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4 music festivals to start your summer

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Crowd and sign at night at BonnarooCrowd and sign at night at BonnarooThe crowd seems to go on for miles at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. (Photo: Jason Merritt / Getty Images)

Music festival season is upon us! During the course of the summer, music enthusiasts from around the world will unite at festivals with headbands, henna tattoos and happiness to groove to their favorite bands, DJs and musicians under the summer sun.

We just kicked off the season in São Paulo, Brazil, with the XXXperience Festival and Tomorrowland where Electronic Dance Music (EDM) lovers gathered. Here are four more festivals worth adding to your summer schedule:

Hangout / May 15-17 / Gulf Shores, Alabama


This three-day music festival on the beach features headliners like American groups Foo Fighters and Zac Brown Band, and British artist Sam Smith. The highlight reel from last year will make you want to buy your ticket today!


Bonnaroo / June 11-14 / Manchester, Tennessee


Bonnaroo is an epic music and arts festival that, to quote The New York Times, has “revolutionized the modern rock festival.” This four-day festival features big American names like Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons and Kendrick Lamar.


Spring Awakening / June 12-14 / Chicago, Illinois


This electronic music festival takes places on Soldier Field, one of the oldest NFL stadiums in the U.S. This year it features talents like American DJ Diplo, Dutch DJ Afrojack and Israeli DJ Borgore. Check out this teaser trailer to get pumped up.


Son Libre Festival / June 26-28 / Nimes, France


Finishing up our list of seven is the French festival Son Libre. With electronic artists like British-based Neurodriver, French DJ Miss Tick, and Israelis Meat Katie and Perfect Stranger, this festival will leave you in a dance trance!

Music Festival Summer Schedule Playlist [Part 1]:

The party doesn't have to stop here! Keep an eye out for Part 2, for festivals coming up later in the summer and into fall.

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