Greatest 50 Festivals of 2022, Ranked – Billboard


Festivals have remodeled the live-music enterprise and turn into a significant income stream for the music business, reshaping dwell leisure into an financial engine for development and commerce whereas difficult humanity to dwell by its personal greatest rules, celebrating each the person and the ability of the lots.

Like different nice artwork types, festivals evolve by constructing upon the previous — starting with the idealism of the anti-war and counterculture actions of the late Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies by way of occasions like Woodstock and Glastonbury, to the altering cultural panorama of the Nineteen Nineties, the place occasions like Lollapalooza, Warped Tour and the Free Tibet live performance sequence served as a bridge for immediately’s largest competition names and types.

Rating the festivals which have come to dominate immediately’s competition panorama is a troublesome activity that may undoubtedly generate robust feelings, disagreements and debate. Ten individuals may attend the identical competition one yr and have 10 completely completely different experiences. A lot of what makes a competition nice is completely subjective, however most followers who get pleasure from and attend festivals have had some a part of their life affected by the expertise. With that in thoughts, Billboard has ranked its inaugural Prime 50 Festivals chart primarily based on affect each throughout the live-music ecosystem and as a part of the bigger music and cultural neighborhood. We need to hear your suggestions on how we did and your concepts for future charts. E mail dave.brooks@billboard.com along with your suggestions, and have an important competition season.

50. Suwannee Hulaween

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Dwell Oak, Fla.

Oct. 27-30

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Launched by String Cheese Incident in 2013, this Halloween-themed, cross-genre arts and tenting competition takes place among the many swamps and Spanish moss-covered forests of North Florida at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. Mixing up to date touring bands with avant-garde artists and sounds, Hulaween has developed into one of many nation’s most coveted cross-genre festivals. Curating dynamic lineups that vary from digital, jam and indie to bluegrass, funk, soul and hip-hop, Suwannee Hulaween’s skill to subvert the confines of style boundaries is obvious yr after yr.

49. Moonrise

Pimico Racetrack, Baltimore

Aug. 6-7

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Launched by Glow CEO Pete Kalamoutsos, Moonrise is Baltimore’s longest-running digital dance music competition and the Mid-Atlantic area’s most consequential dance fest. The competition takes place on a 150-year-old horse racing monitor and is now owned by Pasquale Rotella and his group at Insomniac, who plan to develop the occasion with the launch of Challenge Glow, a first-of-its-kind digital music competition on the RFK Competition Grounds in Washington, D.C.

48. III Factors

Mana Wynwood Conference Middle, Miami

Oct. 21-22

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The III Factors competition is a music, artwork and know-how competition within the coronary heart of Miami’s arts district. Established in 2013, the competition has since been pushing boundaries when it comes to the way in which audiences expertise artwork and music. The 2-day occasion takes place with over 90 performances throughout six phases, in addition to immersive artwork installations, meals distributors and cutting-edge stage designs.

47. Float Fest

Personal ranch, Gonzales, Texas

July 23-24

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Float Fest has a fairly easy idea: Arrive, soar into an inside tube and float a number of miles down the San Marcos River in Texas to a competition web site that includes such musical tastes as indie-pop, electro, hip-hop and progressive rock. The occasion additionally attracts a big school viewers from the close by Texas State and College of Texas. Taking a break from the phases, attendees can deliver their very own floats to splash round in the summertime solar.

Rock in Rio 2019

Hand in entrance of Rock in Rio entrance throughout day 4 of the Rock in Rio Music Competition at Cidade do Rock on Oct. 3, 2019, in Rio de Janeiro.

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46. One thing within the Water

Nationwide Mall, Washington, D.C.

June 17-19

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Pharrell Williams launched One thing within the Water in 2019 to rejoice his hometown of Virginia Seaside, Va., however determined to maneuver the competition after native police shot and killed his cousin in 2021. Now the competition is going down in Washington, D.C., and followers is not going to discover out who’s performing till a couple of days earlier than the present begins. For followers of Pharrell, One thing within the Water is each efficiency artwork and political activism and they’re very happy to place their religion in his inventive genius.

45. Bourbon and Past

Kentucky Exposition Middle, Louisville, Ky.

Sept. 15-18

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Produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, Bourbon and Past has developed a formidable following within the live-music enterprise with many brokers, promoters and managers speaking up the occasion as Kentucky’s model of California’s BottleRock in Napa — a mixture of spectacular headliners, like this yr’s Kings of Leon, Jack White, Alanis Morissette and Pearl Jam, and up-and-coming Americana artists, in addition to a concentrate on food and drinks. This tough-rock and different competition is shaping as much as be the insider fest of 2022.

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Nürburgring racetrack and Zeppelin Area, Nuremberg, Germany 

June 3-5

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These two festivals share a lineup very like Studying and Leeds, however as a substitute of being positioned miles aside, they happen in the identical city — Nuremberg, Germany, within the state of Bavaria. Rock am Ring occurs on the Nürburgring racetrack, whereas Rock im Park happens on the historic Zeppelin Area. Each festivals concentrate on exhausting rock and steel and function an essential launch pad for German and European acts, together with Berlin’s personal Rammstein.

43. Welcome to Rockville

Daytona Worldwide Speedway, Daytona Seaside, Fla.

Might 18-22

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Welcome to Rockville — promoted by Danny Wimmer Presents — is taken into account America’s largest rock competition and moved to Daytona after a number of years in Jacksonville, Fla. With a concentrate on being an enormous platform for hardcore, steel and exhausting rock bands and livestreamed by over 1 million followers yearly, Welcome to Rockville has performances on 4 phases together with award-winning spirits, craft beer and the most effective meals and year-round sunshine Daytona Seaside has to supply.

42. Corona Capital Guadalajara

Enviornment VFG, Guadalajara, Mexico

Might 21-22

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Launched by Mexican leisure agency CIE, Corona Capital is the hometown competition for Mexico’s second-largest metropolis and is understood for bringing English-speaking bands to the nation to point out what number of followers dwell south of the border. From its roaming beer distributors to its wild afterparties, the competition’s “something goes” angle hasn’t let up, even because the competition scene turns into extra corporatized.

41. Telluride Bluegrass

City Park, Telluride, Colo.

June 6-19

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There are few out of doors experiences extra magical than tenting within the Rocky Mountains throughout the summer time. It’s an enlightening expertise particularly when surrounded by one of many season’s jewels — the annual Telluride Bluegrass competition. The City Park campground is the Valhalla of tenting with everlasting loos, waterfalls and phases so shut that you may hearken to the music out of your tent. The present’s lineup contains Americana, jam bands, alt nation and, after all, bluegrass.

Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2019

Attendees journey an excellent swing on the 2019 Electrical Daisy Carnival on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Might 18, 2019, in Las Vegas.

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40. Vive Latino

Foro Sol, Mexico Metropolis

March 19-20

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Competition Iberoamericano de Cultura Musical Vive Latino is an annual music competition held in Mexico Metropolis that celebrates each Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking nation within the Western Hemisphere. For a lot of, it’s a very powerful rock present in all of Mexico but in addition highlights different genres by way of the Carpa Doritos Gozadero, an area devoted to different music genres corresponding to techno, deep home, hip-hop, lure and dancehall. Launched by live performance promoter OCESA in 1998, Vive Latino has been many artists’ first introduction to the nation in addition to Mexico Metropolis, the hemisphere’s largest live-music market.

39. Hangout Fest

The seashores of Gulf Shores, Ala.

Might 20-22

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The annual three-day music competition is held alongside the general public seashores of Gulf Shores and at famed restaurant/venue The Hangout. With an emphasis on Southern hospitality and legendary performers, Hangout Fest has taken over the Gulf Coast metropolis since 2010 with an enormous lineup that includes nearly each style and offering a sneak peek of what’s coming this summer time in the USA. So far as we all know, that is the one competition on this planet the place you possibly can watch the principle stage from a scorching tub.

38. Roots Picnic

The Mann at Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

June 4-5

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Curated by and named after Philadelphia’s personal critically acclaimed band The Roots, this summer time custom is a celebration of Philly’s famed music scene. Whereas the gravity of its Grammy Award-winning hosts and their many musical collaborations and connections could also be what attracts the lots to the competition (you by no means know who will take the stage), many of the day’s music rings out with vibrant discovery of recent sounds coming from every of the Picnic’s three phases. From burgeoning native rappers on the Cricket Stage to breakout experimental artists on the principle stage, the competition boldly faces ahead, embracing its historic ties to the Black neighborhood.

37. Ohana Fest

Doheny State Seaside, Dana Level, Calif.

Sept. 30-Oct 2

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This surfing-centric competition based by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder has introduced its second Encore Weekend this yr, that includes Vedder, Alanis Morissette, The Black Keys and HAIM. Created to honor and shield the California shoreline,a portion of the proceeds from Ohana will profit the Doheny State Seaside Basis and the San Onofre Parks Basis.Maintaining in tune with Ohana’s premise, the lineup showcases the most effective of indie, surfer rock and different music.

36. HARD Summer season

NOS Occasions Middle, San Bernardino, Calif.

July 29-31

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Developed as an alternative choice to the more and more commercialized EDM scene in 2007, Gary Richards’ HARD Summer season was devoted to highlighting the subsequent era of breakthrough artists — typically hand-picked by Richards, a efficiency artist in his personal proper when he takes the stage as DJ Destructo. Every summer time, HARD’s numerous, technicolor-clad followers come collectively to rejoice the intersection of digital and hip-hop music tradition. Boasting names all through the years corresponding to Snoop Dogg, Ice Dice, Future, Skrillex, Main Lazer, and numerous different large acts, it’s no marvel HARD Summer season has had such a long-lasting impression on the North American competition circuit.

35. Afropunk

Sheridan Memorial Park, Minneapolis

June 18-19

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Named after James Spooner’s pivotal 2003 documentary on New York’s Black punk-rock scene, Afropunk was launched by Santigold supervisor Matthew Morgan in Brooklyn in 2005 and developed the moniker right into a competition highlighting “the opposite Black expertise” in music. At the moment, Afropunk is each an occasion sequence (that adjustments its location yearly) and a platform for non-mainstream Black music in all types. This yr, Afropunk heads to Minneapolis for the primary Afropunk Midwest. The competition hopes to rejoice the bustling neighborhood of Black creators and activists dwelling within the Twin Cities whereas opening house for a dialog across the struggles dealing with the neighborhood at massive.

34. Rocking the Daisies

Cloof Wine Property, Darling and SuperSport Park; Centurion, South Africa

Oct. 7-9

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Rocking the Daisies, just like the Reeding and Leeds festivals, spreads its musical lineup over two very completely different websites: a complicated household vineyard and an city sports activities and music park in certainly one of South Africa’s largest cities. Programmed by Steyn Leisure, the three-day competition can be identified for its musical collaborations, multisensory experiences and manufacturing methods, together with its dedication to environmental sustainability efforts like its continued assist of the World Wildlife Fund.

33. Exit Competition

Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Unhappy‎, ‎Serbia

July 7-10

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Exit Competition is a two-time winner of the most effective European main competition award on the EU Competition Awards and takes place in a historic 18th-century fortress, melding the scenic location with a genre-blending mixture of dance music kinds and artists unfold out over 30 completely different phases and zones. The primary efficiency house, the legendary Dance Enviornment, is taken into account one of many main open-air digital music phases on this planet, whereas host metropolis Novi Unhappy is usually thought to be one of many prime European capitals of tradition because of its museums, galleries, eating places, cafes and bars combining Soviet structure and modernized Hungarian-Austrian design.

32. Estereo Picnic

C. Golf Briseno, Bogota, Colombia

March 25-27

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Estereo Picnic is Bogota’s Lollapalooza — a mixture of native artists and worldwide touring acts who take over a golf course and nation membership on the outskirts of the capital metropolis with a thriving fan neighborhood and “Hippie Market” that pulls followers to this mountainous competition. Deliver loads of rain gear as a result of it’s going to inevitably get very moist throughout the torrential downpours that quickly soak the competition every day.

31. Desert Daze

Lake Perris, Calif.

Sept. 29-Oct. 2

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This long-running tenting competition in California’s Moreno Valley is a cosmic ode to the metaphysical, dubbing itself probably the most trusted identify in inter-dimensional exploration since 2012. Identified for reserving psychedelic bands, stoner rock and all issues approach left of heart, Desert Daze takes a critical but approachable view of subjects like mysticism within the music business and the occult, outfitting itself with illuminated artwork and customized immersive sound installations. There are movie screenings, lectures, sound baths and events that go deep into the night time. It’s exhausting to not have a very good time at Desert Daze — simply hold an open thoughts and produce sufficient garments to comfortably journey between galaxies.

Rolling Loud Miami

Common view of the grounds throughout day certainly one of Rolling Loud Miami at Arduous Rock Stadium on July 23, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

30. Extremely Music Competition

Bayfront Park, Miami

March 24-26

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One of many first festivals to face cancellation because of COVID-19, Extremely got here again in 2022 with robust attendance greater than 23 years after it was launched by Russell Faibisch and Alex Omes in 1999. Extremely, which primarily takes place downtown at Bayfront Park has an financial impression of $170 million yearly. Held alongside the Winter Music Convention and Miami Music Week, Extremely is a vital franchise for the digital music scene and the primary occasion on the calendar every year for tons of of artists making ready to tour the EDM competition circuit.

29. Boston Calling

Harvard Athletic Membership, Boston

Might 27-29

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Bored with his hometown being the one main U.S. metropolis with out its personal trademark competition, Aaron Dessner of The Nationwide launched Boston Calling in 2013 with the assistance of Boston-based Crash Line Productions. In 2016, the rock and up to date music competition was bought by Madison Sq. Backyard Co. and is now run by co-founder Brian Appel. Boston Calling has a hard-rock attraction and is a showcase for the competition manufacturing skills and capabilities within the New England area together with the significance of Boston as one of many Northeast’s greatest live performance markets.

28. Riot Fest

Douglas Park, Chicago

Sept. 16-18

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One of many nice punk-rock festivals of North America, Chicago’s Riot Fest has expanded within the final decade to incorporate different, steel and hip-hop however will at all times be greatest identified for its high-profile headliner units together with The Misfits’ first main reunion in 2016. At the moment, the occasion has added a circus ambiance with lucha libre, carnival rides and sideshow performers who push the boundaries of fine style.

27. Fuji Rock

Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata Prefecture, Japan

July 29-31

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Fuji Rock is Japan’s largest music competition, organized by promoter Smash Japan and held at a well-liked ski resort a few 90-minute practice journey from Tokyo. Worldwide vacationers typically attend to entry the recent springs and prolonged climbing trails that result in secret gigs across the resort. Followers camp, keep of their automobiles or guide a room at one of many many surrounding ski lodges that may present guests with a extra conventional Japanese culinary expertise.

26. Life Is Lovely

Downtown Las Vegas

Sept. 16-18

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Unfold over 18 metropolis blocks in downtown Las Vegas with a backdrop of old-school casinos and the Fremont East bar district, Life Is Lovely is a celebration for Sin Metropolis locals co-created by Zappos founder Tony Hsieh and Rehan Choudhry in 2013. Moreover music booked by One other Planet Leisure, attendees get pleasure from a culinary village with meals from a number of the nation’s prime cooks, an Alchemy Backyard with wine and beer, and inspirational audio system and academic panels for attendees. (Billboard dad or mum firm PMC bought a majority stake in Life Is Lovely in 2022.)

25. Baja Seaside Competition

Papas and Beer, Rosarito, Mexico

Aug. 12-14, 19-21

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Launched in 2018 at bohemian paradise Papas and Beer, Baja Seaside in Rosarito (about an hour south of the Tijuana border crossing) has grown quickly yr over yr as a well-liked weekend getaway from Los Angeles and San Diego. With headliners primarily within the fast-growing Latin lure and reggaetón music scenes, the three-day competition (which takes place over two weekends) rapidly sells out yearly because of founders Chris Den Uijl and Aaron Ampudia and their passionate followers keen to make the trek by way of Baja California.

24. Pitchfork Music Competition

Union Park, Chicago

July 15-17

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The Pitchfork Music Competition is the last word tastemaker convention booked by Mike Reed of Constellation Arts, a longtime Chicago expertise purchaser and occasion producer. The competition takes place each July in Union Park — a inexperienced gateway close to downtown identified for its beautiful cityscape backdrops. Like its namesake media firm, Pitchfork is booked past the mainstream and options artists which can be culturally acclaimed however not essentially as commercially profitable because the artists enjoying the neighboring Lollapalooza. Whereas a number of the acts booked will be tougher for the viewers, many informal followers say they like the laid-back vibe at Pitchfork and its celebration of town to bigger occasions.

23. Primavera Sound

Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona

June 2-12

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Since launching in 2001, promoter and competition creator Pablo Soler has expanded the Primavera Sound model into South America and the USA, together with a brand new Los Angeles competition in 2022. Primavera Sound is a celebration of Barcelona and a showcase of big-name headliners from the Spanish indie-rock scene with songs sung in Spanish, Catalan, English and Portuguese. Every night time options smaller membership exhibits throughout town by way of the Primavera als Golf equipment, and fogeys who need to occasion with their youngsters ought to take a look at minimusica — an interactive, kid-friendly programming space. There’s even a daytime convention element, PrimaveraPro, geared towards business professionals, producers, thought leaders and musicians who work within the music business.

22. Osheaga

Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal

July 29-31

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Quebec’s famed annual live performance has a distinctively French Canadian identification — it’s named after French explorer Jacques Cartier’s first contact with an aboriginal Mohawk tribe in 1535. However Canada’s largest and longest-running indie competition’s bookings are inclined to have a broader attraction with principally English-speaking artists. (These in search of a French-language competition ought to think about Montreal Pop.) Launched by Nick Farkas of indie live performance promotion firm Evenko in 2006, the competition has attracted artists from world wide fascinated by its serene location on Saint Helen’s Island contained in the Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Espace 67 — a historic advanced that features a pure amphitheater, an Alexander Calder sculpture and the enduring Montreal Biosphere that homes the Montreal Environmental Museum. Can’t make it Osheaga? Evenko now operates a year-round minifest and occasion sequence that works with everybody’s schedule.

21. Electrical Forest

Double JJ Resort, Rothbury, Mich.

June 23-26

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Few occasions evoke the feelings and fantastic thing about Electrical Forest, the place a ranch in Rothbury, Mich., is remodeled right into a mystical celebration of sunshine and sound. Now co-owned and co-produced each by Madison Home Presents and Insomniac, Electrical Forest was one of many first festivals to mix the digital music and jam band genres. The true headliner is the Sherwood Forest, the competition’s backdrop identified for bringing vitality and unprecedented participatory spirit to the positioning’s incomparable options and facilities. By day, followers collect by way of an internet of tons of of hammocks draped alongside the clustered bushes of the forest’s maze of installations and gathering areas. At night time, Sherwood Forest comes alive, lit up with state-of-the-art lighting shows, impromptu “secret” events and costumed characters.

Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival, Lizzo

Lizzo performs on the Lands Finish Stage on the Outdoors Lands Music and Arts Competition at Golden Gate Park on Aug. 11, 2018, in San Francisco.

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20. Roskilde Competition

Animal Showgrounds, Roskilde, Denmark

June 25-July 2

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Followers have lengthy sworn that Denmark’s Roskilde Competition is without doubt one of the world’s most underappreciated and distinctive fests for all genres of rock and pop music, together with acts corresponding to Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Nirvana, David Bowie, Taylor Swift and Cardi B. Organizers at all times present an area for up-and-coming Nordic artists as effectively, and all income after bills is donated to Scandinavian charities. Annually the fest is given a theme — in 2019, the theme was Solidarity, which referred to as on followers to assist each other in preventing “hopelessness and despair” within the face of local weather change, inequality and political division world wide.

19. Rock in Rio Brasil

Cidade do Rock, Rio de Janeiro

June 18-26

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The unique flagship of the Rock in Rio model, the Brazilian fest is about in Rio de Janeiro’s Cidade do Rock and showcases a few of rock, pop and hip-hop’s largest artists. Launched close to the tip of a decadeslong army coup supported by the U.S. authorities, Rock in Rio is each an emblem of music’s transformative energy and one of many largest media moments within the nation, watched by tens of millions in and outdoors of Brazil. For a lot of the Nineteen Eighties and ’90s, Rock in Rio was many artists’ introduction to the nation, drawing tons of of hundreds of individuals yearly to listen to dwell music and revel in artwork on their very own phrases.

18. Splendour within the Grass

North Byron Parklands, New South Wales, Australia

July 22-24

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Australia’s 20-year-old competition, held in North Byron Parklands in New South Wales since 2013, is understood for its fastidiously curated lineup and quirky experiences just like the dance-centric Tipi Forest, eccentric craft tents (with names like “Smash These Dangerous Dream Catchers” and “Cool As F#%okay Appeal Bracelets”) and a music-filled youngsters space often called Little Splendour. Few festivals indulge their followers’ inventive instincts like Splendour by discovering as many ingenious methods to reinvent itself every year, together with plans for a 2022 science tent with lectures and adult-friendly hands-on experiments.

17. Newport Folks Competition

Fort Adams State Park, Newport, R.I.

July 22-24

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Launched in 1959 as a counterpart to the Newport Jazz Competition in Rhode Island, this competition has maintained its relevance throughout the folks music neighborhood by pushing the boundaries of the style: Within the Sixties the fest invited each Johnny Money and blues artist Howlin’ Wolf to carry out. The competition closed for 15 years between 1970 and 1985, however immediately is a premiere showcase for people, blues, nation, bluegrass and different genres together with alt nation, indie folks and folks punk with a lineup that adjustments typically (many artists merely present up and carry out with none advance discover). “We’re most likely the one competition that doesn’t know its full roster till the day after it’s over,” promoter Jay Avenue says.

16. Studying and Leeds Festivals

Bramham Park, Leeds; Little John’s Farm, Studying, England

Aug. 26-28

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Positioned about three hours aside in England, the Studying and Leeds festivals are linked by a shared lineup that performs each festivals — Studying within the south close to London and Leeds within the north close to Manchester — touring between the 2 cities every August. Managed by Competition Republic, the rock-centric exhibits are identified for his or her legendary units and rowdy crowds, together with heaps of mud, extreme ingesting and large mosh pits. For followers who nonetheless need rock’n’roll to be harmful, it doesn’t get significantly better than Studying’s Little John’s Farm and Leeds’ Branham Park.

15. Electrical Zoo

Randall’s Island Park, New York

Sept. 2-4

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Launched by Made Occasions, Electrical Zoo is New York’s hometown rave on Randall’s Island — a herculean musical celebration that was briefly the U.S. anchor of SFX, the world’s first and final publicly traded EDM firm. Beforehand owned by a hedge fund, the annual digital music competition — with previous worldwide editions in Mexico Metropolis, Tokyo, Shanghai and São Paulo — was purchased by New York’s Avant Gardner in June. Its location in certainly one of North America’s greatest nightclub markets makes it an immediate powerhouse within the dance neighborhood and, whereas the competition has been sluggish to react to an uptick in overdose deaths and questions of safety, its followers have remained loyal and keen to come back again yr after yr.

14. Day N Vegas

Las Vegas Competition Grounds, Las Vegas

Sept. 2-4

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This Goldenvoice competition has solely been on the scene for a couple of years, however organizers let followers know they have been able to throw down prime greenback once they booked J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott to headline the inaugural 2019 version on the Las Vegas Competition Grounds on the north finish of the Las Vegas Strip. Like different festivals within the style corresponding to Rolling Loud, Day N Vegas can really feel a bit disorganized and chaotic, however when one compares the price of a ticket with the occasion’s ROR (return on rappers), there are few higher choices for followers trying to max out their music {dollars} than this deeply booked music expertise.

13. Austin Metropolis Limits Music Competition

Zilker Park, Austin

Oct. 7-16

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Launched throughout the competition world’s second wave within the early 2000s by C3 Presents — additionally co-founders of Lollapalooza — the annual occasion will get its identify from the long-running PBS present Austin Metropolis Limits and is without doubt one of the few up to date music festivals to happen over two weekends and have greater than 100 acts. ACL occurs inside Austin’s “most beloved park,” the famed 350-acre Zilker Park the place Barton Creek meets Woman Chook Lake. Longtime followers say the competition’s fastidiously curated lineup, October dates and embrace of Austin’s meals and humanities tradition make it top-of-the-line large-scale festivals within the nation.

12. Rolling Loud Miami

Arduous Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens

July 22-24

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Began as a long-shot rap and hip-hop competition in Miami in 2015, Rolling Loud has turn into a world live-music model with occasions held in Europe, North America and Asia. Its mainstay occasion in Florida is now probably the most essential music festivals in hip-hop. Constructed from scratch by lifelong music followers Matt Zingler and Tariq Cherif, Rolling Loud’s early strengths have been its daring curation and reserving, elevating a brand new era of artists with thrilling dwell exhibits and fascinating vitality. At the moment, the most important performers headline the raucous Miami competition, coming from everywhere in the world, typically pushed solely by their love and belief of Zingler and Cherif.

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View of the gang and boats throughout day two of the Newport Folks Competition from the roof of Fort Adams in Fort Adams State Park on July 23, 2021, in Newport, Rhode Island.

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11. New Orleans Jazz Competition

New Orleans Fairgrounds, New Orleans

April 29-Might 8

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Positioned at a horse racing monitor simply outdoors of town’s seventh Ward, Jazzfest is an open-air museum, road competition and pilgrimage devoted to the musical legacy of The Large Simple. Followers stroll between two sprawling essential phases to entry a maze of creole and Cajun culinary choices, smaller phases that includes on-the-rise touring artists and a few dozen large tents highlighting the most effective in gospel, African music, jazz, R&B, swing and large band sounds. Every day the competition ends round 7 p.m. and town’s many venues and efficiency areas reverberate with afterparties for New Orleans’ dwelling legends like Dumpstaphunk, Trombone Shorty, the Neville Brothers, The Meters and dozens of different acts.

10. BottleRock Napa Valley

Greatest Meals and Beverage Program

Napa Fairgrounds, Napa, Calif.

Might 27-29

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Dave Graham and his companions at Latitude 38 have fully modified how the world seems on the festival-going expertise with this Napa, Calif., competition constructed round meals, wine and the true rock stars of the culinary world: award-winning cooks. With a normal admission expertise that rivals most festivals’ VIP sections and a lineup of up to date and basic artists that gives the competition’s signature soundscape, BottleRock is an easygoing occasion with loads of specifically crafted meals and beverage choices, no lengthy strains and choices for each value level.

9. Stagecoach Competition

Greatest Nation Music Competition

Empire Polo Fields, Indio, Calif.

April 20-Might 1

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This annual Palm Springs competition occurs the week after Coachella on the identical web site and is broadly thought-about the most important celebration of nation music on the planet (“I can’t consider something larger” followers typically say when discussing the scale of Stagecoach). With main Nashville acts headlining the principle stage and alt nation, Americana, bluegrass and roots music teams acting on the smaller phases, Stagecoach has one thing for all followers of Western life, together with bountiful barbecue pits, “hillbilly stylish” style boutiques and a full-scale duplicate of the outdated Palomino bar in North Hollywood.

8. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Competition

Greatest Tenting Competition

Bonnaroo Farm, Manchester, Tenn.

June 16-19

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What started as a jam band competition on a 700-acre farm in an effort to entice and emulate the fan communities that got here out for exhibits by Phish and the Grateful Lifeless, Bonnaroo has turn into one of many largest camping-based up to date music festivals on this planet with guests packing in truckloads of drugs for the lengthy weekend. Whereas jam-centric acts Widespread Panic and String Cheese Incident usually get prime billing, the competition has turn into extra mainstream since Dwell Nation purchased out Superfly’s possession of Bonnaroo in 2020. For a lot of, the Roo is each a ceremony of passage and an annual custom for attendees in search of a competition that locations positivity and kindness as its highest values. Bonnaroo is a superb choice for adventurous varieties not afraid to get a bit soiled. Even throughout probably the most troublesome moments on the Farm, attendees are at all times anticipated to have a very good angle and be keen to assist each other.

7. Lollapalooza

Greatest Metropolis Competition

Grant Park, Chicago

July 28-31

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Few cities do summer time fairly like Chicago, the place each neighborhood, block and brownstone comes alive in June and July in celebration of the Windy Metropolis’s music, meals and metropolis park system. The crown gem is Grant Park in downtown Chicago that sits alongside the Chicago skyline and the shores of Lake Michigan and is house to the Lollapalooza competition that includes 170 prime touring acts in rock, pop, dance and EDM unfold over 9 phases. At night time, town buzzes with afterparties and unofficial underground exhibits all through Chicago’s iconic venues. Should you’re trying to absolutely immerse your self in all types of music in one of many nation’s greatest live performance markets, that is the competition for you.

6. Tomorrowland

Greatest Dance Competition

De Schorre Recreation Space, Flanders, Belgium

July 15-31

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This long-running Belgium competition is usually celebrated because the world’s largest dance music occasion on one the competition world’s largest websites — an area often called the Tomorrowland Holy Grounds, which is steeped in legendary imagery with water methods, sprawling greens and locations just like the Rave Cave, the Backyard of Insanity and the famed Mouse Bar. Attendees say Tomorrowland is probably the most mystical and imagination-defying expertise one can have with out leaving planet Earth. Like its cousin and rival Digital Daisy Carnival, Tomorrowland is without doubt one of the few occasions that actually has all of it, together with the world’s largest superstars throughout EDM, home, techno, drum’n’bass and trance unfold over 10 intricately designed phases that push dwell manufacturing past something most individuals will ever expertise. Constructed across the concept of creativeness and storytelling, Tomorrowland is its personal universe ready to be found and a bucket record expertise for dance music followers.

5. South by Southwest

Greatest Platform for Music Discovery

Varied places, Austin

March 11-20

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Even when it launched in 1987 with solely 700 attendees, South by Southwest was already too crowded for the 15 venues that performed host in its first yr (solely 150 have been initially anticipated to attend). At the moment, SXSW is a world platform for movie/TV initiatives, music artists and tech firms desirous to be found by the occasion’s 80,000 registered attendees and 150,000 followers who flock to Austin for its barbecues, events and free exhibits. It’s a competition the place buzzy younger bands nonetheless get found in dive bars and main artists play secret exhibits in tiny sauce-stained honky-tonks. Whereas music discovery has largely gone the way in which of the algorithm, SXSW remains to be the most effective feet-on-the-ground competition for locating new bands and sounds. (Billboard dad or mum firm PMC bought a minority stake in SXSW in 2021.)

4. Outdoors Lands Music and Arts Competition

Greatest Competition Website

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Aug. 5-7

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The annual San Francisco competition is likely to be one of many youngest fests within the prime 10, however its founders’ credentials — competition gurus Superfly Leisure and the impartial Bay Space live performance firm One other Planet Leisure — and its location inside Golden Gate Park, simply blocks from the Pacific Ocean, give Outdoors Lands a stage of immediate credibility throughout the live-music house. Identified for its persistently well-curated lineup, a long-standing dedication to high-end meals and wine from Bay Space eating places and cooks, and a willingness to take dangers on every thing from comedy to hashish, Outdoors Lands is found every year by hundreds of recent followers in search of a one-of-a-kind expertise that’s each credible and genuine.

3. Electrical Daisy Carnival Las Vegas

Greatest Neighborhood

Las Vegas Speedway, Las Vegas

Might 20-22

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Pasquale Rotella’s annual dance competition — held every summer time “beneath the Electrical Sky” — has gone from quasi-legal Los Angeles rave to main Las Vegas financial engine, with tens of hundreds of lodge rooms booked and nightclubs bristling with exercise every year. The dance music world takes over the Las Vegas Strip each Might for North America’s final spectacle of sound and light-weight that includes the most important names in home, techno, drum’n’bass and different genres. Each Ferris wheel, efficiency stage and artwork exhibit on the expansive competition web site on the outskirts of city was both commissioned by Rotella or created by certainly one of his senior employees members who spent years with the promoter attempting to seize his imaginative and prescient. Every night time of the competition is full of international superstars unfold out throughout EDC’s seven phases, nevertheless it’s the neighborhood EDC has created — the place followers are deemed “headliners” by Rotella and productions develop larger and larger every year — that speaks to the occasion’s energy and longevity.

2. Glastonbury Competition

Greatest Competition Tradition

Worthy Farm, Somerset, England

June 22-26

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No different competition or occasion has carried out extra to nurture, develop and rejoice the idealist peculiarities and cultural eccentricities of recent competition tradition fairly just like the merry women and men of Glastonbury. Launched by dairy farmer Michael Eavis because the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folks Competition simply 13 months after the unique Woodstock competition, Glastonbury would function floor zero for almost all the counter-cultural actions of the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Eighties and is without doubt one of the few festivals to take a “fallow” yr each 5 years to offer the land and locals a break. At the moment, Glastonbury is extra related than ever, from its iconic Pyramid stage to Eavis’ dedication to elevating consciousness in regards to the risks of world warming. The competition has been by way of many alternative incarnations through the years, nevertheless it has at all times served as a power for good within the music world.

2022 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival, Harry Styles

Harry Kinds performs onstage on the Coachella Stage throughout the 2022 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Competition on April 15 in Indio, Calif.

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1. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Competition

Greatest Competition Total

Empire Polo Fields in Indio, Calif.

April 15-24

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The granddaddy of all of them, Coachella is the most effective attended, most related and highest grossing music competition on this planet. Livestreamed every year to tens of millions of followers worldwide, no different competition transcends tradition or has as a lot affect on the music business and music followers as this annual ceremony of passage within the desert. Unfold out over a sun-soaked grassy polo advanced outdoors of Palm Springs amid foothills that paint the sundown sky in hues of purple and blue, Coachella is each a celebration of Southern California tradition and a platform for artists of all backgrounds to share a second with the competition’s large viewers. Whereas influencers and celebrities draw probably the most consideration, most attendees are younger, working music followers who’re passionate in regards to the dwell expertise and can proceed supporting live shows over the lengthy haul. Greater than half of the attendees at Coachella purchase their $524 ticket earlier than the lineup has been launched by way of Goldenvoice’s fee plan system which splits the price of a ticket into 4 or 9 installments. In trade, Goldenvoice supplies a dwell music expertise produced, staged, and delivered on the highest stage attainable. Certain, cash should buy attendees better creature comforts, however attendees who make investments their time dancing, singing alongside and taking within the competition’s artistry are those who at all times stand to realize probably the most from the Coachella expertise.

Editor’s Observe: The itemizing for Extremely Music Competition has been up to date to extra precisely describe the competition.



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