disco, Weezer, Sting and Peter Gabriel. Over 900,000 people are expected to attend the 11-day festival, which takes place on the shores of Lake Michigan. Along with over 1,000 performances, festivalgoers can check out interactive exhibits, go shopping in the marketplace or satisfy their hunger cravings from over 45 food vendors.
Date: June 10-13, 2016
Location: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY
Official Site: http://www.mysteryland.us/en/
Analysis: This is the perfect festival for EDM lovers who want to spend four days at a psychedelic party nestled in the green rolling hills of New York. Odesza, Skrillex and Bassnectar are headlining at the third edition of Mysteryland USA. Other artists include: The Chainsmokers, Zeds Dead, Young Thug, GRiZ, Gramatik, Tchami and Claude Vonstroke. If you would like to take a break from the dancing and intense bass drops, then check out the interactive installation art, watch street performers, or do some yoga and meditation.
Date: May 27-30, 2016
Location: The Gorge Amphitheatre, Quincy, WA
Official Site: http://www.sasquatchfestival.com/
Breakdown: Spend your Memorial Day Weekend at the 15th annual Sasquatch Festival listening to The Cure, Florence and the Machine, Disclosure and Diplo, who are the headliners of the event. They will be joined by artists including: Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky, Grimes, M83, Sufjan Stevens, Chet Faker, Lord Huron, Purity Ring and Tycho. Enjoy the beautiful views of the Colombia Gorge canyon while appreciating the Sasquatch references of the festival grounds. Camping is highly recommended since The Gorge Amphitheatre is located in a remote area, 150 miles east of Seattle.
Date: May 13-15, 2016
Location: Centennial Olympic Park & International Plaza, Atlanta, GA
Official Site: http://www.shakykneesfestival.com/
Breakdown: The 4th annual Shaky Knees Festival features the headliners Florence and the Machine, My Morning Jacket and Jane’s Addiction, as well as nearly 75 other bands. Some of these bands include: At the Drive-In, The 1975, Deftones, Walk the Moon, Young the Giant, Foals, Shakey Graves, Atlas Genius, Eagles of Death Metal, Foxing and The Front Bottoms. The festival is a musical haven situated in downtown Atlanta. In addition to experiencing your favorite bands live, feel free to take goofy pictures in photo booths, enjoy the offerings of multiple food trucks or purchase official festival merchandise.
Date: July 15-17, 2016
Location: Waterfront Park, Louisville, KY
Official Site: http://forecastlefest.com/
Breakdown: Climb aboard the ship and forget about your problems at Forecastle Festival 2016. The festival is located in the heart of Louisville on the banks of the Ohio River. You will find the Clark Memorial Bridge in the background of most pictures to pay homage to the city. Headliners this year are: The Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Death Cab for Cutie and Ryan Adams. Other notable artists include Grouplove, Big Gigantic, Dr. Dog, Sylvan Esso, Washed Out and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals. If you need a rest from all the mosh pits and crowd surfing, you can head to the Bourbon Lodge to taste-test the local spirits or join the carnival games and race your friends on stuffed horses in the Forecastle Derby.