Imagine being surrounded by thousands of people. You’re all camping out in the woods, under the stars. The music is thumping so loudly, you think your bones might be vibrating. The strobe lights are going and the energy is palpable. Everyone is happy and dancing and excited to be there. Potentially some of you are covered in body paint.
That’s what it’s like to be at a summer music festival in the states. A popular tradition, there are hundreds of music festivals that pop up throughout the country every year, organized by genre or interest. Thousands of people flock to celebrate like-minded music and art. Many different states host these kinds of events. Some take place in concert venues and some you have to camp outdoors to see. By getting into the spirit of sharing culture, experience, and great music, you are sure to meet new people and open your mind.

There are many different kinds of festivals, one for every taste in music, but here are just some examples to get you inspired:


Camp Bisco

July 16-18, Montage Mountain, Scranton PA

This three day long festival is making a triumphant return after a hiatus. One of the most popular events of its kind, people travel from all over the country to soak in the high-energy electronic music (though they also have featured rock and R+B artists as well) and enjoy the company of fellow fans. Bring your tent and camping supplies, and prepare to be at one with nature in the beautiful Montage Mountain. Aside from the music that will be taking place on multiple stages day and night, you can also enjoy the venue’s wave pool, water slides, zipline and volleyball court.

Expected to perform this year: The Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, Classixx, and many more.

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Capitol Hill Block Party

July 24-26 Seattle, Washington

Taking place in the heart of Seattle, this festival takes up 6 blocks, 3 indoor venues, two outdoor stages, and dozens of local restaurants and bars. Both locally sourced and national talent are on display in the spirit of celebrating art and music. If you tire of the music, you can enjoy the food trucks and beer gardens. With a “come as you are attitude”, all participants are encouraged come out and experience the atmosphere.
Expected to perform this year: The Kills, Ratat, Jaime XX, and many more.


  Holy Child performing at Capitol Hill Block Party 2014
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Arguably one of the biggest festivals of all time, Lollapalooza is an all-encompassing experience. It takes place over three days, covering 115 acres in downtown Chicago. Not only does Lollapalooza tout famous musical acts covering a wide range of genres, there is also dance performances, craft booths, visual artists, and more. It’s marketed as a full culture experience. Additionally, Lollapalooza has the distinction of providing an outlet for various political and social groups, and has an international presence as of 2010. Starting last year, they even began to incorporate a green initiative into their festival, in the interest of educating people about protecting the environment. Lollapalooza is a perfect example of how bringing people together in the name of music and culture can accomplish great things in the world.

Expected to perform this year: Sir Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence and the Machine, Kid Cudi, and the list goes on.

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