5 Artists You Can’t Miss On The Festival Route This Summer

Words by Rachel Mallin, photos from Facebook.

1. Amen Dunes

Following up the release of their grandiose new LP “Freedom”, Amen Dunes is hitting the road this summer and knocking out four killer festivals on the way. Catch them at:

Firefly: Dover, DE, USA — 6/14/18
Outside Lands: San Francisco, CA, USA — 8/10/18
Huichica East: Pine Plains, NY, USA — 8/24/18
Austin City Limits: Austin, TX, USA — 10/05/18

2. Greta Van Fleet

Their latest album “Black Smoke Rising” spread like hot fire after its release in August 2017. Dig out that stylistically ratty urban outfitter t-shirt and strap on your tie-dye headbands, because you’ve got six opportunities to see this crew rockin’ in the sorta free world this summer:

Summerfest: Milwaukee, WI, USA — 6/27/18
Middle of the Map Fest: Kansas City, MO, USA — 6/29/18
Panorama NYC: New York, NY, USA — 7/27/18
Lollapalooza: Chicago, IL, USA — 8/02/18
Austin City Limits: Austin, TX, USA — 10/05/18
Cal Jam: San Bernadino, CA, USA — 10/06/18

3. Janelle Monae

She is beauty. She is grace. She’s destigmatizing gender fluidity and mental illness, and she is releasing conceptual pop anthems all over the place. This is 2018, the year of Janelle Monae. Lucky you, this summer/fall presents you with four chances to catch her at a festival:

Summerfest: Milwaukee, WI, USA — 6/27/18
Music Midtown: Atlanta, GA, US — 9/15/18
Austin City Limits: Austin, TX, USA — 10/05/18
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience: New Orleans, LA, USA — 10/26/18

4. St. Vincent

On the wake of releasing one of the most acclaimed art-pop albums of 2017, Annie Clark is gracing the US with her presence for a total of six festivals this summer. Reject anything you think you know about the music one human is capable of producing on a live stage because you are about to experience an hour and a half of unreplicatable sonic splendor.See this goddess at:

Panorama NYC: New York, NY, USA — 7/27/18
Grandoozy: Denver, CO — 9/14/18
Lollapalooza: Chicago, IL, USA — 8/02/18
Life is Beautiful Festival: Las Vegas, NV, USA — 9/21/18
Austin City Limits: Austin, TX, USA — 10/05/18

5. Florence & The Machine

If you are reading this, it’s likely you’re curating the music, lifestyle, and experiences of future-you. Regardless of what predispositions present-you has about future-you’s taste in music or live shows… FATM is objectively one of the most beautiful and entertaining performances one can stumble across while traversing the expanse of a music festival. They’re also likely to be playing new tunes off of their upcoming album “High as Hope,” being released on June 29th. Take care of future-you.

If you’re looking to have some kind of divine spiritual experience this summer, you can see Florence & The Machine at the following festivals:

Outside Lands: San Francisco, CA, USA — 8/10/18
Grandoozy: Denver, CO — 9/14/18
Life is Beautiful Festival: Las Vegas, NV, USA — 9/21/18

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