Are you thinking about attending a music festival next year? These iconic events are not to be missed! Many of them sell out well in advance so be ready to purchase your tickets as soon as they’re available. Here are the top nine US music festivals every music lover should have on their bucket list for 2020.
Coachella | Indio, California
Coachella is one of the most popular (and massive) music festivals held in the US every year, and tickets sell out fast! Multiple buzz-worthy artists from a variety of genres perform each year, so every music lover should have this one on their bucket list.
Next year’s festival will be held on April 10-12 and 17-19, 2020 in the desert of Indio, California. Last year’s performers included Kid Cudi, Khalid, Solange, The 1975, Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande, Tame Impala, and Janelle Monae. In years past, Bob Dylan, Beyoncé, Prince, and Radiohead have been in attendance.
Music lovers across the globe are on the edge of their seats with anticipation to see who will be included in next year’s lineup. However, several hip-hop managers we spoke to predicted that some big-name rappers will be headlining in 2020!
Lollapalooza | Grant Park, Chicago
Lollapalooza is more than just a music festival, it’s an institution. Lollapalooza is a delightful mix of music, comedy, dancing, and craft booths held in Grant Park, Chicago each year.
The line-up always includes a wonderful variety from multiple genres, including non-profit and political artists and groups. There’s a ton of history surrounding this festival, and it should definitely be on your bucket list if you can swing it.
Next year’s festival dates are July 30- August 2, 2020, and will likely include some of the biggest acts from across the globe, as well as hot new up and coming artists. The lineup in 2019 starred Flume, Twenty One Pilots, Tame Impala, Ariana Grande, The Strokes, and more.
South By Southwest | Austin, Texas
South By Southwest (or SXSW) has been known to launch careers and set some major trends in the entertainment world. This annual festival includes acts from music and film, with interactive performances, screenings, talks, and more thrown into the mix.
There are five areas set up each year; one each for music, comedy, film, interactive, and gaming. There are also ongoing conferences on a variety of topics from technology to fashion and more.
SXSW will take over the City of Austin from March 13-22 in 2020, so don’t wait to buy your tickets if it’s on your bucket list for the coming year. You can view this year’s lineup here.
Pitchfork Music Festival | Union Park, Chicago
Pitchfork Music Festival takes place over a three-day period in Union Park, Chicago each year. Next year’s festival will be held from July 17-19, 2020.
This is another festival that spans multiple genres, including punk, jazz, electronic, hip-hop, rock, and much more. The event is a cultural feast of good music, amazing food and beverages, a record fair, and tons of national and local vendors.
Headlining acts in 2019 included Charli XCX, Clairo, Belle & Sebastian, and HAIM. The festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, so we’re sure it’s going to be spectacular.
Electric Daisy Carnival | Las Vegas, Nevada
The Electric Daisy Carnival is held in Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the UK every year. The festival is more like a fairytale carnival with walkabout performers, lights, and neon décor. The event focuses on electronic music and gets record attendance every year. Next year’s Electric Daisy Carnival will take place on May 15-17, 2020.
Austin City Limits Music Festival | Austin, Texas
The Austin City Limits Music Festival is a massive event that spans eight stages with artists from multiple genres. This event also has an art market, family area, and tons of fabulous food and drink options to indulge your inner foodie.
The 2019 lineup included The Cure, Guns N’ Roses, Billie Eilish, Cardi B, and several other big names in various genres. Although next year’s dates have not been officially announced, it is usually held over the first two weekends in October.
The Governors Ball Music Festival | Randall’s Island, New York
The Governors Ball Music Festival has something for everyone with a variety of awesome music and delicious food. The event includes music from an eclectic mix of genres, including folk, pop, hip-hop, electronic, and rock.
The lineup for 2019 included Nas, Lil Wayne, Brockhampton, Tyler, The Strokes, The Creator, Major Lazar, Florence + the Machine, and more. And, if that’s not enough, the festival is held right in NYC with the famous skyline for a backdrop!
Whether you want to rock out to the beat or just kick back and relax, the Governors Ball Festival should be on your 2020 bucket list. The event will be held on May 29-31 in 2020, and it’s one of the most sought-after music festivals held each year.
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival | New Orleans, Louisiana
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is an iconic event that dates all the way back to 1970. Not only does this event take place in one of the most vibrant cities of the world, but it’s also a cultural experience in its own right that includes so much more than music.
The event takes place over eight days and spreads across 14 different tents and stages. Move than 500,000 music fans attend the festival every year to see headliners like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder and so many more.
Last year’s acts included huge names like Jimmy Buffet, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Van Morrison, Santana, Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, and the Rolling Stones. In 2020, the festival will take place on April 23-28 and May 2-3.
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival | Great Stage Park, Tennessee
Although Bonnaroo originally centered around folk-rock and jam bands, it has expanded over the years to include a variety of genres. Last year’s headliners included the Grand Ole Opry, Cardi B, Solange, The Lumineers, ODESZA, Childish Gambino, Phish, Post Malone, and more.
This festival is known for its friendly vibes and all-inclusive atmosphere. It’s even been called a throwback to the free love days some might remember from the 1960s.
This is one of the most recognizable music events across the globe and it belongs on every music fan’s bucket list. Next year’s event will be held from June 11-14, 2020.
No matter what part of the country you live in or what genre you’re into, there’s a music festival for you in 2020. Every music lover should put at least one of these iconic events on their bucket list for the coming year!
Garon Cockrell is the Founder and Editor of Pop Culture Beast and host of The Pop Culture Beast Show. He founded the site over seven years ago to have a place on the internet to write about the things he loved. Since then, Garon has become a best-selling author (Demonic and Other Tales), an award winning screenwriter (Best Screenplay 2013 Motor City Nightmares Film Festival), and a cast member on the top rated podcast, Never Not Funny.