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Summer Festivals

by Georgia Kotsinis

Photography by Charles Reagan Hackleman

With the summer season looming, so arrives music festival season. Here is your run-down on a few of the major festivals around the country and whom you must see at each.

Boston Calling

Where: Boston

When: May 26-28

Price: One-day ticket - $100

3-day pass - $270

No Camping

Friday Headliners: Chance the Rapper, Bon Iver, Solange

Saturday Headliners: Mumford and Sons, The XX, The 1975

Sunday Headliners: Tool, Major Lazer, Weezer, Cage the Elephant

Artists Not to Miss: Tegan and Sara, Francis and the Lights, Flatbush Zombies, Cousin Stiz

This May, Boston is calling a lot of popular alternative bands and artists to the main stage, but it falters in putting bigger names in hip-hop on their list compared to other festivals. Along with the many musical artists to enjoy, Boston Calling is featuring comedians every day including famous funny-man Hannibal Buress, as well as a film experience “curated by Natalie Portman.” The festival has moved from City Hall Plaza to the Harvard Athletic Complex.


Where: Chicago

When: August 3-6

Price: One-Day ticket - $120

4-day pass - $335

No Camping

Thursday Headliners: Muse, Lorde, Cage the Elephant, Wiz Khalifa

Friday Headliners: The Killers, Blink-182, DJ Snake, Run the Jewels

Saturday Headliners: Chance the Rapper, The XX, Alt-J, The Head and the Heart

Sunday Headliners: Arcade Fire, Justice, Big Sean, The Shins, Zeds Dead

Artists Not to Miss: Alvvays, Charli XCX, London Grammar, Sampha, Joey Bada$$, Boogie

Like any other year, Lollapalooza has tried its best to include popular artists tailored to the festival-culture crowd. It is clear by its current headliners that they have succeeded in doing just that as artists big and small flock to Grant Park for one of the biggest festivals in the country. The festival is spread across four days for the second consecutive year since its 25th Anniversary last summer. With amenities from “Chow Town,” where local restaurants set up booths, to various sponsor activities, you’ll have plenty to do for the 12 hours the park is open each day.


Where: Manchester, TN

When: June 8-11 [endif]

Price: Regular 4-day pass - $275

4-day pass with camping - $350

Thursday Headliners: G Jones, Eden, Ookay

Friday Headliners: U2, Major Lazer, The XX, Glass Animals

Saturday Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper, Flume, Cage the Elephant

Sunday Headliners: The Weeknd, Lorde, Travis Scott, Crystal Castles

Camping Permitted

Artist not to miss: Goody Grace, Bad Suns, Milky Chance, Skepta, Nghtmare, BADBADNOTGOOD, Twiddle

With Thursday’s comparably weaker headliners, Bonnaroo makes it up with strong line-ups later in the weekend. Something to note here is the presence of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The band is only making one other musical festival appearance in the United States (Wisconsin’s Summerfest) before making their way to tour in Europe. Like Boston Calling, Hannibal Buress is teaming up with an assortment of comedians for this festival: so don’t leave out the stand-up comedy when planning which stages to go to and which artists to see.


Where: The Woodlands of Dover, Delaware

When: June 15-18

Price: One-Day pass - $110

4-day pass - $300

Camping Permitted

Thursday Headliners: Glass Animals, Kaleo, Oar

Friday Headliners: Twenty One Pilots, Flume, Weezer

Saturday Headliners: Bob Dylan, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper

Sunday Headliners: Muse, The Shins, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Dillon Francis

Artists Not to Miss: Banks, Bleachers, Sir Sly, Salt Cathedral, Anna Lunoe

Firefly also manages to mix it up across the board for this long weekend. Additionally, there is something extra special about this festival compared to the others: it is bringing in a music legend this year: Bob Dylan. Other notable acts are actor Jared Leto’s band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers.

As customary, the line-ups this year feature a diverse group of artists across many genres of music. Among these four festivals, along with many others nationwide, there are notable similarities between the line-ups, meaning that a large group of artists are traveling across the country to perform at multiple festivals. Don’t hesitate to evaluate the line-ups for each day with a close eye as you wouldn’t want to skip over anyone who could be the best show of the summer. After all, it is the purpose of music festivals to expand your personal pallet of music taste, see the next big artist before they blow up and experience the shows in an atmosphere like no other. Most importantly, don’t forget to wear sunscreen.

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