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Festival Frenzy

By Jenna Grace Cooper | March 1, 2017 | Articles

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
Thrill-seekers and adventurers unite to experience this Florida festival March 2-5. Transport yourself to the fantastical jungle along the Lake Okeechobee, filled with wild art, magical moments and plenty of late-night shenanigans.

The Highlights: The star-studded lineup features Kings of Leon, A-Town’s own Usher, The Lumineers, Wiz Khalifa, Young the Giant, Waka Flocka Flame and many more.

The Details: Four-day general admission from $279, VIP access from $599, @okeechobeefest

Beale Street Music Festival
Head to the home of the blues, Memphis, Tenn., for this popular fest May 5-7. The three-day event boasts an eclectic mix of vibes, with performances from contemporary rock, blues and pop talent, all taking place along the picturesque banks of the Mississippi River.

The Highlights: Although the lineup hadn’t been announced as of press time, past performers have run the gamut from The Black Keys and Dave Matthews Band to Ed Sheeran and Katy Perry.

The Details: Three-day general admission from $115, VIP access $595, @bealestreetmusicfest

Hangout Music Festival
Take in the sand, surf and sunsets on the Gulf Shores of Alabama for this top-notch music experience May 19-21. Between soaking up the sun and dancing all night long, you can take a break at the pier to enjoy fresh-caught seafood, ride the Ferris wheel or windsurf over paradise.

The Highlights: Enjoy jamming along with artists including Mumford & Sons, Twenty-One Pilots, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper and DJ Snake.

The Details: Three-day general admission from $289, VIP access $1,099, @hangoutfest

Sweetwater 420 Fest
Another hometown favorite, this must-attend fest in Centennial Olympic Park takes place April 21-23. With more than 40 bands, the lineup spans rock, jazz, alternative and punk to please a variety of musical preferences.

The Highlights: Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio Band, Ween, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and Dark Star Orchestra are all on deck to rock the park.

The Details: Three-day general admission from $123, @420fest

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The name Bonnaroo originates from Creole slang meaning “good stuff,” and when it comes to this awesome music fest, what could be more fitting? The classic summer concert series is held June 8-11 in Manchester, Tenn.—shuttle from Nashville or camp out on-site at The Grove, which offers illuminating lights and hammock seating, sunrise yoga with fellow campers, and, of course, classic Southern eats.

The Highlights: Catch performances by The Weeknd, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Major Lazer, Lorde, Travis Scott and many more.

The Details: Four-day general admission from $325, VIP Experience $1,649, @bonnaroo

Tortuga Music Festival
Toast to five years of Rock the Ocean’s country music bash April 7-9 on the beautiful beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In the words of country legend and headliner Kenny Chesney: “The sun and the sand and a drink in hand” is all you need!

The Highlights: Get ready to party with Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker, Brett Eldredge, Maren Morris, Nelly and more. Can’t make the trip? Old Dominion will be prepping fans for the big festival with a Tortuga Tailgate concert April 7 in Athens.

The Details: Three-day general admission $229, VIP access $999, @tortugamusicfestival

Shaky Beats Music Festival
What could be better than kicking off summer with The Chainsmokers? Join fellow ATLiens at this EDM dance party May 5-7 in Centennial Olympic Park. Featuring 40 top electronic, indie and hip-hop artists, it’s sure to be one of the hottest festivals of the season.

The Highlights: Kaskade, Flosstradamus, Zeds Dead, Griz and more will also take the stage.

The Details: Three-day general admission from $165, VIP access $399, @shakybeats

CMA Music Festival
There’s a reason Nashville, Tenn., earned the nickname Music City USA. This festival (which is filmed and later aired on ABC) celebrates its 46th anniversary during the weekend of June 8-11. With performances at Nissan Stadium, The Riverfront, Music City Center and the Grand Ole Opry, the experience is a country music fan’s dream come true.

The Highlights: This year’s lineup won’t be revealed till spring, but with more than 650 artist appearances, it’s a safe bet that most of your faves will show up to party.

The Details: Four-day selected seating from $205, @cma

Originally published in the March issue of Jezebel


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