It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right y’all it is festival line up season and boy oh boy a bounty of spectacular announcements have been made regarding music gatherings across the nation. With more and more festivals popping up every year sometimes it is hard to keep up with all of the locations, bands, and dates that come with the territory. Lucky for you, here at Lightning 100 we are long time festival junkies and we have the sunburns and wristbands to prove it.
Hangout Music Fest
Dates: May 16-18
Location: Gulf Shores, Alabama
Tickets: Go on sale January 16 @ 10 A.M.
3 Day passes start at $229
Music festivals are magnificent in nearly any location, but when the gathering is on a beach well, it just doesn’t get much better than that. Created in 2010, Hangout has steadily grown in attendees and continues to draw larger and larger acts. This year is no exception.
Headliners include: The Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast, and Jack Johnson.
Our favorite bands from Nashville include: Moon Taxi, Wild Cub, Diareeha Planet, The Wans, John and Jacob, The Lonely Biscuits, Los Colognes
Other Lightning 100 Favorites: The Avett Brothers, The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Amos Lee, Connor Oberst, Portugal the Man, Fitz and the Tantrums, Capital Cities, NEEDTOBREATHE, Bastille, Trombone Shorty, The 1975, ALO, Little Green Cars, Shakey Graves, and many more.
Checkout the full line up and any and all information regarding Hangout Music Fest at their website, http://hangoutmusicfest.com
CounterPoint Music Festival
Dates: April 25-27
Location: Kingston Downs, Georgia
Tickets: Advance Tickets On Sale Now
3 Day passes start at $180
Dubbed as “the cure for the common festival” CounterPoint debuted in 2012 at Kingston Downs, home of the Atlanta Steeplechase. Again a steadily growing festival with an obvious electronic/ EDM influence this festival is a quick shot south for the fine people of Nashville looking to get away for the weekend and kick of festival season the right way.
Headliners include: Outkast, Pretty Lights, Foster The People, STS9
Our favorite bands from Nashville include: Moon Taxi, Wild Cub, and Five Knives
Other Lightning 100 favorites: Matt & Kim, Sleigh Bells, Phantogram, Rubblebucket
Checkout the full line up and any and all information regarding CounterPoint Music Festival at their website, http://www.counterpointfestival.com
Firefly Music Festival
Dates: June 19-22
Location: Dover, Delaware
Tickets: Go on sale January 20 @ 11 A.M. CST
4 day passes start at $249
Established in 2012 Firefly takes place in The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway and tries to provide “an open-air festival on the East coast with plenty of outdoor camping much like Bonnaroo.” “The East Coast’s premiere music experience”, has seen rapid growth since 2012 and has a spectacular line-up this year, take a look.
Headliners include: Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson
Our favorite bands from Nashville include: Wild Cub, The Wild Feathers, Vance Joy, Cherub, The Weeks, and John and Jacob
Other Lightning 100 favorites: Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, Artic Monkeys, Weezer, Band of Horses, Young the Giant, Grouplove, Local Natives, Iron & Wine, Sleigh Bells, Jake Bugg, Amos Lee, Third Eye Blind, City and Colour, The Airbourne Toxic Event, The Mowgli’s, and many more.
Checkout the full line up and any and all information regarding Firefly Music Festival at their website, http://fireflyfestival.com
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Dates: Weekend 1, April 11-13. Weekend 2, April 18-20.
Location: Indio, California
Tickets: Only tickets that are not sold out are the “4-Packs” starting at $2900
Established in 1999 this wildly famous gathering in the desert of southern California draws crowds upwards of 90,000 including many Hollywood stars. Fashion and the possibility over 100-degree weather are highlighted nearly every year, it is always an impressive festival.
Headliners include: Outkast, Muse, Arcade Fire
Our Favorite Bands from Nashville: ZZ Ward, J Roddy Walston and The Business
Other Lightning 100 Favorites: Bastille, Aloe Blacc, Grouplove, Lorde, Foster the People, MGMT, The Head and the Heart, Cage the Elephant, City and Colour, Capital Cities, Beck, The 1975, Trombone Shorty, and many more.
Checkout the full line up and any and all information regarding Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at their website, http://www.coachella.com
Shaky Knees Music Festival
Dates: May 9-11
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Tickets: Go on sale January 17
3 day passes start at $150
Born into the music festival world in just 2013 this young festival has released an extremely solid lineup. Taking place this year at Atlantic Station and we the people have been cautioned to “Expect lots of surprises this year” and we look forward to it.
Headliners include: The National, Modest Mouse, and an additional headliner to be announced.
Our favorite bands from Nashville: The Lone Bellow, Langhorne Slim, The Whigs, Kopecky Family Band, The Weeks, Apache Relay, Fly Golden Eagle
Other Lightning 100 favorites: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Local Natives, Violent Femmes, Cage the Elephant, Portugal. The Man, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Trampled by Turtles, Jason Isbell, Dawes, Lord Huron, The Devil Makes Three, Houndmouth, Man Man, The Districts, and many more.
Checkout the full line up and any and all information regarding Shaky Knees Music Festival at their website, http://shakykneesfestival.com
Well folks, I wish I could tell you that you needn’t look any further for more information however I have barely scratched the surface. As you can see we have a lot of Nashville acts to be proud of so as you attend these festivals be sure to go out and show them the support they deserve! We love our Nashville bands here at Lightning 100 and we wish them all the best and safe travels! Bonnaroo will be announcing their line-up on February 19th and I know we all are discussing the speculations, and anxiously awaiting to see who is coming to the farm.
So to all you festival-goers I wish you safe travel as well! Stay hydrated, see as many acts as you can, and don’t pass out with your shoes on! Who has the best lineup? Who is going to be at Bonnaroo? What festivals are you attending? Let me know y’all, and keep listening to Lightning 100.
Written by Jesse Nordstrom