25 Music Festivals You Should Go to Before You Die


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Sasquatch, Washington

Date: May 23-25
Why you should go: The setting is beautiful and the main stage is absolutely epic. Plus, weed is legal in Washington.

When it comes to Sasquatch, the lineup is always stellar. A mix of big names and local bands come together in the middle of Washington State for what is often recognized as the Pacific Northwest's go-to festival. Lineup aside, however, the coolest thing about this festival is the setting.

This festival takes place at The Gorge: a nine time winner of Pollster's Best Outdoor Music Venue award. The grounds sit on a cliff overlooking the Columbia river and main stage is set up right in the foreground of the Columbia Gorge Canyon, creating an amazing scene especially when the sun goes down. It's safe to say it's probably the most photogenic venue in all of the country. And like I said earlier, feel free to light up.

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  • Leesa Allmond

    Sasquatch is pretty out of order chronologically. Coachella wishes it had the lineup quality of Bonnaroo. Burning Man isn’t a music festival. Where is Fun Fun Fun Fest?

  • http://www.pigeonsandplanes.com/ Constant Gardner

    I don’t think Sasquatch is out of order? It’s taking place on Memorial Day weekend this year with the second date being cancelled.



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  • Craig Anthony Thomas II

    What about Houston’s free press summer fest.

  • andy

    perhaps Movement in Detroit?

  • therealestjmac

    wheres osheaga?

  • Schlindholm

    Oh, and The Roling Stones were just confirmed for Roskilde as well. And Chromeo plays :)

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  • TheAppleFritter

    No mention for the iconic Outlook, Dimensions and Hideout Festivals, all in Croatia, but about 15 festivals from the USA.

    lol, ok then.



  • Nikhil Sindwani

    Made in America should be on here too.

  • Brian Wingerd

    What about WAKARUSA?


    Is that the best photo you had of Shamb? I dunno if this is actually from the right location……

  • breniff

    None of your links or the slideshow are working.

  • Andrea Picardy

    It isn’t as well known or as established as these, but you’re right it is definitely worthy!

  • Andrea Picardy

    The Bonnaroo photo is actually Coachella…lame!

  • Ruud

    That picture they have is definitely not Shambhala. I also think the list is very limited, and not to much variation.


  • Zen

    That photo of Shambhala is either really, really, really old or just not actually of Shambhala.

    Also, by “small right now” you mean “that’s as big as it’s ever gonna get — on purpose”.

  • anon

    Craven. Muddy canadian country festival with solid headliners.

  • Atomic Man

    loosen up your butthurt. Those aren’t really iconic

  • kate

    Woaaaah, No Lightning in a Bottle??? Waaaaay off the mark with that one!

  • guest

    That’s fractal forrrest at Shambhala

  • l3rianne

    It can’t be Shambhala. There’s no mountains? There’s nowhere on the ranch that looks like that. Also I heard that it’s capped at 10,000 people, anymore is too many.

  • mo

    That pic deff isnt from shambhala. I go every year. This article wasnt very well written and shambhala doesn’t sell as many tickets as most festivals because they want to keep it intimate it’s not some up and coming festival they’ve been around 17 years

  • northpole

    Woodstock Festival Poland?! Where is it??! It’s the largest open air in Europe! 700.000 people each year! WTF!

  • Cremer Van’Dango

    Oppikoppi, Northam, South Africa. Come on!!

  • jquaglia

    Newport Folk Festival is by far the best music festival I have been to, and I have been to a few on your list that don’t even compare.

  • Known

    That photo was taken of A.Skillz in the fractal forest.

  • Corinne

    it’s clearly fractal forest..

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  • Gelfling

    Hard to believe you included What the Festival in Oregon and not Oregon County Fair and Faerieworlds which are bigger and more unique on so many fronts…there are hundreds of EDM fests now, but very few festivals that really create something unique like these two, which are far more organic and truly transformational than most on this list…also a lot of cool mythic fests in Europe are left out…usual suspects here…maybe next year dig deeper.

  • Leah Gair

    That’s definitely from Shambhala 2013! In the Fractal Forest actually, I took it myself:P

  • Leah Gair

    That photo up there is one I took in the Fractal Forest last year. That’s A.Skillz spinning.

  • shithead

    How about New Orleans Jazz Fest?

  • myself

    the best is corona capital in mexico city

  • Leah Gair

    That’s the Fractal Forest. You can’t see the mountains through the trees.

  • Michael Saggio

    where the eft is summerfest

  • MapleLaugher

    Great list, hard to choose any amount without someone having another to throw in worth consideration, and it’s a real shame it apparently wasn’t good enough for some people. Glad I happened on this comment section, because it reaffirms that even though Shambhala looks gorgeous, the people are far too pretentious for me to be stuck there for days on end listening to their tripped out condescending mouth slurry.

  • TWTW

    pagoda stage Shambhala…

  • tommy vise

    Kanye’s performing? That’s the only reason I will not attend! What a thug…

  • tommy vise

    How in the world could you leave out the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival??? It always has the best lineup of performers for ten solid days!!

  • Seth

    That picture in the Bonnaroo section is not at Bonnaroo. It’s a picture of Cage the Elephant at Coachella.

  • 2katez

    Thanks for catching, we’ve updated

  • Jordy Ribecco

    Primavera has arguably the best lineup this year (at least for music nerds, absolutely no EDM), and didn’t make the list!?? I had a choice between Coachella, Sasquatch and Prima and chose Prima (I have attended Sasquatch and Coachella numerous times, both great, but the lineup at Prima is just awesome this year. Osheaga is fantastic too.

  • TheAppleFritter

    Outlook Festival isn’t iconic? lawl.

  • Atomic Man

    Glastonbury is iconic. Outlook is simply bass

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  • max

    sensation white & ultra music feastival

  • asd

    You forgot “Rock am Ring”, Germany and “Rock in Rio”, Brazil!

  • JD

    how in the hell did Ultra in Miami not make this list…. Really? epic fail by the author of this article.

  • Sun Moon

    HARD Summer or HARD Day of the Dead????? Come on

  • JJ

    Please look for Paredes de Coura. Please add it to the list before I bitch slap you. Thanks

  • https://soundcloud.com/killer_kowalski Killer Kowalski

    Well played.

  • jeff

    What about Wireless Festival?

  • http://highschool4innovatoes.tumblr.com/ Loveandalchemy

    Ugh. What a dumb thing to say

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