1. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
When: April 24 - May 3, 2015
Where: New Orleans, LA
2015 Headliners: Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, No Doubt
Why it’s a Must See: This festival is so popular, it spans two weekends! Attendees enjoy the culture of New Orleans paired with great music from a wide variety of genres.
Purchase Tickets Here: www.nojazzfest.com
2. Beale Street Music Festival
When: May 1 - 3, 2015
Where: Memphis, TN
2015 Headliners: Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, John Fogerty, The Avett Brothers, Hozier, Paramore
Why it’s a Must See: Memphis is the birthplace for rock-n-roll and blues, so what better place to see an eclectic mix of soul, blue, rock and more? You’ll get to look over the Mississippi River while enjoying the “Mardis Gras of the Mid-South.”
Purchase Tickets Here: www.thebealestreetmusicfestival.com
3. Shaky Knees Music Festival
When: May 8 - 10, 2015
Where: Atlanta, GA
2015 Headliners: Wilco, The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Social Distortion, Pixies
Why it’s a Must See: In only its third year, this festival brings major indie rock talent to Atlanta. The festival also puts on late night shows, where major acts play at more intimate venues around the city Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. You don’t want to miss this one!
Purchase Tickets Here: www.shakykneesfestival.com
4. Hangout Music Fest
When: May 15 - 17, 2015
Where: Gulf Shores, AL
2015 Headliners: Foo Fighters, Sam Smith, Zac Brown Band, Beck, Skrillex, My Morning Jacket
Why it’s a Must See: Every year, Hangout boasts an impressive lineup across a wide variety of genres. Plus, who doesn’t want to listen to music while hanging out on the beach?!
Purchase Tickets Here: www.hangoutmusicfest.com
5. CounterPoint Music Festival
When: May 22 - 24, 2015
Where: Kingston Downs, GA
2015 Headliners: Widespread Panic, Zedd, Galatic, Kygo, The Roots, Cherub
Why it’s a Must See: With three stages, art installations, activities and tons of awesome food and drink vendors, there’s so much to take in and experience at Counterpoint. It’s a must-go for electronic fans.
Purchase Tickets Here: www.counterpointfestival.com
6. Wakarusa Music Festival
When: June 4 - 7, 2015
Where: Ozark, AK
2015 Headliners: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Major Lazer, The Roots, Thievery Corporation, STS9 & Umphrey’s McGee, Young the Giant, Big Gigantic
Why it’s a Must See: Wakarusa offers a four-day getaway on Mulberry Mountain, along with a strong sense of community and friendship. This festival is an experience created by music lovers for music lovers - you won’t be disappointed.
Purchase Tickets Here: www.wakarusa.com
When: June 6, 2015
Where: Birmingham, AL
2015 Headliners: North Mississippi Allstars with Anders Osborne and New Orleans’ Foundation of Funk featuring George Porter, Jr. & Zigaboo Modeliste from The Meters, with special guests Ivan Neville and Tony Hall.
Why it’s a Must See: This intimate festival promotes the importance of “local.” SliceFest brings the community together in a family friendly, one-day event to celebrate through local fare, local brew and both local and nationally celebrated music and entertainment. Plus, Birmingham is a quick trip for festival-goers from Tennessee, Georgia, Mississipi and Florida.
Purchase Tickets Here: www.slicefest.com
8. Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
When: June 11 - 14, 2015
Where: Manchester, TN
2015 Headliners: Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, DeadMau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + The Machine, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket
Why it’s a Must See: Bonnaroo’s motto is “Radiate Positivity,” which attendees take seriously. Festival-goers always leave ‘Roo with new friends and experiences that go far beyond just good music. But don’t worry, the lineup is ridiculous and you’ll hear plenty of great acts, too.
Purchase Tickets Here: www.bonnaroo.com
When: July 17 - 19, 2015
Where: Louisville, KY
2015 Headliners: Sam Smith, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse, Cage the Elephant
Why it’s a Must See: Forecastle has grown from a small, local event to one of the country’s most anticipated summer festivals, drawing many fans to Louisville’s Waterfront Park. In addition to bringing large acts to the festival each year, Forecaste also promotes local artists.
Purchase Tickets Here: www.forecastlefest.com
When: July 18 & 19, 2015
Where: Birmingham, AL
2015 Headliners: Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, Primus, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Cage the Elephant. Second headliner to be revealed soon.
Why it’s a Must See: This will be the first year for the two-day music and arts festival and will feature 30-plus bands on three stages at the Historic Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama.
Purchase Tickets Here: www.slossfest.com
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