Undoubtedly, music festivals are some of the most popular entertainment events throughout the world. While we may be more familiar with the North American Festival giants such as Coachella, Europe is home to even larger music festivals, including Belgium’s “Donauinselfest,” which trumps Coachella with a whopping attendance of around three million annually.
As Spring and Summer approach, lineups have started to drop, leaving die-hard festival goers frantic to get their tickets as soon as they can. With handfuls of lineups out, here are my picks for the top five music festivals in the spring and summer of 2018.
Who’s Playing: Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Logic, Lil Wayne, SZA, Alt-J, Portugal. the Man, MGMT, Cold War Kids.
Where: Dover, Delaware
Who’s Playing: Arcade Fire, Bassnectar, Halsey, Travis Scott, Powow! feat. Snoop Dogg, Khalid, Foster the People, Leon Bridges, The Flaming Lips, Superduperkyle, Local Natives, Blackbear, Lil Dicky, Sylvan Esso.
Where: Okeechobee, Florida
3. Sloss Fest
Who’s Playing: Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire, GRiZ, Vance Joy, The War on Drugs, Moon Taxi, Vic Mensa, Louis the Child, Jai Wolf, Hippie Sabotage.
Where: Birmingham, Alabama
Who’s Playing: FRIDAY— The Killers, Zedd, Portugal. The Man, Galantis, Cold War Kids, Blackbear and Anderson East. SATURDAY–The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Logic and Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, St. Vincent, Grouplove, Bleachers and Tank & The Bangas. SUNDAY— Kendrick Lamar, Odesza, SZA, Foster The People, Awolnation, Slightly Stoopid, The Struts.
Where: Gulf Shores, AL
Who’s Playing: The Weeknd, Beyoncé, Eminem, SZA, Kygo, Jamiroquai, St. Vincent, The War on Drugs, Vince Staples, ODESZA, Portugal. the Man, Migos, A Perfect Circle, Cardi B, Miguel, Daniel Caesar, Kali Uchis, Kelela, HAIM, Tyler, the Creator, David Byrne, Alt-J, Post Malone, Fleet Foxes, BØRNS, BROCKHAMPTON
Where: Indio, CA
Price: SOLD OUT
My recommendation to all students would be Hangout Fest. It is all around an amazing festival. It is reasonably priced for a packed lineup with amazing depth, and an amazing atmosphere. Listening to days of music on a beach with a group of friends sounds like a dream, and it helps that Gulf Shores is only about three hours away from the Northshore.