Coachella – Indio, California
If you are going to come up with a list of the most popular and well-known music festivals in the United States, it is obvious that Coachella cannot be ignored. Born in Indio, California in the late 1990s, this music festival has grown from a small and relatively affordable festival to one of the most sought-after and exclusive festivals in the United States, featuring quotes the jet set, influential and famous people.
This year, the six-day festival will take place from April 17 to 23 and will feature the crème de la crème of the contemporary music world. This year artists like Bad Bunny, Blackpink, Yungblud, Calvin Harris and many other modern young artists will perform. In previous editions artists of the stature of Paul McCartney, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Radiohead and Snoop Dogg have participated. With so many different artists performing at Coachella, everyone can have a good time, whatever your taste in music. Arrive early as Coachella sells out quickly and it’s also one of the most expensive music festivals in the US so make sure you pack a full wallet.
Lollapalooza – Chicago, Illinois
The Lollapalooza festival, which has been held in Chicago (Illinois) since 1991, was initially part of the farewell tour of the American rock band Jane’s Addiction. Affectionately called Lolla by more than 300,000 fans, this hard rock and metal festival lasts a weekend and is held each summer in downtown Chicago. This year, the Lollapalooza festival falls on the weekend of August 3-6, and the likes of Metallica, Green Day, Dua Lipa and Maneskin will make an appearance. If you like the most intense and alternative music, this festival is undoubtedly for you.
Electric Zoo–New York
If electric music like techno, dance, and hardstyle are more your thing, chances are the Electric Zoo festival is for you. This festival is one of the largest music festivals held annually in New York City, attracting the attention of tens of thousands of fans of electric music.
Held every year in the fall season, the festival began in 2009, and has been gaining popularity ever since, even beyond the borders of the United States. The festival has different editions held around the world, such as in Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Mexico City and Shanghai. It represents all the subgenres of the electric music genre, such as the already mentioned hardstyle, dance and techno, but also a wide variety of other styles. If you want to dance the night away to the hypnotic beat of music, the Electric Zoo is the place for you.
Not to be confused with the English city of Manchester, this hippie-style festival is held annually in the city of Manchester, in the rural US state of Tennessee. Even though it is compared to more famous festivals like Woodstock, it is not a country style festival at all, and you can listen to a lot of different music, especially hard rock. This year artists like Paramore and Foo Fighters will perform. Although not as popular as Coachella and Lollapalooza, for example, and much smaller, there is no doubt that some 100,000 fans flock to the festival each year during the summer weekend in June.
Burning Man – Black Rock Desert, Nevada
Do you want to do something totally different? Be sure to visit the Burning Man festival, which takes place every year at the end of summer, in August. Every year a temporary city rises from nothing that attracts thousands of fans, volunteers and artists of all kinds.
This festival has an artistic flair to it, so don’t miss the fireworks displays, extravagant art installations, and musical performances by world-renowned artists, but most of all, don’t miss out on partying all night. The highlight of the festival is the burning of a huge wooden effigy as the festival draws to a close. Keep in mind that, as it is held in the desert, sandstorms can occur. So if you plan to go, bring some sunglasses and scarves to protect you from the sand.
Ready for the festival season in the USA? Apply for an ESTA in advance
Whether you want to go to just one specific festival or want to experience the entire season of American festivals, you must apply for an ESTA in advance. With an ESTA, which is a digital travel authorization for the United States, you can make an unlimited number of trips to the United States for up to two years, and you can stay there for up to three months per individual trip. Once you have completed the ESTA application form and submitted the passport scan, the ESTA is generally approved within three days. Do you need the ESTA faster? You can then submit an urgent request. They are usually processed within an hour.