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Music festivals are a great way to experience music, discover new bands, and hang out with friends. Every year, music festivals grow bigger and the acts get better, encouraging more people to see what all the fuss is about. If you’ve never been to a music festival and have been itching to bust out your beloved hippie wear, check out these eight best music festivals in America:
ACL:If you’ve ever been to ACL then you know why Austin, Texas, is nicknamed the "Live Music Capital of the World." This annual three-day event is hot and sticky, but one look at the lineups and you’ll know it’s totally worth it. Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Kanye West, Kings of Leon, and Foo Fighters are just a few of the big acts that have taken stage at ACL. Don’t forget to bring your water and straw hat because October in Texas is a hot mess!
- Lollapalooza may be a funny name, but this is one event that’s serious about music. Since its creation in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Ferrell, the Chicago-based Lollapalooza has been hosting the best names in alternative, punk rock, hip-hop, and heavy metal for 21 straight years. Lollapalooza is considered a leader in the music festival circuit and anyone who’s ever been to this epic event can attest to its awesomeness.
- What better way to listen to amazing music than on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn.? Bonnaroo is a huge outdoor camping festival that draws big crowds and big parties. Some 100,000 attendees come each June to hear the biggest names in rock, indie, and hip-hop. This June, grab a tent and gather your friends because Bonnaroo’s lineup is insanely good.
- New Orleans’ Voodoo Fest is a new Halloween tradition and a successful one at that. This three-day festival hosts some of the biggest names in alternative, hip-hop, and indie rock, including big name performers like Ozzy Osbourne, Weezer, Drake, and Muse. Best of all, when the festival ends you can head on down to Bourbon Street or chow down on some Cajun grub.
- Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival is one of the largest and longest-running festivals in America. For 41 straight years, Bumbershoot has been entertaining the masses with the very best in music, film, visual arts, comedy, dance, and more. Some big names of the past include Etta James, The Eurythmics, Tina Turner, Chuck Berry, Jane’s Addiction, and many more.
- Sasquatch! is the Memorial Day Weekend festival that you’ve got to see to believe. Located on the beautiful Columbia River in George, Wash., the Sasquatch! Music Festival will certainly stimulate all five senses. Best of all, Sasquatch! is big but not overwhelmingly big like other music festivals of its caliber, so you can actually get a seat and re-enter the festival grounds at your leisure.
- Coachella is the motherload of music festivals. This three-day California festival always has an impressive lineup, featuring everything from rock and indie to hip-hop and electronic music. This year, Coachella did the unthinkable and made their already awesome festival bigger and longer. Ten days, five large stages, and a record-high attendance of 80,000-85,000 festival goers. Talk about a party!
- Summerfest, also known as "The Big Gig," is a mega music fest that attracts anywhere from 800,000 to 1 million people each year. Located on a 75-acre park along the lake in Milwaukee, Summerfest is truly a sight to see. In addition to the amazing music that can be seen and heard on 11 stages, attendees can also check out comedy acts, fireworks, shopping, and local eats during the festival.