Festivals for all the East Coasters
Coachella, Shambhala, Electric Forest, Summer Camp, Sasquatch. These are some of the biggest music festivals in the country, and what do they all have in common? None of them are in the Northeast. Growing up outside of Philadelphia, I always felt left out of the festival scene. Phenomenal artists always come through, but there hasn’t ever been a prominent festival in the area.
Recently, however, things have been changing. New festivals are being introduced and older festivals are growing. People in the Northeast can rest assured that they will have a few awesome options this summer. Early ticket sales will be starting soon, so it is time to start planning.
If you’re located a little farther north in New England, you’ll have the pleasure of having Gathering of the Vibes in your backyard. In the past few years, a ton of phenomenal bands have been coming through Bridgeport for this festival. Lotus, STS9, The War on Drugs, Umphrey’s McGee, moe., and so many more have been to GOTV in just the past three years. This festival will easily fulfill your jam band needs.
Head a little south into Delaware and you’ll be at Firefly. This festival started in 2012 and has been growing ever since. Featuring some very popular groups like Foo Fighters, Outkast, The Killers, Modest Mouse, and The Black Keys, I can’t even imagine who will be there in 2015.
Just in the mood for a weekend of pure rock ‘n’ roll? Check out Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Previously featuring The Allman Brothers Band, Trey Anastasio Band, Bob Weir, Lotus, and Dopapod, you can expect a weekend of extremely talented musicians. Plus, your ticket will give you free access to the on-site water park!
If these festivals all seem a little too heady for you, that’s not a problem. Head into Baltimore this summer for Moonrise Festival. Bassnectar, Kaskade, Excision, Carnage, Morgan Page, and Adventure Club all showed up last year. If you’re into EDM, Moonrise is for you.
Things are really looking up for us East coasters who aren’t able to travel. On top of all these awesome festivals, there are a ton of awesome Folk festivals and street festivals in various cities. You’ll find some great local bands there. Stay tuned for festival lineups and tickets to be released in the coming weeks!
Article & Photos: Jona Block