BY RACHEL WHITE
Every year, a bevy of concerts and festivals take place all across the country. From California to Florida, audiences flock to see big-name artists perform their legendary anthems. Here is a baker’s dozen of shows and events guaranteed to have something for music aficionados of any genre. Start planning ahead for the summer, or even for next year’s events, as tickets often sellout quickly.
March 7-16 – Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas’ South By South West is an annual music, film and interactive conference, infused festival.
Since 1987 SXSW has taken place between March 7-16.
This year, SXSW featured more than 2,200 performers/bands, playing 110 stages.
SXSW 2014 headliners included famed names such as, Coldplay, Pitbull, Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga, Jay Z, Kanye, 50 Cent, Skrillex and more.
Ticket prices vary, with a ‘Music Badge’ purchase usually ranging between $625-$795.
ULTRA Music Festival
March 28-30 – Miami, Fla.
Marks annual appearance in Miami, Fla.
Each year, during the last weekend of March, Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park hosts Ultra Music Festival.
UMF is an annual outdoor electronic music experience.
While relatively new to the American festival scene, UMF offers a remarkable roster for 2014, including Afro Jack, Avicci, David Guetta, Diplo, Hardwell, Kaskade, Krewella, Solomun, Tiesto, Nicky Romero, Zedd, M.I.A., MGMT, The Glitch Mob, Datsik, Alvin Risk, Paper Diamond and Adventure Club.
Three-day combo tickets for UMF 2014 sold out at $399.95 per purchase.
April 11-13 & 18-20 – Indio, Calif.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual, two weekends-long celebration in Indio, California.
Debuting in 1991, Coachella is now famed for featuring the greatest artists and the grandest presentation in music festivals today.
The festival started as a single-weekend event, but due to popular demand, Coachella is now offered two weekends: April 11-13 and April 18-20 in 2014.
Within moments after release, festival passes for Coachella 2014 sold-out at $375 per wristband entry into either one of Coachella’s weekends.
For information regarding wristband purchases for Coachella 2015, visit coachella.com/how-to-purchase.
This year’s highly anticipated Coachella headliners include Empire of The Sun, Flume, A$AP Ferg, Foster The People, Kid Cudi, Lorde, Lana Del Ray, MGMT, Muse, Nas, The Cult, The Knife, Daughter, Dillion Francis, Disclosure, Ellie Goulding, Skrillex and many more.
April 25-27 – KINGSTON DOWNS, GA.
Held April 25-27 in Kingston Downs, Counterpoint’s festival venue claims 5,000 acres of luscious Georgia countryside.
Four stages, all within view of the Appalachian Mountains, will host a reputable roster including Outkast, Pretty Lights, Foster The People, Sts9, Major Lazor, Krewella, Flux Pavilion, Matt&Kim, Wolfgang Gartner, Friz, Phantogram, Tycho, St. Lucia, Hucci, Butch Clancy, and more.
Regular admission for Counterpoint 2014 costs $199 per entry, $224 with camping privileges included.
LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE
May 22-26 – San Antonio Rec. Area, Bradley, Calif.
Lightning In A Bottle is a ‘transformational festival’ dedicated to creative expression and spiritual cultivation.
Located in Southern California, Lightening In A Bottle transforms Monterey County’s San Antonio Recreation Area into a temporary town of metaphysical celebration.
The festival is a four-day affair, May 22-26, spanning a legendary lineup featuring: Little Dragon, Phantogram, Gramatik, Baauer, Gold Panda, Chet Faker, Ryan Hemsworth, and many more!
Ticketing varies between full weekend passes for $260, and two-day tickets for $195; camping excluded.
May 23-25 & July 4-6 – Gorge, Wash.
This year, due to insatiable demand, Washington’s Sasquatch! Music Festival will be offered over two weekends for the first time ever!
Sasquatch! weekend-one spans over Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25.
The second Sasquatch! festival this year will be Fourth of July weekend, July 4-6.
Both weekends of Sasquatch! will be held at the same venue in Grant County, Wash., at The Gorge Amphitheatre.
Sasquatch! weekend one will include Outkast, M.I.A., Kid Cudi, Foster The People, Die Antwoord, Cage The Elephant and Tyler The Creator.
Sasquath! weekend two includes Broken Bells, Local Natives, Tegan & Sara, La Roux, ATMOSPHERE, Rhye, Dillion Francis and Dr. Dog.
Tickets are $325 per entry to either weekend of Sasquatch!
ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL
May 24-25 – New York City and June 20-22 – Las Vegas
Founded by Insomniac Events, Electric Daisy Carnival is a two-day Electric Dance Music disco celebrated in venues worldwide.
Annually, EDC hosts two weekends in the United States: May 24-25 in New York City, and June 20-22 in Las Vegas.
General Admission for EDC NYC 2014 is still available online for $199 per ticket.
Both EDC venues will house headlining artists/DJs: Adventure Club, Afro Jack, Apster, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, DJ Snake, Hardwell, Kastle, Krewella, R3hab, Tiësto and more.
June 12-15 – Manchester, Tenn.
June 12-15, The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival takes place at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tenn.
700 acres of farmland enables 80,000 “happy campers” to comfortably experience 150 performances across 10 stages in four days.
The festival strives to feature an eclectic genre of musical stylings including hip-hop, pop, bluegrass, reggae, gospel and alternative electronica.
This year’s renowned roster is set to feature famed names including: Elton John, Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Kaskade, Wiz Khalifa, Disclosure, Slightly Stoopid, Cake, Chvrches, Cage The Elephant, Die Antwoord, Dr. Dog, City and Colour, The Glitch Mob, First Aid Kit, Banks, Classixx, Vance Joy, and many more.
Tickets are still available for $284.50, general admission Thursday thru Sunday; includes camping and event parking.
August 1-3 – Grant Park, Chicago, IL.
Revered as ‘more than a music festival,’ Lollapalooza is a “cultural experience” hosted annually at Chicago’s historical Grant Park.
Within 3 days, Lollapalooza features more than 130 bands, rocking eight stages spanning 115 acres between Downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan.
Ticketing varies between 3-day passes and single-day entries with prices ranging between $75-$235.
Lolla’s 2013 lineup headliners included The Cure, Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, The Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, Knife Party, Steve Aoki, Imagine Dragons, Flux Pavillion, Two Door Cinema Club, Tegan And Sara, Dillion Francis, Adventure Club and Griz, Alex Clare.
ROCK THE BELLS – TBA
Rock The Bells is an annual hip-hop festival that originated in Southern California a decade ago.
This year the festival is expected to tour Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and New York.
Ticket releases and festival dates for Rock The Bells 2014 are still TBA, but will likely be held throughout the month of September.
Event entry ranges from $99 for single-day admittance and $165 for two-day passes.
This year, expectations are held high for Rock The Bells’ yet-to-be-revealed lineup.
Rock The Bells 2013 featured high profile hip-hop headliners including Wu-Tang Clan, A$AP, J. Cole, Riff Raff, Pretty Lights, Kid Cudi, Talib Kweli, Brother Ali, Earl Sweatshirt, Common, Jurassic 5, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony w/virtual Eazy-E, Tech N9ne and Immortal Technique.
Austin City Limits Festival
Weekend One Oct. 3-5 Weekend Two Oct. 10-12
Austin City Limits Music Festival features more than 130 performances and gathers more than 75,000 fans within three-days during the first weekend in October.
The Festival takes place on 46 acres of Texas terrain within Austin City’s Zilker Park.
As of 2013, mounting popularity demanded ACL to expand its festival to span two weekends.
Tickets are still available for ACL 2014 at $255 per three-day pass.
The ALC 2014 Lineup includes Beck, Foster the People, Eminem, Lorde, Interpol, Outkast, Pearl Jam, Lana Del Rey, Kongos, AFI and many, many more.