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7 US Music Festivals You Can’t Miss This Spring

With Spring just around the corner, bringing with it the promise of longer days, hotter weather and endless BBQs, we can’t help but get excited about 2018’s music festivals. Booting out the winter blues, it’s about this time every year that we re-open our festival confirmation email and remind ourselves of the epic package we’ve chosen (largely because our accompanying friends want to know the toilet-to-field ratio or other annoying questions like ‘should I bring a tent?’). If you’re not in the band of people who booked festival tickets the second they were released, don’t worry, there’s still plenty of tickets left for some of the most popular festivals across the United States. We’ve listed below our top seven festivals happening this Spring or early in the Summer season, starting right now in April and rolling through to mid June.

1. Coachella

APRIL 13-15, 2018 – APRIL 20-22, 2018

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival takes place at the Empire Polo Club, located in Indio, in the California desert, and spreads across two weekends. The event features music from an array of genres including rock, hip hop, indie and electronic dance and the 2018 festival runs from Friday 13th April to Sunday 22nd April 2018. Headliners this year include Beyoncé, Eminem and The Weeknd. Haim, David Bryne, Alt-J and Fleet Foxes will all be making an appearance over the course of the festival. Check out the passes available here and purchase your tickets to the most talked about and star-studded festival of the year!

Book your bus to Indio here

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2. Shaky Beats Music Festival

MAY, 11-13, 2018

This May, the Centennial Olympic Park, in Atlanta, will be housing the Shaky Beats Music Festival for the third time since its inauguration in 2016. The festival runs from Friday 11th May to Sunday 13th May, and 2018 headliners include Marshmello (playing Friday), Zedd (playing Saturday) and Kygo (playing Sunday). Other artists include Seven Lions, Excision, Dillon Francis, and tickets can be purchased here for 1 or 3-day passes including General, VIP, and Platinum admission.

Book your bus to Atlanta here

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3. Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas

MAY, 18-20, 2018

Las Vegas’s Electric Daisy Carnival is one of the biggest electronic dance music festivals in the world. The 2018 festival runs from Friday 18th May to Sunday 20th May and features music from the biggest names in dance music including Armin Van Buuren, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Tiesto and Diplo. Click here to get yourself a ticket to Las Vegas’s biggest party!

Book your bus to Las Vegas here

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4. Sasquatch! Music Festival

MAY, 25-27, 2018

The Sasquatch! Music Festival takes place this year on Friday 25th May to Sunday 27th May at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. Music genres include indie rock, alternative rock, EDM, hip hop and singer songwriters and spreads out across five stages. Headliners included Bon Iver, Tyler, the Creator and Ray LaMontagne. Ticket prices begin at $129 for a day ticket and go up to three-day passes.

Book your bus to Seattle here and your shuttle from Seattle to George here

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5. The Governors Ball Music Festival

JUNE, 1-3, 2018

The Governors Ball Music Festival spreads over three days in June and is held on Randall’s Island in New York. From Friday, June 1st to Sunday, June 3rd you can immerse yourself in a weekend of indie, rock, pop, folk, hip-hop and electronic music late into the early morning. The festival is also renowned for having some of New York’s finest food trucks on site which makes for a tasty weekend. The lineup includes big names such as Travis Scott, Jack White, Halsey and Eminem. Check out ticket packages here!

Book your bus to New York here

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6. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

JUNE, 7-10, 2018

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is an annual four-day event that began in 2002. The festival takes place on a 700-acre farm, Great Stage Park, located in Manchester, Tennessee and features indie rock, world music, jazz, bluegrass, folk and electronic to name a few genres. This year, the festival runs from Thursday 7th June to Sunday 10th June with headliners including Muse, Eminem, and The Killers. Pick up your general admission or VIP tickets here.

Book your bus to Nashville here and your shuttle from Nashville to Manchester here

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7. Firefly Music Festival

June, 14-17, 2018

Firefly Music Festival takes place in Dover, Delaware in the woodlands of the Dover International Speedway, a 105-acre festival ground. With all that space, it is no wonder the festival boasts seven stages and endless camping grounds. This year, the festival runs from Thursday 14th June to Sunday 17th June and features music from Eminem, who seems to be having a busy summer, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers and Martin Garrix. Lucky for you, there’s still some general and VIP tickets left here.

Book your bus to Dover here

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This post was written by Hannah Hilton, a UK-based freelance travel writer and keen photographer. Check out Hannah’s adventures on her website, and follow her on Instagram.