Your Guide To The 3 Most Anticipated Summer Music Festivals
Deep within your burrito blanket where you’re curled up on the coach —another season of Bob’s Burgers playing on your laptop — summer doesn’t feel like it’s coming anytime soon. But it is. Blink and it’ll be here, bringing with it some of the most highly anticipated music festivals of the year.
With destinations in New York, Chicago, and Indio, California, our tour takes you from east to west of the good ole’ U S of A. And if that wasn’t enough of a hint, keep reading to find out the three most anticipated summer festivals of 2018.
Where: Randall’s Island, New York
When: June 1-3, 2018
The east coast biggest music fest, the Gov Ball plays hosts to a variety of genres. Hip-hop, rock, folk, and indie predominately rule the stages, though electronica and pop are no strangers to its lineup. This year’s headliners include Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott, and the Yeah YeahYeahs.
Since this is New York, Williamsburg street style reigns; however, the Governor’s Ball isn’t immune to festival trends like floral prints and flower crowns. If you could emulate the physical embodiment of ‘too cool for school’ then you’ll fit right in with other Gov Ball attendees.
Where:Union Park, Chicago
When:July 20-22, 2018
Pitchfork Media’s annual music festival is known for its eclectic mosaic of musical styles. All genres (and sub-genres) are fair game, with rock, punk, jazz, and hip-hop making appearances, as emerging and veteran artists share the stage. Last year’s headliners were A Tribe Called Quest, LCD Sound System, and Solange. Stay tuned for more news about this year’s bill.
Pitchfork’s street style reflects its diverse sounds. The look of this particular music fest is a melting pot of styles, trends, and designers. The equivalent of a fashionsmorgasbord, the festival’s fashion prioritizes personal expression over a uniform look. You’ll fit in whether you’re wearing a thrifted vintage tee with a pair of high-waisted jeans, a crushed velvet bodysuit, a Canadian tuxedo, or a mechanic jumpsuit.
Where: Indio, California
When: April 3–15; 20–22, 2018
By far the biggest and baddest music festival, Coachella naturally marks the start of music festival season. Because in California, it’s hot enough in April to be considered the summer. It’s an unforgettable experience due to its sheer size. Last year, the average daily attendance hit 125,000. Over the course of its two weekends, more than 150 acts played on its six stages. The Weeknd and Eminem join Beyoncé as this year’s headliners. Together, they make history; for the first time in its history, Coachella doesn’t have a rock headliner.
Coachella isn’t just known as the biggest festival in the US. It’s also notorious for its street style. The typical festival look—in other words, the flower-crowned Bohemian—had its start in Indio, California. Though the grounds lack any fashion police, it’s less accepting than Pitchfork.
Remember these are just the top three festivals
Though The Governor’s Ball, Pitchfork, and Coachella get most of the press, there’s more to the summer music festival season. Even if you didn’t manage to snag a ticket to these celebrated events, there are others. You can find an event that matches your favorite music genre, your fashion sense, and your location.
And if you do count yourself amongst the millions of music fans travelling this summer to hit up a festival this year, remember these quick tips to guarantee the best possible experience.
- Protect yourself from the sun! It’s the summer, so you’ll be dealing with hot, sunny days breaking humidity and UV rating records. Make sure you incorporate sunglasses and headgear into your festival wear, so your head and eyes are safe from the sun’s ray. Wear lots of sunscreen — the higher the UV rating the better. Stay hydrated by bringing a refillable water bottle.
- Protect your phone. Your iPhone’s going to wear a lot of hats during a festival. It’s a way of taking pictures and videos, immortalizing your fav’s performance. It’s a way of keeping in contact with the squad in case you get split up. And its jobs keep coming. Make sure it’s up to the task by wrapping it in a grip-enhancing iPhone decal. Decals made by the skin engineers at dbrand make it easier to keep your phone in your hand and away from the muddy ground, where dancers could step on it. Check out their best collection of new skins that include marble, red dragon skin, and bamboo. It’s the only way your protection will match your festival style.
- Bring comfortable shoes. Nobody can resist the infectious beat of a headliner for long. Eventually, your body will sway to the music. Dancing is a lot of fun, but it can be killer on your feet if you aren’t wearing proper footwear. Make sure you choose a closed-toe sneaker or boot to protect your toes from nearby dancers.
Being prepared is an important element of your festival-going experience, so make sure you pack well for your first event of the summer. Whether you’re travelling across the country to hit up one of the festivals on this list or your staying close to home to experience a hometown event, stay safe and have fun.