Aside from the nostalgic old-school festivals that have run for years, there are so many new festivals to pick from in 2019. Right now, all the big festivals are releasing their much-anticipated 2019 lineups. Between the old and the new, here are our picks - the nine festivals not to miss in 2019!
1) Firefly Festival - Dover, DE
June 21-23, 2019
This is the lineup to end all lineups. I don't even know where to start... Panic At The Disco, Tyler the Creator, Awolnation, X Ambassadors, Zedd, Louis the Child - and that's just the first day. Then we're on to Travis Scott, Kygo, Young the Giant, Death Cab for Cutie, Alison Wonderland, Bishop Briggs, Dashboard Confessional and then Sunday includes Post Malone, Vampire Weekend, Walk the Moon, 3Lau, and my homie Yungblud. Plus the whole thing is a camping weekend with options to even try glamping (dare I?). Seriously fo serious, I cannot WAIT to check this one out. I'm breathless just thinking about it.
2) Welcome to Rockville - Jacksonville, FL
May 3-5, 2019
Held near the city center in Jacksonville in early May, this lineup proves nothing but a dream for any fan of metal and rock. A Danny Wimmer Presents production (we're a huge fan... DWP does festivals RIGHT), this festival was one of our top experiences of 2018 and with an even bigger lineup this year plus the promise of perfect weather, affordable accommodations, ease of transportation and parking and immaculate sunny white beaches close by, who would could say no to WTR?
3) Governor's Ball
New York City, NY
May 31 - June 2, 2019
The lineup for 2019 hasn't been announced yet but last year's festival included heavy hitters like Jack White, Eminem, Travis Scott, Halsey, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and N.E.R.D. And what a location for a festival in Randall's Island Park! This is a once-in-a-lifetime festival that features true NYC culture, amazing food and interactive art and activities. I can't wait.
4) Camp Anarchy, Thornville OH
May 31-June 2, 2019
If Governor's Ball isn't your thing, throw on your studded vest and ripped jeans and grab those red solo cups because who could resist channeling your rebellious inner punk rocker for a summer camp weekend with The Offspring, Rancid, NoFX, Bad Religion, Pennywise and Less than Jake? This one guarantees an excess of craft beer, summer camp fun and some crazy good music. We attended 2018's Punk In Drublic run by the same folk and it was one of the better decisions we made that year. Cheers!
5) Burning Man, Black Rock City NV
Aug 25 - Sept 2
While not technically a music festival, it is a festival-like cultural phenomena of incredible magnitude - and everyone needs to experience the spectacle of Burning Man at least once in their lives. 2019's theme is Metamorphoses (yes, plural, assuming it happens en masse), and we couldn't miss the promise of an experience that will literally and figuratively change us. We'll be doing our darndest to secure tickets this year in order join the revelry, art, and disorder in Black Rock City.
6) Hellfest, Clisson France
June 21-23, 2019
Okay, this one may be nothing but wishful thinking for a lot of us, but for anyone who likes rock and metal and particularly the nostalgia of old school rock, this is a dream come true. The lineup includes KISS, Slayer, ZZ Top, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Dropkick Murphys, Stone Temple Pilots, Tool, Slash, Sum 41, Anthrax ...and holy mother of rock legends I'm extremely tempted to dash off to France for a hot minute for this one. I don't even particularly care that I don't speak a lick of french... Au Revior!
7) Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas, NV
Sept 20-22, 2019
Another festival whose lineup definitely hasn't been announced yet, but this was our other top festival of 2018. Featuring an insanely humongous selection of music legends from T-Pain to Odesza, The Weeknd to Arcade Fire, Sylvan Esso, Florence & the Machine, Travis Scott, Bastille, Chvrches, St. Vincent, Death Cab for Cutie and absolutely everything in between. It also features an incredible array of art and foodie delights along with the tried-and-true kitsch of downtown Las Vegas and all the neon, glitz and glitter you'd expect of, well, anything in Las Vegas. But multiply that by several hundred thousand, because everything is bigger and better when it's a Vegas production. It's not even a gamble; you will love this festival in 2019.
8) Float Fest - San Marcos, TX
TBD (usually late July)
This is an amazing little low-key camp-float-fest experience held every year on the river in sleepy San Marcos. The pinnacle of the experience is crawling out of your tent in the morning to grab a cooler of beer and float yourself down a refreshingly cool river before hitting the festival grounds for a truly flawless mixed lineup of Texan and national talent. With initial permit troubles in 2018, this festival (miraculously) went off without a hitch -flawlessly- and we were lucky to make the most of this weekend experience. Nothing has been announced quite yet, so we definitely have our fingers and toes crossed that a 2019 festival will happen. Keep yours crossed, folks, and join us on the river in July.
9) Bottlerock Napa Valley - Napa Valley, CA
May 24-26, 2019
Who could resist a festival held in a beautiful valley, home to incredible scenery, food and some of the best wine on the planet? The lineup hasn't *quite* been announced yet, but this is another one we just can't afford to miss. Previous lineups included Bruno Mars, The Killers, Muse, Chainsmokers, Halsey, Snoop Dogg, Incubus and Earth Wind & Fire... to name a few. They also have a culinary stage and did I mention the wine? Check in with them on the 7th of January for their 2019 lineup (REVISION: Lineup now uploaded 1-7-19 ...check this one out!!)
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