By Ronan McGuire
Music festivals are a one-of-a-kind experience. They’ve become extremely popular in recent years, and it’s no secret why. Where else can you see all your favorite artists in one place, while meeting new people and exploring a new landscape? While Coachella and Lollapalooza might be too far away to venture to for just a weekend, there are plenty of vibrant music festivals taking place on the East Coast and within driving distance of Boston. Check out one (or all) of these four festivals this summer while tickets are still on sale:
Boston Calling (May 26-28, Allston, Ma): The 8th semi-annual festival is back. In just a few short years, the festival has become a staple for Boston-based music fans and fans all over the country. The festival has upped its prices this year and moved its location from Downtown Boston to Allston, as it looks to compete with larger summer festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza. The previously announced ‘film experience’ curated by Natalie Portman has been cancelled, but will be replaced by a comedy showcase that features Hannibal Buress and Tig Notaro. This year, headliners include The xx, Bon Iver, Chance the Rapper, and Solange.
Governor’s Ball (June 3-5, New York City): Gov Ball has taken over Randall’s Island in recent years, with its first year in 2011 being the highest attended event in the Island’s history. Last year, the Governor’s Ball music festival made headlines as the Sunday show was cancelled due to rain. Festival coordinators hope to avoid a similar outcome this year, but make sure to bring an umbrella and rain boots just in case. Headliners this year include Phoenix, Lorde, and Beach House. Randall’s Island is easily accessible from Manhattan via subway.
Panorama Music Festival (July 22-24, New York City): The organizers from Coachella hope to make a big splash in bringing a festival to the East Coast. Panorama is taking over Randall’s Island as well this year for its second annual outing. The festival is known for creating a bit of a rivalry with Governor’s Ball, after the Gov Ball creators successfully petitioned NYC mayor Bill De Blasio to change the date of the Panorama Festival last year. This year, Panorama hopes to become more known for its lineup, and with Frank Ocean, Solange, and Tame Impala performing, it has a great chance of doing just that.
Firefly (June 15-18, Dover, Delaware): One of the East Coast’s most famous music festivals features The Weekend, Twenty-One Pilots and Muse this year. What started as a traditional rock festival has evolved into a festival for a much broader audience, showcasing hip-hop and electronic acts. This music festival is an immersive experience, with camping being the easiest way to stay at the festival and see the artists. The least expensive camping package starts at around $189.
Boston Calling: Single Day- $99 Three-Day- $269
Governor’s Ball: Single Day- $105 Three-Day- $305
Panorama: Single Day-$99 Three-Day- $282
Firefly- Single Day- $79 Four-Day- $299