As Will Smith once said it’s “summa summa summatime!” And while summer vacations are definitely on the top of everyone’s must-do list, there’s also another reason we can’t wait for the temperature to spike to 70 degrees (or higher…eek!) – summer music festivals of course! There’s nothing better than the countless memories you’ll have of road tripping with your crew and hearing all of your favorite music artists on one stage. This reason, along with the super cool atmosphere they create, have made music festivals one of the most popular summer events. And while we all know about the infamous Coachella, there are also a few other awesome festivals you should check out all over the country as well. And, of course, who would we be if we didn’t give you some great options to spice up your festival wardrobe?! You know we’d never leave you hanging 😉 To shop all the below festival looks and more head on over to the main site at Paula & Chlo.
Governor’s Ball – Often deemed the “East Coast Coachella”, but one thing that sets this super cool festival apart? Well aside from it being held in New York City, it boasts a plethora of local talent that you can often find playing in the New York hot spots. Don’t drive? No worries. Access to the venue on Randall’s Island is just a ferry ride away from The Big Apple! This year’s hot lineup includes fan favorites: Drake, the Black Keys, Lana del Ray and Rae Sremmurd.
Roots Picnic – Hailing from Philly, these hip hop living legends have been packing screaming fans into their sold out event for nearly 8 years now. And the best part? The amazing lineup of course. Erykah Badu (a staple every year) leads notable artists like DJ Mustard, the Weeknd and A$AP Rocky.
Bonnaroo – if you’re looking for diversity, Bonnaroo is without a doubt where you’re going to get it. As the country’s largest summer festival, concert goers have the option to pick from a booming 125 bands and 20 comedians performing on 12 stages. The esteemed list includes: Earth, Wind and Fire, Kendrick Lamar, Billy Joel, Florence and the Machine and many more.
Summerfest – Your pockets will thank you if you’re taking your talents Milwaukee for this mega fest. With 11 days and 11 stages, you’re going to see it all – all for $80. Now that’s a summer deal! This year’s lineup includes: Rolling Stones, Schoolboy Q, Santigold, the Isley Brothers, Sheryl Crow and more.
Essence Music Festival – If the location of this annual R&B fest doesn’t convince you (New Orleans, Louisiana) then maybe their top tier lineup and host of events will! Daytime events include an “Empower U” conference with panel discussions, a career fair and speakers such as Al Sharpton, Deepak Chopra and Iyanla Vanzant. By time night rolls around you’ll be shaking your booty to the sounds of superstars like Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Usher, Common and Missy Elliott, just to name a few. If you just want to have fun all weekend, skip “Empower U” and head to the Essence DJ Party Series at the Sugar Mill, where Funkmaster Flex and DJ Drama will command the dance floor. Just make sure you bring us back some of that yummy Cajun food!
Made In America Festival – What better way to show your patriotic love for good ‘ol U. S. of A than at one of the hottest music festivals? Since music industry’s powerhouses Jay Z and Steve Stoute teamed up to bring this baby to life, it has been the most anticipated festival of the year. They recently added an L.A. edition in their quest for world domination. We approve. This year’s acts have not yet been announced, but I mean do we really care? Jay Z. Enough said.