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11 Best Music Festivals of 2022

In 2020, many didn’t think we would be hanging out with other music lovers and shouting the lyrics to our favorite songs together in concert halls. With the return of Coachella this year, one thing is clear for 2022: music festivals have once again been normalized. Maybe you’ve been there and want more, wondering what to do with that leftover festival fever. Maybe you haven’t and the jealousy is too much to bear. Anyway, don’t worry, Esquire complied with a list of music festivals taking place the rest of the year.

AfropunkFestival

Minneapolis, Minnesota – May 20-22
Miami, Florida – June 18-19

Afro-punk is back this year and brings with it the usual: groundbreaking arts, fashion and music from the black community. Ari Lennox, Noname and Mereba are all set to perform at the festival, which will take place in Miami in May, and in Minneapolis the weekend of June 19, marking the first-ever Afropunk event in the Midwest.

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Boston Call

Boston, MA
May 27-29

Boston Roll Call Music Festival seeks to make Memorial Day weekend unforgettable. Nine Inch Nails, The Strokes and Metallica are all set to headline the three-day festival. The former are joined by impressive artists such as Haim, Weezer, Avril Lavigne, Black Pumas and many more.

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Governors Ball

New York, NY
June 10-12

Governors Ball, as always, will deliver another amazing music, and lots of mud. This year, festival-goers will head to Randall’s Island to see Kid Cudi, Halsey and J-Cole, Roddy Ricch, Glass Animals, and more. Maybe all the mud will be worth it after all.

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bonnaroo

Manchester, TN
June 16-19

Described as “the most positive place on this planet, ” bonnaroo is the place to be this summer. Issues this year include Ludacris, 100 Gecs and Marc Rebillet. There are also a ton of electronic and pop punk acts performing at Bonnaroo. If you’ve never experienced Bonnaroo, maybe it’s time to put on your camping shoes and head to Tennessee.

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Fork

Chicago, IL
July 15-16

If you’re wondering where all the cool alternative artists will be this summer, you can find them at Fork. For years, Pitchfork has touted itself as “the most trusted voice in music.” Based on this year’s line-up, Pitchfork will definitely have a taste for good music. Artists such as The National, Mitski and The Roots will headline the three-day weekend, where they will be followed by a host of talented artists such as Japanese Breakfast, Earl Sweatshirt, Tierra Whack, Amber Mark and more. others.

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Newport Festival

Newport, RI
July 22-24

Being one of the first modern music festivals in the United States with a duration of 60 years, you can expect Newport Festival to be simply extraordinary. For decades, the festival has boasted renowned performances and an amazing cultural atmosphere. This year is no different, with artists from Clairo to Beebadoobee, Buffalo Nichols, Maren Morris and more set to hit the stage in Rhode Island.

Tickets are currently sold out, but it is possible to join the waiting list.

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Lollapalooza

Chicago, IL
July 28-31

LollaPalooza, the Chicago-based festival, is back this year with Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, Green Day, Lil Baby, Kygo and more. Alongside a myriad of colorful outfits, you can expect to find incredible restaurants in the Windy City.

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Life is beautiful

Las Vegas, Nevada
September 16-18

The Life is Beautiful festival is coming to the Las Vegas area in September. Besides the music, the festival also offers culinary, arts and learning experiences in downtown Vegas. Seems like a wonderful bonus for an incredible line up. Artists like Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Jack Harlow and many more are ready to perform.

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His Primavera

Los Angeles, CA
September 16-18

After being canceled for the past two years, due to COVID-19, Primavera Sound is ready to shake up American audiences. Artists such as James Blake, Nine Inch Nails, Cigarettes After Sex, Lorde, King Krule and a lot others are booked for the festival’s 2022 debut.

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pilgrimage festival

Franklin, TN
September 24-25

The multi-genre weekend festival is set to make its eight-year return in September. Chris Stapleton and Brandi Carlisle, who both received Grammy nominations this year, are set to headline the festival. Another Grammy winner on the bill is Jon Batiste, who actually earned the most nominations from the Recording Academy this year. The entire line up also features a number of other awesome musicians like The Avett Brothers, Elle King, Lennon Stella, Lake Street Drive and more.

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When we were young

Las Vegas, Nevada
October 22-29

Emo and Pop-Punk fans can rejoice because all your favorite artists are ready to take the stage in Las Vegas this fall with the Festival When We Were Young. The new festival offers an impeccable set list, which is already sold out. Artists such as Bring Me To the Horizon, Pierce the Veil, Avril Lavigne, Sleeping With Sirens are set to perform. Paramore and My Chemical Romance will headline the festival.

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