Top 5 Music Festivals to Attend in 2015

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Every year more and more fantastic music festivals pop up on the concert calendar. Each festival has its own unique traditions and quirks that draws the interest of fans from around the world. Of the dozens of festivals, here are my 5 must attend music festivals of 2015.

ACL – Austin, TX

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2015 Headliners: Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes (Weekend One), Florence + the Machine (Weekend Two)
Dates: Weekend One – October 2-4
Weekend Two – October 9-11
Lodging: Off-Site
Full 2015 ACL Lineup

No music festival list is complete without ACL. Located in the “Live Music Capital of the World,” ACL is the biggest two weekends of music in Austin every year. The festival takes place at the beautiful Zilker Park and includes views overlooking the growing Austin skyline. The festival always has a killer lineup and a great atmosphere. While everyone flocks to ACL for the music, the food is pretty outstanding as well, with many of Austin’s top restaurants filling up the food court with unbelievable food. Where else in the world can you grab some world famous Texas barbecue, sit out and listen to your favorite bands?

EDC Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV

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2015 Headliners: Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Avicii
Dates: June 19-21
Lodging: Off-Site
Full 2015 EDC Las Vegas Lineup

Every Electric Daisy Carnival event is special, but there is just something about EDC Las Vegas that sets it apart. The “Electric Sky,” as it is known in Las Vegas is full of energy that is simply unmatched by other music festivals. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is transformed from a racetrack into an electric cathedral for EDM and filled with the most fanatical EDM fans in the world. There are costumes, light shows, dancing, and an overall visual experience that is impossible to describe.

Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN

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2015 Headliners: Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar
Dates: June 11-14
Lodging: Camping
Full 2015 Bonnaroo Lineup

Bonnaroo is one of the most established music festivals in North America and it may just be the quintessential music festival experience. Located on a sprawling 700 acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, Bonnaroo is a world all of its own. Two things about Bonnaroo set it apart from other music festivals. One is the music. Bonnaroo is solely focused on its music, so much so, that the main stage at Bonnaroo is set up year round. The second is the community. Just about everyone visiting Bonnaroo camps out on the farm and help build one of the most welcoming and free spirited environments at any music festival in the country.

Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL

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2015 Headliners: Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + the Machine
Dates: July 31-August 2
Lodging: Offsite
Full 2015 Lollapalooza Lineup

Once a touring music festival, Lollapalooza found a permanent home in Chicago and has evolved into one of the best destination music festivals in the world. The festival takes place at Grant Park in the heart of Chicago and includes views of Chicago’s beautiful skyline. The festival brings in over 50,000 music fans to the park every year, largely due to the fantastic list of bands the festival is able to schedule each and every year. The lineup release for Lollapalooza has become an event in and of itself and is one of the most anticipated days of the year. Attending Lollapalooza at least once is a must for music fans across the country.

Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX

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2015 Headliners: Jane’s Addiction, D’Angelo, Wu-Tang Clan
Dates: Nov 6-8
Lodging: Offsite
Full 2015 Fun Fun Fun Fest Lineup

Fun Fun Fun Fest has found a way to create a completely unique music festival environment on the crowded music festival landscape. FFF Fest is a genre based festival that has stages devoted to a specific genre of music. The genres represented at F3F are Hip Hop/EDM, Punk/Metal, Indie, and Comedy. Fans can simply pick a stage based on their music preference and camp out there all day. Fun Fun Fun Fest is also known for its eclectic atmosphere that includes a skate ramp, make out corners, and loads of whole hearted fun. FFF Fest is a more laid back music festival, that has all the great music, with less of the stress.

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