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2018 Festival Season is here!

Spring & Summer 2018 – Let’s get festive!  

Here is a guide to a few of the festivals we think everyone should attend. More to come!

Welcome to Rockville (April 27th-29th)

Location: Jacksonville, FL | Get tickets!

Welcome to Rockville is a top notch festival that happens to be one of the largest festivals in the World’s Loudest Month, located right on the outskirts of downtown Jacksonville Florida, and across from the Jaguars NFL Stadium. WTR has grown over the past few years and has personally been one of my must go to festivals after covering it twice before. The layout of the festival is in a grassy park right on the river and gives you a constant breeze to keep the warm temperatures down. This year they have a jam packed line up with Avenged Sevenfold, Foo Fighters, and The Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne. Haven’t been to Welcome to Rockville yet? Plan your road trip and see why it is one of the top festivals in the country.

Excited to see: Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, FFDP,Stone Sour, Bily Idol, Breaking Benjamin,, Stone Temple Pilots, Halestorm, The Used, Bullet for my Valentine, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Underoath, Killswitch Engage, Clutch, Thrice, Baroness, Hollywood Undead, Parkway Drive, Greta Van Fleet, Sevendust,Pop Evil, Trivium, Avatar, Red Sun Rising, Wolf Alice, The Sword, Butcher Babies, Stick to your Guns, Palisades, He Is Legend, Palaye Royale.

Interesting Note: Welcome To Rockville features a whole host of fan experiences, ranging from Jack Daniels to Monster Energy drink. In addition the fest features Wine Tasting by Maynard James Keenan’s Caduceus Wine Cellars, the Take Me Home pet adoption opportunity along with tons of other one of a kind weekend experiences for fans of all ages!  

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Boston Calling IX (May 25th-27th)

Location: Boston, MA  | Let’s go: Get tickets!

About: Boston Calling is a three day music festival featuring some of the best in music. The event takes place at The Harvard Athletic Complex located in Allston, Ma. Aside from music, the festival offers comedy and world known speakers. If all that entertainment makes you hungry, there is no need to worry! The festival is packed with amazing food vendors throughout the grounds. Boston Calling features three outdoor stages and an indoor arena stage.

Excited to see: The National, Paramore, Portugal The Man, Citizen, Jack White, Tyler the Creator, St. Vincent, Royal Blood, Manchester Orchestra, Belly, The Menzingers, Tauk, The Decemberists, Julien Baker.

Interesting Note: This year Boston Calling has raised the bar even higher – the festival will now be adding 50% more vendors, over the top Platinum VIP lounges and skydecks for an added experience of the festival. Add to that the addition of massive viewing screens and art installations all across the grounds. You get something for everyone at this fest!

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Firefly Festival (June 14th-17th)

Location: The Woodlands – Dover, DE | Let’s go:  Get tickets!

About: This year sees Firefly Festival raising the bar once again, with the return of Eminem fresh off releasing his latest album Revival. The fest takes place in Dover, DE and offers a one of a kind experience that can only be seen here. The line-up includes the merging of hip-hop and indie acts with a sprinkle of everything in between.

Excited to see: Eminem, Odesza, Kendrick Lamar, Logic, Sza, Alt-J, Portugal The Man, Foster The People, MGMT, Vance Joy, Big Gigantic, Jimmy Eat World, Cold War Kids, Royal Blood, Blackbear, Lights, Welshy Arms, Flo.

Interesting Note: The Firefly Experience is unlike any other – the festival features a ton of music, on site breweries offering one of a kind ale’s, a coffee house stage where you can get shade from the summer sun while sipping a cold ice coffee and never miss a beat of music, and if you get tired from all the fun in the sun you can take to a nap station where you can relax and lay back on hammocks in the middle of the woods. The experience really takes off at night with a magical light display through the forest with various paths and activities. This is one insanely cool festival.

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Bunbury Festival (June 1st-3rd)

Location: Cincinnati, OH  | Let’s go: Get tickets!

About: The three day festival taking place in Cincinnati, OH has become bigger than ever! This year, Bunbury is bringing fans two main stages and two side stages. The Fest, brought to you by PromoWest Productions, who purchased the festival in 2014, aims to make it bigger and better than before. Bunbury has hosted world renown acts like Flaming Lips, Fall Out Boy, MGMT, and more. This year is no exception with Jack White, The Chainsmokers, and Blink 182 as festival headliners.

Excited to see: Jack White, The Chainsmokers, Blink 182, Post Malone, Incubus, Foster the People, Young The Giant, Dropkick Murphys, Royal Blood, Third Eye Blind, Coheed and Cambria, Manchester Orchestra, Fitz and the Tantrums, Misterwives, Andrew Mcmahon in the Wilderness, Lany, The Front Bottoms, Bishop Briggs, Sir Sly, Magic Giant, Welshy Arms, Vesperteen.

Interesting Note: Bunbury is all about community and you can see that in their vendors. You can pick yourself up some one of a kind goods ranging from jewelry, clothing, and some amazing food. The craft beer village is a must see at the event, and there is more than enough activities to immerse yourself in between, during and after sets.  

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Ramblin’ Man Fair (June 30th – July 1st)  

Location: Maidstone, Kent, UK  | Let’s go: Get tickets!

About: Ramblin’ Man Fair is the annual UK festival bringing fans the best of rock, blues and country music. Aside from music, this fest houses some of the country’s best food, and even its own beer festival. It’s been the host to amazing acts like Hall of Fame inductee Gregg Allman, Whitesnake, and was the celebrations of The Scorpions 50th Anniversary.

Excited to see: Steel Panther, Myles Kennedy,Halestorm, Blackberry Smoke, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, Gov’T Mule.

Interesting Note: We love this festival, check out our previous coverage!

2017 – Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

2016 – Part OnePart Two  

2015 – Ramblin Man Fair goes on and on

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Northern Invasion (May 12th-13th)

Location: Somerset, WI | Let’s go: Get tickets!

About: Northern Invasion is one of the biggest hard rock/metal festivals on the West coast. Brought to you by the festival king Danny Wimmer Presents, the fest takes place in Somerset, WI and brings two days of the loudest bands around. This year, the festival features stand out performers Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Avenged Sevenfold. Northern Invasion, now entering its third year, has an impressive list of past performers like Soundgarden, Kid Rock, Rob Zombie, Korn, Volbeat, and Slipknot. As always Danny Wimmer continues to raise the bar and sets the tone for the summer festival season!

Excited to see: Avenged Sevenfold, A Perfect Circle, Breaking Benjamin, Asking Alexandria, Tool, The Used, Red Sun Rising, 10 Years, Iprevail, Parkway Drive, Miss May I, Senses Fail, We Came as Romans, Joyous wolf, DED, Andrew WK, Hawthorne Heights.

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Music Midtown (Not announced yet)

Location: Piedmont Park – Atlanta, Georgia  | Tickets: Not available yet.

About: Music Midtown is like no other festival you’ve ever been to. Sure, it’s in a park, and sure, you can see the Atlanta skyline from just about any stage, but I swear there’s nothing like a festival in a town that’s always buzzing. I might have been sleep deprived, but there’s something about Piedmont Park that makes each set more special than the last. The grassy hills and soaring trees make for a perfect scene while yours favs own the stages around you. Despite a brief hiatus (one that ended on 2011, phew), Music Midtown keeps growing year after year, becoming a milestone in the careers of many up-and-coming artists, as well as established giants.


Interesting Note: Anticipation is absolutely killing us.

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Stay tuned for more! What festivals do you think we should add to the next installment?

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