Summer Music Festivals Within a Day’s Drive from South Florida
This weekend marks the opening weekend of the famed music festival, Coachella. What does that mean? The season of music festivals is finally near.
The Coachella’s 2016 lineup is full of some great acts, but if you won’t be attending, that doesn’t mean you will be missing out. There are tons of other music festivals with lineups that are just as awesome as Coachella and make for an excellent summer road trip from South Florida.
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
June 9-12 / Manchester, TN / 12- hour drive
If you are bummed to miss out on Coachella, don’t fear, Bonnaroo is near(er). For four-days in June, acres of farmland in a small, Tennessee town transforms into a campground for over 85,000 campers. Though not as “glamorous” as Coachella if you are about the music, Bonnaroo is the place to be, Bonnaroo has a long-standing reputation as being one of (if not) America’s best summer music festival. The festival gets some of today’s biggest music and comedy acts and it has the classic festival favorites.
Except for Guns N’ Roses and ASAP Rocky, Bonnaroo’s lineup has many of the same performers — and depending on your music preferences, maybe a few better. Bonnaroo’s headliners include Pearl Jam, J. Cole and Dead & Company. Additional notable acts at Bonnaroo this year are Big Grams, Band of Horses, Lamb of God and Miguel.
Acts performing at both Coachella and Bonnaroo include: M83, Ellie Goulding, Churches, Vince Staples, The Chain Smokers, Chris Stapleton, RL Grime, Halsey, Born, Bob Moses and more.
Twelve hours might sound like a hike to some people but the drive through Georgia and Tennessee is pretty and not far from the Chattahoochee National Forest, which is definitely worth a stop.
Hangout Music Festival
May 20-22 / Gulf Shores, AL / 10-hour drive
Held on the right on the beautiful beach of Gulf Shores, Hangout Music Festival is a great festival to attend for many, many reasons. First, unlike Coachella, it is on the beach — not in a hot, dry California desert. Second, it has many of the same headliners and other acts as Coachella and is about $100 cheaper and you can drive there with a group of your friends! This year’s performers include The Weeknd, Florence + the Machine, Alabama Shakes and Fetty Wapp. And again, it’s on the beach!
Here are the same acts that will be playing at both Coachella and Hangout: Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Lenny Kravitz, Flume, Miike Snow, Grimes, The Chainsmokers, Run the Jewels, Courtney Barnett, Silversun Pickups, Borns, Vince Staples, and many, many more.
Shaky Knees Festival
May 20-22 / Atlanta, GA / 9-hour drive
Held at the Centennial Olympic Park and International Plaza, the Shaky Knees music festival has some great acts across several genres of music. This year’s headliners include Florence + the Machine, My Morning Jacket and Jane’s Addiction. Only formed in 2013, the Shaky Knees music festival is still fairly new but has received excellent reviews from past attendees.
While this festival doesn’t have as many of the big names that will be at Coachella, it does have tons of the lesser-known (but still great) bands are also playing Coachella. The major acts attending both festivals include: The 1975, Silversun Pickups and The Kills. The small acts performing at both festivals include: Cold War Kids, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wolf Alice, and Crystal Fighters.
April 27- May 1 / Downtown West Palm Beach / 60-minute drive
Not able to make a long road trip but still want to see a lot of performances? SunFest might be right for you. Scheduled for the last weekend of the month, SunFest is only a 60-minute drive from North Miami Beach. Many of this year’s headlining performances come from bigger pop groups and musicians like by Duran Duran, Alabama Shakes, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo and Train. Additionally, there will be performances by The Roots, Steve Aoki and Death Cab for Cutie.
Music Midtown 2016
Sept. 18-19 / Atlanta, GA / 9- hour drive
Wrapping up the summer’s music festivals is Atlanta’s Music Midtown 2016, set for Sept. 16-17. In two days, Music Midtown packs in performances by some of today’s biggest names in music. Last year’s headliners included Drake, Elton John, Van Halen, Sam Smith and Tove Lo. They still have not released this year’s lineup, but from the looks of last year’s, it will be strong.