Festival Forecast

The arrival of Spring means that it's music festival season! It may be a bit overwhelming to try to narrow down which one you should go do-- we're here to help with some of the ones that we're most excited for. 

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It’s finally festival season! Pretty soon you’ll be out in the sun with your friends, deciding which artists you want to go see next, which sets you’ll have to miss to eat dinner and how much you’re willing to spend on merchandise for your new favorite band. Here are a few of the festivals that we’re looking forward to! 

Shaky Knees Music Festival

(Photo via Taylor Wallace via GeorgiaMusic)

Atlanta, GA | May 8-10

This year, Shaky Knees has done an impressive job of curating a lineup that is different from the rest of the major festivals. If you glance at the lineup, you’ll recognize many names that aren’t listed on many other bills for the season. Shaky Knees has also done a great job of picking smaller artists that are slowly but surely getting bigger, and haven’t been picked up by other festivals yet. 

Recommended Acts: Mitski, Kevin Devine, Speedy Ortiz

Hangout Music Festival

(Photo via Ignite Music Magazine)

Gulf Shores, Alabama | May 15-17

Hangout Music Festival is one similar to Sasquatch with their one-of-a-kind location. Rather than be in the lush, green wilderness, Hangout is located on a beach. Spend the day in the sun by the ocean with some of your favorite acts! Hangout is also known for being one of the larger festivals running in America today, with a capacity of 40,000 people. 

Recommended Acts: The Lone Bellow, Kopecky, Frank Turner

Sasquatch! Music Festival

(Photo via Students.Expression.Edu)

George, Washington | May 22-25

The special thing about Sasquatch is its location. Located in a place known as “The Gorge”, attendees get to watch the spectacular lineup in a spectacular location. Sasquatch has a diverse genre with genres raging from hip hop to pop to folk to punk. Along with their wide range of music featured, they also bring comedians to perform, such as Brooks Wheelan. 

Recommended Acts: Phox, Fuzz, Hunter Hunted

Newport Folk Festival

(Photo via Carly Goldberg)

Newport, Rhode Island | July 24-26. 

Newport Folk Festival is known for their use of the rolling lineup. Instead of announcing all of their acts at once, they will announce one by one through a few months leading up until the festival. This hasn’t stopped them from selling out of tickets for the past few years— and not close to the date of the festival, either. Newport creates a community with their festival-goers, and most that attend do so because of the tradition over the lineup. Newport festival-goers attend because they love the festival and what they do and stand for, not necessarily just for the music (although that does help). 

Recommended Acts (of the so-far announced): Courtney Barnett, Laura Marling, Blake Mills

Osheaga Music & Arts Festival

(Photo via Marie-Eve Vallieres at FestivalSnobs)

Montreal, Canada | July 31 + August 1-2

This year is Osheaga’s 10th anniversary as a festival, so it’s not one to be missed. Over three days, they will have around 100 bands play around Jean-Drapeau Park as well as across the city. Before the music festivities begin, the festival also producing exhibitions and concerts scattered throughout Montreal. They pride themselves in hosting large, well-known acts beside both up-and coming acts and local acts. The combination creates the perfect festival atmosphere—being able to see your favorites, the ones you haven’t been able to see yet and the ones that you had no idea existed.

Recommended Acts: Shakey Graves, James Bay, Alvvays