While some of us are finally fully recovered from The BPM Festival, or perhaps still dealing with international legal matters from Supersonic, others may be waiting for the weather to warm up to start flaunting our fringe vests at festivals. There’s plenty of musical fun to be had domestically in the coming months, such as Austin’s Levitation Festival and Tennessee’s mainstay Bonnaroo. Here are three spring festivals to start off the season of bandana face masks and $14 Bud Lights.
Shaky Knees Music Fest
May 13 – 15
The only featured event that isn’t a camp-away festival, Shaky Knees provides an all-rock lineup in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Centennial Olympic Park & Plaza plays host to fives stages, which includes artists such as Jane’s Addiction, My Morning Jacket and Florence + The Machine, turning the Georgian capital from Hotlanta to Hotterlanta for three days.
My picks: Bloc Party, Huey Lewis and the News, Explosions in the Sky
Lightning in a Bottle
May 26 – 30
Lake San Antonio, CA
Nestled somewhere off the coast of California, Lightning in a Bottle offers its attendees a fully immersive experience in addition to music: from yoga, to nutritional cooking classes, to art installations, to cultural talks and lessons. In fact, this festival has become so packed with activities, 2016 marks its first year as a four-day event (expanding from its previous three). Look out for festival staples such as Jamie XX, Tokimonsta, Four Tet and Chet Faker this Memorial Day Weekend.
My picks: Steve Bug, &ME, Desert Dwellers
May 27 – 30
Of all three, the behemoth festival from the wilds of the Pacific Northwest has the most diverse lineup, encompassing genres beyond electronic, rock and indie. In the span of four days, festivalgoers have the opportunity to see talent such as Disclosure, The Cure, A$AP Rocky and Matt DeMarco. Whatever the music, Sasquatch! Festival’s location at The Gorge provides for a surreally picturesque backdrop main stage acts – one any outdoors or music fan should make the trek to Quincy for sometime.
My picks: Caribou, Wet, Lord Huron