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26 Festivals Across The World & Where To Stay

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Over the years, Coachella has evolved into a massive, gigantic attraction and thus devoured a lot of festival attention. It’s become the music festival in many ways, and while it’s a supremely fun time, we shouldn’t forget about the very many other music festivals we can hit throughout the year.

Even better, by deciding to spend Coachella money on other festivals, it means exciting new cities to explore and cool new hotels to call home for a weekend. So break out of the annual Coachella routine and head for these awesome music festivals and hotels instead!

By: Jake Kilroy
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CRSSD Festival

San Diego, California
With a focus on and love for EDM, this season’s festival features Flume, Lane 8, Giraffage, Cut Snake, and Amtrac. There’s going to be a whole lot of dancing. Save the dates for March 4-5 at at Waterfront Park.
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Stay At: The Pearl Hotel

Vintage and modern styles get together at this mid-century-styled boutique hotel. Near the lively downtown scene, this cozy, retro gem has cocktail service and a "dive-in theatre at the pool. After taking in music and crowds, a breezy night and a semi-private cabana might be just what you need.
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Lollapalooza

Chicago, Illinois
Founded by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza has branched off internationally, now hosted in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France, and Germany. But the main festival, main descendant of the original, can be found in the Windy City. Last year's headliners included Lana Del Rey, J. Cole, Radiohead, Major Lazer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Ellie Goulding. Save the dates for August 3-6 at Grant Park.
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Stay At: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Opened as a grand athletic club in the 1890s, this downtown gem has been restored, renovated and reborn. It’s kept the historic architectural details and picturesque offerings in tact, from the grand marble staircases to the extraordinary views of Millennium Park. Use the hotel as a headquarters for exploring the local nightlife or mellow out at the rooftop terrace restaurant-bar before returning to the wild of the music festival.
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Glastonbury Festival

Pilton, England
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Right now, the only headliner known for this year is Radiohead, but last year's festival included the likes of Coldplay, Adele, Muse, Beck, New order, and PJ Harvey. Save the dates for June 21-25 at Worthy Farm.
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Stay At: Pennard House

While you’re away from the music, you can disappear into an entirely separate realm at this boutique country house. Seriously, countryside elegance greets you and treats you to the good life at this gorgeous Georgian manor. Amid the 130 acres of beautiful grounds, you’ll find apple orchards and a freshwater pool.
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Ultra Music Festival

Miami, Florida
Easily one of the most epic festivals dedicated to electronic music, this brings multiple stages about for a sincerely gigantic experience. It's even branched off into spin-off festivals everywhere from Ibiza to Buenos Aires to Singapore. Save the dates for March 24-26 at Bayfront Park.
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Stay At: The Miami Beach EDITION

This 3.5-acre private enclave on the water shows you what a luxury beach hotel looks like when it's wholly reimagined for a new generation. Here, you can revitalize your body at the spa after hours and hours of dancing, and then explore America's premier coastal resort city.
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SXSW Festival

Austin, Texas
This has become a hodgepodge of festivals—music, comedy, film, and interactive—but the music portion continues to kill it each and every year. As always, there's an insane amount of music to take in, with acts playing at the same time at different spots. Save the dates for March 13-19 at and around the Austin Convention Center.
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Stay At: Hotel Van Zandt

Designed to be the perfect base for you to crash hard or chill out, this downtown haven happily takes in exhausted music fans and refreshes them so they can return to the wild. Fill up on chef-driven local cuisine at Geraldine's or nap at the pool with a cocktail by the outdoor fireplace.
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Shaky Beats Music Festival

Atlanta, Georgia
Dedicated to EDM, this year's festival scooped headliners such as The Chainsmokers, Kaskade, GRiZ, Girl Talk, Bonobo, Flosstradamus, and Zeds Dead. Save the dates for May 5-7 at Centennial Olympic Park.
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Stay At: Hotel Indigo

Atlanta, Georgia
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Designed by acclaimed architect John Portman, this state-of-the-art hotel is a postmodern masterpiece. Wind down after in your light-filled and luxurious suiter or at the hotel’s JP Atlanta Restaurant & Bar. If you somehow have more energy, you're more than ready to take the surrounding downtown by storm.
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Beale Street Music Festival

Memphis, Tennessee
This festival featuring national and local artists kicks off the month-long Memphis in May festival. Last year had everyone from Neil Young to Weezer to Zedd to Paul Simon to Cypress Hill. Save the dates for May 5-7 at Tom Lee Park.
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The Peabody Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee
In the heart of Memphis, this legendary hotel keeps its reputation as a stylish swirl of old-school bluesy soul and contemporary cosmopolitan. Beloved by guests and celebrated by critics, the grand getaway has offered a one-of-a-kind experience for nearly 150 years. If you’re aiming to really ball out on your festival vacation, look no further. This downtown jewel is more than ready to blow you away with class.
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Shaky Knees Music Festival

Atlanta, Georgia
Only founded a few years ago, as Atlanta was in need of an indie/alternative music festival, this year it brings LCD Soundsystem, the Pixies, Portugal. The Man, Wolf Parade, The XX, Dr. Dog, Phoenix, The Shins, Ryan Adams, and Third Eye Blind. Save the dates for May 12-14 at Centennial Olympic Park.
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Stay At: Glenn Hotel

Atlanta, Georgia
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This is the kind of charming boutique hotel you dream of after a long day. For starters, you're greeted with a refreshing libation and a warm, scented towel. From there, your experience at this downtown favorite is up to you. Feel free to hit Glenn's Kitchen for comfort food with southern flair, Living Room for loungey hangs of coffee or cocktails, or SkyLounge, the city's first rooftop bar that's open year-round. That’s just what’s at the hotel; the local hot spots await.
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Sasquatch! Music Festival

The Gorge, Washington
Time to disappear to nature and the best way to spend Memorial Day weekend. This year’s festival has an all-star lineup that includes Chance the Rapper, MGMT, Mac Miller, Phantogram, Twenty One pilots, Aesop Rock, The Head and The Heart, American Football, and Frank Ocean. Save the dates for May 26-28 at The Gorge.
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Stay At: On Site!

The Gorge, Washington
Depending if you go standard camping or premier, your experience of course changes. Food trucks and vendors can be found on the grounds, along with security patrols. Showers are available too—free if premier, a small fee if not. There’s also quite a difference in restrooms. But either way, hey, you’re camping somewhere gorgeous!
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Governors Ball Music Festival

New York, New York
All kinds of music are welcome here, from electronic to rap to rock to folk. This year’s killer lineup of headliners include Wu-Tang Clan, Lorde, Tool, Childish Gambino, Air, Chance the Rapper, Flume, Beach House, Phoenix, and Cage the Elephant. Save the dates for June 2-4 at Randall's Island Park.
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Stay At: Boro Hotel

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Take in stunning New York City skyline properly, with floor-to-ceiling windows and plenty of natural light. With hardwood floors, spacious porcelain tiled bathrooms, and an industrial chic vibe, you'll feel like you're living as a local in a loft. Not a bad place to call home in between festival days.
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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Manchester, Tennessee
This is how you properly use hundreds of acres of farmland, by putting on a festival that invites all sorts of musicians and all kinds of fans. This year, the lineup includes U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott, Marshmello, Major Lazer, and Future Islands. Save the dates for June 8-11 at Great Stage Park.
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Stay At: On Site!

Manchester, Tennessee
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It can get hot and humid pretty quick in a Tennessee June, but the camping grounds are filled with so much spirit and so many characters, it's hard to turn down. Whether you’re camping by way of car, RV, or Le Bon Tent, you’re welcome.
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Splendour in the Grass

Yelgun, Australia
An awesome mix of alternative, electronic, and hip hop, Splendour in the Grass has welcomed all kinds of big names over the years, from The Cure and The Strokes to Flume and Mark Ronson to Outkast and Jurassic 5. This year, save the date for July 21-23 at the North Byron Parklands.
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Stay At: Byron Beach Abodes

A short walk from the best beaches in town, this family-run string of houses, cottages, and villas is as cozy as it is contemporary. It's private relaxing luxury with style, in case you're after somewhere that feels like a home away from home when you’re not rocking out or dancing at the festival.
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Firefly Music Festival

Dover, Delaware
You're about to make a whole lot of new friends with the 70,000+ other campers in the woods. But you’ll have a lot of musical experiences to share, so it’s all good. Headliners include Bob Dylan and His Band, Muse, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Weezer, Miike Snow, Kesha, and Thirty Seconds to mars. Save the dates for June 15-18 at The Woodlands.
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Stay At: On Site!

Dover, Delaware
Whether you're tent camping, RV camping, or glamping, it's all good and you'll be among friends and soon-to-be friends. Explore “the Hubs” for anything you need as an on-site camper. Plus, not only are there bars and a farmers’ market, there are also campground activities to rally behind like yoga and volleyball.
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Vans Warped Tour

All Over The USA
The predominantly punk, pop punk, and ska festival returns, though this year’s lineup isn’t nailed down yet. Last year's traveling festival included Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, Reel Big Fish, Sum 41, Yellowcard, and Good Charlotte. Save the dates for June 16 - August 6, but July 16 specifically for Washington, DC.
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Stay At: The Line Hotel DC

Set in DC's only 24-hour neighborhood, where all-night diners are a hit, this new hotel is found in a historic 110-year-old church. Simple and stylish, the interior spaces and outdoor patios make you feel like you're staying with friends. When you're not at the festival, explore the area's coffee shops, bookstores, flower shops, and vintage boutiques.
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Panorama Festival

New York, New York
This is only the second year for Panorama, but it was a sure-fire hit in its inaugural outing. This year is on track to be a smash too, with headliners Frank Ocean, Solange, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Nine Inch Nails, and A Tribe Called Quest. Save the date for July 28-30 at Randall's Island Park.
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Stay At: SIXTY Soho

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In one of the Big Apple’s most vibrant neighborhoods, this luxury boutique hotel is a saving grace of cool and colorful comfort. If you're after a sophisticated bohemian atmosphere in your festival downtime, this killer joint is it. It's lively big city style with newly renovated suites and stunning upscale spaces.
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Golden Plains Festival

Victoria, Australia
A fun mixture of recent come-up acts and long-established ones, this year’s festival features singer-songwriters and bands such as Neil Finn, Nicolas Jaar, Princess Nokia, The Specials, and Kurt Vile. Dive into the supernatural of the Full Moon Party accordingly and save the dates for March 11-13 at the Meredith Supernatural Ampitheatre.
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Stay At: On Site!

Victoria, Australia
With newly expanded campgrounds this year, you have no reason to leave the grounds of the festival. Bring your A-game as campers have been known to get creative and elaborate with their set-ups meaning you'll be in great (and fun) company.
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Essence Festival

New Orleans, Louisiana
Put on by Essence, the magazine focused on black women's lifestyle and fashion trends, this year’s festival is welcoming Diana Ross, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, and Solange to the stage. Save the dates for June 29 - July 2 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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Stay At: Q&C Hotel

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Your perfect launch pad for escapes is tucked between the French Quarter and the Warehouse/Arts District. Indeed, this slick hotel caters to "gastro-nerds, music fans, and culture junkies," always treating each and every guest with southern hospitality. Either sink into the coziness of your room or end up at one of the city's best happy hours at the hotel bar.
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Newport Folk Festival

Newport, Rhode Island
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A staple of the folk music scene since 1959, the festival has expanded its inclusion over the years, even celebrating the likes of alternative country and folk punk these days. This year, ticket-holders are treated to artists like Fleet Foxes, Drive-by Truckers, Rhiannon Giddens, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Marlon Williams, and Margaret Glaspy. Save the dates for July 28 - 30 at Fort Adams State Park.
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Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina

Newport, Rhode Island
If you're after the most keen post-festival retreat, this is surely it. With expansive grounds offering 360-degree views of the water, it's easy to feel instantly relaxed at this getaway. Here, you’ll also find exceptional dining options, spa treatments, and secluded shoreline cocktails for the best sunsets around. Meanwhile, if you regain your energy, you close to vineyards, museums, golf courses, state parks, and the area's landmark mansions.
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Made in America Festival

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Created by Jay-Z a few years ago, this festival brings in hip hop, pop, rock, and electronic music. Last year featured Rihanna, Coldplay, Chance the Rapper, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, ColleGrove, FKA twigs, and Jamie xx. What better way to spend Labor Day weekend than listening to jam after jam at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway?
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Stay At: Hotel Palomar - Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
In city center, with all the eats and drinks you could want, this spirited blend of modern comfort and local authenticity is ready to make you feel like contemporary royalty. When you're not at the festival, really get to know the city while living at one of the hotel’s new American style rooms.
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Austin City Limits Music Festival

Austin, Texas
Having evolved from the notable PBS concert series of the same name, this festival brought the ruckus last year with Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, LCD Soundsystem, M83, Die Antwoord, and Major Lazer. Save the dates for October 6-8 and October 13-17 at Zilker Park for this year’s.
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Stay At: South Congress Hotel

Mid-century modern design shines at this beautiful boutique hotel. Smack in the heart of an iconic shopping, dining, and entertainment district, this getaway is just naturally cool. That's all there is to it, with its stylish yet casual decor that flows throughout the lobby, bar, coffee shop, and restaurants. If you even make it to the festival, that’s pretty huge.
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Burning Man Festival

Black Rock Desert, Nevada
Burning Man's been around since the 1980s, but gained serious ground in recent years. It's more than a music and arts festival. It's a gathering and experimental self-sustaining community, one that is built by attendees and then deconstructed at the end. Save the dates for August 27 - September 4 out in the desert.
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Stay: On Site!

Black Rock Desert, Nevada
It's so hard to even begin to explain what this could look like. Theme camps and villages are at the core of your stay here, as each one takes communal support and inspiration. But it makes for a unique, memorable, and wonderfully wild stay in the desert each and every time.
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The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

New Orleans, Louisiana
Having been around since 1999, this lively festival pretty much welcomes all genres with a soft spot for local beloved acts. Last year brought together some killer acts, such as The Weeknd, Tool, Arcade Fire, Band of Horses, Cage the Elephant, and Rae Sremmurd. Save the dates for October 27-29 at City Park for this year’s.
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Stay At: Ace Hotel New Orleans

In a historic building radiating 1920s art deco pizzazz, this stunning hotel is surrounded by museums, galleries, shops, and bars. This charming and confident blend of old-world class and new wave bohemian chill is going to make it impossible to ever go home.
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FYF Fest

Los Angeles, California
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Along with multiple genres of music, the festival also features art installations and a night market. Last year featured headliners Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, and Grace Jones. Save the dates for July 22-23 at Exposition Park.
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Stay At: The Line Hotel

In Koreatown, this modern and loungey hotel sits in an iconic building surrounded by some of the the big city's coolest restaurants and bars. But staying in may be just as good of a call. Mellow out in style with a cocktail by the pool, where you can find foosball and ping pong in the evening. Dine well at Commissary, given that it's helmed by legendary chef Roy Choi. It’s up to you; pretty hard to not have the best time here.
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Magnetic Fields Festival

Alsisar, India
Keen on big names as well as local rising stars, this magical festival makes a point to honor the world beyond music as well. That's why you'll find art installations, yoga sessions, and stargazing workshops. There's also kite-flying and a treasure hunt. Is there a better place to party than a 17th Century palace?
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Stay At: Amanbagh

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An award-winning homage to the local golden era, this modern day palace proves to be a vibrant oasis. At such a glorious walled compound, you can feel like royalty while relaxing or strolling among palm trees, fruit trees, and eucalyptus trees. It's a tranquil base surrounded by rich heritage and dramatic landscapes.
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Vive Latino Festival

Mexico City, Mexico
Welcoming musical acts from all over North and South America, this festival brings rock and Latin music to life. This year, the Ibero-American Festival of Musical Culture will have everyone from Blasasónicos to Prophets of Rage to Jarabe de Palo to Rancid. Save the dates for March 18-19 at Foro Sol.
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Stay At: Chaya B&B Boutique

As this boutique bed and breakfast goes back to the roots of hospitality, you can forget hiding away in your hotel room here. This warm and welcoming space encourages travelers to interact with each other and allows them to explore the city on their own terms. You'll find such a curious spot atop a recently renovated building, where the staff will do what they can to ensure you eat, drink, and stay merry.
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Field Day Festival

London, England
This festival stays young at heart by keeping up its usual fun and games at the Village Green. Otherwise, with a range of lively acts that include Flying Lotus, Thee Oh Sees, Run the Jewels, Aphex Twin, Death Grips, it should be an epic collection of performances. Save the date for June 3 at Victoria Park.
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Stay At: The Hoxton Shoreditch

This is one of the coolest places to stay in town and you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who disagrees. Cleverly designed bedrooms (including a few concept rooms) and a terrific restaurant and bar await you with the good life. So kick your heels up and settle in, unless it’s time to hit the town.
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