The 20 Best Music Festivals of Summer 2019

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage 

New Orleans 

April 25-May 5 

Including: Katy Perry, J Balvin, Herbie Hancock 

It's putting it mildly to state the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival offers a differing lineup: Do you long for the times of mid 2010s popular music? Katy Perry is here. Is it accurate to say that you are hip to reggaeton? You will be once J Balvin sets out a set. Is it accurate to say that you are dismantling up to invest energy with your individual jazz-heads? Herbie Hancock is at the keys. This 50th commemoration spread, held more than two long ends of the week, is a period for revelation and to encounter specialists that you've gone through a lifetime with; simply come arranged to be overpowered. – Alphonse Pierre 

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Something in the Water 

Virginia Beach, Virginia 

April 26-28 

Including: Pharrell, Rosalía, Travis Scott, Migos 

Drifting NOW 

Ken Burns Rates Mockumentaries, Psychedelics, and "Old Town Road" 

Something in the Water, held in Pharrell's main residence of Virginia Beach, should utilize the maker/artist's ability as an industry tastemaker and guardian, with sets by Travis Scott, Pusha-T, and Rosalía. The genuine article will likewise arrange a profession review of sorts in a "Pharrell and Friends" set that incorporates appearances by Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Usher, and that's only the tip of the iceberg. It's a champion new offering in the overstuffed celebration season. – Alphonse Pierre 

Annie Mac Presents Lost and Found Festival 

St. Paul's Bay, Malta 

May 2-5 

Including: Black Coffee, Lady Leshurr, Honey Dijon, Octavian 

Lost and Found Festival is the genuine augmentation of Annie Mac's flawless move music programming for BBC Radio 1. For three days in bright Malta, she ministers an electronic music shelter with sets by Black Coffee, DJ Seinfeld, and Peggy Gou, just as a sprinkling of grime specialists like Lady Leshurr, Octavian, and AJ Tracey. The genuine distinguishing mark for this occasion may be the independently ticketed shoreline party, however, which gloats an assorted, in a split second unbelievable program of Honey Dijon, Jazzy Jeff, Koffee, and Ms. Macintosh herself. – Michelle Kim 

37d03d Festival 


May 3-4 

Including: Justin Vernon, Aaron Dessner, Boys Noize, Sinkane 

Articulated "Individuals Festival"— read the celebration's name by flipping around it, similar to a brash adding machine joke—this end of the week curated by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and the National's Aaron Dessner moves to New York following two years in Berlin. Vernon and Dessner will be joined by specialists including Boys Noize, Sinkane, and Greg Fox to perform new music at the Pioneer Works craftsmanship space in Brooklyn. This is a celebration in the loosest conceivable feeling of the term, with an emphasis on the craftsmen cooperating in residency to convey exhibitions that may never happen again. – Noah Yoo

Structure Arcosanti 

Arcosanti, Arizona 

May 10-12 

Highlighting: DJ Koze, Peggy Gou, Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals 

Presently entering its 6th year, FORM Arcosanti stays one of North America's most reliably creative celebrations. Situated inside Arcosanti, a strange idealistic town planned by the Italian-American engineer Paolo Soleri, FORM centers around giving enthusiastic encounters over scene. As there are no VIP tickets or covering sets, the celebration pulls in a liberal, masterful group—just as tremendous specialists hoping to try different things with increasingly personal sets. – Quinn Moreland 

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Rolling Loud 


May 10-12 

Highlighting: Lil Wayne, Young M.A, DMX, Lil Uzi Vert 

It just took five years for Rolling Loud to turn into rap's head music celebration, a Rock the Bells for the SoundCloud age. This year, it offers its most balanced lineup yet, brimming with veterans like DMX, Rick Ross, and Gucci Mane; once and future stars like Playboi Carti and Young Thug; and energizing prospects like Lil Tjay and Polo G. After often experiencing harsh criticism for its absence of sexual orientation decent variety, its number of ladies at last hits twofold digits with Cardi B, Young M.A, Megan Thee Stallion, Saweetie, and then some. In addition, there will be over twelve "Lil"s in participation—Wayne, Uzi Vert, Baby, and Durk among them. This is such a wide-extending grouping of rappers, you'll make sure to get a couple of you adore, some you never expected to like, and a bunch you've never at any point known about. – Sheldon Pearce 

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Chambord x Cercle 

Chambord, France 

May 11 

Highlighting: Solomun, Stephan Bodzin, Polo and Pan 

Cercle is a livestream stage that puts on tremendous gatherings by setting DJ stalls in amazing areas. Plunging back in their files of video film, you can imagine that you're raving in the Eiffel tower, amidst the Pacific Ocean, or in the Palais des Beaux-Arts. Cercle will have their first celebration at the lovely Château de Chambord, where enormous name DJs like Solomun and Stephan Bodzin will direction a great many individuals before the palace grounds. Ruler Francis I could have never envisioned such a festival. – Michelle Kim 

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Primavera Sound 

Barcelona, Spain 

May 30 - June 1 

Including: Erykah Badu, Rosalìa, Miley Cyrus, Danny Brown 

Situated in Barcelona's beachside Parc del Fòrum, Primavera Sound will cause you to rediscover why music celebrations can be so mind boggling. Not exclusively is the setting sensational, the lineup is huge, flaunting 226 entertainers crossing adored non mainstream rockers to reggaeton saints to move floor divas. This year, Primavera propelled their "New Normal" battle, which focuses on a sex equivalent lineup; over half of the current year's entertainers are female. Additionally, Pitchfork comes back with its very own stage near the paella stand! – Quinn Moreland 

Roots Picnic 


June 1 

Highlighting: The Roots, H.E.R., 21 Savage 

The Roots Picnic is cognizant that celebrations are advancing: A live session of "The Joe Budden Podcast" is charged over Raphael Saadiq versus Soulquarians, City Girls, and Blueface. Different digital broadcasts like Crissle and Kid Fury's "The Read" are getting comparative treatment, an intriguing move for these projects that regularly don't get the regard they merit. In any case, this Picnic is still about the music, as a matter of first importance: It's featured, obviously, by the Roots, will's identity playing out their acclaimed collection Things Fall Apart for its twentieth commemoration. H.E.R., 21 Savage, and Lil Baby round out the lineup. – Alphonse Pierre 

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Dim Mofo 

Hobart, Tasmania 

June 6-23 

Including: Sharon Van Etten 

Finally year's Dark Mofo, hung on the tough Australian island of Tasmania, the craftsman Mike Parr went through 72 hours "buried" in a steel box covered underneath a bustling road—not bad, but at the same time not enough to blow anyone's mind for a sight and sound celebration, planned toward the Southern Hemisphere's winter solstice, that takes fate higher than ever (and profundities). The current year's occasion may not include the red neon transformed crosses that frustrated a few Christians a year ago, yet the quality of incitement should endure. The craftsman Simon Denny's Mine establishment investigates the convergence of mineral extraction, information gathering, and increased reality; the Dark and Dangerous Thoughts symposium will investigate dread, sex, race, and provincial chronicles. Sharon Van Etten is the main performer reported up until this point, yet a look finally year's lineup—Alice Glass and Zola Jesus, Electric Wizard, Einstürzende Neubauten, Tanya Tagaq—proposes a lot of rushes are coming up. – Philip Sherburne 

Nature Loves Courage 

Sougia, Crete 

June 7-8 

Highlighting: DJ Paypal, Nkisi, Juliana Huxtable 

Sougia, a minor, beachside town settled against rough mountains on the southern bank of Crete, isn't commonly connected with the worldwide celebration circuit. However, that makes it the ideal cure to the vacationer crowds in Ibiza and Croatia. The debut version of Nature Loves Courage guarantees two evenings of bleeding edge move music—the profound footwork of DJ Paypal, the polyrhythmic fate techno of Nkisi, the wide-extending sets of the interactive media craftsman Juliana Huxtable—with a solid spotlight on the sorts of assorted variety and radical inclusivity to which most celebrations just pay lip administration. The occasion's name originates from a statement by the hallucinogenic pioneer Terence McKenna, who announced that enchantment is made "by throwing yourself into the void and finding it's a quill bed." For two conceivably mystical days, 350 revelers will find the opportunity to do only that. – Philip Sherburne 

Superb Island 

Plage de Vaires-Torcy, Paris 

June 8-9 

Including: Nina Kraviz, Marcel Dettmann, Âme, Loco Dice 

Superb Island is a yearly electronic music social affair hung on an excellent, sandy island on the edges of Paris. The lineup is catnip for the Resident Advisor set: Berghain stalwart Marcel Dettmann features the main night, while Russian techno expert Nina Kraviz directions the second. Ravers can take move breaks on the shoreline or even voyage around in an oar pontoon. – Noah Yoo 


Somerset, England 

June 26-30 

Highlighting: Stormzy, Janet Jackson, Vampire Weekend, Low 

In the wake of taking a year off to gives its fields a chance to recoup, Glastonbury comes back with a wondrous, unmistakable lineup that proceeds with its takeoff from rockist convention. This is very likely the most varied show at any point put on at Worthy Farm. Grime star Stormzy, just the third hip-bounce main event ever, joins the Cure and the Killers on the bill and leads the celebration's most complex rap determination to date (Wu-Tang Clan, Little Simz, Lizzo, Stefflon Don, Slowthai). A few ages of dark ladies stay the long end of the week—Janet Jackson, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mavis Staples, Janelle Monáe, and Fatoumata Diawara among them—with abundant space left for a couple of huge stage staples like Tame Impala and Vampire Weekend. From inestimable jazz (Kamasi Washington) to flamenco pop (Rosalía) to marvelous automaton (Low), there is something for everybody in the revived field. – Sheldon Pearce 

Kutnà Hora, Czech RDreadful Teepee epublic 

July 12-14 


In the event that you hadn't speculated from its name or the site—that's right, that is an insidious Gremlin blazing a toothsome smile on the first page of a year ago's lineup—Creepy Teepee has a wound comical inclination. Established in punk and the iciest edges of electronic periphery music, it's a refreshingly countercultural suggestion, a worldwide social occasion of oneself distinguished "Overall WEIRD," given to decrees like "No Nation! Free Fashion! Be Your Own Corporation!" and "Make the Fortress Europe Fall!" Artists raging the bulwarks this year presently can't seem to be reported, yet on the off chance that ongoing years' lists are anything to pass by (Iceage, Klein, Calvin Johnson, Yves Tumor, Nídia), it'll be each piece the mindfuck that their visual communication is. – Philip Sherburne



July 19-21 

Including: Robyn, HAIM, The Isley Brothers, Earl Sweatshirt 

Pitchfork Festival is little enough to permit you some close to home space however populated enough for you to mix in while definitely rapping along to Earl Sweatshirt and moving—all alone, by what other method?— to Robyn. At the point when it's the ideal opportunity for a break from the music, head over to the record tent and drain cash joyfully. Different spots for getaway: pizza stands, bao stands, cutting edge electronic acts at the Blue Stage. We're one-sided, sure, yet we believe it's a quite incredible time. – Matthew Strauss 

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Afro Nation 

Portimao, Portugal 

August 1-4 

Including: Wizkid, Stefflon Don, Octavian, Ms. Explosive 

On the off chance that you've at any point needed to see the heavenly trinity of Afropop—Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy—around the same time on a sparkling shoreline, Afro Nation Portugal is your answer. The weekend praises all things Afropop, dancehall, hip-bounce, and R&B. Beside those Nigerian stars, there will likewise be diverse contributions from their diasporic siblings and sisters situated in the UK (Stefflon Don, Ms. Explosive, Octavian) and Jamaica (Busy Signal, Kranium). Come December, the celebration will make a beeline for Accra for its Ghanian portion. – Michelle Kim 

Purchase tickets to Afro Nation here. 

Stream Festival 

Helsinki, Finland 

August 9-11 

Highlighting: Cardi B, Tame Impala, the Cure, Robyn 

Stream Festival is becoming famous as perhaps the best celebration in Scandinavia, joining extraordinary global main events with varied, splendidly curated supporting acts (huge numbers of them from the district). This year may be its best yet: Cardi B, Tame Impala, and the Cure top the bill, joined by Robyn, Neneh Cherry, Earl Sweatshirt, Blood Orange, Mitski, and the sky is the limit from there. This year, the Finnish National Opera introduces their own slate of workmanship programming and exhibitions, and choreographer Wayne McGregor presents his piece Autobiography, with its unique score performed live by its author: Jlin. – Noah Yoo 

Railbird Festival 

Lexington, Kentucky 

August 10-11 

Including: The Raconteurs, Mavis Staples, Brandi Carlile, Tyler Childers 

In case you're searching for a reason to drink your way along Kentucky's Bourbon Trail, the debut Railbird Fest is an extraordinary one. The two-day occasion happens at the memorable Keeneland steed hustling grounds and, in evident Lexington design, it offers steed wagering and drink tasting. With your highball glass and enormous floppy cap, it's an ideal minute to luxuriate in the brilliance of rulers like Mavis Staples, Lucinda Williams, and Brandi Carlile. The Raconteurs and Gary Clark Jr. give the all out destroying, there are a lot of country groups close behind, and for the full Kentucky experience, you can't miss Paintsville vocalist musician Tyler Childers. What's more, bring your folks—Hozier's featuring! – Evan Minsker 

Purchase tickets to Railbird Festival here. 

Mutek Montreal 


August 20-25 

Highlighting: Jlin, Gaika, Call Super, Huerco S. 

Mutek commends its twentieth year in Montreal with a regularly vigorously incline towards mechanical advancement and vivid encounters. The weekend will highlight A/V sets from futurists Sinjin Hawke and Zora Jones, just as advanced tinkerer Ash Koosha. The lineup is balanced with craftsmen like Jlin, the dancehall experimentalist Gaika, and the overwhelming techno Call Super. Close by the seven day stretch of melodic exhibitions, Mutek likewise touts a three-day innovation meeting encompassing themes like AI, vivid media, and blockchain, so you can get genuine world mind. – Michelle Kim 



August 24-25 

Highlighting: FKA twigs, Kamasi Washington, Tierra Whack, Jill Scott 

Welcome to Afropunk, where you will sweat the majority of the item out of your hair, stand side by side with a huge number of outsiders similarly as sticky as you seem to be, and get caught in a flooding walkway exploring Commodore Barry Park. Afropunk can be muddled be that as it may, in any case, everybody consistently returns, since it's uncommon to discover a space this comprehensive and agent. Consistently, dark culture will be regarded and underrepresented networks will have their voice heard, with no contrivances or disingenuity—and the exhibitions by FKA twigs, Kamasi Washington, Tierra Whack, and more will mirror that. – Alphonse Pierre

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