Traveling America for the summer can be an unbelievable experience and the more you know before going and the more you do over there, the more enjoyable it will be. To help all the music and fest lovers heading over this summer we have complied a list of our top 10 gigs and festivals on in America from May to September so you can make the absolute most of your time away.
Hangout Music Festival – May 19-21st
If you are heading over a week or two early to get some travel done and experience some American culture this is definitely a Festival not to miss, with it’s insane lineup with acts including Mumford and Sons, DJ Snake, Weezer, MGMT, Major Lazor, 21 Pilots, Marshmello, Shaggy, Charlie xcx, Snakehips and lots more all preforming on a huge stage along the coast line, what better way could you think of to start your trip?
This festival is a three day long event with tickets at €287, really not bad considering the acts you are going to see, on the beautiful Gulf shore in Alabama and it would be an unforgettable way to start your amazing summer in America.
Calvin Harris – 17th June, Las Vegas
Calvin Harris is stopping off in the world famous Hakkasan Nightclub in Las Vegas this June.
With Tickets at €94.34 it is idea for a night in Las Vegas and to tick another gig off your list for the summer.
Because this gig is in a club it’s perfect for all you groovers looking for a good time and a dance!
Cedric Gervais – 8th Jul, Atlantic City
We all know a good DJ can absolutely make your night, and where’s a better place for a night out than Atlantic City?
Gervais will be lighting up the night in Permier nightclub for €50 a ticket.
Pitchfork Music Festival – 14th – 16th July, Chicago
With a three day pass to this insane festival In Chicago for just €155 can you really go wrong?
Pitchfork is held in Union Park and its headliners will include LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest And Solange. There will be lots more from alternative rock, rap & hip-hop, electronica, and dance music acts.
The Pitchfork Festival also includes food, beverages, art, and gig posters from local, regional, and national vendors.
FYF – 22nd and 23rd July – LA
Next stop Los Angeles for the F*ck Yeah Fest, line up for this one comes out at the end of March but with acts like Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem in 2016 we can only imagine who they have got for us this year!
With tickets starting at €460 this festival might not be ideal for everyone but if you have that bit of extra cash its definitely going to be a big one this summer.
Queen – 26th July, Boston
“I see a little silhouetto of a man, Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?”
Queen, a golden oldie not to miss out on. This July, Queen will be preforming with Adam Lambert in TD Garden, Boston with tickets stating as low as €45!
Lollapalooza – 3rd to 6th Aug, Chicago
One of the biggest festivals in American to be in Chicago this summer with a three day pass for €362.93. If you are thinking of just going to one festival this summer this will be one for the calendar.
With acts like Metallica, The Strokes, The Weeknd, The xx, Flume, Cage the Elephant, Tegan and Sara it is expected to be one of the best weekends of the summer and should be well worth the investment.
Lollapalooza is essentially Mecca for any J1er heading to Chicago and it was definitely one of our Gordon Colleary Scholarship winner, Louise Kelly’s highlights of her summer!
One Republic – 29th Aug, Mountain View, CA
After the hectic month of expensive festivals and DJ’s we have given you, One republic playing in the Shoreline Amphitheatre will be the prefect gig for a more relaxed night and won’t put a big dent in your pockets, with tickets at €49.
Electric Zoo Festival – 1st to 3rd Sept, New York
It’s important to make your last experience in America a significant one, it’s definitely one to go all out for.
With Electric Zoo taking place over Labour Day weekend at the beginning of September at Randall’s island park in New York it is the perfect ending to your summer, especially considering your flight home is most likely booked from NY or Boston and this means you can finish up there.
The line up this year includes Hardwell, Tiesto, GTA, Carnage, Steve Aoki and so much more.
Tickets are from €200, which isn’t bad for your last blowout before flying home!
The Burning Man 27th Aug to 3rd Sept, Nevada
Does this really need an introduction? The Burning Man shares festival infamy with Coachella, Woodstock and Glastonbury. As a festival, it is an A-lister. A wonderfully weird and individualistic experience that can’t really be described full with words.
This is not your usual festival. It that’s place in the middle of no where in the black rock dessert and absolutely nothing is available to buy there, you have to bring you own food, water, soap, sleeping equipment and anything else you will need to survive this week long Trans/Techo festival for an absolutely indescribable, out of mind experience.
Roughly 79,000 people attend this event every year for the most exciting and crazy week of their life. It’s basically a week spent on Max Max’s Fury Road…
The line up includes Maceo Plex, Major Lazer, DJ Tennis, Diplo, Carl Cox, Guy Gerber Thomas Jack, Skrillex, DJ Moon, Infected Mushroom and tones more of trance techo, trap, dubstep and house acts.
Sounds like a pretty special summer right? There’s still time to become a J1er in 2017, just head over to J1online.ie and apply now!