Okay… if you haven’t heard about the Fyre Festival debacle… you haven’t been on social media in the last two days. If that is the case all you need to do is look through the #FyreFestival hashtag on any social media platform to get the info and an amazing laugh.
I am an avid music festival lover and attendee… so I was shocked, appalled and disgusted by what went down. After I got a few chuckles in, I was really confused as to why this happened as there hasn’t been any real answers to explain any of it. Fyre Festival has issued a statement in regards to the situation but even that sounds like a load of confusing crap.
But let’s not harbor on the FUCKING nightmare that was Fyre Festival… and let’s look forward to all the amazing music festivals on the horizon. These festivals won’t cost you 12 thousand dollars, and they have substantial records of success so you don’t have to worry about being negatively surprised/caught off guard about what’s to come. And trust me, when a music festival is done right the memories and the money intertwine into an amazing experience.
10 Music Festivals That Better Than Fyre Festival
1. Governors Ball:
When: June 2-4, 2017
Where: Randall’s Island Park, New York City
Tickets: On sale now. Get more info here!
Who’s Playing: Chance the Rapper(need I say more… okay I will), Childish Gambino, Lorde, Wu-Tang Clan, Wiz Khalifa, Kehlani, Schoolboy Q, Rae Sremmurd, ASAP Ferg, Charli XCX, Tove Lo and more.
2. Made In America
When: September 2-3, 2017 (Labor Day Weekend)
Where: Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: Pre- Sale starts May 2nd
Who’s Playing: Lineup TBA… but it is always amazing! Trust me… I’ve gone 3 times!
3. OVO Fest
When: Dates TBA
Where: Usually in Toronto… but Drake hinted he may be bringing this festival across the ocean to London
Tickets: Not on sale yet
Who’s Playing: TBA! OVO Fest has had greats including Rihanna, Drake, The Weeknd and J.Cole so if they keep up with that trend, the line up is going to be amazing.
When: June 8-11, 2017
Where: Manchester, TN
Tickets: on sale now
Who’s playing: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, Flume, Lorde, The xx, Travis Scott, Tory Lanez, Tove Lo, D.R.A.M. , and more.
5. Essence Fest
When: June 29- July 2nd
Where: New Orleans, LA
Tickets: Currently sold out but you can find them on Stub Hub
Who’s Playing: Chance the Rapper, John Legend, Mary J Blige, Solange, Chaka Khan, Master P, Jill Scott, India Arie, Monica, Jasmine Sullivan, Jhene Aiko, Elle Varner, Rema Ma, Teyanna Taylor, Chloe x Halle
6. Firefly Music Festival
When: June 15-18, 2017
Where: The Woodlands of Dover, DE
Tickets: available soon here
Who’s playing: The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Bob Dylan and his band, Weezer, Tory Lanez, Phantogram, AFI, Busta Rhymes, Banks, T-Pain, Wale and more.
7. Summer Jam
When: June 11th, 2017
Where: Metlife Stadium, NJ
Tickets: On sale now
Who’s Playing: Chris Brown, Young M.A, A Boogie, Jidenna, Dj Khaled, Fat Joe & Remy MA, Migos, Designer, Trey Songz, French Montana and more.
8. Hangout Fest
When: May 19-21, 2017
Where: Gulf Shores, AL
Tickets: On sale starting 12/1 here
Who’s playing: Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Mumford and Sons, Major Lazer, Weezer, DJ Snake, A$AP Ferg, Tory Lanez, Charli XCX, Lil Yachty, Shaggy and more.
When: August 3-6, 2017
Where: Grant Park, Chicago, IL
Tickets: on sale now
Who’s playing: Chance the Rapper, Muse, Arcade Fire, The Killers, Lorde, Blink-182, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Migos, Tove Lo, Lil Uzi Vert and more.
10. The Meadows
When: September 15-17th, 2017
Where: Citi Field, Queens New York
Tickets: Not On Sale Yet
Who’s Playing: TBA but last year had Chance The Rapper, Kanye West and J.Cole… so you should keep an eye out for pre-sale tickets!
These music festivals are sure to be a BOMB time … and most of them include some of my absolute favorite artists. As you can see I bolded Chance the Rapper several times as he is certainly making his rounds in the festival circuit during his tour. Get your hands on tickets to these festivals early and stay tuned for my post teaching you how to survive your first or millionth festival in style.