Top 10 Music Festivals of the Year


Began: 1999

Attendance: 198,000 (2016)

When:  weekend of April 14-16 and April 21-23

Where: Empire Polo Club in Indio, California

Headliners: Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead

South by Southwest Music Festival

Genres: All genres

Began: 1987

Attendance: 28,119

When: March 10 -18

Where: Austin, Texas

Headliners: Avett Brothers, Garth Brooks, Weezer Wu-Tang Clan

Governors Ball

Genres: Rock, Hip-hop, Independent

Began: 2011

Attendance: 150,000

When: June 2 – 4

Where: Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY

Headliners: Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, Phoenix, Tool


Genres: Alternative and Punk Rock, Pop, Heavy Metal, Hip-hop, EDM

Began: 1991

Attendance: 160,000

When: August 3 – 6

Where: Grant Park, Chicago, IL

Headliners: Arcade Fire, Blink-182, Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Lorde, Muse

Ultra Music Festival

Genres: EDM, Pop, Hip-hop

Began: 1999

Attendance: 165,000

When: March 24 – 26

Where: Miami, FL

Headliners: Chase and Status, Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, Major Lazer, David Guetta, Zedd

Bonnaroo Music Festival

Genres: All including Pop, Rock, EDM, R&B, Country

Began: 2002

Attendance: 80,000

When: June 8 – 11

Where: Grant Stage Park, Manchester, TN

Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott, Major Lazer, Cage the Elephant

Electric Forest

Genres: EDM, Electronic, Jam Band

Began: 2011

Attendance: 45,000

When: June 22 – July 2

Where: Double JJ Resort, Grant Township, MI

Headliners: The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Flume, DJ Snake, Above and Beyond

Made in America

Genres: Hip-hop, EDM, Pop, R&B, Rock

Began: 2012

Attendance: 140,000

When: September 2 – 3

Where: Philadelphia, PA

Headliners: Jay-Z, J. Cole, The Chainsmokers

Electric Zoo

Genres: EDM

Began: 2009

Attendance: 85,000

When: September 1 – 3

Where: Randalls and Wards Islands, New York, NY

Headliners: DJ Snake, Above and Beyond, deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Galantis, Zedd, Armin Van Buuren

Electric Daisy Carnival

Genres: EDM

Began: 2008

Attendance: 400,000

When: June 16 – 18

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Headliners: Marshmellow, Martin Garrix, Zedd

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