ET Top 5: Biggest Summer Music Festivals


Memorial Day weekend started off with a bang, packed with amazing music to kick off the summer. EDM fans had a chance to get a blast from the past at this year’s Mysteryland, taking place at the original spot of the 1969 Woodstock music festival in Bethel, New York. Mysteryland revives the same ground-breaking attitude as Woodstock did, with Steve Aoki, Kaskade, and Nicky Romero all set to hit the stage. Also this weekend, EDC is gearing up for its third year in New York. Music lovers can expect an all-star lineup with Tiesto, Avicii, Calvin Harris and new kid on the block, Martin Garrix. Mysteryland and EDC NY are just the cherry on top of this summers must see music festivals.

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Bonnarroo: June 12-15 Manchester, Tennessee
Over 90,000 people attended last year’s Bonnaroo festival kicking off June 12th in Manchester Tennessee. The lineup this year is almost unbelievable with the return of Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, Disclosure, Zedd, Sam Smith, Cut Copy, and the legendary Elton John; this is just a taste of the amazing artists set to perform. Bonnaroo is letting the power of social media lend a hand in choosing a performer at this year’s festival. If a submitted band gets a worthy amount of likes, shares, and comments on YouTube, they could end up rocking out on the festival stage, no biggie.

Lollapalozza: August 1-3 Grant Park, Chicago
Eight stages and over 130 performers, Lollapalozza has its sights set on Grant Park, Chicago this year, with 300,000 fans expected on this three day music adventure. Pop’s current little darling, Lorde will join the likes of Calvin Harris, Foster The People, and Eminem among others set to hit the stage. Like other popular music festivals, tickets sold out quick, unless fans want to party in style with the pricey but totally worth it, “platinum” tickets. Not only do you get access to air-conditioned hospitality areas, artist lounges, and premium viewing area, not to mention complimentary bar. Where do we sign up?

Made In America: August 30-31 Philadelphia/Los Angeles
Founded by rap mogul Jay Z in 2012, Made in America is one of the newest and most philanthropic music festivals hitting both coasts simultaneously in Philadelphia, and LA Labor Day weekend. The festival had such a positive impact last year, it brought in a cool $10 mill for the city of Philly, hoping to do the same for the first time this year on the west coast. As of right now the lineup has not been released, but that doesn’t stop the rumored performances circulating all over the web. If August cant come fast enough, fans can relive the very first Made in America festival, by watching the documentary directed by Ron Howard. Budweiser and Jay Z, what better way to celebrate ‘Murica.

Summerfest: June 25-29 July 1-6 Milwaukee, WI
The “world’s largest music festival,” the 47th annual Summerfest may have its most star studded lineup ever. Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Luke Bryan, and One Republic, with all performers combined, that’s a total of 62 Grammy’s. Probably the most exciting event to hit Milwaukee ever, let alone this summer, fans attending can catch over 1,000 lake side performances in an expected crowd of 900,000. Those up for a road trip, Summerfest goers will rock out to everything from country, pop, and dance, this festival has it all, not to mention over 20 varieties of chicken entrees, that’s a lot of chicken.

Country Fest: June 26-29 Cadott, WI
Alright country fans, we didn’t forget about you, time to get your cowboy boots out! Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line are just some of performers ready to croon the crowd at the Country Festival this year. Fans can enjoy ice cold beer and jam out to new music in the sponsored Miller Lite beer tents. 28 years later this festival is still going strong with four days of country at its best. Camping? No need to worry, the festival has the largest campground in Wisconsin with more than 7,000 campsites. Giddy up!