Laurel Canyon Radio’s Comprehensive, Super Exhaustive Guide To Summer Music Festivals 2018

The new year has barely begun, but already the major festivals are starting to announce their lineups. Below, you’ll find our guide to the many destination festivals that will be taking place throughout the U.S. in 2018.

Festival season traditionally begins with Coachella, which takes place over two weekends (April 13-15, 20-22) at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. This year’s installment will be headlined by the WeekndBeyonce and Eminem, with David ByrneSt. VincentFleet FoxesChicHaimA Perfect Circle and Portugal, the Man also performing high-profile slots.

Once Coachella is done, it seems like there’s a festival taking place in or near a major U.S. city almost every weekend (or, in the case of Memorial Day Weekend, multiple festivals). These include Columbus’ Rock on the Range, Boston Calling, New York’s Governors Ball and Manchester, Tenn.’s Bonnarroo, which rivals Coachella and Chicago’s Lollapalooza for prestige.

However, this is also going to be the “final, full cross-country run” for the Vans Warped tour, which has helped break so many alternative and indie bands since its founding in the mid-’90s. In a statement on the tour’s website, founder Kevin Lyman broke the news. But the Vans Warped tour isn’t going away entirely. He said that he is preparing something special as a way of celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2019.

Read below to see the lineups for festivals that have already been announced, and we’ll be updating it as more information becomes available. And be sure to check the festivals’ websites for full information on ticketing.


April 13-15, 20-22: Coachella Indio, CA

April 20-21: The Nashional (Nashville, TN)


April 20-21: The High Water Festival (North Charleston, SC)

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April 26-29: Levitation Fest (Austin, TX)

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April 26-29: Merlefest (Wilkesboro, NC)


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April 27-29: Stagecoach Festival (Indio, CA.)

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April 27-May 6: New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival (New Orleans)

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April 27-29: Welcome to Rockville (Jacksonville, Fla.)


May 4-6: Carolina Rebellion (Charlotte, N.C.)

Lineup includes: Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Idol

May 4-6: Beale Street Music Festival (Memphis, TN)

Lineup includes: TBA February 21


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May 4-6: Shaky Knees (Atlanta, Ga.)

Lineup includes: Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, the National, David Byrne, Fleet Foxes, Cake, Franz Ferdinand, Jimmy Eat World

May 18-20: Rock on the Range (Columbus, Ohio)

Lineup includes: Tool, Alice in Chains, A Perfect Circle, Stone Temple Pilots

May 18-20: Hangout Festival (Gulf Shores, AL)

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May 19-20: Doheny Blues Festival (Dana Point, CA)

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May 24-27: Rooster Walk 10 (Martinsville, VA.)

May 25-27: Summer Camp Music Festival (Chillicothe, IL)

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May 25-27: Boston Calling (Boston, Mass.)

Lineup includes: The Killers, Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Fllet Foxes, St. Vincent, the Decemberists, Royal Blood, Belly

May 25-27: Darkstar Jubilee (Thornhill, OH.)

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May 25-27: Sasquatch (Quincy, Wash.)


Lineup: Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse, David Byrne

May 25-27: BottleRock (Napa Valley, Calif.)

Lineup includes: The Killers, Muse, The Head and the Heart, Billy Idol, Mike D

May 27: Bayou Country Superfest (New Orleans, LA)

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June 1-3: Governors Ball (New York, N.Y.)

Lineup includes: Jack White, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Gaslight Anthem, Japandroids

June 1-3: Music On The Mothership (Taos, NM)

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June 1-3: Bunbury (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Lineup includes: Jack White, blink-182, Dropkick Murphys, Royal Blood, Third Eye Blind, Fitz & the Tantrums

June 7-10: CMA Music Festival (Nashville, TN)

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Lineup:  TBA (and it’s sold out!)

June 7-10: Bonnaroo (Manchester, Tenn,)

Lineup includes: The Killers, Muse, Bon Iver, Sheryl Crow, Chic, Mavis Staples

June 14-17: Firefly (Dover, Del.)

Lineup includes: Arctic Monkeys, the Killers, Portugal, the Man, MGMT, Jimmy Eat World, Royal Blood

June 15-17: Mountain Jam (Hunter, N.Y.)

Lineup includes: Sturgill Simpson, the Decemberists, Father John Misty, Portugal, the Man

June 21-24: Electric Forest (Rothbury, MI)

Lineup includes: String Cheese Incident, Xavier Rudd

June 21-24: Telluride Bluegrass Festival  (Telluride, CO)

June 21-Aug. 5: Vans Warped Tour (Various locations)

Lineup: To be announced

June 22-23: Funhouse Fest (Williamsburg VA)

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June 27-30 : Romp Festival (Owensville, KY)

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June 28 – July 1 : Kate Wolf Music Festival (Laytonville, CA)

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July 5-8 : High Sierra Music Festival (Quincy, CA)

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Lineup:  String Cheese Incident, Sturgill Simpson, Wood Brothers, California Honeydrops

July 7-8 : Levitate Music Festival (Marshfield, MA)

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July 13-16 : Forecastle Music Festival (Louisville, KY)

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July 14-15 : Sloss Music & Arts Festival (Birmingham, AL)

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July 14-15 : The Ride Festival (Telluride, CO)

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July 19-22 : The Peach Music Festival (Scranton, PA)

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July 20-22 : Pitchfork Music Festival (Chicago, IL)

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Lineup: TBA

July 25-29 : Floydfest (Floyd, VA)

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July 27-29 : Newport Folk Festival (Newport, RI)

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Lineup:  Courtney Barnett, Sturgill Simpson

July 27-29 : Panorama (New York City)

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Aug. 2-5: Lollapalooza (Chicago, Ill.)


Lineup: To be announced

Aug. 3-5: Pickathon (Happy Valley, OR)Image result for pickathon 2018

Aug. 10-12: Outside Lands (San Francisco)

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Lineup: To be announced

Aug. 23-26: Lockn’ (Arrington, VA)

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Aug. 31-Sep 2 Bumbershoot (Seattle, WA)

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