‘Tis the Season for Music Festivals


image via vanswarpedtour.com

image via vanswarpedtour.com

Although we once seem trapped in the brutal snowy months, spring is finally here. While spring has not fully sprung yet, many line ups are beginning to emerge online. “What line ups?”you may ask. As the cold winter months start to become all but a distant memory to us New Yorkers, many music festivals have begun to announce their line ups meaning one joyous thing: festival season is amongst us.

Every year around this time, various festivals that make their way to the tri-state area start to drop hints about their line-ups. These line-ups usually consist of the year’s latest chart toppers and even include some underdogs and curveballs from time to time. Typically, festival season in the tri-state area hits multiple locations throughout the spring and late summer months.

Some of the most notable festivals that make their way through the area include: The Vans Warped Tour, The Governors Ball and Electric Daisy Carnival. While all of these festivals welcome music lovers with open arms year after year, the genres that come with all of these festivals feature quite the range. Each festival has a certain reputation for the crowd it may draw based on the genre, sometimes sharing a few common ties between one another.

The Vans Warped tour typically rolls through the tri-state area in early July, the tour itself usually going to 46+ cities throughout July and August. Band and date announcements typically start early December, getting crowds across the nation excited for a summer at the Warped Tour.

“Warped tour is my favorite holiday honestly. I’ve been going since I was a kid and there is no feeling quite like it,” said Abby. The Vans Warped tour takes over amphitheaters and parking lots annually and this summer, will be making it’s way to Jones Beach on Long Island on July 11th. For more information, check out vanswarpedtour.com.

Another popular festival amongst the masses is Electric Daisy Carnival, otherwise known as EDC around here. EDC is an event run by Insomniac, infamously known for bringing dance music to massive crowds for a weekend in May every year. EDC happens in various locations around the globe, but each year EDC makes its way through NY with a roster of dance artists that leave the crowds wanting more. This year, EDC will feature artists such as Krewella, Knife Party, Yellow Claw, Afrojack and more. While weekend passes are well over $200 right now, fear not, payment plans are available to ensure that festival goers will be able to see their favorite artists. For more information, visit electricdaisycarnival.com

The last festival to mention is definitely The Governors Ball, otherwise known as GovBall. GovBall usually spans 3 days in early June, bringing New Yorkers the best of alternative, indie, dance and more. Some notable artists this year include deadmau5, Drake, The Black Keys, Bjork, Marina and the Diamonds, and Lana Del Ray. GovBall will cost a pretty penny though, considering just to get to the festival costs $45 bucks because of the bus/boat transportation fee. GovBall also offers payment plans, but the best deals are usually offered early on. For more information, visit governorsballmusicfestival.com.

With so many warm days filled with nothing but jams so close, it’s safe to say that people are long over this brutal winter. Eager festival goers spend their March and April months purchasing last minute buys and prepping for so many of these great festivals, truly giving so many something to look forward to. With festival season soon amongst us, it’s time to bust out the reusable water bottle and the camera and make your way to one of these rad music events.

– by Kristen Nieto ’15