America's Most Buzzworthy Music Festivals
Music aficionados, die-hard festival goers and nerds alike gather each year at one of the country's many music festivals to party, meet new friends and listen to outstanding tunes. Vacation rentals are a great option for those traveling across the country to sing along to their favorite artists, because we all know that you shell out the big bucks to score tickets to the most buzzworthy fests around.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Coachella has gotten so big, the festival was extended to two weekends in 2012. Located in the beautiful, but smokin' hot Coachella Valley, this music festival is one of the most beloved events on the West coast. Past performers have included Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Paul McCartney, The Black Keys, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers and The White Stripes. Although the festival allows on-site camping, many prefer to cool off in vacation rentals nearby.
With the beautiful Chicago skyline in one direction and Lake Michigan in the other, Lollapalooza is a mainstay of the Windy City. When Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction started the fest in 1991 as a farewell show for the alternative clan, it was a way to get up-and-coming music out to the masses. Lolla now takes place in Chicago's Grant Park – as well as Brazil and Chile – and welcomes acts like Jack White, Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk and Rage Against the Machine to its stages.
South by Southwest Conference and Festival
You can travel to Austin, Texas, at any time of the year and be immersed in music, but there's nothing quite like South by Southwest. For two weeks in March, Austin is overrun with audiophiles, filmmakers, video-gamers and more. SXSW isn't just a music festival, though. A unique blend of collaborators, artistic innovators and digital gurus gather in one of the country's hippest cities to create, showcase, speak and listen. Vacation home rentals in Austin are the way to go when you're heading to SXSW.
More than 80,000 people gather over 700 acres of farmland in Manchester, Tenn., each year for the four-day festival. Bonnaroo was created as a jam-band fest, but has since welcomed internationally known acts such as Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead and more. Bonnaroo boasts more than 10 stages of music, comedy and art. This epic festival has garnered a name for itself as a modern day Woodstock, and continues to be one of the country's most unique music experiences.
Pitchfork Music Festival
With a little less oomph but plenty of trendsetters, Pitchfork is quickly becoming Chicago's second-best music festival. The fest takes over the West Loop's Union Park, a much smaller green space than Grant Park. Pitchfork is put together by the ultimate trend-following online music publication in the city, and has featured performers like Grimes, Feist, Fleet Foxes, Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer and more.
Located along Lake Michigan, Summerfest is the world's largest music festival featuring a wide variety of musical acts. This super inexpensive event is Milwaukee's finest, and is held on the 75-acre Henry Maier Festival Park. This 11-day music fest features 11 stages, more than 1,000 performers, 900,000 attendees and more than 800 acts. You can catch a show from up-and-coming independent artists as well as greats who have been in the industry for decades. Past performers have included Foo Fighters, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Avett Brothers, Fun., New Kids on the Block, John Mayer and more.
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