Nothing says summer quite like taking in major musical performances in the great outdoors. Summer musical festivals cloud the calendar throughout June, July and August. All across the world, you can expect to hear the sweet sounds of these festivals. However, there are a few summer music festivals you won’t want to miss. From Oslo to Chicago, here are five music festivals you will want to catch this summer.
Bonnaroo: Located just 60 miles outside of Nashville, Bonnaroo is easily one of the United States’ biggest music festivals. Lording over Manchester, Tennessee, the festival spans four days, this year from June 12th through June 15th. Bonnaroo packs in the star power with musical performances by Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, Lionel Richie, The Flaming Lips and Lauren Hill just to name a few. Boasting of musical collaborations you just don’t see every day, Bonnaroo takes up 700 acres of Tennessee nature with 150 performances across more than 10 stages.
Summerfest: If you want to get the most bang for your buck in terms of music festivals this summer, Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin fits the bill. The 11-day music festival will take place from June 25th through June 29th and from July 1st through July 6th. Bragging of being the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest includes 11 stages, over 800 acts and over 1,000 performances. It draws around 900,000 people each year. Some of the headliners for 2014 include Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Brad Paisley, Dave Matthews Band, Zac Brown Band and Usher. While Summerfest originally debuted in 1968 across various locations in Milwaukee, today it occupies over 70 acres along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Glastonbury: Easily one of the world’s most famous music festivals as it has been since in the 1970s, Glastonbury takes place this year from June 25th through June 29th. While tickets sold out back in October, there are still opportunities to score resale tickets that were cancelled or refunded in April. Many of the biggest names in music have made headlines and history at Glastonbury. Some of the featured acts this year include Arcade Fire, Lilly Allen, Blondie, Lana Del Rey and Dolly Parton. The musical festival occurs in Glastonbury, England.
Lollapalooza: Occupying prime real estate in Chicago, Lollapalooza perches in between Downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan at Grant Park. This year’s musical extravaganza will occur from August 1st through August 3rd. Toted as much more than just a music festival, Lollapalooza also features plenty of local cuisine offerings and shopping opportunities. The 2014 lineup includes Eminem, Kings of Leon, the Avett Brothers, Interpol and Skrillex. There are countless musical performances jammed into the three-day event. While standard tickets to Lollapalooza have sold out for 2014, there are a still a few ways to get tickets through promotional packages.
Øya Festival: Spanning from August 5th through August 9th, Øya Festival brings in around 60,000 music lovers to appreciate its diverse and worldly musical performances. Located in Oslo’s Tøyen Park for the first time, a green space on the eastern side of town, Øya Festival marks the largest music festival in the city. Music lovers can expect to see new musicians and local Scandinavian artists. The 2014 Øya Festival will welcome OutKast, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Neko Case and Ryoksopp and Robyn just to name a few.
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