Every spring, the music festival circle of life venues again. The biggest festivals expand and swell while smaller festivals die off and promise to rock again. But through the booking problems, bad weather, and boring bands, some underground festivals still remain for you to conquer.
Great North Festival, Minot, ME - September 9th to 11th
Out in the beautiful country land of Maine, Great North attracts a weird collection of bands like old school Bonnaroo. Last year’s lineup included artists as diverse as Reggie Watts, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, CloZee, Dan Deacon, and Mix Master Mike. If you’re craving local New England fare with a breeze, this is the only fest with a full-fledged vendor village, where you can pick up homemade items to take home.
Voodoo Music Experience, New Orleans, LA - Oct 28-30, 2016
Summer festivals are so 2015. Everyone is tackling fall festivals now, none more than New Orleans’ Voodoo fest. The lineup won’t be announced until sometime in June, but Ozzy Osbourne and Joey Bada$$ both hit the stage last year, so there’s a lot to look forward. You leave your sunscreen at home, gorge on gumbo, and keep the festival season going for a little while longer.
UpNorth Music and Arts Festival, Copemish, MI - August 19th to 21st
There is something thrilling about being at a festival for its first year - you’re the cool one who found something totally new. This is your chance to hipster-it-up before anyone else: Up North Fest will storm rural of Michigan. UpNorth is twisting the festival-goer experience, nominating ambassadors to assist in promoting and sharing information with the Up North community.
What The Festival, Dufur, OR - June 17th to 19th
This under-the-radar festival is the epitome of a musical festival: a diverse lineup in a beautiful location. Out at Wolf Run Ranch in Oregon, it’s all gorgeous trees with the majestic Mount Hood and Mount Rainier looking out. But WTF is kicking it up a notch: the giant pool stage lets rockers dance, splash, and float out to their favorite musical performances.
High Sierra Music Festival, Quincy, CA - July 4th to 7th
Nothing is more American than outdoor music. This locally organized festival will feature over 50 different artists performing on 4 daytime stages and at 4 late night venues. High Sierra encourages your freak flag to fly, so pack enough costumes, signs, and glitter to last the entire time.
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