Flower crowns, chokers, barely there outfits and dessert photos are synonymous with Coachella, one of the biggest American music festivals. But what if you're not into spending three days in the desert or couldn't get a ticket? Here are the eight festivals you should travel for.
Rap, EDM, pop, indie, and rock—there's not a genre that's not represented in the 150 sets. Originally a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction, the festival has been going on since 1991 and has expanded internationally. It's also broadcast on Red Bull TV. August 3-6 at Grant Park. Chicago, Illinois.
2. Pitchfork Music Festival
Organized by the music magazine, Pitchfork is the festival for indie and sub-genre lovers. A Tribe Called Quest, Vince Staples, Solange, and Ashley Olsen are headlining. July 14-16 at Union Park. Chicago, Illinois.
3. Afropunk Fest
SZA, Gary Clark Jr., Sampa and more artists are featured at this celebration of African and black culture. The festival has expanded to include multicultural festivals in Paris, London, Atlanta and Johannesburg. August 26-27. Brooklyn, New York.
4. Burning Man Festival
One of the more experimental festivals, Burning Man is described a crossroad of art, expression, philosophy and community. Every attendee contributes some form of art to the event, which takes place in a temporary Black Rock City. The event is finished with a burning wooden man, hence the name. August 27-September4. Black Rock Dessert, Nevada.
5. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper Cold War Kids, and 150 other artists perform in a four-day, family friendly festival right outside Nashville. Comedy shows and film previews with Q&A Camping on festival grounds are included in the experience. June 8-11 at Great Stage Park. Manchester, Tennessee.
6. Austin City Limits
Named after the musical series, ACL is the bookends festival season. Lineups feature over 110 acts—everyone from major-label artist to small indie bands on eight stages. Because of popular demand, the festival was extended to two weekends in 2012. Week 1 is scheduled for October 6-8 and Weekend 2 is October 13-15. Zilker Park, Austin, Texas.
7. Electric Daisy Carnival
Part musical experience, part carnival and part light show, Electric Daisy Carnival is a thematic electronic music immersion. Each stage has it's own nature and tech fusion theme with stilters, aerialists, circus performers and dancers. Dates are June 16-18. Las Vegas, Nevada.
8. Sasquatch! Music Festival
Frank Ocean, Twenty One Pilots and Chance the Rapper headline the event. Be sure to camp on the grounds to never miss a minute of the shows. There's never a overlapping set on the main and Bigfoot stages, so you can catch all the headliners. May 26- 28 at the Gorge Amphitheater. George, Washington.