2018 Summer Music Festival Guide
The new year has barely begun, but already the major festivals are starting to announce their lineups. Below, you'll find our guide to the many destination festivals that will be taking place throughout the U.S. in 2018.
Festival season traditionally begins with Coachella, which takes place over two weekends (April 13-15, 20-22) at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. This year's installment will be headlined by the Weeknd, Beyonce and Eminem, with David Byrne, St. Vincent, Fleet Foxes, Chic, Haim, A Perfect Circle and Portugal, the Man also performing high-profile slots.
Once Coachella is done, it seems like there's a festival taking place in or near a major U.S. city almost every weekend (or, in the case of Memorial Day Weekend, multiple festivals). These include Columbus' Rock on the Range, Boston Calling, New York's Governors Ball and Manchester, Tenn.'s Bonnarroo, which rivals Coachella and Chicago's Lollapalooza for prestige.
However, this is also going to be the "final, full cross-country run" for the Vans Warped tour, which has helped break so many alternative and indie bands since its founding in the mid-'90s. In a statement on the tour's website, founder Kevin Lyman broke the news. But the Vans Warped tour isn't going away entirely. He said that he is preparing something special as a way of celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2019.
Read below to see the lineups for festivals that have already been announced, and we'll be updating it as more information becomes available. And be sure to check the festivals' websites for full information on ticketing.