Local music festivals that you just can’t ‘beat’

Emily Riggle, Reporter

      As the school year begins to close, many students start the search to begin another unforgettable summer, and for the seniors, their last summer before heading off to all parts of the country to begin their college career. Personally, some of the most exciting events of the summer are music festivals and concerts.

     Locally, there are a handful of music festivals in Ohio. Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati tops off the list as the first, and largest, music festival of the summer. Bunbury’s is June 5-7. Bunbury, an all-day event, attracts larger bands and this year’s lineup consists of groups such as Walk the Moon, The Black Keys, Twenty One Pilots, Tame Impala, Snoop Dogg and dozens of others. General admission tickets are $69 and for VIP tickets can go up to $154. For more information on the lineup, tickets and general information, you can visit www.bunburyfestival.com.

     A second, less known music festival is Nelsonville Music Festival. This takes place at Nelson’s Ledges in Nelsonville, Ohio over the course of four days, May 28-31. Guests may either camp out on-site or go on certain days. This causes ticket prices to range depending on which day you attend and whether or not you plan to camp out. A few artists announced so far are St. Vincent, The Flaming Lips, Elephant Revival and Ezra Furman. Artists at Nelsonville tend to fall under the singer-songwriter and indie type music; however, in previous years, artists such as Machine Gun Kelly have performed. For more information on this festival, visit www.nelsonfest.org .

     There are hundreds of festivals across the country this summer that may require a longer trip but are sure to be worth the extra travel. One of the largest and most promising music festivals is Bonnaroo. Bonnaroo is a four-day festival beginning June 11 and ending June 14. Bonnaroo takes place in Manchester, Tenn. and draws thousands nationally and globally to see artists such as Earth Wind and Fire, Childish Gambino, Mumford and Sons and Florence and the Machine. Bonnaroo is another festival where camping is an option. Tickets range from $299-$324. It is one of the pricier music festivals; however, this year’s lineup seems to be a promising one. Visit www.bonnaroo.com for more information on camping and tickets.

     Another large music festival is Lollapalooza, another three-day festival spanning July 31-Aug. 2, in Chicago. This lineup, similar to Bonnaroo, pulls some of the biggest artists in the music industry. This year, a few artists include ALT-J, Paul McCartney, Kid Cudi, Sam Smith, Father John Misty, Tyler the Creator and Bassnectar. Lollapalooza is currently sold out of general admission tickets; however, scalped tickets are still available. Visit www.lollapalooza.com, where there is further information on tickets, artists and frequently asked questions.

     Whether you want to stay close to home or venture out to immerse yourself in the music scene, there is a festival for you. There are hundreds of others going on throughout the summer that range from small local bands to big names. If you’re interested in finding more festivals or information, visit http://www.musicfestivaljunkies.com/festival-guide/us-festivals/, where you can type in an artist, location or genre of music you are interested in and it will link you with a handful of music festivals.


2015-05-19 08:25:07