With the spring in the air and the weather getting better and better it can mean only one thing, festival season is here. So we’ve rounded up some of the coolest music festivals that are happening over the month of May – we wish we could go to them all!
Barcelona, Spain: Primevara Sound
Considered to be one of the best festivals, Primavera Sound first began way back in Barcelona in 2001. The premise for the festival was to bring together a number of independent and established artists across a wide varieties of genres to perform in an urban environment in spring, and now, more than 16 years later it is considered to be an unmissable music event. The main three-day festival takes place at Parc del Forum, situated in the northern part of Barcelona – but make sure you go out and explore the city as you might stumble upon a free concert or two, in the lead up to the main event. Line up wise there’s a music genre for everyone, you’ve got rock, pop, folk, jazz, electronic, the list goes on and on and this year you can expect to see some huge headline acts like Arcade Fire, The xx, Bon Iver and Frank Ocean. Unfortunately all tickets are sold out for 2017’s Primavera Sound but make sure you’ve marked it in your calendar for next year as you won’t want to miss out on this awesome festival!
31st May to 4th June 2017
Parc del Fòrum, Muelle de la Marina Seca, C/ De la Pau, 12, 08930 Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona, Spain
Line up: Glass Animals, Grace Jones, Van Morrison, Bicep, It’s Not Not, Kelly Lee Owens, Run The Jewels, Vox Low, The Wheels & many many more…
West Palm Beach, Florida: SunFest 2017
SunFest is Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival that is held every year in downtown West Palm Beach; more than 175,000 music fans flock to South Florida to party in the sun. Music genre wise you’ve got 50s rock, country, R&B, pop, reggae, you name it, they’ve got it! SunFest is also renowned for giving Florida’s homegrown talent a shot at the big time, so you might discover your new favorite band at the festival. The festival grounds take place along the Intracoastal Waterway, with one stage at each end and one in the middle, so you’ll have to plan out what you’ll want to see each day as it can take some time getting around. Between each stage there are also a number of fine art and craft shows set up that sell paintings, ceramics, jewelry and other works. Oh and we can’t forget about the 30-plus food vendors that keep festival attendees from getting hungry – you’ve got treats like coconut shrimp, jerk chicken, conch fritters and alligator bites. You’ll definitely want to be down by the waterfront on the final night at SunFest puts on a huge firework display that lights up the sky.
3rd to 7th May 2017
West Palm Beach, 100 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Line up: Blink-182, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Marshmello, Ziggy Marley, 3 Doors Down, Tinashe, The Naked and Famous, Ryan McKenzie & many many more…
Price: 1 day pass $41, 2 day pass $61, 5 day pass $81
Quincy, Washington: Sasquatch! 2017
If you’re after a festival that takes place in a stunning location, then you’re in luck, Sasquatch! is set in an incredible natural amphitheater called The Gorge. Whilst listening to some cool music acts festival goers have an awesome view of the huge river canon and Columbia River. It’s the largest music festival in the Pacific Northwest and holds up to 20,00 people over the three days. There’s an eclectic mix of genres at Sasquatch! including hip-hop, EDM, alternative and indie rock, and there are five stages to catch the artists on: Main Stage, Bigfoot Stage, Banana Shack, Yeti Stage and Maine Stage. There are also a few comedians who perform on stage in-between the music acts, so not only will you get to jam out to some great music, you’ll get to have a good laugh too!
26th to 28th May 2017
The Gorge Amphitheater, 754 Silica Rd Quincy, Washington, USA
Line up: Frank Ocean, Twenty One Pilots, MGMT, Mac Miller, Sleigh Bells, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Kungs, Rainow Kitten Surprise & many many more…
Price: General admission festival seating $295, Single day ticket $99.50
Detroit, Michigan: Movement Electronic Music Festival
Set in the birthplace of techno music, Movement is an annual three-day event that hosts an incredible line up of world famous DJs and homegrown talents. There are six stages with more than 100 artists performing and dozens of official after parties, so it’s the perfect place for all you EDM lovers to dance the night away and discover some awesome new talent. Like many other EDM festivals Movement showcases a selection of wild and crazy art installations that attendees can enjoy. These installations are designed for Movement, thanks to CAMP (Community Arts Moving Project) Detroit and offer stipends to artists who live in or near Detroit and have a strong connection to the city – and once the festival is over the art installations are moved to new locations in Detroit. Movement is an EDM extravaganza and ideal festival in May to cut loose and party to the beat.
27th to 29th May 2017
Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan, USA
Line up: Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Ben Klock, Danny Brown, Dixon, Dusky, Jamie Jones, Heidi, Juicy J, Pan-Pot, Seth Troxler, Paco Osuna & many many more…
Price: General admission weekend pass $175 + booking fee, 1 day general admission $80 + booking fee
Bradley, California: Lightning in a Bottle
Lightning in a Bottle is a four-day celebration of art, sustainability, music and performance and first began back in 2000 as a private birthday party in the Santa Ynez Mountains. Lightning in a Bottle promises to be much more than just an event where you turn up and listen to music, it’s an immersive event that has three-dimensional interactive art installations, live painters, a learning kitchen that offers hands-on nutrition classes and demonstrations, yoga classes, burlesque shows and a whole lot more. The stages are also pretty spectacular and are designed with flowers and trees which come alive as the sun sets. Lightning in a Bottle is also a super green festival and provides free filtered water for reusable containers and runs mostly on biodiesel and solar power – so you can rave away knowing that Lightning in a Bottle is doing its bit for the planet.
24th to 29th May 2017
San Antonio Recreation Center, 2610 San Antonio Rd Bradley, California, USA
Line up: Bassnectar, Bob Moses, Wafia, The Seshen, Eagles & butterflies, Troyboi, Paper Diamond, Perfect Stranger, Jade Cicada, Maddy O’Neal, Edith Crash & many many more…
Price: 4-Day weekend pass $300 + booking fee
Gulf Shores, Alabama: Hangout Music Festival
Hangout is an easy going, southern music festival that is known for its good beats, good music and good times. The festival first began in 2010 and came about after the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010. Hangout founders Shaul Zislin and A.J. Niland wanted to create an event that would still bring people down to the area even after the oil spill and from there Hangout Music Festival was born. The festival always has a killer line up – and did we mention it was right on the beach?! Oh and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for special after-hours shows at bars and clubs in town as you might get lucky and catch a performer playing a surprise set! Hangout officially starts on the Friday but if you fancy starting the party early and catching a few more performers then you can buy a ticket to the Thursday kickoff party.
19th to 21st May 2017
Gulf Shores Beach, 101 E Beach Blvd Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA
Line up: Mumford & Sons, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, Migos, Dillon Frances, Charli XCX, Franz Ferdinand, Snakehips, Cheat Codes, Jillionaire & many many more…
Price: General admission $309, Thursday kickoff ticket $50
Memphis, Tennessee: Beale Street Music Festival
Beale Street Music Festival is the kick-off event for the month-long festival Memphis in May, and is the perfect way to get the celebrations started. You can enjoy musical genres like hard rock, soft rock, rap, bluegrass, country and of course the blues. Beale Street is infamous for its incredible musical history and many blues and jazz legends like Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, Albert King and Rosco Gordon would often play on Beale Street, helping to develop the style known as Memphis Blues. Beale Street Music Festival has been running for almost 40 years and draws in about 100,000 attendees every year and has earned its reputation on the music festival scene for having affordable ticket prices and an insane line up.
5th to 7th May 2017
Tom Lee Park, 450 Riverside Dr Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Line up: Kings of Leon, Snoop Dogg, Death Cab for Cutie, MGMT, Wiz Khalifa, Tori Kelly, Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, Sum 41 & many many more…
Price: 3-day pass $95-150, 1-day pass $50-60