2017 Spring Festival Guide

My favorite part about the new year is that it’s like an instant refresh on all of the festivals. I wish it was my job to attend them all, but even though I can’t, I still love looking at all of the different lineups and seeing what artists are playing everywhere.

Next weekend kicks off my first festival for the year at Air + Style, but so far that’s all I’ve got planned. I spend so much time looking at lineups that I thought I’d make it easier on some of my friends and put together a comprehensive, chronological list of all the lineups I’m stoked on this Spring. I’ve got all the prices and locations listed for you, plus some of the acts I would want to see at each one. This only covers from now until April, so I will definitely be posting a summer lineup guide once more of them are out.

Aside from Air + Style, I’ve got Okeechobee, Buku, CRSSD, Pot of Gold, Coachella (Weekend 2), and Euphoria on my 2017 bucket list…if anyone wants to help ya girl out and buy me some tickets, I’m not opposed to handouts.

Noise Pop (February 17-27) San Francisco, CA

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This is a festival for independent artists, so features tons of up and comers. Part of it is also a film festival.

Tickets: $175

Artists I Recommend:

  • Vince Staples*, Ty Segall, Animal Collective, MSTRKRFT*, BADBADNOTGOOD*, Dawes, Tennis, Hudson Mohawke, Kelis*, Rogue Wave

Air + Style (February 18-19) Los Angeles, CA

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Not only is this a music festival, it’s a snowboarding exhibition. I’m beyond stoked to check this one out.

Tickets: $139

Artists I Recommend

  • Major Lazer, Flume, ZHU*, Chromeo, Atmosphere*, YG, TV on the Radio, Vince Staples**, Russ, Louis the Child, Vic Mensa, St. Luci, Marian Hill*, The Shelters

Santa Cruz Music Festival (February 18-19) Santa Cruz, CA

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Tickets: $70 (2 days)

Artists I Recommend:

  • Louis the Child, Troyboi, G Jones, The Grouch, Jinco, Partywave

Okeechobee (Mar 2-5) Okeechobee County, FL

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Tickets: $269 (for 4 days?! steal)

Artists I Recommend

  • Kings of Leon, Usher & The Roots*, Bassnectar*, The Lumineers, Flume, Wiz Khalifa*, Pretty Lights*, Solange, Rae Sremmurd*, Young the Giant, Porter Robinson, Anderson.Paak*, GRiZ*, Cold War Kids, Blood Orange, Mike Posner, D.R.A.M, Mac Demarco, Waka Flocka Flame*, Sleigh Bells, Gallant, Snakehips, Louis the Child, The Knocks*, Russ, Joey Purp, BADBADNOTGOOD*, FKJ***, Bipolar Sunshine, Kaiydo*

McDowell Mountain Music Festival (March 3-5) Phoenix, AZ

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Tickets: $105 with fees…UNREAL PRICE

Artists I Recommend:

  • Flume*, The Shins*, Chromeo*, Grouplove, Lettuce*, DJ Mustard, Bob Moses

CRSSD (March 4-5) San Diego, CA

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Tickets: $165 through StubHub

Artists I recommend:

  • Flume, Duke Dumont, Blood Orange, Bob Moses, AlunaGeorge*, Snakehips, Giraffage, Billie Eilish*, Kasbo, Rad Cat, Justin Martin, Lane 8, Darius, Jerry Folk*, Louis Futon*, Wax Motif, Wingtip*, Damian Lazarus

Reggae Rise Up (March 4-5) St. Petersburg, FL

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Tickets: $80

Artists I Recommend:

  • Slightly Stoopid*, Dirty Heads, Iration*, Zion I & The Grouch, The Expanders

Buku (March 10-11) New Orleans, LA

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Last year was my first time at Buku, and since then I’ve let everyone who cares know how much I love it. Definitely one of my favorites.

Tickets: $190

Artists I Recommend:

  • Deadmau5, Travis Scott, Grizmatik, Run the Jewels, Tycho, Young Thug, Alina Baraz, Lido, Zeds Dead, ZHU, Jauz, Cashmere Cat, Lil Yachty, Troyboi, Malaa, Slushii, $uicideboy$, San Holo, Minnesota B2B Space Jesus*, 21 Savage, Sleigh Bells, Vince Staples*, Washed Out, The Floozies, Aminé*, Big Wild*, Kaiydo*, Ambré, Clams Casino, Shiba San B2B Justin Jay, Lane 8, Nora en Pure, Whethan*, Oshi*
  • VIP Artists
    • Ekali*, Josh Pan, Andrew Luce, Chet Porter, Stélouse, Nebbra* (haven’t seen him on a lineup ever)

Pot of Gold (March 17-18) Chandler, AZ

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Tickets: $130

Artists I Recommend:

  • G-Eazy, Sublime*, Rae Sremmurd, Action Bronson*, Matisyahu*, Desiigner, Madeintyo*, Flogging Molly, Death Cab For Cutie*, Fitz & The Tantrums

Beyond Wonderland (March 24-25) San Bernadino, CA

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Tickets: $179

Artists I Recommend:

  • Alison Wonderland*, Bleep Bloop*, Cheat Codes, Ekali*, Gentlemen’s Club, GTA, Hardwell, Illenium*, JSTJR, Martin Solveig, Shiba San, Two Fresh***, AC Slater, Borgeous, Bro Safari, Diplo*, Herobust, Markus Schulz, NGHTMRE, Ookay*, Party Favor*, Tommy Trash, Yellow Claw

Ultra (March 24-26) Miami, FL

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So far, Ultra has only released their first phase of the lineup. TBH, this lineup is almost a little too House-y for me, but I have a lot of friends who love going.

Tickets: $470 on StubHub

Artists I Recommend So Far:

  • Ice Cube*, Justice*, Major Lazer*, Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Alesso, Axwell Ingrosso, David Guetta, Hardwell, Martin Garixx, DJ Snake, Steve Aoiki, Tiesto

P’al Norte (March 31-April 1) Monterrey, Mexico

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Tickets: $128.24 on Viagogo, likely to sell out soon

Artists I Recommend:

  • The Killers, M.I.A*, The Offspring, Nicolas Jaar, Lost Kings, Elephante, Kaskade, Jason Derulo, Matt & Kim, Mike Posner, Drake Bell (lol would have to see), Party Favor, Dr. Fresch

Houston Whatever Fest (April 1-2) Houston, TX

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Tickets: $55 (the lowest price I’ve ever seen omg) // $175 VIP

Artists I Recommend:

  • Cold War Kids, Awolnation*, Ghostface Killah*

Euphoria (April 6-9) Austin, TX

 

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Tickets: $269 GA + Camping // $169 GA

Artists I Recommend:

  • Alesso, Chromeo, Pretty Lights*** (Live show wuuuuuut!!), Wiz Khalifa*, Young Thug, Zeds Dead, The Floozies, Knife Party, Moby, Oliver Heldens, Post Malone, BADBADNOTGOOD*, Bob Moses, FKJ*** (dying, he’s incredible), The Knocks*, Lost Kings, Mija, Russ, Chet Porter, CID, Dr. Fresch, Ill-esha, Melvv*, Minnesota, Petit Biscuit, Poolside, Petit Biscuit*, Prince Fox, Unlike Pluto, Medasin, Whereisalex

Snowbombing (April 6-10) British Colombia, Canada

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Tickets: $249

Artists I Recommend:

  • Kaskade, Ludacris, Bob Moses, Duke Dumont, Getter, Netsky, Oliver Heldens, Snakehips, Thomas Jack, AC Slater, CID, Giraffage, Hudson Mohawke, Mija, Peking Duk, SNBRN, Soul Clap

Maverick Music Festival (April 7-8) San Antonia, TX

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Tickets: $99

Artists I Recommend:

  • Bastille, Young the Giant, The Naked and Famous, De La Soul, Minus the Bear

Phoenix Lights (April 8-9) Phoenix, AZ

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Tickets: $159

Artists I Recommend:

  • Above & Beyond, Alesso, Tiësto, 21 Savage*, GRiZ*, STS9, Vince Staples*, Zeds Dead, ZHU, Bro Safari, Cashmere Cat*, Illenium*, Justin Martin, Keys n Krates, Lane 8, Oliver Heldens, Tchami, Thomas Jack, Crizzly, Dr. Fresch vs. Bijou, Ekali*, Felix da Housecat, Hucci*, The Knocks*, LOUDPVCK, Manila Killa*, TOKiMONSTA, Unlike Pluto, Viceroy, Vindata*, Wingtip*

Coachella (April 14-16, April 21-23),Coachella, CA

Coming from the West Coast, this monster wears the flower crown. The crowd is a bit much, but the lineup is always incredible. I personally prefer Weekend 2.

Tickets: $550 Weekend 1 on StubHub // $480 Weekend 2 on StubHub

Artists I Recommend

  • Friday
    • Banks, Big Gigantic*, Bonobo, Broods, Capital Cities, Crystal Castles, Denzel Curry, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun, Father John Misty (only because it was the weirdest, most entertaining thing I’ve ever witnessed), Glass Animals, Jagwar Ma, Little Dragon, Mac Demarco, Mac Miller, Nora en Pure, Oh Wonder*, Phantogram, Radiohead, Sam Gellaitry*, Sampha, SNBRN, Tennis, the XX, Travis Scott* (he puts on a wild show)
  • Saturday
    • Autograf, Bastille, Beyonce*, Bon Iver, Breakbot, Brodinski, Future, Gucci Mane, Kaleo*, Local Natives, Majid Jordan, Martin Garixx, Moderat, Mura Masa**** (NEVER PLAYS IN THE U.S., LIKE EVER), ScHoolboy Q, The Head and Heart, Two Door Cinema Club, Torey Lanez, Tycho, Warpaint
  • Sunday
    • Anna Lunoe, DJ Khaled (because why not), Galantis, Goldlink**, Grouplove, Honne, Jack Garratt, Jai Wolf, Justice, Kaytranada*, Kehlani*, Kendrick Lamar, Kiiara, Lil Uzi Vert*, Lorde, Marshemello, Porter Robinson & Madeon, Tourist, Tove Lo, What So Not
  • Also highly recommend the DoLab if you don’t know where to go between shows or need to cool down with misters. Not sure who’s playing there yet but usually really fun DJs.

The Number Fest (April 21-22) Athens, OH

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Tickets: $65 (steal)

Artists I Recommend:

  • Young Thug, Jauz, Migos, Louis the Child, 21 Savage*, Lil Yachty*, Cheat Codes, Blackbear*, Party Thieves, Quinn XCII, Unlike Pluto, Yacht Club, Waka Flocka, Herobust

Something Wonderful (April 22-23) Dallas, TX

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Tickets: ON SALE $124.95 — Sale Ends Feb. 18

Artists I Recommend:

  • Saturday
    • Porter Robinson, Tchami, 3LAU, Slushii, Ookay*, Whethan*, Flux Pavillion*, Zomboy, Hippie Sabotage (I like their songs but they were honestly pretty weird performers), Styles & Complete*, Nora en Pure, Win and Woo
  • Sunday
    • DJ Snake, Jauz*, Cash Cash, San Holo*, Borgore, Bear Grillz, Claude Vonstroke, Justin Martin, Malaa*, Giraffage*

New Orleans Jazz Festival (April 28-May 7) New Orleans, LA

I definitely don’t know a lot of artists on the lineup for this festival, but I’ve heard this is something you have to go to for the experience.

Tickets$160 for both weekends ($80 per weekend, different lineups each weekend)

Artists I Recommend:

  • Friday, April 28
    • Harry Connick, Jr., NAS, Leon Bridges
  • Saturday, April 29
    • Maroon 5*, Usher & The Roots*, Alabama Shakes
  • Sunday, April 30
    • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Lorde*, Pitbull
  • Thursday, May 4
    • Darius Rucker, Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Friday, May 5
    • Dave Matthews; Earth, Wind & Fire*
  • Sunday, May 7
    • Stevie Wonder*, Snoop Dogg*, Meghan Trainor

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