The sun is out, and the weather is getting warmer.
It’s practically begging you to get out there and enjoy the outdoors, and there’s no better way to do that than attending music festivals.
Music festival season is already underway, with Coachella and SXSW already passing.
But not to fret, some of the best music festivals of 2017 are still to come.
With so many festivals on the calendar, it may be hard picking which ones are not-to-miss.
See below for the seven best festivals to help plan on which ones to attend. The entries on this post are in order of their dates, with the closest ones at the top.
The entries on this post are in order of their dates, with the closest ones at the top. International festivals are included.
The Governors Ball, June 2-4, New York, U.S.
First up is NYC festival The Governor’s Ball.
The festival started up in 2011 and has developed quite a diverse lineup since that inaugural year.
Previous years have seen the likes of Beck, Kid Cudi, Modest Mouse, Kanye West, Drake among others.
This year’s lineup maintains a score of big names.
In 2017, festival-goers will have the chance to see Chance the Rapper, Lorde, Childish Gambino, Wu-Tang Clan, Tool, Wiz Khalifa, Phantogram and much more.
The festival works to include artists that haven’t performed in awhile.
Tool reportedly hasn’t played a show in New York in over 10 years, and French band Phoenix apparently hasn’t performed since 2014.
Governor’s Ball is held over the June 2-4 weekend at Randall’s Island Park.
General admission 3-day tickets start at $305, daily tickets are $105.
All general admission tickets, as of the writing of this article appear to be in limited quantity.
Bonnaroo, June 8-11, Tennessee, U.S.
Bonnaroo is a four-days of music set in Manchester, Tennessee.
Headlining this year are acts Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, and U2.
Music press and fans alike took note of the last act.
U2 will be playing the festival as a part of their 30 year anniversary for the band’s fifth album “Joshua Tree.” Making the event even more momentous, U2 will play the
Making the event even more momentous, U2 will play the album in its entirety during the Friday night performance.
The staple album includes tracks like “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” and “With or Without You.”
Other acts in the 2017 lineup include Hippo Campus, Major Lazer, Cold War Kids, Big Gigantic, Cage the Elephant, and Lorde.
Alongside musical acts, those attending the festival will also be able to do yoga, participate in parades, run a 5k, and learn how to twerk.
General admission tier 4, four-day passes are $349.50 plus fees. The four-day pass with shuttle package is $554.50 plus fees.
All other four-day passes are sold out.
Vans Warped Tour, Starts June 16 Ends August 6, Multiple U.S. Cities
Warped Tour has been a summer institution pretty much since it started up in 1995.
The festival has made a name for itself as one the best music festivals by catering more to a rock, metal, and punk crowd.
Notable acts to play past Warped Tours include Avenged Sevenfold, Bad Religion, Blink-182, and Green Day.
This year, the bands include metalcore acts The Acacia Strain, Hatebreed, After the Burial and Emmure, along with shock/parody rock group GWAR, and punk groups The Adolescents and Anti-Flag.
Warped Tour is a great festival to plan on if you are in The States and on a travel budget.
Unfortunately, Warped Tour made the decision this year to no longer tour in Canada, but they still span the U.S.
The tour starts out on June 16 in Seattle, Washington and ends August 6 in Pomona, California with over 40 stops in between.
Ticket prices for this festival are also pretty budget friendly at around $40 for general admission.
Prices range from location to location.
Glastonbury Festival, June 21-25, Pilton, Somerset, U.K.
The Glastonbury Festival is the firs, but not last, on this list outside of the U.S.
The festival is located in Pilton, U.K. and spans five days.
The lineup this year includes some very impressive acts. They range from Radiohead to Foo Fighters, Katy Perry to Solange, and Lorde to Foo Fighters.
The festival grounds are a sight to behold themselves.
It’s about a mile and a half across and 900 acres, so be prepared to walk.
Apparently, the land might be the site where King Arthur may be buried.
Tickets are officially sold out, but there is still a chance to tickets to Glastonbury festival in resale.
So if you find a way to get to the festival definitely seize the opportunity.
Splendour in the Grass, July 21-23, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Splendour in the Grass is the Australia installment on this list and is also known as one of Australia’s best music festivals.
It certainly has the lineup to support that claim.
The Queens of the Stone Age, The XX, and LCF Soundsystem lead the lineup this year.
Those acts will be joined by Tove Lo, Haim, School Boy Q, and Sigur Rós, and over 100 artists.
Splendour will be School Boy Q’s only Australia performance this year.
Tickets, unfortunately, have sold out for this festival as well for what looks like the sixth year in a row.
Like with Glastonbury though, resale tickets will be available.
On May 8, festival hopefuls will get their second chance at snagging tickets.
Fuji Rock Festival, July 28-30, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Fuji Rock Festival gained it’s impressive name due to its original location at the base of Mount Fuji.
It’s also another festival on this list that is considered the best music festival in its country.
Since that first year, in 1997, the festival moved to Naeba Ski resort, still maintaining those picturesque results.
Festival favorites are set to play at the festival and include, Queens of the Stone Age, The XX, LCD Soundsystem, Lorde and Major Lazer.
New to this list are Gorillaz, who will play the first night of the three-day festival.
The Gorillaz released a new album, “Humanz” on April 28. It’s likely they’ll be performing tracks from it during their 2017 tour dates.
Tickets are on sale now.
Lollapalooza, August 3-6, Illinois, U.S.
Last on this list of the best music festivals is a solid entry in its own right, Lollapalooza.
This year, the festival will run from August 3 through 6 in Grant Park located in Chicago.
The four-day festival features a diverse range of musical acts that include the headliners Muse, Lorde, Cage the Elephant, Wiz Khalifa, The Killers, Blink-182, Run the Jewels, Chance the Rapper, The Shins, and Big Sean.
Other acts include Tove Lo, Charlie XCX, Phantogram, Foster Foster the People, Phantogram, Tegan and Sara, and Liam Gallagher.
Lollapalooza also hosts a kid-friendly event, aptly dubbed Kidzapalooza with artists like Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets and Lard Dog & the Band of Shy.
General admission tickets are sold out for Lolla (seemingly commonplace for the best music festivals), but according to the official site, tickets are still available through verified ticket exchanges.
Choosing the right festival for you
The best music festivals are on this list, but it still might be a little difficult to narrow it down to which one you should attend.
Consider a few things about your goals and use your experience as a jumping off point.
Will 2017 be your first year going to a music festival?
If so, maybe consider a close by venue location to start with.
If going to the best of the best music festivals is your thing, look at the music.
Are there acts that you are dying to scratch off your bucket list?
Or, even further challenge yourself and choose a festival on a different continent to have a completely new experience.
Another deciding factor is the rarity of the act.
In other words, is this artist coming out of retirement for a once in a lifetime? Is that important to you?
Some tips for preparing for music festivals
Now that you have the information about the best music festivals, it’s time to make some decisions.
Which festivals will you be attending this year?
When those dates get a little closer, it’ll be important to prepare properly so that your festival season will go off without a hitch and be as enjoyable as possible.
Here are some quick tips on being best prepared for music festivals.
You may have noticed that all of these are outdoors, that means paying attention to the gear you pack will be absolutely essential.
Sunscreen is a must in the sunny locations and proper weather gear is for the others.
Make sure to look at the location of your chosen festival in order to pack the proper clothing.
With this in consideration, it will still be possible to dress festival fab, but be comfortable at the same time.
Being outdoors, and walking all day will also require hydration. Definitely, keep this in mind.
Look up if your chosen festival hosts camping, and decide if that’s the right course of action for you.
If not, book hotels and other accommodations well in advance, that influx of people due to a festival crowd is sure to make rooms a rarity.
And one last point relating to that last one.
Festivals include an enormous amount of people trying to get to one location, save yourself some headache by planning your transportation needs ahead of time.
Planning on renting a car to seize the opportunity to explore the area?
Do it in advance to secure your vehicle.
Now go forth and enjoy the best music festivals of the season!