7 Music Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss in 2018

With Coachella kicking off the music festival season over the weekend, we realised there are few better ways to embrace someplace new than by enjoying some quality outdoor beats. So today we’re putting together our pick of the best summer music festivals around.

1. Outside Lands (San Francisco)

Now in its eleventh year, the music festival will return to San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park on August 10-12th, once again showcasing a world-class music, art and comedy lineup.

Good food is one of the most important contributors to a great festival weekend. At Outside Lands they take the culinary lineup very seriously. This year, fans will have access to over 200 menu items from the best Bay Area restaurants, hundreds of Northern Californian wines and beers, and a collection of the region’s best cocktail bars. If you have a few days either side of the festival, San Francisco is a very Insta worthy city, check out some of our favourite spots.

When: August 10-12

Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Tickets: 3-day GA: $375 + fees

Who’s Playing: The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine and Janet Jackson, Huey Lewis and the News, Bon Iver, Jamie XX and more.

More information: https://www.sfoutsidelands.com/

2. Sea Sessions (Donegal)

Sea Sessions

This is one of our favourite festivals on the list. Taking place on Bundoran Beach in Donegal, this year’s music festival marks Sea Sessions’ tenth year. The festival sits on the Wild Atlantic Way and we can’t think of a better way to kick start your journey along Ireland’s west coast.

This is the only event in Ireland that brings together the unique lifestyle aspects of surfing, music, skating, BMX, beach sports and more, into a three-day camping festival.

When: June 10-24

Where: Bundoran, Donegal

Tickets: 3-day GA from €109.90

Who’s Playing: Dizzee Rascal, Kormac, Delerentos, Chasing Abbey, Jerry Fish, Walking On Cars, Rudimental and more.

More information: http://seasessions.com/

3. Primavera Sound (Barcelona)

Primavera Sound lineup

This year’s Primavera Sound has one of the most impressive lineups of the summer. It is arguably Europe’s trendiest festival especially without Glastonbury happening in 2018. If you are a foodie, Barcelona is a wonderful place to visit. Allow some time either side of the festival to try some of Barcelona’s best cafés and restaurants.

When: 23 May – 03 June

Where: Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona

Tickets: Full festival ticket €215

Who’s Playing: Björk, The National, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Lykke Li, Haim, Chvrches, The War on Drugs, Vince Staples, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and many more.

More information: https://www.primaverasound.com/?lang=en

4. Panorama Music Festival (New York City)

Panorama Lineup

Goldenvoice, a.k.a. the team behind Coachella, have made Panorama its east coast equivalent music festival. Make sure to visit The LAB. It’s an interactive experience that combines technology, artistry and design. The highlight of The LAB is a 360-degree 90-foot virtural reality theatre. If it’s your first time in New York, take some time out to soak up the atmosphere in the city that never sleeps.

When: July 27-29

Where: New York City, New York

Tickets: 3-day GA from $250

Who’s Playing: Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, The Killers, The XX, Odesza, Fleet Foxes, Japenese Breakfast, David Byrne and more.

More information: http://www.panorama.nyc/

5. Lollapalooza (Chicago)


Lollapalooza has been a staple on the festival calendar for over 20 years. This music festival is situated in the heart of Chicago, you’ll find a healthy mix of rock, rap and pop scheduled to take to the stage. This year one of Ireland’s rising stars singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy will be performing. After the festival there is so much to see and do in the wonderful city of Chicago.

There’s no camping at Lolla but the festival is easily accessed by public transport.

When: August 2-5

Where: Grant Park, Chicago

Tickets: One-day tickets are available from $120 + taxes and fees.

Who’s Playing: Arctic Monkeys, Post Malone, Dermot Kennedy, Travis Scott, Bruno Mars, Jack White, The Weeknd, The National Vampire Weekend, Odesza and more.

More information: https://www.lollapalooza.com/

6. Sziget (Budapest)

Sziget Line Up

This music festival takes place over a week on a vast island surrounded by the River Danube. With over 1,000 performances there truly is plenty for everyone. One of our favourites from the lineup is Gorillaz who’ll be bringing some “Feel Good” vibes to the festival.

A week can be a long time in a tent. For some home comforts, we recommend renting an apartment in Budapest and commuting to the festival each day. If the partying becomes too much you can always take a chill day in one of Budapest’s thermal baths. Alternatively, you could turn it up a notch and go on one of the daily boat parties.

When: 08 – 15 August

Where: Óbuda Island, Budapest

Tickets: Three-day ticket €199, seven-day pass €310

Who’s Playing: Kendrick Lamar, Dua Lipa, Kygo, Liam Gallagher, Lana Del Rey, Gorillaz, Mumford & Sons, Stormzy, The Kooks and more.

More information: https://en.szigetfestival.com/

7. Milwaukee Irish Fest (Milwaukee, WI.)

A change of pace from the other festivals on the list but equally as much fun and a great one for families. Irish Fest in Milwaukee is the largest celebration of Irish music and culture in North America. The festival has over 100 entertainment acts across 17 stages. Make sure to check out the Aer Lingus stage 😉

Milwaukee is a 90-minute drive from Chicago’s O’Hare airport.

When: August 16 – 19

Where: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Tickets: Four-day pass from $30

Who’s Playing: The Coronas, We Banjo 3, Gaelic Storm, Red Hot Chilli Pipers (that’s Pipers), RiRa, Connla, Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones, Glencastle Irish Dancers and more.

More information: https://irishfest.com/Irishfest.htm

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