Summer always holds so much potential: so much academic growth and experience through jobs and internships, but for most people summer means longer nights, darker tans and louder music.
Going to concerts in the summer is as natural as sleeping in during these warm months, and there are many different types of concerts all over the country for every musical taste.
Lollapalooza: This hipster-esque concert from Aug. 2-4 in Grant Park, Chicago draws thousands every year to its unique lineup of bands and even more unique crowds of people. The headliners this year (Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The National, The Killers, and Mumford and Sons) are soon to be flanked with smaller bands that will grace side stages to appease the grungy and the mainstream alike.
Bonnaroo:This concert in Manchester, TN from June 13-16 is heralded as creating a close-knit community of followers and a feeling of camaraderie amongst them. Everyone loves the music just as much as anyone else, and headliners Paul McCartney, Mumford and Sons (again!) and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (along with R. Kelly and the Wu-Tang Clan) are sure to please everyone.
Warped Tour: This national tour known for its crazy antics and all-around insane audience is home to headliners Hawthorne Heights, Motion City Soundtrack, and Bowling for Soup amongst other headliners from Jun.15 to Aug. 4. The tickets are not crazy expensive and the tour offers a good chance for meet and greets with a lot of the bands, as well as providing an outlet for genres that most major festivals ignore.
Electronic Daisy Carnival: Consider this Ultra Music Festival’s little sibling, the EDC can get just as out of hand and crazy in Las Vegas, Chicago, and New York (different dates apply). Many people will be enjoying the environment as much as the music with Armin van Buuren, Avicii, David Guetta, and many others on their expansive five stages. The “insomniac experience” also is a non-stop party, with concerts going all day and all night.
Summerfest: Touted as the world’s largest music festival, the June 26-30 festival in Milwaukee, WI is sure to tempt music lovers of all kinds. With artists from New Kids on the Block to Fun, John Mayer and Tim McGraw, the variety of music as well as the beautiful views of Lake Michigan is not to miss.
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