Spring has only just arrived, but audiophiles and music-lovers everywhere already have their ears tuned to the sounds of summer. There isn’t anything that can quite match the musical fervor of artists on stage, the bass pulsation and the symbiotic energy of crowds in flux under the sultry sun.
Here are some highly anticipated music fests as well as a listing of some the incredible talent that you can expect to see. Make time during the hot months this year to get your fill of ear candy.
Lollapalooza—Chicago, IL (August 3-5)
115 acres of festivities during three days showcasing 130 bands, Chow Town and other environmentally friendly activities in Grant Park.
Featuring The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, Black Sabbath, Florence + the Machine, Bassnectar The Shins, Sigur Ros, Bloc Party, The Tallest Man on Earth, Franz Ferdinand and more
Pitchfork Music Festival—Chicago, IL (July 13-15)
Three-day event showcasing more than 40 of indie music’s best artists on three stages.
Featuring Beach House, Feist, Hot Chip, ASAP Rocky, Atlas Sound, A Lull, Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Youth Lagoon, Ty Segall and more
Spring Awakening—Chicago, IL (June 16 & 17)
All-dance music festival in Soldier Field’s Stadium Green highlighting the best in electronic and dubstep.
Featuring Skillrex, Afrojack, Benny Benassi, Moby, Flux Pavilion, Carl Cox, Laidback Luke, Wolfgang Gartner and more
Summer Camp Music Festival—Chilicothe, IL (May 25-27)
11th annual jam music festival held at Three Sisters Park.
Featuring Umphreys McGee, Moe, Jane’s Addiction, Pretty Lights, Primus, Weir, Robinson, Greene Acoustic Trio, Yonder Mountain String Band and more