Festivals to hit this summer

Publication date: May 7, 2015.

It’s finals time again, and summer is fast approaching. This can only mean one thing to die-hard concert lovers: music festivals.

March brought the SXSW festival in Texas, followed by California’s Coachella Valley festival in April. While these popular events may have passed, never fear. You still have plenty of opportunities to pack up your car with your friends and your favorite playlist and road-trip it to these summer 2015 music festivals.

The Gentleman Stopover festival, held in Seaside Heights, N.J., is a celebration for all cultures. The Gentleman on the Road production company has been bringing music to towns throughout the United States and Europe since 2012, but the rest is up to the towns themselves.

People of all backgrounds bring their own cultural influences to the festival, combining the civic pride of all nationalities. Festival-goers are encouraged to camp out on site and enjoy the local food, listen to as many bands as they can, and have fun.

They are also encouraged to “take the party from the stage to the town,” as stated in the Stopover festival rules, and continue to spread cultures even after the festival ends.

The Gentleman Stopover festival will take place on June 5 and 6, featuring bands like Alabama Shakes and Mumford and Sons.

Dover, Del. will host the Firefly Music festival of 2015. Firefly began in 2012, inviting people of all ages to camp out for a few days of music and food.

The festival, produced by Red Frog Events, offers camping packages and payment plans for all who attend. Firefly’s tagline reads “The East Coast’s Premier Music Experience.”

Several stages are set up around the campsite, as well as special attractions including an arcade tent and a secret rave available only to those who have the proper headphones for it.

This year’s headliners include Kings of Leon, the Killers, and Paul McCartney. Firefly Music festival will be held from June 18 to June 21.

You may have seen this next popular festival featured on SnapChat last year. The Electric Daisy Carnival, or EDC, will set up its stages in Las Vegas, Nev.

“Carnival” is certainly a good word to describe this event; EDC not only hosts several musical acts, but also an array of carnival rides and art installations.

Unlike Gentleman Stopover and Firefly, camping is not permitted at EDC. However, hotel lodging is nearby and paid shuttles are offered for transportation to and from the festival. Insomniac Events hosts EDC as the largest electronic dance music festival outside of Europe.

EDC’s line-up is to be announced. The event will take place from June 19 to June 21.

Lollapalooza just sounds fun, doesn’t it? Held in Chicago, Ill., this festival includes popular music from metal to pop to rap. In addition to the music, Lollapalooza also features comedy and dance acts as well as craft booths.

The festival was established in 1991 as a touring festival by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell. Due to poor financing, the touring ended in 1997, but was revived again in 2003 as a weekend-long event. Lollapalooza has been based in Chicago every year since then.

Camping is not permitted, but hotels nearby are offered. Lollapalooza has helped bands like Foster the People, Kings of Leon and Coldplay gain popularity.

This three-day festival will begin on July 31 and end on Aug. 2. Featured artists include A$AP Rocky, Metallica, and Florence and the Machine.

Don’t worry, country fans, there are plenty of festivals out there for you too. One of the more popular festivals is the Willamette Country Music festival in Brownsville, Ore.

This festival offers family-friendly camping while offering the best of country music. The Willamette Country Music festival is produced by PAPE Company, with the tagline “The Northwest’s Premier Outdoor Country Music Festival.”

The site offers a large camping ground with electric hookups and privacy for those who want it. There are also trails to Linn County nearby for hiking. Willamette’s line-up is to be announced, and the festival will be held from Aug. 14 to 16.

These are, of course, only five of the hundreds of summer music festivals experiences available. All you have to do is decide which genre you want to hear.

If you don’t know where to look, try searching on the Music Festival Junkies website. Pick your event and get packing; there’s music to be heard and fun to be had!

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