Spring is just around the corner. Snow is melting, trees are leafing, and winter coats are being put away this very moment. Thank goodness! All around the U.S., we can breathe a collective breath of fresh air and step outside to enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather once again. And there’s no better way to celebrate the change of season than to see some incredible live music shows outdoors. The trend of innovative and eclectic music festivals is on the rise, with amazing choices across a variety of genres. Head to high-energy gatherings or simply pull up a lawn chair to enjoy some great tunes nationwide this April. It can kick-start a whole year’s worth of festivals that celebrate fantastic talent from everywhere under the sun.
Coachella (Indio, CA)
When it comes to showcasing the hottest acts of the year, Coachella sets the bar high. Fashionistas, hipsters, and those in the know with the music industry venture in droves to Indio, CA every year to revel in the sweet sounds from hot headliners and plenty of other up-and-coming talented acts. Catch the revival of Outkast this year, along with Muse and Arcade Fire. Most bands cover genres of rock, hip-hop, dubstep, and house, among others. Not only is the music incredible, but Coachella hosts activities galore to keep concertgoers cool and entertained. Keep an eye out for special boutiques for shopping, exclusive vendors, and much more.
Wanee Music Festival (Live Oak, FL)
Get down and dirty with some great American music at this annual Floridian festival featuring a solid mix of new artists, old favorites, and a healthy dose of Americana. Rock out to the legendary Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, then stick around for others such as Ziggy Marley, Rusted Root, and Blues Traveler. Most acts are laid-back, fun, and keep the tunes going all day for an audience of all ages. It’s a colorful affair that allows for hotel stays nearby or a more hands-on experience in the on-site campgrounds. Be welcomed into the fold of homegrown music lovers and discover why so many return year after year.
New Orleans Jazz and Music Festival (New Orleans, LA)
Jazz seems to have been born in New Orleans and taken on a life of its own in this very musically-inclined city. Join other fans of this fast-paced and transcendent event that spans several days of concerts and celebrations. Though jazz is the genre most covered, there are other big-name acts in rock, blues, bluegrass, folk, and more. This year, big names such as Santana, Phish, and Eric Clapton as well as indie favorites Vampire Weekend, Alabama Shakes, and Foster the People will be featured. With hundreds of bands, there is no shortage of musical inspiration to be found. And the food! Have we mentioned that some of the best Cajun cuisine makes an appearance at the festival tents? Be sure not to miss the classic crawfish etouffèe or the adventurous alligator pie!
CounterPoint (Kingston Down, GA)
Get yourself down to Georgia and join in on CounterPoint fest. New to the game of music festivals, but packing a lot of punch, CounterPoint has a big-name start with Outkast, Janelle Monae, and a ton of buzz-worthy up-and-comers. Young people love CounterPoint for all the dazzling acts that grace the stage and the comfortable Southern flair of Georgia. Dance all day and night to all the funky bands, and stay fueled with fare from international food and beverage vendors. This festival gives travelers a chance to try some traditional festival camping – but there is also a section for “glamping,” a cross between a hotel stay and a tent, with furniture and a raised platform inside cozy tarps for the ultimate comfort right near all the action.
This summer, head to a memorable experience by choosing a festival-themed destination trip of a lifetime, full of musical wonders and many new friends.