Concerts are year round, but festival season has just arrived. Festivals offer fans a chance to see some of their favorite singers and DJ rip through their biggest hits in warm weather before running to another stage to sing along to their favorite rapper’s trap hits. The food trucks are always overflowing with new cuisine, the drinks are pricey but plentiful, and whatever contraband you’re able to sneak onto the grounds can make the experience that much better.
With festival season already up and running, CASSIUS rounded up the ones you need to check out this year.
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If you missed out on Governors Ball, no worries because NYC’s Panorama is right around the corner. From July 27 to 29, some of music’s biggest names will be touching down in Randall’s Island to spread vibes. No matter what your go-to genres are, there’s guaranteed to be something for you at Panorama. With a three-day pass coming in at $250, you’ll get to peep everyone from The Weeknd and Migos to The Killers and The XX.
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Lolla has been putting on for Chi-town for 26 years, and this year is no different. The four-day festival begins on August 2 and goes through August 5. One of your favorites has to be there as The Weeknd is making major moves on the festival circuit this year, but fellow pop gawd Bruno Mars will be headlining on Friday, along with Arctic Monkeys kicking things off on the first day in support of their latest LP Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.
Made In America
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It was founded by Hov, so you know he’s going to put on every year. Kicking off September the right way, headliners include Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, and Philly’s own Meek Mill, who’s been on a tear since getting released from prison. For those not looking for the hard-hitting bars, the sultry mood will be set by Miguel, Sabrina Claudio, and Jessie Reyez. Would it be asking too much for a surprise performance from Jay-Z and Beyoncé? We’ll just have to wait and see.
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There’s no festival like Afropunk when it comes to effortlessly blending the worlds of music, film, skate, and art. But hey, that’s what happens when you have festivals in Atlanta, Paris, London, and South Africa. This time around, the scheduled August 25 and 26 dates are headlined by Erykah Badu, The Internet, Janelle Monae, and everyone’s favorite hip-hop outcast, Tyler, The Creator. Afropunk BK also boasts newcomers like Daniel Caesar and Jaden Smith. And if you miss out on the Brooklyn stop, the Atlanta one is still up for grabs come October 13 and 14.
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Last year’s Meadows festival was special, with Nicki Minaj popping up as a surprise guest in her home borough of Queens, Nas putting on for his hometown, and Jay-Z tearing down the stage with hits from 4:44 and the rest of his catalog. While the lineup for 2018 hasn’t been announced yet, it’s produced by the same people who organize Governors Ball, so ticket buyers are sure to be in good hands come mid-September.
Tyler the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw
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Tyler the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw
Tyler, The Creator isn’t just performing at festivals around the country, he’s also throwing his seventh annual Camp Flow Gnaw Carnival. Unlike most other festivals, Flow Gnaw boasts an actual carnival, which includes a giant Ferris wheel and a bunch of dope restaurants. On the music side of things, Tyler rounded up a dope lineup that includes Lana Del Rey, Mac Miller, 6lack, Kid Cudi, Solange, and of course Tyler himself. November in Dodger Stadium can’t come soon enough.