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Swedish musician Daniel Norgren perfoms at Pickathon in 2018
Swedish musician Daniel Norgren perfoms at Pickathon in 2018

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Beyond Coachella: 10 Smaller Festivals Beloved For Their Homegrown Vibes & Huge Lineups

With genre-specific stages and unique locations, these 10 under-the-radar, independent and locally loved American festivals offer an alternative to major events like Coachella and Lollapalooza.

GRAMMYs/May 8, 2023 - 03:53 pm

Coachella’s two-weekend festival in April is the unofficial kickoff of music festival season in the United States — a party period generally stretching from late spring to mid-fall. After a few years of risky, restricted and canceled events due to pandemic uncertainty, the 2023 festival season looks pretty unbeatable.

But between general admission and VIP ticket options, festivals of Coachella’s magnitude can easily cost thousands of dollars to attend for a few days, if tickets don't sell out completely. 

Luckily, there are plenty of other options for those who seek a different sort of music festival experience — one that might be smaller, independent or more musically specialized. To assist in your planning, has some suggestions for unique and beloved music festivals taking place around the country in 2023, including one that’s absolutely free!

Kilby Block Party 

May 12-14 - Salt Lake City, Utah

The Strokes, Pavement and Yeah Yeah Yeahs headline this year’s three-day Kilby Block Party, a festival that started in 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of local all-ages venue Kilby Court. 

Promoters expect 10,000 revelers per day to fill the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City and enjoy the thoroughly stacked lineup of performances from artists like Pixies, Japanese Breakfast, Caroline Polachek, Deerhoof, Cuco, Run The Jewels and the Walkmen.

Hangout Music Fest

May 19-21 - Gulf Shores, Alabama

This premiere beachside music festival has been rocking in the sand since 2010. Major artists performing this year include Red Hot Chili Peppers, SZA, Calvin Harris, Paramore, Lil Nas X, Flume, Skrillex, The Kid Laroi and GloRilla

Goldenvoice, which produces Coachella, has been an event partner since 2015. Other planned experiences include a roller disco, art installations and an onsite wedding chapel, should you want to tie the knot.

The Governors Ball Music Festival

June 9-11 - New York City

What began as a one day affair in 2011 is now a three-day highlight of the East Coast summer festival circuit. First launched on Governors Island, the event is now held at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the borough of Queens. 

This year's Governors Ball offers big festival talent including Odesza, Kendrick Lamar and Lizzo as daily headliners, plus in-demand festival acts like Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Baby, Rina Sawayama and HAIM.

Mosswood Meltdown

July 1-2 - Oakland, California

The incomparable filmmaker John Waters plays host to this quirky annual indie fest that takes place over two days in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you're a Waters fan, admission to the small festival is worth it to catch a glimpse of him alone. 

Otherwise, perhaps you’ll be tempted by the fierce woman and non-binary energy of bands like Le Tigre, ESG, Bratmobile and Twompsax (the latter band fronted by trans skating star Cher Strauberry). Vegan food is also a highlight at the event, which despite its name usually takes place during relatively mild summer temperatures in the Bay Area. 


Aug. 3-6 - Happy Valley, Oregon

The 24-year-old event takes place over four days and is billed as an "experiential" music wonderland. Located 16 miles from Portland, the woodsy Pendarvis Farm offers an idyllic and immersive setting to help attendees connect with nature, music and art. 

This model makes the participants just as important as the musicians and other artists involved, which is part of the reason why Pickathon draws loyal regulars every year just as much as the biggest mainstream fests. Those who go this year will get to see Lee Fields, Watchhouse, Dehd, Madison Cunningham and Florist, to name a few.

Supernova International Ska Festival

Sept. 15-17 - Fort Monroe, Virginia

The Supernova International Ska Festival began in 2014 in Fredericksburg, Virginia and has since moved two hours south to Fort Monroe, home to the country’s largest stone fort. 

This year’s event is basically a masterclass in multigenerational heroes in ska and far, far beyond, with performances by acts such as Fishbone, Sister Nancy, the Toasters, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and the Untouchables. There’s even a planned DJ set by Don Letts, the celebrated filmmaker and collaborator of the Clash who’s cited in the early cross-pollinations between the punk and reggae worlds.

Bourbon & Beyond

Sept. 14-17 - Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville — a city with its own Bourbon District — of course boasts the world’s largest bourbon and music festival. Launched in 2017, Bourbon & Beyond now books world-class talent such as Bruno Mars, the Killers, Duran Duran, Brandi Carlile and the Black Keys to the Highland Festival Grounds. 

The "Beyond" includes culinary events and additional spirits tastings. Last year’s event brought an estimated 140,000 revelers over four days.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 

Sept. 29-Oct. 1 - San Francisco

The second of two major music festivals to take place annually in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park (the other being Outside Lands), Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has been going strong since 2001 and draws a massive 500,000 attendees over three days. 

This year’s lineup has yet to be announced, though Emmylou Harris, Ani DiFranco and John Prine have all been HSB regulars over the years. True to its name, the weekend festival highlights much more than bluegrass: rising country stars like Charley Crockett, alt rock legends such as Elvis Costello and groups as diverse as Las Cafeteras, Les Claypool and Conor Oberst have come to the park.

The festival remains gloriously free thanks entirely to the gracious endowment of the late founder, the billionaire investor F. Warren Hellman, who passed away from leukemia in 2011. The gratis admission fee and summer-like temperatures usually ensures a wonderfully broad audience that’s prime for people-watching, though the multi-stage event does get crowded.

GoldenSky Festival

Oct. 14-15 - Sacramento, California

Coachella’s country offshoot Stagecoach has likely inspired multiple country fests, including  GoldenSky, a two-day event that’s now in its second year. 

Stars like Jon Pardi, Maren Morris, Wynonna Judd, Eric Church, Parker McCollum and Elle King are slated to appear before approximately 50,000 fans at the 302-acre Discovery Park in California’s state capital. Featured ancillary experiences within the event include the GoldenSky Beer Festival, a wine tasting area featuring Sacramento wineries and line dancing lessons inside the River City Saloon and Dance Hall.

III Points

Oct. 20-21 - Miami

An indie festival that rivals Coachella’s concentration on the visual arts, III Points has taken place in Miami’s Wynwood Art District since 2013. This year’s hefty "Phase 1" lineup includes Iggy Pop, Fred Again, Jamie Jones, Tokischa, the Blaze and an area curated by techno vet Richie Hawtin, with even more acts to be announced over the summer. 

If you’re looking for a great way to wind the 2023 festival season down, a trip to sunny Miami might be something to consider.

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Lightning in a Bottle 2018

Lightning in a Bottle 2018

Photo: Aaron Glassman


Your 2019 Guide To The Best Summer/Spring Music Festivals

Having trouble keeping up with 2019's many music fests? We've got you covered with this comprehensive list of 20+ ones to check out across North America—plus a few abroad

GRAMMYs/May 8, 2019 - 09:40 pm

Both weekends of Coachella 2019 have come and gone, which means that we are fully entrenched in music festival season in North America. Since late last year, the fest lineups keep coming, and, like many of you, we couldn't be more excited for the sunny, music-filled days around the corner.

To help you keep abreast on all the major fests you can explore this summer, we've compiled this handy list to highlight some of the ones across the country (plus a few abroad) you may want to check out.

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Lightning in a Bottle | May 8–13 | Bakersfield, Calif.

Need to get away and lose yourself in the music ASAP? Well, Lightning in a Bottle is probably calling your name. Bring your pool floaties to cool off in Buena Vista Lake, home to the new location of the Southern California camping music fest. Run by the good time experts/electronic music connoisseurs at the DoLaB, which just made an appearance at Coachella; the environmentally and socially conscious event was one of the first major "transformational music festivals" that so many others have been modeled after.

This year's stacked musical lineup features seven stages and a variety of house, techno and bass artists, featuring GRAMMY-nominated British dance duo Disclosure, a 3D experience from Flying Lotus, Santigold, Toro y Moi, Gramatik, Channel Tres, DJ Koze and Damian Lazarus. There will also be yoga, sound healing, and engaging talks, like one with activist hip-hop duo Climbing PoeTree titled "Creativity is the Antidote to Destruction: Artistic Tools for Urgent Times."

Tickets are still available with options that range from two to five days; more info here.

Corona Capital Fest | May 11 | Guadalajara, Mex.

Taking place on Mexico's West Coast in the city of Guadalajara, Corona Capital will bring the country some of the biggest names in rock, electronica and pop. Featuring Phoenix, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tame Impala, The Chemical Brothers, Christine & the Queens and more, the fest will give people in Mexico the unique opportunity to see artists that tend only to stop by in Mexico City, which hosts its own Corona Capital fest.

Those visiting the country for the fest will find the one-day event a convenient factor, as they can explore the rich history and culinary vastness of the second-largest city in the country, which is known to be the area where tequila and mariachi originated. Sports fans will find excitement in listening to music at the festival site, which is also home to the city’s soccer team, Las Chivas. For more information, visit the festival's website.

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Electric Daisy Carnival | May 17–19 | Las Vegas

Rave lords Insomniac have been bringing the beats with their now-global Electric Daisy Carnival (and its many other EDM events) at the 23rd annual EDC. The flagship fest's ninth year in Las Vegas will take over Sin City from May 17–19 this year. The 2019 lineup is positively stacked with dance music greats, featuring GRAMMY winners DiploDavid Guetta and Tiësto, plus GRAMMY nominees TOKiMONSTAPaul OakenfoldDeadmau5Above & Beyond and Kaskade.

Deadmau5 will be making his first return to the fest since 2010, bringing his new "Cube 3.0" stage setup, and Guetta will be back for his first time since 2012. Australian singer/songwriter DJ/producer extraordinaire Alison Wonderland, plus GRAMMY-nominated rave icons Steve Aoki and Armin van Buuren will bring fire to the three-day event.

If you want to get your dance on and check out the carnival rides, interactive art and plenty of lights and lasers with EDC in Vegas, you're in luck; tickets are still available. Check out EDC's website for more info.

Hangout Music Fest | May 17–19 | Gulf Shores, Ala.

If you're looking for something where you can chill in one spot, perhaps by a body of water, Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Ala. may be more along the lines of what you're craving. The 10th anniversary, which the organizers have coined a "music vacation," will take place on May 17–19 on the beach.

The stacked lineup of over 50 acts is pretty diverse among artists and genres, with big names in dance music such as GRAMMY winner Diplo, GRAMMY nominees Mura Masa and Sofi Tukker, along with Detroit hero GRiZ and dance festival favorite Alison Wonderland.

Meanwhile, artists in the pop/indie-rock arena include GRAMMY nominees Hozier and Bebe Rexha, as well fan favorites The 1975Walk The Moon and Jimmy Eat World

For more info and to see the complete list of artists, visit the Hangout Fest website.

BottleRock | May 24–26 | Napa, Calif.

If you want to experience the literal fruits of the world-renowned Napa Valley wine country while listening to some solid jams, BottleRock, which is located in wine-rich Napa, may be the fest for you. Its seventh-edition festival's top-tier headliners are GRAMMY winners Imagine DragonsMumford & Sons and Neil Young, who will be playing with Lukas Nelson's band Promise Of The Real. Other notable acts include SantanaPharrell Williams, Gary Clark Jr.Sylvan EssoLogicLord Huron, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Tash Sultana.

Other festival highlights include the Culinary Stage, which features both music from the likes of Big Boi and Juanes, as well as more culinary-focused guests, including Antoni Potowski, the resident foodie of "Queer Eye." No matter your fuel of choice, attendees can expect an amazing selection of Northern California wine, beer and even craft cocktails, as well as food prepared by your neighborhood Michelin-starred Napa faves. The Silent Disco offers even more music, with GRAMMY-nominated dance greats The Crystal Method and Paul Oakenfold taking the decks.

Tickets, including one-day and three-day options, are still available on the fest's website.

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Primavera Sound | May 30–June 1 | Barcelona

If you've been itching to take a trip abroad in a scenic European city and have eclectic music tastes, you'll have a blast at Barcelona's Primavera Sound. The 19th edition of the music festival offers what organizers coined "The New Normal," a 50/50 gender split among performers. Of the 226 billed artists, over half are women.

The beautifully dense lineup includes both big names and hidden gems across genres, yet the headliners alone show that they are walking their talk. Erykah BaduFuture, InterpolTame ImpalaJanelle MonáeSolangeJ BalvinRosalíaNasJames Blake and Robyn all take the top spots.

The rest of the lineup is also filled with gems, including Kali UchisLiz PhairCarly Rae JepsenClairoCucoMura Masa, Empress Of, FKA Twigs, Pusha T and Big Red Machine (the National's Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon collab project).

The festival has also highlighted Primavera's commitment to urban music, with a focus on reggaeton and hip-hop. From the Latin side, in addition to unofficial second-wave reggaeton leader J Balvin, old-school genre legends Ivy Queen (one of the first and few women in the emerging scene in the '90s) and DJ Playero will be throwing down. From the U.S. side, Primavera 2019 will feature an exciting selection of female rappers, including Tierra WhackPrincess Nokia, CupcakKe and Rico Nasty.

Tickets, including single-day options, are still avaible on Primavera Sound's website.

Governors Ball | May 31–June 2 | New York City

Governors Ball Music Festival is returning for their ninth year on Randall's Island Park in New York City on May 31–June 2. 2019 will bring performances by headliners The Strokes and GRAMMY nominees Tyler, the Creator and Florence & the Machine.

The three-day music, art and music event certainly brings an N.Y.C.-inspired melting pot approach to their lineup, and this year does not disappoint. Other highlights include GRAMMY winners Lil Wayne and Kacey Musgraves, GRAMMY nominees SZANasThe InternetJorja SmithBob MosesCharli XCXZHU, plus Vince StaplesBROCKHAMPTONBlood OrangeClairoBazziMajor Lazer (DJs Jillionaire, Walshy Fire and GRAMMY winner Diplo), NonameKaytranadaGesaffelstein and King Princess.

More info on tickets, as well as the complete lineup and event details, can be found on the Governors Ball site.

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Roots Picnic | June 1 | Philadelphia

The Roots Picnic is back for its 12th year on June 1 and will feature a special headline performance from GRAMMY-winning band The Roots in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their 1999 album Things Fall Apart

H.E.R.21 Savage and Lil Baby are among other artists on the music festival's bill. Raphael Saadiq,Tank & The Bangas and City Girls will also perform at the one-day event, taking place at its new location at The Mann At Fairmount Park in Philly. 

"We finally have a Roots Picnic in the Park," The Roots' manager Shawn Gee and President of Live Nation Urban said. "The vision 12 years ago was always to provide an all-day musical and cultural experience in Fairmount Park. Black Thought, Questlove and I grew up spending our Sunday afternoons at the Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park watching Philly DJs spin, and enjoying the vibe and the culture. It's a great feeling to be able to come full circle."

For more information on tickets, visit the Ticketmaster website.

Splash House | Jun 7–9 | Palm Springs, Calif.

Splash House has been bringing the beats to the pastel-colored desert of Palm Springs for several years now, and will return June 7–9 (as well as in August). GRAMMY-winning French electro heavyweights Justice, GRAMMY-nominated U.S. house music stalwart Armand van Helden, New York-based house producer Jai Wolf and U.K. bass/trap champ TroyBoi will headline. The three-day fest takes place poolside at three beautiful desert aesthetic hotels: The Renaissance, The Riviera and The Saguaro.

The rest of the lineup offers an equally impressive and diverse group of electronic artists, including GRAMMY nominees Jax Jones and Dirty South, along with Pete TongA-TrackCRAY and more. Shiba SanDuskyKidnap and a few others will keep the vibes going into the nighttime, with official after-hours shows at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

Daytime tickets for the June edition of Splash House went quickly, but they can be requested via a ticket exchange program. More info on all options can be found on Splash House's website.

Bonnaroo | June 13–16 | Manchester, Tenn.

Founded in 2002, this down-south outdoor fest once specialized in all things folk and jam. Nowadays, the lineup's diversified a bit, welcoming artists of nearly every popular genre. This year's Bonnaroo will take place June 13–16 at Great Stage Park, a 700-acre farm and event space in Manchester, Tenn., 60 miles southeast of Nashville.

The diverse group of artists on Friday alone include Phish, Childish Gambino, SolangeThe Avett BrothersBrockhamptonCourtney BarnettGojiraK.Flay and more. Post Malone, Odesza, Kacey MusgravesThe NationalZHUJohn PrineMaren Morris, The Lumineers, Cardi B and more will also get the farm grooving.

New for 2019, Bonnaroo will feature a "Sanctuary of Self-Love" campground experience curated by Paramore's Hayley Williams. There will also be circus acts, immersive cinema shows, theme parties, and the fest's first-ever Pride parade.

Tickets can be found on the festival's website.

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Ruido Fest | Jun 21–23 | Chicago

For three days, Ruido Fest takes over Union Park, also home to Pitchfork Fest, and turns Chicago into a Latin alternative music mecca. This year, the music festival happening June 21– 23 celebrates its 5th edition and will gather iconic music groups like El Tri, Los Tigres Del Norte, Hombres G and Enanitos Verdes on the same stages as rising stars like Latin urban artist Tomasa Del Real, Helado NegroMonsieur Perine and many more. From rock, to pop and electro, this festival boasts some of the best in established and up-and coming music artists in the Latin genre For more information on Ruido fest, visit their website.

Firefly | June 21–23 | Dover, Del.

Firefly Music Festival, which touts itself as "the East Coast's largest music and camping festival," returns for its eighth year in The Woodlands of Dover, Del. The June fest will feature GRAMMY-nominated headliners Panic! At The DiscoPost Malone and Travis Scott

GRAMMY winners TLCVampire Weekend and Zedd, as well as GRAMMY nominees Courtney BarnettDeath Cab For CutieDJ Snake and Tyler, The Creator will also perform at the woodsy fest. Alison WonderlandBrockhamptonDashboard ConfessionalGRiZKygoGucci ManeJessie ReyezSnail MailWalk The Moon, and Young The Giant are also on this year's bill.

Tickets, along with "glamping" options, can be purchased on Firefly's website.


Essence Festival | July 4–7 | New Orleans

Essence Festival returns for its 25th year of celebrating black culture in New Orleans. The music portion of the event will take place from July 4–7 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome, with billed performers like Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Brandy, Jermaine Dupri, H.E.R., Big Freedia, Ledisi, Mary J. Blige and many more. Former First Lady Michelle Obama will also bring extra inspiration to the main stage on Saturday.

Four other stages at the Superdome will showcase more talented artists such as AlunaGeorge, City Girls and Normani, as well as Mase, Ginuwine and Slick Rick.

Several different music fest ticket options are available, more info here.

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Mad Cool | July 11–13 | Madrid

Mad Cool Festival's diverse musical lineups have brought out a global fan base to its home in Madrid every year since 2016. Bon IverVampire Weekend and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds top the lineup on Thursday, which also features Canada's KaytranadaLa Dispute and The Hives. Friday will bring out The National and the Smashing Pumpkins as headliners, plus Madrid's own Vetusta MorlaWolfmother and Germany's Sophie Hunger, among other exciting acts. Saturday closes off the musical celebration with The Cure, The 1975 and Greta Van Fleet.

If this lineup hasn't inspired you to experience the fest, maybe visiting the beautifully historic city of Madrid will. Single-day and three-day tickets can be found on Mad Cool's website.

Pitchfork Music Festival | July 19–21 | Chicago

The 14th annual Pitchfork Music Festival, held at Union Park in Chicago, offers an eclectic lineup perfectly embodied by its headliners: GRAMMY-nominated dancefloor-pop innovator Robyn, GRAMMY-winning godfathers of funk The Isley Brothers and GRAMMY-nominated sister trio HAIM.

The Isley Brothers, consisting of remaining members Ronald and Ernie Isley, will be celebrating 60 years as a group at the fest, bringing the funk with "special guests," Pitchfork reports. GRAMMY-winning blues and gospel icon Mavis Staples will also bring her longtime musical excellence to the three-day event.

GRAMMY-nominated hip-hop powerhouses Earl SweatshirtJeremih and Pusha T, along with fellow GRAMMY nominee and electro-pop stalwart Charli XCXare also slated to play. Several innovative '90s acts will also be performing: London-based avant-garde dream-pop group Stereolab, Scottish folk-pop band Belle & Sebastian (who will be playing their 1996 album If You're Feeling Sinister in full) and Swedish GRAMMY-nominated MC Neneh Cherry, who earned a nod for Best New Artist at the 32nd GRAMMY Awards in 1999.

The festival prides itself on highlighting emerging talent; some of the up-and-comers on the lineup are 20-year-old dream-pop artist Clairo, L.A.-based social activist/rapper JPEGMAFIA, French-Cuban electro-soul sister duo Ibeyi and 21-year-old N.Y.C. rapper Rico Nasty.

Both weekend and single-day tickets are available; visit the fest's site for more info.

Float Fest | July 20–21 | Gonzales, Texas

Billed as the "only festival in the world to combine the Texas tradition of floating the river and live music," Float Fest 2019 will feature Gucci Mane, Major Lazer, Ice Cube, KaskadePortugal. The ManThe Flaming Lips, Big Gigantic, Zeds Dead, Grouplove, Big Boi, Jungle and more at its new home at a private ranch on the Guadalupe River in Gonzalez, Texas.

"We're thrilled to be moving to a new city and keep the tradition of our fest going. Gonzales is known as the birthplace of Texas independence and we can't think of a better place to celebrate a festival rich in Texas traditions such as live music, floating the river, and camping," Float Fest founder Marcus Federman said.

Additional performers include G. Love & Special Sauce, Missio, St. Lucia, Houndmouth, The Floozies and more. The fest will also be partnering once again this year with local business to organize a river cleanup project. 

Tickets, including weekend and day passes, can be found on Float Fest's website.

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Lovebox | July 12–13 | London

Chance the Rapper, Solange, Cypress Hill and 2 Chainz are among the headliners that make the U.K.'s Lovebox an international music festival with one of the most exciting lineups. Taking place in London's Gunnersbury Park, the two-day fest will also have Lizzo, Brockhampton, Action Bronson, and Kaytranada hit the stage.

The fest will also feature plenty of U.K.-based artists, including J Hus and Slowthai. For more information, visit the festival's website.

Newport Folk Festival | July 26–28 | Newport, R.I.

Newport Folk Festival returns for its 60th year to Newport, R.I., for a three-day fest. Taking place at Fort Adams State Park, Newport offers rolling lineup announcements, meaning some artists are still yet to be announced.

The genre-diverse bill is absolutely stacked: Audiences can expect sets from Maggie Rogers, Noname, Sheryl Crow, Hozier, Kacey Musgraves, Portugal. The Man, Stephen Marley and The HighWomen. The latter is a new country supergroup consisting of Amanda Shires, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby, who have yet perform together publically.

Even without the complete lineup, tickets to Newport have sold out. That said, tickets can be still requested via Newport's fan-to-fan exchange; more info here.

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Lollapalooza | Aug. 1–4 | Chicago

Lollapalooza, the iconic Chicago fest held annually in the Windy City's Grant Park, always gets a long lineup of some of the biggest names in music, along with plenty of artists steadily rising to household-name status. For example, prior to dropping their major-label debut LPs this year, both Billie Eilish and Lizzo performed at the 2018 fest.

This year's flagship (organizers have launched Lollas globally now, too) event offers a diverse lineup, including GRAMMY winners Childish Gambino, Ariana GrandeKacey Musgraves, Flume, Lil Wayne and H.E.R.. Janelle Monáe, The StrokesJ Balvin, RosalíaTame Impala and RÜFÜS DU SOL will also bring heat to the four-day fest.

For ticket information, visit Lollapalooza's website

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Outside Lands | Aug. 9–11 | San Francisco, Calif.

San Francisco's biggest music festival returns for its 11th year in the city's gorgeous Golden Gate Park. Outside Lands' 2019 lineup features 2019 GRAMMY winners Childish Gambino, Kacey Musgraves, Leon BridgesLauren DaigleElla MaiPJ Morton and Anderson .Paak.

This year's stellar lineup also includes earlier GRAMMY winners Twenty One Pilots, Edie BrickellFlumeLil WaynePaul Simon and Mavis Staples. GRAMMY nominees Bebe RexhaTierra Whack, Blink-182Counting CrowsHozierthe Lumineers and Bob Moses will also perform among the trees of Golden Gate Park.

Three-day tickets are currently available for the fest, while Outside Lands typically offers one-day options closer to the event.

Made In America | Aug. 31–Sept. 1 | Philadelphia

Made In America Festival, started by GRAMMY-winning rap legend JAY-Z in 2012, boasts GRAMMY nominee Travis Scott and GRAMMY winner Cardi B as this year's headliners. The two-day event will also include performances from GRAMMY winners Anderson .Paak, with The Free Nationals, James Blake and Kaskade.

61st GRAMMY Awards first-time nominees Jorja Smith and Tierra Whack are also on the bill, along with rising rappers Juice WRLD and Blueface, among others. The eighth annual festival will take place outdoors at Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and is a great way to close out a busy festival season.

Tickets and more info are available on the fest's site.

No matter your musical and venue taste, there are plenty of festivals to keep you dancing all summer long. Stay tuned to for updates on new lineup releases, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes artist interviews from the biggest events as we approach festival season.

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Ultra Music Festival 2018
Ultra Music Festival 2018

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2019 Music Festival Preview: Noise Pop, Coachella, Ultra & More

With next year’s lineups dropping left and right, we've created a helpful roundup to help you decide which music fests to attend (or livestream from your couch)

GRAMMYs/Jan 1, 2019 - 10:51 pm

Music festivals the world over have been releasing their 2019 lineups for a hot minute. Such an abundance of choice can be overwhelming, so to help you prepare, we organized an overview of some of the biggest events you may want to snag tickets to.

From the desert-set musical smorgasbord that is Coachella, to Ultra and Electric Forest's laser-filled dance floors, to SXSW and Noise Pop's up-and-coming indie events, read on to narrow down which music fests you’ll travel to (or livestream from the couch) in 2019.

West Coast

Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival

Tupac's iconic lyrics are just as relevant as ever: "California knows how to party." It's definitely the case when Coachella lights up Indio, Calif. every April. The iconic desert fest always brings an exciting and stacked mix of artists both big and rising across genres—and the upcoming 20th anniversary event more than lives up to the hype.

The headliners alone are enough to get excited about, with this year's lineup featuring GRAMMY winner Childish Gambino and GRAMMY nominees Tame Impala and Ariana Grande. Even more impressive, Grande will be the fourth-ever solo female headlining artist at the event, following in the footsteps of GRAMMY winners Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.

There are plenty of other gems on the lineup, with Latin music artists making big waves beyond the Spanish-language market: Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY nominee Bad Bunny, Latin GRAMMY winner Rosalía and Latin GRAMMY winner/GRAMMY nominee J Balvin are on board for Coachella. Plus, plenty of rising stars are represented, including first-time GRAMMY nominees H.E.R. and Ella Mai, viral teen sensation Billie Eilish, indie/electro R&B artist Blood Orange and GRAMMY-nominated dance/pop duo Sofi Tukker.

The 2019 event will return for two three-day weekend events, on April 12–14 and 19–21. Tickets and more info can be found on Coachella's website.

Noise Pop Festival

While you probably can't rock your denim cutoffs in San Francisco in February, you can get your live music fix early with Noise Pop Festival, which runs from Feb. 25 to March 3. The 26-year-old event specializes in up-and-coming indie acts, with a solid sprinkling of well-established fan favorites. Noise Pop prides itself on bringing "early exposure to many emerging artists," with plenty of previous acts going on to become household names, including GRAMMY winners The White Stripes and The Flaming Lips and GRAMMY nominees Death Cab for Cutie and Modest Mouse. Additionally, the event takes place at venues across the San Francisco Bay Area, making use of the historic venues around S.F. and beyond, giving attendees the ability to not only explore all the area has to offer, but to also pick and choose which shows they want to see.

Noise Pop 2019 will include performances from indie rock/folk darlings Beirut, The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.Bob Mould of '80s alt-rock group Hüsker Dü, along with electro/dream-pop artist Baths, indie-pop singer/songwriter Caroline Rose, Aussie electro-R&B duo Kllo, Latina rapper Princess Nokia and more.

All access passes are available for purchase, as well as individual tickets for specific shows. Check out Noise Pop's website for more info.

CRSSD Festival

If warmer weather and dance music is more your scene, check out CRSSD in San Diego, Calif. The electronic music-focused festival hosts an event every spring and fall by the ocean in sunny Southern California. Their spring 2019 event will be held on March 2–3 and features some big names, including GRAMMY nominees ODESZA and dark electro-pop duo Phantogram, as well as plenty of popular underground house and techno favorites, like Luttrell, The Martinez Brothers, Avalon Emerson and more.

Head to CRSSD's site to snag tickets and view the full phase one lineup.

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SXSW Music Festival

The week-long extravaganza of SXSW Music Festival will take over Austin, Tex. From March 11–17 with hundreds of music acts in venues across the city. Similar to Noise Pop, SXSW populates its lineup with up-and-comers from around the world, plus features a handful of established stars—like Prince—popping up in intimate venues: The late GRAMMY-winning icon gave a small crowd of lucky fans an almost three-hour show at SXSW 2013.

While there are countless unofficial SXSW shows all over the city, the SXSW official 2019 lineup boasts over 480 diverse acts so far. Some of the showcasing artists announced are GRAMMY-winning rapper Wyclef Jean, who will also be a featured speaker, Los Angeles-based (by way of San Francisco) psych-rock group Thee Oh Sees, and Chicago-based electro R&B duo DRAMA. There’s also plenty of international talent on the docket, including Argentinean Latin trap star Ecko, Netherlands-born, Australia-based pop songstress Wafia and Nigerian Afrobeat singer/songwriter Mr. Eazi.

To pore over the extensive lineup, check out ticket options and more, visit SXSW's website.

Hangout Music Fest

If you're looking for something where you can chill in one spot, perhaps by a body of water, Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Ala. may be more along the lines of what you're craving. The 10th anniversary, which the organizers have coined a "music vacation," will take place on May 17–19 on the beach.

The stacked lineup of over 50 acts is pretty diverse among artists and genres, with big names in dance music such as GRAMMY winner Diplo, GRAMMY nominees Mura Masa and Sofi Tukker, along with Detroit hero GRiZ and dance festival favorite Alison Wonderland.

Meanwhile, artists in the pop/indie-rock arena include GRAMMY nominees Hozier and Bebe Rexha, as well fan favorites The 1975Walk The Moon and Jimmy Eat World

For more info and to see the complete list of artists, visit the Hangout Fest website.

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Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Founded in 2002, this down-south outdoor fest once specialized in all things folk and jam band. Nowadays, the lineup's diversified a bit, welcoming artists of nearly every popular genre.  

This year's Bonnaroo will take place June 13–16 at Great Stage Park, a 700-acre farm and event space in Manchester, Tenn., 60 miles southeast of Nashville. In its 18th year, the festival will feature a wide range of artists performing around the clock across more than 10 stages. Festival organizers also promise an array of new features and improvements this year, including upgrades to the site's communal areas, known as Plazas, with free public WiFi, showers, charging stations, medical and safety stations, and more.

The festivities kick off On June 13 with Grand Ole Opry Featuring Special Guests. Friday, June 14 headliners include Phish, Childish Gambino, Solange, The Avett Brothers, Brockhampton, Courtney Barnett, Gojira, K.Flay and more. Saturday, June 15, will showcase Post Malone, Odesza, Hozier, Musgraves, The National, ZHU, John Prine, Maren Morris, and more, while Sunday, June 16 will see Phish return with two sets, plus The Lumineers, Cardi B, Carlile, Walk The Moon, Mac DeMarco, King Princess, The Wood Brothers, and many more.

Also new for 2019, Bonnaroo will feature a "Sanctuary of Self-Love" campground experience curated by none other than Paramore's Hayley Williams. There will also be circus acts, immersive cinema shows, theme parties, and Bonnaroo's first-ever Pride parade.

Tickets for Bonnaroo go on sale Thursday, Jan. 10 at 12 p.m. EST exclusively via the festival's website.

East Coast

Woodstock 50th Anniversary

In the summer of 1969, a dairy farm in Upstate New York hosted one of the most renowned music festivals of the 20th century, the Woodstock Music And Arts Fair. Now, as Woodstock approaches its 50th anniversary this August, the excitement to relive the summer of '69 returns, with two music festivals aiming for just that. An official Woodstock 50th music festival has been announced by one of the iconic gathering's original promoters, Michael Lang. It will be held at a different location, further upstate in Watkins Glen, complete with glamping. The Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, located on the site of the original event, has also announced that they will host an unofficial celebration—the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival on Aug. 16–18.

There's no lineup announcement or tickets offered for either event yet, so we’ll just have to wait to see if any living Woodstock legends, like the GRAMMY-winning group Santana, who launched their career on the famed Woodstock stage, will return.

Ultra Music Festival

The EDM-centric Ultra Music Festival is returning for the 21st year of their flagship festival in its home base of Miami on March 29–31. The dance music mecca's new oceanside venue on Virginia Key will allow the 2019 offering to host more attendees for longer hours. The artists this year are sure to get you moving, with a wide range of dance music favorites, from big room house to some more underground acts.

Some of the big DJ/producers on the list include GRAMMY winners Afrojack, the ChainsmokersDubfireDavid GuettaTiësto and Zedd, plus GRAMMY nominees AlessoArmin Van BuurenDeadmau5Galantis and ODESZA. Underground faves include The Martinez Brothers, Maceo Plex and Tale of Us.

To scope the complete lineup and ticket options, check out Ultra's website.

Governors Ball

Governors Ball Music Festival is returning for their ninth year on Randall's Island Park in New York City on May 31–June 2. Governors Ball 2019 will bring The Strokes and GRAMMY nominees Tyler, the Creator and Florence & the Machine as headliners.

The three-day event of music, art, food and fun certainly brings an N.Y.C.-inspired melting pot approach to their musical lineup, and this year does not disappoint. Other musical highlights include: GRAMMY winners Lil Wayne and Kacey Musgraves, GRAMMY nominees SZANasThe InternetJorja SmithBob MosesCharli XCXZHU, plus Vince StaplesBROCKHAMPTONBlood OrangeClairoBazziMajor Lazer (DJs Jillionaire, Walshy Fire and GRAMMY winner Diplo), NonameKaytranadaGesaffelstein and King Princess.

More info on tickets, as well as the complete lineup and event details can be found on the Governors Ball site.

Electric Forest Festival

The annual Electric Forest Festival likes to keeps things interesting with a solid mix of jam bands and electronic acts among the forest in Rothbury, Michigan. The 2019 fest will take place on June 27–30 and lists ethereal electronic duo ODESZA, tropical house DJ/producer Kygo and bass music heavy hitters Bassnectar and Zeds Dead as the headliners.

Other artists range from GRAMMY-nominated deep-house duo Bob Moses, Detroit house legend Claude VonStroke, female bass powerhouses Alison Wonderland and TOKiMONSTA, who is a first-time GRAMMY nominee this year.

The jam bands are led by The String Cheese Incident, an Electric Forest mainstay, who will be doing three performances over the weekend, along with the The Floozies and STS9, who blur the line of electronic music, psych-rock and hip-hop.

GRAMMY winner T-Pain represents the smaller hip-hop contingency, along with rising female rapper, and first-time GRAMMY nominee, Tierra Whack.

For more info on tickets, including on the VIP lodge camping offering, check out Electric Forest's site.

No matter your musical and venue taste, there are plenty of festivals this year to keep you dancing all year long. Stay tuned to for updates on new lineup releases, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes artist interviews from the biggest events as we approach festival season.

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Warren Hellman Remembered At The 12th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

By Baron Lane

Nearly 250,000 music lovers attended the 12th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, three days of free premier roots music featuring more than 80 acts on six stages across Hellman Hollow, formerly Speedway Meadow, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It was renamed Hellman Hollow in 2011 in tribute to the festival's founder and benefactor Warren Hellman, who died in December 2011 at age 77 from complications resulting from leukemia.

This first post-Hellman event was anything but a somber affair. Many performers offered their praises in honor of Hellman and asked the crowd to voice theirs, which they enthusiastically obliged. The Hellman commemoration was complete with performances by his band the Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore and special guests the Go To Hell Man Clan, a band comprised of Hellman family members.

Texas was represented with the dusty harmonies of the Trishas, followed by the rowdy Reckless Kelly. Legendary country singer/songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker put the crowd in a trance with performances of songs such as "Mr. Bojangles." The Flatlanders — an Americana super group from Lubbock, Texas, featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock — brought their collective talents to a performance that brought the crowd to its feet.

Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant performed with fellow Band Of Joy member Patty Griffin. Picking up the harmonica, Plant literally blew the audience away as he joined Buddy Miller's set for "Somewhere Trouble Don't Go" with Griffin, Emmylou Harris and Victoria Williams. Led Zeppelin bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones made a surprise appearance to play mandolin alongside bluesman Seasick Steve, who drew a huge crowd with his closing set.   

Local bands made their presence felt as Jeremy D'Antonio and his band Tiny Television delivered a spirited performance to an enthusiastic crowd. Fellow Bay Area resident Boz Scaggs organized a tribute to Texas' legendary singer/songwriter the late Doug Sahm with the Doug Sahm's Phantom Playboys, which consists of Texans Steve Earle, Delbert McClinton, Jimmie Vaughan, and "honorary Texan" Dave Alvin.

Southern California was represented by the Knitters, an incarnation of the legendary Los Angeles punk band X. Singer Exene Cervenka and bassist John Doe performed revved-up country-tinged versions of X classics while guitarist Alvin wailed on guitar. 

Next was GRAMMY winner Dwight Yoakam, who shimmied and twirled across the stage, reminding the crowd that he can still master the craft of song and performance. Folk-rock trio the Lumineers' spirited performance wowed a capacity crowd as fans lovingly sang along. 

The event was capped with festival veteran Emmylou Harris, who took the stage with her Red Dirt Boys to a still-rowdy crowd. GRAMMY winners the Civil Wars also performed to a packed crowd. "This is the most people we've ever performed in front of," said singer/songwriter and guitarist John Paul White.

As the California sun sank over the towering trees and the Pacific Ocean, the beautifully weary voice of Harris and the soaring harmonies of White and Joy Williams met under the smiling spirit of Warren Hellman, who surely would have approved.

(Baron Lane is a Bay Area-living ex-pat Texan. You can read his thoughts on Americana/roots music at He is also the official Community Blogger for the Americana genre. He's onry, but good-natured.) 

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The New GRAMMY GO Music Production Course Is Now Open: Featuring GRAMMY Winners Hit-Boy, CIRKUT, Judith Sherman & More

Enrollment is now open for GRAMMY GO's new specialization, "Music Production: Crafting Award-Worthy Songs," featuring appearances by GRAMMY winners and nominees. Learn music production and creative strategies from today's industry leaders.

GRAMMYs/Jul 23, 2024 - 04:12 pm

The Recording Academy continues its mission to empower music's next generation with the launch of its second specialization in the GRAMMY GO platform: "Music Production: Crafting Award-Worthy Songs."

This new course, a partnership between the Recording Academy and leading online learning platform Coursera, aims to bolster the technological and audio skills of music producers of all levels. The course, taught by Howard University professor and GRAMMY nominee Carolyn Malachi, features appearances by three-time GRAMMY winner and rap icon Hit-Boy, chart-topping and GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter CIRKUT, artist and celebrity vocal coach Stevie Mackey, five-time GRAMMY nominee and Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr., and 15-time GRAMMY winner Judith Sherman.

Enrollment for "Music Production: Crafting Award-Worthy Songs" is open now.

Mixing a unique blend of theory and practice, the course teaches music creators of all levels the advanced skills and tools to develop the mindset and confidence of an experienced producer and produce songs of the highest industry standards across all genres. Explore the wide-ranging roles of a music producer, develop critical listening and analysis skills, and master the technical aspects to create music and compositions that cut through the noise. The course's applied learning approach allows learners to sharpen their pre-production skills, utilize Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) effectively, and produce vocals, instrumentals and samples collaboratively. Through critical listening exercises and discussions, learners will refine their abilities to deliver professional-quality demos.

To celebrate the launch, the Recording Academy will host an Instagram Live session today (Tuesday, July 23) at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET with Harvey Mason jr. and Stevie Mackey. The session will include a discussion on the evolving role of music producers, strategies for working with artists, key elements of top-notch productions, common mixing mistakes, and tips for keeping the creative process fresh. Enrollment details for the course will also be shared during the live session.

Read more: How The Recording Academy's GRAMMY GO Is Building A Global Online Learning Community & Elevating The Creative Class

Building on the success of its first specialization, "Building Your Audience for Music Professionals," GRAMMY GO continues to offer industry-focused education tailored for emerging and established music creators and professionals alike. The innovative platform provides learners with real-time insights from leading music industry figures, ensuring the content remains practical and up to date. GRAMMY GO will also serve as an essential tool in the Recording Academy's global expansion into Africa and the Middle East, empowering music creators through enhanced training, bridging knowledge gaps, and fostering connections within the global music community.

Launched in April in partnership with Coursera, GRAMMY GO is the Recording Academy's first creator-to-creator platform, offering innovative courses tailored for both emerging and established music professionals. The initiative accelerates the Academy's global mission and reinforces its commitment to music education, providing a seamless bridge between all Academy initiatives.

Learn more about GRAMMY GO and the "Music Production: Crafting Award-Worthy Songs" and "Building Your Audience for Music Professionals" specializations.

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