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A Guide To Summer's Hottest Festivals From Lollapalooza to Governors Ball & More

Solange Knowles performs during Day 2 of FYF Fest 2015 at LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park on Aug. 23, 2015 in Los Angeles.
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Solange Knowles performs during Day 2 of FYF Fest 2015 at LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park on Aug. 23, 2015 in Los Angeles. 

As more and more festivals saturate summer, it's hard to keep up with where to go and who to see once you get there. But help is here, with Billboard's guide that breaks down the season's hottest festivals.

When We Were Young
Santa Ana, Calif.

This emo-meets-rock fest will debut with Morrissey, Descendents and Taking Back Sunday.

APRIL 14-16; 21-23
Indio, Calif.

Lady Gaga will fill in for a pregnant Beyoncé. Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar will also headline.

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Shania Twain performs during the Rock This Country tour at Bridgestone Arena on July 31, 2015 in Nashville, Tenn. 

APRIL 28-30
Indio, Calif.

Dierks BentleyShania Twain and Kenny Chesney top this country music Coachella spinoff.

New Orleans Jazz Fest
New Orleans

Acts will include Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Meghan Trainor and Pitbull.

Rolling Loud
MAY 5-7

Future, Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar will reign at the third edition of this hip-hop fest.

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Romy Madley Croft of The xx performs at the O2 Academy Brixton on March 8, 2017 in London. 

Shaky Knees
MAY 12-14

Electronic rockers LCD Soundsystem, The xx and Phoenix are the big draws at this festival.

MAY 19-21
Gulf Shores, Ala.

Held on a beach, this event features Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots and Major Lazer.

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Diplo of Major Lazer crowd surfs/performs during the 2016 Life is Beautiful festival on Sept. 25, 2016 in Las Vegas.

Boston Calling
MAY 26-28

Tool, Major Lazer, Solange and a Natalie Portman-curated film experience top the bill.

May 26-28
George, Wash.

Frank Ocean, MGMT and The Shins will headline at the Gorge Amphitheater.

Governors Ball
JUNE 2-4
New York

Chance the Rapper, Lorde, Tool and Cage the Elephant will bring the noise to Randall’s Island.

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Flume performs during the 2016 SnowGlobe Music Festival on Dec. 29, 2016 in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.  

JUNE 8-11
Manchester, Tenn.

U2 is set to rock the 'Roo for the first time, while Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Weeknd will also headline.

JUNE 15-18
Dover, Del.

Bob DylanO.A.R.Flume and 30 Seconds to Mars anchor an eclectic slate.

Electric Daisy Carnival
JUNE 16-18
Las Vegas

The lineup has yet to be revealed for this dance-music gathering, one of the world’s largest.

Arroyo Seco Weekend
JUNE 24-25
Pasadena, Calif.

Tom Petty, Alabama Shakes and Los Angeles’ top chefs will aim to sate the dad-rock crowd.

JUNE 28-JULY 2, 4-9

Petty (again), Chris Stapleton, Pink and Luke Bryan are among the scheduled headliners.

ID10T Music Festival & Comic Conival
JUNE 24-25
Mountain View, Calif.

Chris Hardwick will host this music, comedy and comics mashup.

Pitchfork Music Festival
JULY 14-16


Solange is among the headliners. Her Saint Heron arts collective will curate an events series.

Forecastle Festival
JULY 14-16

Louisville, Kent.

Following his Grammys breakout, Sturgill Simpson will join LCD Soundsystem, Weezer and more.

Classic West
JULY 15-16

Los Angeles 

Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles headline the first dates of a bicoastal classic rock fest.

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Björk performs onstage during 2015 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 6, 2015 in New York City.

FYF Fest
JULY 21-23

Los Angeles 

Missy Elliott and Björk are slated to headline the first night of the festival with back-to-back sets. 

Newport Folk Festival
JULY 28-30

Newport, R.I.

Lineup includes Fleet Foxes, Angel Olsen and a tribute to the late Chuck Berry.

JULY 28-30

New York

For its second year, the fest has booked Frank Ocean, Tame Impala and Nine Inch Nails.

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Stevie Nicks performs in concert at The Frank Erwin Center on March 12, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  

Classic East
JULY 29-30

New York

Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers head to Citi Field.

AUG. 3-6


In its 26th year, Lolla will feature Chance the RapperRun the Jewels and Lorde.

Outside Lands
AUG. 11-13

San Francisco 

Metallica and Gorillaz lead the lineup for this music, culinary and tech-world networking fest. 

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2016 Billboard Hot 100 Festival - Day 1 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 20, 2016 in Wantagh, N.Y.

Billboard Hot 100
AUG. 19-20

Wantagh, N.Y.

Ariana Grande and Calvin Harris headlined Billboard ’s waterfront fest in 2016.

AUG. 24-27

Arrington, Va.

Expect hours of jamming courtesy of Phil Lesh, Widespread Panic, The String Cheese Incident and many more.

Life Is Beautiful
SEPT. 22-24

Las Vegas

This music, food, art and education festival has yet to announce its lineup.


This article originally appeared in the April 15 issue of Billboard.