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2017 Music Festivals



As festival season slowly approaches the time to buy tickets and plan travel details is now. But deciding which festival to go to can be quite difficult as prices and lineups vary. Each cultural event brings their own special twist to today’s music scene, creating unforgettable experiences you wouldn’t want to miss out on.

This year the lineups are bigger and better than ever as major artist like Chance the Rapper and Lorde, headline some of the hottest festivals in the nation. From East Coast to West Coast here are some of the top upcoming music festivals of the year.

Boston Calling

Luckily for Suffolk students some of the biggest names in music will only be a short 20-minutes T-ride from campus. The 2017 Boston Calling Music Festival will take place at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, a change from its original location in City Hall Plaza. But this change will allow for an even bigger festival this year with three stages, instead of two. Some headliners include recent Grammy winner, Chance the Rapper, The XX, Tool, and folk rock band, Mumford and Sons. Lineup continues with many favorites like, Bon Iver, Weezer, The 1975, and Solange.

“I think Boston Calling really shines in having the top musical artists right now as well as a ton of diversity,” Joseph Cascetti, Suffolk University sophomore, explained. “Not just in the message the artists are giving through their music, but also in their different genres. There’s something for everyone in the lineup.”

Tickets are on sale for $269 for general admission and $529 for VIP.


Governor’s Ball  

Just a few hours southwest of Boston, Randall’s Island in New York City is home to the seventh annual Governor’s Ball. This three-day event will take place from June 2nd to 4th incorporating different genres of music as well as multitude of popular New York restaurants and food trucks. Major artists such as Lorde, Flume, Childish Gambino, Wu-Tang Clan, Tool, and Wiz Khalifa, will be headlining the show, bringing in large crowds to one of the summer’s best music festivals.

Ticket prices vary from $105 to $305.



The Panorama music festival will also be held at New York City’s Randall’s Island Park for its second installment this summer. From July 28th to 30th the three-day event is packed with amazing performers such as, Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, A Tribe Called Quest, alt-J, Solange, Justice, Nick Murphy, MGMT and more. The critically-acclaimed festival incorporates more than just music with cool features like The Lab, powered by HP. This massive 360 dome theater brings together music, immersive art and innovative technology like never before created exclusively by New York City based artists.

Prices vary depending on pass types.


Hangout Fest

On the public beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama will host the hottest music festival in the Southeast. Hangout Fest spans from May 19th to 21st featuring artist such as Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, DJ Snake, Lil Yachty and other popular favorites. Not only does the festival incorporate a wide range of artist but also many fun features like, beach volleyball, obstacle course, hammock beach and carnival rides.

Ticket prices vary from $289 for general admission to $1599 for super vip tickets.



Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival will take place in Manchester, Tennessee. Working towards a cleaner environment, the three-day festival aspires to set the standard in sustainability and greening practices for North American concert events. From June 8th to 11th Bonnaroo features a diverse lineup of acts including legendary rockers like U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as popular rappers like Chance and Travis Scott. Other fan favorites like Flume, Lorde, and The Weekend, will also be in attendance. Bonnaroo’s comedy theater is also showcasing some major acts like Hannibal Buress, Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher.

Ticket prices vary from $210 to $554.



The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is the festival of all festivals, attracting people from all over the world to the two-week event. Headliners include major artist such as Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar.

“The Coachella lineup this year is incredible,” said Nikita Malhulkar, Sophomore at Suffolk university. “I think they’re always pushing the envelope and getting headliners and artists to play who haven’t toured in a while, so they build their appeal. They’ve created a brand around themselves, and now there is so much more to it than just the music.”

Coachella takes place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California over the course of two weekends from April 14th to 16th and April 21st to 23rd.



This summer is approaching quickly, so the time to decide on a festival is now. Although, attending these festivals can be expensive and demands a lot of planning; the energy and excitement of the weekend is always worth the effort. So escape from your everyday life this summer for a cultural experience you will never forget.


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