Top 10 Music Festivals in the USA

By Dan Taylor | Jan 10, 2018

Music is the glue that holds the world together. It is a form of therapy - the thing that gets you through the toughest of times, and the soundtrack to some of life's most joyous moments What better way to enjoy and appreciate music than at a music festival. There are plenty of festivals in the USA and world over catering to any and every taste. Here is a list of 10 of some of the best music festivals in the USA.

10. Made In America, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Founded by the rap mogul, Jay-Z, Made in America is a two-day celebration of successful and upcoming artists and bands. The festival is located in a very accessible, and central location in Philly and boasts some of the best artists in the world. The aim of the festival is to bring like-minded people together and enjoy the music culture. If you are a rap and hip-hop lover, this is definitely a great festival to attend. Accommodation is available all around Philadelphia and neighboring cities.

9. Stage Coach, Indio, California
"The Coachella of Country". For those who love country music, Stage Coach is definitely a bucket list festival for you. Taking place in the same location as Coachella, this is a country desert euphoric experience indeed. This festival is relaxed and you can drink beer by the stages! Like Coachella, the festival features world-class headliners, whilst also inviting up and coming artists to showcase their talents. This festival does a fantastic job catering to everyone's likes. Whilst it is relaxed, the tickets are still in high demand and it advised to make travel and accommodation arrangements early.

8. Electric Zoo, Randall's Island, New York
For a weekend, the Randall's Island Park is transformed into an electric dance utopia. With headliners from all over the world, Electric Zoo is one of the world's biggest electronic music festivals. Every year, you can expect to see a lot of colors, dancing, and an unbeatable energy. This is a popular festival among the younger crowd and marks the beginning of summer.

7. Rocklahoma, Pryor, Oklahoma
For rock purists, this is one of the few music festivals that you can enjoy pure undiluted rock music. This festival is very popular with crowds of all ages and features world-renowned groups, as well some of the newer rock acts. There are plenty of acts and the entire festival is a unique experience.

6. Afropunk Fest, Brooklyn, New York
This festival was inspired by the Afro-Punk movement, and it aims to celebrate punk and alternative black culture. This has become one of New York's highest ranking festivals. There is plenty of music, performances, food, and art. This is also a festival that attracts black alternative fashionistas from across the world - arguably one of the birthplaces of a lot of the fashion trends that we see on the runway and in stores. This is truly a life-changing experience, especially for people of color.

5. Sasquatch Music Festival, George, Washington
This Memorial Day weekend festival is a fantastic option for those who want a wholesome festival experience celebrating all genres of music. Sasquatch is held in a relatively remote part of Washington, making it the perfect camping festival experience. Tickets for this event are in very high demand, and festival goers will appreciate why. This is an experience for all to enjoy.

4. Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada
If you are looking for a radical artistic escape, Burning Place is calling your name. This festival is the celebration of expression and art. There are plenty of performances, sculptures, and interactive art. And of course, Burning Man wouldn't be Burning Man without the annual burning of a large wooden effigy. This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you owe yourself.

3. South by South West, Austin, Texas
Austin is one of the newer hubs for artists in the USA but is home to some of the most sophisticated and talented artists, nonetheless. South by South West (SXSW) is a festival that showcases music, as well as film and other interactive art forms. This festival has seen the launch of some of the worlds most successful artists. For a week, this festival takes over the city of Austin, with visitors from all across the world. Coinciding with spring break across the country, attendees are advised to plan early for their visit to SXSW to get the best deals on flights, and accommodation.

2. Coachella, Indio, California
Everyone and their mother has heard of Coachella. This is the music festival where celebrities, athletes and everyday people all dance in the mud and appreciate the world-class music performances. Coachella is held over two weekends in April, and it is advised to book and organize as early as possible. Festival-goers have the option of camping or glamping in the nearby hotels after enjoying the desert euphoria during the day. This is a truly customizable experience for festival goers. There is also an abundance of fantastic festival food and restaurants catering to the Coachella crowds.

1. Jazzfest, New Orleans, Louisiana
One of the country's longest-running and most successful festivals, Jazzfest is always graced by the presence of some of the world's best jazz artists. Having started in 1970, this festival has hosted artists such as Stevie Wonder and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Jazzfest is held in April to May each year and is definitely a must-attend for jazz lovers around the world. Whilst you are at the festival, you can also expect to enjoy some of Nola's finest cuisine, being sold by vendors around the festival. This is not just a festival, but truly an experience

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