Ah, music season, that time of year when bands you’ve never stopped loving and fresh voices alike set out on tour. The only thing better than catching a solo act is all of your favorite groups at one location. Here are our 6 favorite festivals for summer 2015.
July 17-19, Louisville, Kentucky
Ring in the 30th anniversary of The Forcastle Festival with hometown heroes My Morning Jacket. You can also catch Modest Mouse and a British crooner you may have heard of: Sam Smith.
June 24-28, June 30-July 5, Milwaukee
Not one. Not two. But 11 days of shows. And if you think it’ll cost 11 times the price, think again: $80 and you’re in (though headliners cost extra). Take in views of Lake Michigan alongside the Rolling Stones, Kendrick Lamar, Florida Georgia Line, and Santigold. We could go on, but you’re probably sold already.
July 31-August 2, Chicago
This year’s Lollapalooza has a little something for everyone. Paul McCartney continues his reign. Florence and the Machine and Alabama Shakes promise to get people moving. Metallica headlines for the headbangers. Other don’t-miss acts: Tame Impala, Gary Clark Jr., and Hot Chip.
July 31-August 2, Montreal
Montreal is only a six-hour drive from New York City, so yes, Canadian festivals are most definitely in play. And for good reason. This 10-year anniversary festival has secured the Black Keys, Florence and the Machine, Nas, Alt-J, and St. Vincent.
June 18-21, Dover, Delaware
Three days when you can’t quite tell where the headliners stop. Check out vets like Paul McCartney, Modest Mouse, and Snoop Dog alongside newcomers Charlie XCX and Hozier.