California, New York and Tennessee are major music hubs of the country. Not only are these places known for their close ties with what’s new in the music world, but they also host some of the best music festivals annually.
Coachella, perhaps the most well known festival, will be entering it’s 16th year this April and has already sold out tickets to both weekends of this event (no surprise there). ‘Chella is a massive music festival. The grounds are massive, the stages are massive, the artists are massive- even the people are massive! Just kidding… for those of you who have been, you know that some of the best-looking people attend Coachella (including celebrities, yay!). Coachella has even spurred fashion blogs and inspired companies to create clothing lines specifically for music festivals such as these. AEG and Goldenvoice have kept up with production and music selection tirelessly year after year. The popularity of the festival will only continue to grow, and with no end in sight (until it explodes), Indio, California draws almost 100,000 people to both weekends of this magical event - and for good reason. Each year Coachella turns out a whopping lineup filled with artists and musicians that tempt just about every age group and genre lover. This year festival goers have the chance to see everyone from AC/DC and Brand New to Cashmere Cat and Kaskade...Hell, even Drake is performing.
If you’re looking for something a little less commercialized than Coachella, but still want a classic American music festival experience, Bonnaroo is for you. Manchester, Tennessee will be flooded with Bonnaroo attendees this June 11th-14th, just a few months after Coachella makes it’s run in California. The two festivals have a very similar line-up; both are comprised of varying electronic, rock and pop artists. Repeated names in 2015 include Tycho, Gramatik, Hozier, Caribou, Jamie xx, Run the Jewels, PHOX and more. Spin.com has created a conveniently easy to read venn-diagram showing the overlap (at the bottom of this page). After checking it out I couldn’t help but realize that Coachella and Bonnaroo actually have less artists in common than they did last year... Bonnaroo and ‘Chella’s 2014 lineups matched with Skrillex, Disclosure, The Head and the Heart, The Glitch Mob, Capital Cities, The Naked and Famous, Zedd and way more. Not saying the diagram is useless- just a little cheesy. Pretty much every music festival in the states has a myriad of matching artists every year, it's nothing new. Now let’s see how Bonnaroo compares to an even smaller festival.
The Governor’s Ball music festival in Randall Island Park, NYC drew a huge amount of positive press and feedback from festivalgoers last year. Only in it’s 5th year running, Gov Ball is fairly young but packs a lineup nothing short of Coachella’s or Bonnaroo’s. Located along the East River, between Manhattan, Queens and The Bronx, The Governor’s Ball (June 5th-7th) offers breathtaking views of the great state- as well as some sweet sounds. Last year Gov Ball hosted Outkast, Skrillex, Disclosure, The Head and the Heart, The Glitch Mob, Foster the People and Empire of the Sun, just to name a few. Literally all of these names appeared on Coachella’s 2014 line-up as well. You can compare Gov Ball’s 2015 line-up with Chella’s and Bonnaroo’s here too- some repeating names- again nothing new. Flume, Deadmau5 and Atmosphere can be caught in both New York and Tennessee. Drake, Tame Impala, Ratatat, Kaytranada and a few others will all be appearing at Coachella a few weeks before making their way across the country for Gov Ball. One thing that sets The Governor’s Ball apart from the other two festivals is that you find a place to stay each night, as it is NOT a camping festival, perhaps the only let down (at least for me).
All three festivals provide scrumptious food options, awe-inspiring art installations, and dozens of activities to entertain you while you wait for your next set. (See the diagram below to check out what artists can be seen playing all three fests this spring.) While each has their own crowd and festival grounds that differ in many ways, everyone is guaranteed unforgettable fun, tons of new friends, and music to your ears for three days straight. No matter which you attend, there will be a silent disco, so don’t worry.
Written by: Melanie Gordon
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