Thirsty Souls

Thirsty Souls: Festival Season Roundup

This week we're thirsty for a celebration of sound. Festival season is upon us, so it's time to hit the road and get into the groove. 

1. Sasquatch 

This festival in the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington, has been rocking the Pacific Northwest since 2002. This year you can lose yourself with The Cure, Florence & the Machine, and M83.  Single-day tickets aren't available, so you have to go all in for Sasquatch - four glorious days of camping and epic tunes. 

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2. Bonnaroo

Our parents had Woodstock; we've got Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee. Dance the night away with Ellie Goulding, get spiritual with Leon Bridges, and jam with The Bluegrass Situation featuring Hangover star Ed Helms for a few wild and free days in The Volunteer State

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3. Primavera Sound 

You know we're always looking for a good excuse to get our passport stamped.  How about dozens of excuses like Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky, and Deerhunter? Sold. 

Visit Park Güell,  Sant Pau Recinte Modernista, and The Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar to round out the Barcelona experience and inspire jealousy on Instagram. 

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4. Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

As far as our summer is concerned, Coachella is Queen.  SoCal gets it right with Sufjan Stevens, CHVRCHES, and Sia --- not to mention a Bad Dancing contest,  a Cornhole tourney, and (of course) yoga. 

5. Shaky Knees

This year's Shaky Knees lineup has some of the finest acts in the South taking the stage in Hotlanta. Don't miss My Morning Jacket (indie rock from Louisville, KY), Kylesa (metal out of Savannah, GA), or Against Me! (homegrown punk from Gainesville, FL) if you want to get a feel for the diversity of the current Southern scene. 

Enjoy a burger or chili cheese dog at The Varsity for local flavor, and grab a Frosted Orange to go. Y'all come back again next year, ya hear?

6. Levitation

There's no need to despair if you missed SxSW, Levitation's got you covered. Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds is reason enough to trek to Texas, but let us not forget the heavenly goodness that is Tacodeli. Austin, here we come. 

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7. Beale Street Music Festival

Part of Memphis in May International Festival, BSMF has been attracting visitors to Elvis's hometown since the late 70's.  This year's line up has a strong 90's vibe with the likes of Beck, Weezer, Gin Blossoms, Violent Femmes, and Indigo Girls, so be sure to binge watch My So-Called Life beforehand to get in the right frame of mind. Catch Cold War Kids, Bastille, and local maven Mavis Staples for an experience that covers the full spectrum of indie rock to soul. 

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8. Hangout Fest

Head to Gulf Shores, Alabama, to catch Alabama Shakes and The Weeknd fresh off their Grammy wins.

Every summer needs a banging beach bash, and Hangout Fest fits that bill to a T; there's a hammock beach, a ferris wheel, and even a wedding chapel.  Add fresh seafood and a variety of craft beer into the mix, and you've  got the makings of the ultimate summer hangout. 

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9. The Governors Ball

You won't need a tuxedo or a gown for this ball in NYC; just come ready to jam rain or shine. Haim, De La Soul, and The Strokes are taking the stage, and Ramen burgers, Cuban sandwiches, and falafel are on the menu. NYC sure knows how to go big or go home. 

10. Firefly Music Festival

Delaware may not be on your road-trip radar, but Firefly can change all that.  A$AP Rocky, Death Cab for Cutie, and Elle King will play for your enjoyment, and you can swing by Spence's Bazaar and Fordham Brewing Co. to refuel after the fest. 

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Who's not partial to the party in their own backyard? We absolutely love Coachella, and we hope to see you beneath the summer sun. 


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