A Ranking of Music Festivals Across the US

Spring and summer's arrival is celebrated through many mediums but the music festival circuit has stood the test of time as a primary source of hedonism. Having inspired several generations of self-proclaimed "festies", it is an undisputed fact that the festival scene has the makings for an ideal celebration. This begs the question though, which one hold the crown as the true iconoclastic blowout?

5. SXSW

The South By Southwest festival, taking place from 3/13-3/15, is the unofficial kick-off to the festival season and the perfect encapsulation of "opening act" prestige.

Combining music, film and interactive conferences, this event offers amenities for an eclectic mix of cultural enthusiasts. Unlike many fellow festivals, the end of your day at SXSW doesn't suggest retiring to a tent in the middle of nowhere. The metropolitan setting may not be ideal for festies looking for the wilderness experience but it may is the perfect festival for a novice.

Bringing acts such as Snoop Dogg and The 1975 to the streets of Austin, Texas, this event provides an ideal sampling of the scene to those who aren't quite ready to dive into the full-blown thing just yet. For more information and tickets, check out their website here.

 

 

 

 

4. Hangout Fest

With the sand and surf of Gulf Shores, AL as the backdrop for a star-studded line-up, Hangout Fest enters its sixth year, growing in magnitude and relevancy with each one. Fans from all over flock to this sun-washed setting for the ultimate summer experience.

The 2015 line-up features heavy hitters such as Sam Smith, Krewella and the unanticipated victor over Beyonce' for "Album of the Year", Beck. With toes in the sand, flowers in your hair and some of the best headliners that the industry has to offer within reach, Hangout Fest is the coastal flowerchild's beachfront fantasy.

Having sold out the past five years in a row, be sure to snag your tickets here well before this event is underway from May 14th to May 17th.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Bonnaroo

Those that have had the distinct privilege to "do the 'Roo" claim that it is something of a religious experience. Psychedelic motifs and intoxicating acts set the unexpected stage in the middle of nowhere, only adding to the extraterrestrial charm of this campground festival. Boasting big names from Billy Joel to Bassnectar, Bonnaroo prides itself on having one of the most coveted tickets in the circulation, often selling out within a matter of days or even hours (try your luck here).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Governor's Ball

For most, music festivals are not a conventionally cosmopolitan experience: sleeping in sweltering heat, exposed to the elements in remote destinations is what might be called an acquired taste. However, the Governor's Ball has reimagined music festival with a metropolitan twist. It's no secret that New York is often acknowledged for its fresh perspective and redefining of the status quo and this highly-anticipated event being no exception.

With perhaps the most attention-grabbing line-up that this season has to offer, from Drake to Lana Del Rey, this is is absolutely a festival not to be missed. Get your tickets here to spend a weekend in the city and enjoy this immersive affair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Coachella

Perhaps the most promising of all music festivals, Coachella frequently delivers iconic appearances and mind-blowing performances. This year, critically acclaimed acts from AC/DC to Azealia Banks come together for this two-weekend festival of arts, music and fashion set in the far reaches of Indio, California in the heart of the Colorado Desert. From A-listers to fellow festies in attendance, this event appeals to all walks of life as the epitome of festival ambiance.

Many have even compared Coachella to a modern-day Woodstock, making it a must-attend event at some point in every festival fan's life. Make the most of this festival season by snagging tickets to this premier party from their website here.