Top 10 USA Music Festivals; Which One is the Best for You? — Elton Audio Records (2023)

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Written By Louis Elton

Every year, a variety of music festivals throughout the United States feature some of the most popular artists in the industry, alongside lesser known musicians to obtain more exposure for their music. From the trendy fashionistas at Coachella to the cultural community at Burning Man, every festival goer is different, and every music festival caters to a different audience. If you are planning to attend a music festival within the next year, but are having trouble deciding which event to go to, we have the ultimate guide to some of the most popular music festivals in the country.

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COACHELLA

One of the most popular music festivals that is commonly seen throughout social media is Coachella. The event is held in the Colorado Desert in Coachella Valley and runs for two weekends around mid April. Coachella is often recognized for the bold and outrageous fashion choices of its attendees. However, it is also known to feature many well known artists such as K-Pop girl group BLACKPINK, Khalid, Zedd, and Ariana Grande, who put on spectacular performances to help the crowd beat the desert heat. Due to the large variety of artists, Coachella caters to many music genres; the most popular being pop, rock, independent music, hip-hop, and EDM. If you are looking to make bold fashion statements, take many pictures, and jam out to some of the year’s most popular music, Coachella is the festival for you!

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GOVERNOR’S BALL

On the other side of the United States, many East-Coasters gather on Randall’s Island in New York City to attend Governor’s Ball. Governor’s Ball usually runs for one weekend at the end of May or the beginning of June. Similarly to Coachella, Governor’s Ball features some top name artists that perform spectacular sets to keep the audience entertained. In the past, crowds have gathered to see Tyler the Creator, Eminem, Halsey, and many other artists on both the main stage and the smaller stages throughout the event. If you would like to learn more about Governor’s Ball, you can view our 2019 and 2018 recaps on the event, and take a listen to our Governor’s Ball 2019 playlist on Spotify!

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LOLLAPALOOZA

While there’s Governor’s Ball on the East Coast and Coachella on the West Coast, the Midwest has Lollapalooza. This music festival takes place in Chicago, Illinois and usually occurs during the first weekend of August. Approximately 400,000 people gather on Grant’s Island to listen to the high energy performances of some of the big names in music, such as Lauren Daigle, Ariana Grande, and Twenty One Pilots. This festival caters to people of all different music tastes, with a focus on pop, rock, alternative, and indie music. To learn more about Lollapalooza itself, be sure to check out our Lollapalooza 2018 recap article!

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FIREFLY FESTIVAL

Firefly Festival is another popular music festival for East Coasters as it is located in Dover, Delaware. The event occurs annually around the last weekend of June. Unlike the previous festivals, Firefly does not feature as many pop artists as it does rappers, rock bands, and alternative musicians. Firefly 2019, which took place the weekend of June 21st, headlined some of the top rappers and alternative rock bands in the music industry, including Post Malone, Travis Scott, and Panic! At the Disco. To read more about the music festival, we have two articles regarding Firefly Festival and a Spotify playlist for the 2019 event!

BONNAROO

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival takes place annually at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee around mid June. Originally focusing more on folk rock and jam bands, the festival has expanded its horizons to include a variety of genres such as pop, rock, and rap. Bonnaroo 2019 headlined many popular names in music such as Childish Gambino, Post Malone, and The Lumineers as nearly 80,000 festival goers enjoyed the variety of musical performances on the farm in which the event takes place. Bonnaroo Festival is great for those that are located around the South and are willing to experience a variety of musical genres within one weekend.

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SXSW

SXSW (South by Southwest) is another notable music festival that occurs in the United States. Not only is this event a musical festival, but it also showcases film and interactive media through performances, talks and screenings. SXSW takes place in Austin, Texas and runs for about a week in mid-March. SXSW features smaller names artists who are looking to gain exposure from the thousands of festival goers that attend each year. If you are interested in film, interactive media, and learning about new local artists, SXSW may be the festival for you.

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ULTRA

Ultra Music Festival is an annual EDM festival in Miami, Florida. The festival runs for one weekend around mid to late March and is known to hype up a crowd with the upbeat performances. Many popular DJ’s and EDM producers such as Afrojack, David Guetta, and The Chainsmokers have made an appearance at Ultra Music Festival in the past. If you plan on attending Ultra Music Festival, be prepared to dance and jump around to the beat of the music.

ELECTRIC ZOO

Electric Zoo is another popular EDM music festival that is actually taking place at the end of this month! Taking place on Randall’s Island, New York City, the upcoming festival is set to have some of the most popular EDM artists featured on its mainstage such as Zedd, Skrillex, and Diplo, throughout the course of the weekend. The stage and the effects of Electric Zoo prove to be extravagant and contribute to the overall utopian environment that dance fans experience when they attend the event. If you are thinking of going to Electric Zoo this year, we can already tell it will be an unforgettable experience.

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MOONRISE

For those around the Baltimore area, Moonrise festival is a great event to attend if you an EDM or rap fan. The festival takes place at the Pimlico Race Course and runs for two days in mid-August. Some of the most notable artists from this past lineup were Alan Walker, 21 Savage, Desiigner and Cheatcodes. Although the event recently passed for the 2019 summer season, you can never doubt that next year’s lineup will bring an overwhelming amount of energy to hype up the crowd and make for an electrifying experience.

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BURNING MAN

The last festival on our list is Burning Man Festival that takes place in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. This festival is unique because it does not feature a typical lineup of popular artists. Instead, it showcases music, art, and culture that is driven by those that attend the event. The festival considers itself to be more of a community for this reason, and provides a unique experience for those who are looking to learn more about individual cultures and form communal bonds with others. The event runs for approximately nine to ten days from mid-August to September. Don’t miss out on your chance to experience this amazing gathering of cultural in community.

Overall, there are many types of music festivals that cater to all kinds of music lovers. However, as shown from the variety of genres and art forms represented throughout these events, it is evident that music festivals do more for its attendees than just entertain. They introduce new cultures and provide for a diverse social environment.

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FAQs

What is the best music festival in the USA? ›

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What is the biggest music festival in America? ›

Bottom Line: Summerfest

With an attendance of about 800,000, the biggest music festival in the U.S. features a whole host of acts from a variety of genres over three weeks. Summerfest also features classic favorites from Milwaukee restaurants as well as pop-up shops with a variety of vendors.

Where is the best music festival in the world? ›

Glastonbury sets the bar when it comes to worldwide music festivals. It hosts the biggest names in music on its famous Pyramid Stage, but it's the other side of Glastonbury that really sets it apart.

What is the largest music festival in history? ›

The Woodstock Festival was a three-day pop and rock concert that turned out to be the most popular music event in history. It became a symbol of the hippie movement of the 1960s.

What is America's most musical city? ›

Austin, Texas, is America's No. 1 live music city, with an average of five concert venues per capita — plus nine music festivals planned for 2022, which is almost 2x more than the average U.S. city!

Who holds the record for the largest concert crowd ever? ›

Rod Stewart holds the record for the largest concert crowd ever. Rod filled the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil with 3,500,000 people on Dec. 31st, 1994.

What is the biggest concert in America? ›

1 Grateful Dead - 107,019

The concert drew 107,019 fans making it the largest ticketed single concert in American history.

What's the largest concert of all time? ›

Copacabana New Year's Eve Concert 1994/1995

British rock singer Rod Stewart proved that better than anyone else on New Year's Eve 1994/1995. His free New Year's Eve concert attracted a bit more than 3.5 million people that year, making it the biggest concert of all time.

Where is the most famous festival? ›

CARNIVAL (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Arguably the biggest festival in the world (not to mention its wildest party), Brazil's Carnival is widely considered “the greatest show on Earth.” The event attracts nearly 5 million people each year, with a half-million or so being visitors traveling to see the spectacle.

What is the second largest festival? ›

Medaram Jatara is the second-largest fair of India, after the Kumbh Mela, celebrated by the second-largest Tribal Community of Telangana- the Koya tribe for four days. This year it is being celebrated from 16th-19th February, 2022.

What is the biggest stage Coachella? ›

Coachella Stage

Which festival is the most important? ›

Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is the most important national festival of the year in India, celebrating the victory of good over evil and light over darkness.

What are the three major festivals? ›

Diwali, Eid and Christmas are the major festivals celebrated in India.

Which festival is most important festival? ›

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What is the #1 city in America? ›

New York, New York

What is the most musical state in America? ›

It comes as no surprise that Tennessee tops the charts when it comes to music lovers. Nashville is, after all, known as Music City USA. Home to America's longest-running radio show, the famous RCA Studio B, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville was built on the foundation of music.

What is America's favorite city? ›

This year, more than 240,000 readers weighed in on their favorite American cities, and Chicago was ranked first overall for an unprecedented sixth straight year — no other city has been voted the top big city in the U.S. more than three straight times in the 35-year history of this Condé Nast award.

Which singer has most fans in concert? ›

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01Drake4 concerts
02Rihanna0 concerts
03Coldplay42 concerts
04Eminem0 concerts
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Which singer holds the record of singing the maximum? ›

LATA MANGESHKAR WON GUINNESS WORLD RECORD

Lata Mangeshkar started her career in the year 1942 and over the years, she recorded as many as 50,000 songs in 14 languages. During the 1960s, she recorded 30,000 songs and won the Guinness World Record. Following the same, she became the most recorded voice in history.

What is the deepest concert ever? ›

Canadian band performs record-breaking concert below sea level. The Shaft Bottom Boys (Canada) have officially taken the title for the deepest concert underground after playing a concert at 1,893.8 m (6,213 ft 3.05 in) below sea level at Vale's Creighton Mine in the City of Greater Sudbury, Ontario.

Where was America's deadliest concert? ›

On February 20, 2003, the deadliest rock concert in U.S. history took place at a roadhouse called The Station in West Warwick, Rhode Island. That night, in the few minutes it takes to play a hard-rock standard, the fate of many of the unsuspecting nightclub patrons was determined with awful certainty.

What concert was America's deadliest concert? ›

In less than 90 seconds, most of those who hadn't already made their escape would be trapped inside. The Station fire was a perfect storm of human error that became one of the worst nightclub tragedies in U.S. history. It remains America's deadliest rock concert.

Which city has most concert? ›

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1London, United Kingdom5,088
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3Los Angeles, United States3,003
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What was the shortest concert ever? ›

On 13 March 2007, a concert staring The Who (UK) at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa, Florida, ended after just 13 seconds when lead vocalist Roger Daltrey (UK) realised that due to illness he could not sing that night.

Which is the happiest festival in the world? ›

Flow Festival is the happiest place in the world. One of the first ever music events to go carbon emission free, at Flow festival nothing is missing and nothing exceeds - it fits in perfectly and inspires what other festivals dream to be.

Which is the happiest festival? ›

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Which is toughest festival in world? ›

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Which holidays festivals are the most important ones in us? ›

The most popular national holidays in the United States are Christmas and Thanksgiving. While Christmas is celebrated around the world, Thanksgiving is celebrated in a smaller number of countries. Other than in the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated also in Canada, Liberia, Saint Lucia, and Grenada.

What festival is considered as the most vibrant? ›

Holi. Also known as the “festival of colors,” Holi is fast becoming popular across the world. Celebrated in the month of February or March, Holi is a festival of fun, dance, music, and mirth.

Which festival is celebrated 3 times a year? ›

Bihu is a set of three important Assamese festivals in the Indian state of Assam – 'Rongali' or 'Bohag Bihu' observed in April, 'Kongali' or 'Kati Bihu' observed in October, and 'Bhogali' or 'Magh Bihu' observed in January. The Rongali Bihu is the most important of the three, celebrating spring festival.

Which city is known city of festival? ›

Madurai is a city in Tamil Nadu. It is known for a large number of devotees gathering during festivals for worshipping gods and goddesses. Q.

What is the oldest festival in the world? ›

Nevruz, the world's oldest festival which is celebrated by festivities under various names in many communities, is being celebrated in the Turkish World as "the exit of Turks from Ergenekon" and "the beginning of the new year in Turkish calendar with 12 zodiac divisions represented by animals" since 5000 years.

What is the longest and most important festival? ›

The Chinese New Year is said to be the most important and longest holiday celebrated in China. The celebration begins on the first day of the lunar calendar, so it is also called Lunar New Year, and it is considered the beginning of spring, so it is also called Spring Festival.

Which country celebrate most festival in the world? ›

Speaking both regional and national events, India has the most festivals.

Which state has 13 festival in 12 months? ›

The Bengali idiomatic phrase “baaro maash ey tero paarbon” literally translates into “12 months, 13 festivals” – because the traditions of Bengali culture are comprised of a number of big celebrations, all over the year.

Which festival is held every 12 years? ›

Kumbh Mela, also called Kumbha Mela, in Hinduism, religious festival that is celebrated four times over the course of 12 years, the site of the observance rotating between four pilgrimage places on four sacred rivers—at Haridwar on the Ganges River, at Ujjain on the Shipra, at Nashik on the Godavari, and at Prayag ( ...

What is Coachella dress code? ›

Not official in any capacity, the Coachella dress code is made of "bohemian and hippie outfits" that pay tribute to Woodstock. Another important part of the Coachella fashion is accessories. Giant head pieces grace attendees' heads, as well as, flashy piece of jewelry that are border line custome-like.

How much does Coachella cost? ›

How much does Coachella cost? Coachella 2022 tickets start at $474. You'll also need the expenses on housing (around $1,200 for a 3-day stay in the medium hotel), plane ticket to LAX (approx. $230-250), and food (approximately, $150-200).

Who had the biggest crowd in Coachella? ›

The dance music superstar broke a Coachella record. As the only Dance music artist to headline the mainstage at Coachella, Kaskade drew in the two (both weekends) biggest audiences that Coachella has ever seen.

Is Coachella bigger than Lollapalooza? ›

Summerfest's many, many bands keep it in first place

No other large festival comes close in terms of artists: Mawazine at 90 acts, Coachella at 150, Lollapalooza at 170, Donauinselfest at 100.

What are the top 10 festivals of the US? ›

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What is the most popular celebration in America? ›

Thanksgiving and Christmas are the most popular holidays in the United States. According to a survey conducted in the third quarter of 2021, Thanksgiving had a popularity rating of 81 percent, followed by Christmas with 77 percent.

Which is the greatest concert of all time? ›

Woodstock festival 1969: 400,000

The most famous festival of all time, Woodstock was attended by some 400,000 people. Some of history's greatest artists were present (Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Band, The Who, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and many more).

What is the most successful concert of all time? ›

With over 300 dates, the ÷ Tour by Ed Sheeran is the highest-grossing concert tour of all time, unadjusted for inflation.

Which singer has the biggest crowd at a concert? ›

GLAY held the record for 6 years. Italian singer Vasco Rossi surpassed the record with his solo concert on July 1, 2017.
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Single-artist concerts.
Date1 July 2017
ArtistVasco Rossi *
VenueParco Enzo Ferrari
CityModena
TitleModena Park 2017
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Which is bigger Glastonbury or Coachella? ›

So whilst Glastonbury has hosted the big names of rock and politics, is it bigger than Coachella? The simple answer is yes. Glastonbury is the largest greenfield festival in the world.

Is Coachella bigger than Tomorrowland? ›

Tomorrowland is on every dance music lover's bucket list, and with good reason. Since its inception in 2005, the festival has grown to one of the best in the world, rivalling even the largest scale festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury.

What is the most famous celebration? ›

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Who has the best festival in the world? ›

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