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7 Unmissable Music Festivals In The US In 2020

Music lovers, listen up! A festival is a simple concept of bringing people together to have a good time. There are tens of thousands of them around the world, but if you had to had to create a 2020 festival bucket list what would it look like? Well, we have the best music festivals in the US for 2020.

These are the festivals that are worth turning into a vacation. If it’s on the festival bucket list you might not just travel to another country, but indeed half way around the world.

Music Festivals In The US 2020

1. Coachella Music & Arts Festival – Indio, California

The iconic Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has become something of a cultural phenomenon. Expect fantastic food and celebrities showing up in their best desert boho outfits. There’s all sorts of musical styles like Hip Hop, alternative rock and electronic music as well as large scale art installations.

Don’t manage to score tickets (they sell out in a flash!) but still want in on the festival atmosphere? There are plenty of events throughout the Greater Palm Springs area during both Coachella weekends.

2. Burning Man – Black Rock Desert, Nevada

The event takes place in the most unlikely of places: the middle of the Nevada dessert, where an entire city is built from scratch.

70,000 people come to the festival for a week, paying just shy of $500 for a ticket and have been doing so for 33 years now.

The event is very much an experiment in counter culture with bartering instead of cash used for goods, and people getting around the huge site using bikes. The name comes from the huge wooden structure which is at the centre of the “city”. It’s set on fire at the end of the festival in an awe-inspiring scene.

3. New Orleans Jazz Festival – New Orleans, Louisiana

Spread over two weekends between the last week of April and the first week of May, the New Orleans Jazz Festival is a classic that you must do at some point.

The lineup reaches beyond classic acts to include newer, up-and-coming jazz, soul and blues and rhythm artists. Go both weekends, and enjoy the arts, culture and delectable Southern food during the week between sets.

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4. SXSW – Austin, Texas

Austin’s famous South by Southwest festival is an essential bucket list festival for any true music fan. Austin Convention Center and more than 50 venues host noted filmmakers, musicians and multimedia artists from around the world converge to showcase music, film and interactive media.

It’s now the largest music festival in the world, and is well worth the $1,000+ price tag for access to all events. The music line up includes over 2,000 artists from more than 60 countries, and there’s plenty of movie premiers and tech and gaming events.

5. Luck Reunion – Luck, Texas

Every year in March, Willie Nelson throws a one-day music festival in Luck, Texas–a former movie set he bought. You’ll see him and all his friends perform, as well as one lucky up-and-coming act. There’s a lot of chance–and luck–here. Festival-goers have to win tickets through a lottery system. So, put your name in and cross your fingers.

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6. Governors Ball – Randalls Island, New York

This NYC festival is one of the best music festivals in 2020 in the United States. With four stages and over 70 acts, it has music of all genres – from hip-hop, rock, and pop to  electronics – foods of all flavours, arts of all variety, and so much more. It’s a real highlight of summer in the city, with previous artists including Lil Wayne, The Strokes and Eminem.

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7. Lollapalooza Festival – Chicago, Illinois

One of the most iconic festivals in the world, Lollapalooza is set on Grant Park’s 115 acres of open green space. Rock out to music against the backdrop of Chicago’s magnificent skyline over the four-day event. Line ups have previously seen Ariana Grande, Flume and Tame Impala take to the stage.

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Sarah Clayton-Lea
Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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