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10 Music Festivals That Are Better Than Coachella

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Did you consider going to Coachella this year? Did the tickets sell out before or after you decided it wouldn’t be worth it for a holographic version of Whitney Houston?

Chances are you and your friends are looking for the next best and cheapest festival to take your music-loving ears and booze-loving belly to.

Here are the top ten music festivals that offer more love and harmony than Coachella…and which manage to leave a little extra in your wallet to update your spring wardrobe, too.

10. McDowell Mountain Music Festival

  • When: March 22-24, 2013
  • Where: Margaret T. Hance Park, Phoenix, Arizona
  • How Much: 1 Day Pass = $40-55. 3 Day Pass = $120
  • Who: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Dr. Dog, The Shins, Deer Tick
  • Why:  If you like the smaller festivals with a more intimate setting, this one is for you. With both local and national acts, MMMF offers performances for the niche indie music lovers. With the intent of benefiting the local community in Phoenix, all proceeds from this festival go to Ear Candy a Phoenix based musical education program as well as the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

9. Orion Music and More

  • When: June 8-9, 2013
  • Where: Belle Isle, Detroit, Michigan
  • How Much: 2 Day Pass = $150. VIP = $750
  • Who: Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones, Drop Kick Murphys
  • Why:  Missing the days of Ozzfest? Me too. This is the perfect festival to reminisce at. Along with music, this festival offers Car Shows, Skate Ramps, a Metallica Museum, and a Haunted Walk-Through. With plenty of places to stay in Detroit, the festival offers a free shuttle downtown since there will be no parking at the venue. Drink all you want- free rides!

8. Boston Calling Music Festival

  • When: May 25-26, 2013
  • Where: City Hall Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts
  • How Much: 1 Day Pass = $75, Weekend Pass = $120, VIP = $325
  • Who: Fun., Marina & The Diamonds, The Shins, The National, Young the Giant, Of Monsters and Men
  • Why: This brand new music festival hits the ground running in the nostalgic city of Boston. Conveniently located with plenty of easy transport, Boston Calling is a guaranteed success. The headliners have signed on with ease and confidence and wouldn’t we all like to say in fifty years that we were there for the first Boston Calling?

7. Wakarusa

  • May 30- June 2, 2013
  • Where: Mulberry Mountain, Ozark, Arkansas
  • How Much: 4 Day Pass = $169, 3 Day Pass = $149, 2 Day Pass = $119
  • Who: Of Monsters and Men, Icona Pop, The Black Crows, Snoop Lion, Grouplove
  • Why: Waterslides, ferris wheels, hiking and canoeing? All that and a great location for a camping festival… and the most bang for your buck. This festival is a cross between Coachella, Burning Man and Electric Daisy Carnival. Hippie love guaranteed.

6. Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

  • When: August 9-11, 2013
  • Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
  • How Much: 2012’s Price = $95/ day
  • Who: 2012 Lineup included; Stevie Wonder, Beck, Foo Fighters, Norah Jones, Fitz and the Tantrums, Bloc Party, Fun.
  • Why: Set in the heart of San Francisco and one of the most beautiful parks in the county, this festival has been a growing favorite over the last few years (having originated in 2008). There are Wine Lands, Beer Lands, and even workshops offered at Outside Lands. This is a great festival for those who aren’t campers and like to venture away for a few hours from the chaos.

5. Bumbershoot

  •  August 31- September 2, 2013
  • Where: The Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington
  • How Much: 3 Day Pass = $99, VIP = $300
  • Who: 2012’s Lineup; Jane’s Addiction, Tony Bennet, Skrillex, M83, Awolnation, Gotye
  • Why: The Seattle Center, built in 1962 to accommodate the World’s Fair, now houses this annual festival. Indoor and outdoor stages provide one of the largest and most varied festivals to date with Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Family Friendly Entertainment and Film Screenings. From jazz to global to hip hop to comedy there is literally something for almost every walk of life.

4. Austin City Limits

  • When: October 4-6, 2013 and October 11- 13, 2013
  • Where: Zilker Park, Austin, Texas
  • How Much: 3 Day Pass = $225
  • Who: 2012’s Lineup; Florence and the Machine, Gotye, Weezer, Jack White, Delta Spirit, Band of Skulls
  • Why: Last years festival had seven stages, as well as an Art Market, Zilker Beach (with water front activities), a Drafthouse and a tent for screening football games. (to keep up with your fantasy football league, of course)

3. Firefly Music Festival

  • When: June 21-23, 2013
  • Where: The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware
  • How Much: 3 Day Pass = $258, VIP = $798
  • Who: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, Grizzly Bear, Vampire Weekend
  • Why: Their treasure hunt-inspired festival map marks the location of not only a Brewery and Vineyard but also an Hammock Hangout, Arcade, and Hot Air Balloon Rides. Firefly may be one of the only festivals to also offer the gimmick of “Glamping” (aka upscale camping).

2. Hangout Music Festival

  • When: May 17-19, 2013
  • Where: Gulf Shores, Alabama
  • How Much: 3 Day Pass= $229, VIP= $899
  • Who: Kings of Leon, Passion Pit, Dirty Projectors, The Shins, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Why: A BEACH FESTIVAL, need I say more? There are five stages along the waterfront with plenty of fun in the sun activities. A great festival if you are looking for less of a hippie fest and more of a spring break feel.

1. Bottle Rock

  • When: May 9-12, 2013
  • Where: Napa Valley, CA
  • How Much: 4 Day Pass = $399, VIP = $599
  • Who: The Black Keys, Jane’s Addiction, Grouplove, Cake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, The Flaming Lips
  • Why: Local wineries, incredible food and a beautiful landscape. Comedy is also featured at this freshman event, which makes its debut in wine country this May. Sure to be the hottest and most sophisticated new festival on the bill.

By: Lori Gottlieb


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