This summer’s music festivals


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The 2015 Lollapalooza music event in Chicago

Paige Weigle, Reporter

      Within the last few weeks, the lineups for this summer’s most popular music festivals across the state line have been announced.  Also announced were some other options; if you’re willing to take a road trip into neighboring states to experience new music and see some of your favorite bands.  

      In Chicago, Lollapalooza’s 25th anniversary weekend is being held in Grant Park from July 28-July 31. The headliners this year include Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, J Cole, Lana Del Rey, and Future. In addition to the headliners, the festival features over 170 bands on eight different stages. Lollapalooza will also once again showcase dozens of the city’s best chefs in Chow Town this year. Although tickets are sold out on the Lollapalooza official website, you can still manage to find them elsewhere if you’re committed to going.

      Pitchfork Music Festival will also feature great bands and a variety of different genres from July 15-17 in Chicago’s Union Park this summer. Tickets are still available for the weekend and individual days for a price that will be a lot easier on your wallet.

      Summerfest will be held in Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee this summer from June 29- July 3 for the 48th year in a row. Over 800 bands will play over the 11 days. The festival features tons of activities and food options. Some days there is an opportunity to get your tickets at a reduced price, or even for free sometimes, just for bringing donations to the park to help local charities for example.

      If the amount of miles between you and a festival isn’t an issue, there’s dozens of festivals within a few hundred miles radius that are sure to be the highlight of your summer. Lots of these festivals have an opportunity for camping on the festival grounds. Summerset Music Festival in Summerset, Wisconsin has a lineup that mainly consists of EDM artists like Skrillex, Steve Aoki, and Bassnectar. The camping experience is included in the ticket price. Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee features a great lineup with a lot of new emerging artists and camping on the grounds is also an option that is included in the ticket price. They also offer payment plans for tickets.  Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware has a lineup with over a hundred bands such as Mumford and Sons, Blink-182, Death Cab for Cutie, and the 1975.  This festival is located in the heart of the woodlands and offers many unique experiences and attractions, however camping is not included in the ticket price, but they do offer payment plans as well.

      No matter what your budget is or where you live, there’s always an opportunity to see live music this summer. Music festivals are a great way to kick back with your friends and enjoy the summer. Get out of the house on one of these weekends, immerse yourself in new music and experiences, and make new memories that’ll last a lifetime.