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5 Must-Hit Summer Festivals

13724907_1593470897617503_8681173745179244225_oOur favorite holiday season, festival season, is approaching very quickly. Can you feel it? Excitement is bubbling in the pit of live music lovers stomachs all across the country as stacked line ups drop each week and plans are set in motion between respective festie families about where they’ll end up this summer. However, it can pose quite a challenge deciding which fest is the one to hit before snagging tickets. No worries, though, because we’re here to break it down for you!

The Guaranteed Good Time: Camp Bisco


If a festival with a strong sense of community and a massive line up that still manages to keep an underground vibe is what you’re looking for, get ready to make Camp Bisco your home this July. Each year The Disco Biscuits succeed in curating the sweetest of jam bands and the most experimental in electronic music to create a 13708314_1593472094284050_3798574698427368190_oweekend escape sure to satisfy everyone in your festie fam. There is definitely a consistent theme between the artists and crowd at this festival. Bisco is for those who want to get down and let their freak flag fly shamelessly. Whether it’s the water park or camping up on Montage Mountain, something about this festival unleashes everyone’s inner weirdo. It’s truly a magical place and we wouldn’t miss this summer staple for the world.
Tickets are not on sale yet, but you can stay updated with the festival through their website.

The Dream Line Up: Electric Forest

We could explain why this festival is on our “must attend” list. Or you could take a look at the glorious line ups for weekends one and two of Electric Forest yourself. Seriously… it doesn’t get much better than this.

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The Surging Superstar: BangOnNYC!’s Elements Lakewood Music & Art Festival

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For almost a decade BangOn NYC! has been throwing the most unique parties and day festivals around New York City. Their events are known for extravagant, psychedelic art installations, mesmerizing performance artists and of course, fantastic live music. But this year they’ve decided to extend their one day event that usually takes place in Red Hook, Brooklyn, into a weekend camping festival outside of the city. The new venue is about two hours outside of NYC, in lush northeastern Pennsylvania. It will feature sunrise/ sunset DJ sets on a lake, heated pools, cabins, a roller disco and a boat stage that will set sail every hour. Elements Festival has always been a summer favorite and it’s incredibly exciting to see this festival grow! Learn more and get tickets here.

The Hidden Gem: Infrasound

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Not much information regarding this beautifully intimate Wisconsin fest has been released yet, but Infrasound is already making waves for its sixth year running. This festival’s capacity is usually capped around 1,500 attendees, allowing for an especially strong communal vibe. In fact, it’s highly likely you’ll run into the friends you made the night before at the main stage the next morning for a surprise sunrise set. That’s definitely what sets this festival apart. As well as each of the three stages boasting funktion-one speakers. (More bass = more fun. Right?) Stay updated through the Infrasound Facebook.

Like No Festival You’ve Seen Before: Minus Zero Festival 

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Minus Zero Festival is about to take everything you thought you knew about music festivals and turn it upside down. Wave goodbye to warm, open green fields and say hello to a bass filled winter wonderland. Minus Zero is taking place at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort in Vermont on April 7-9 and we’re seriously blown away by this ingenious venue idea! To further add to the excitement surrounding Minus Zero, possibly everyone’s favorite headliner, Bassnectar, was just announced on phase one of the line up last week. Since, tier one tickets have nearly sold out. We can already picture it- delicate flurries of snow falling on the crowd as we’re simultaneously immersed in tantalizing sound waves and heavy bass. Check out their Facebook for more information on this one of a kind festival!

Featured photo provided by Silky Shots.

About Katie Lovaglio

I draw, paint & write about live music.

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