What you need to know: The Festival List
Now that the holidays are over, it's time to start thinking "festival season." It will be here before you know it and festival organizers are throwing lineups and dates at you more or less every day. Here are 2014's major dance music festivals happening across the United States and what you need to know, including all available information. Club Planet will of course update you on any breaking lineup/ticket/festival information.
Kicking off the outdoor music festival season, we have SXSW and the ginormous Ultra Music Festival.
SXSW - South By South West
When: March 11th-16th
Where: Austin, TX, spread across the city
What: Basically the fashion week of music plus a fusion of technology, entertainment, and all-things relevant - free parties are during the day; showcases, which require a SXSW badge, at night, both unofficial and official SXSW events, house parties, free bar shows and everything in between. The schedule has been (for the most part) posted http://schedule.sxsw.com/ start making your schedule now and RSVP to all the events you'd want to attend.
Showcasing artists: Annie Mac, Big Freedia, Ryan Hemsworth, The Hood Internet, Gareth Emery, Congorock, Mobb Deep, Neon Hitch, Talib Kweli, London Grammar and hundreds more
SXSW Wristbands are now on sale for locals:
Ultra Music Festival (UMF)
The best to see: Jaime Jones, Cirez D, Sub Focus (live), Trentemøller, The Glitch Mob, Moon Boots, Dizzee Rascal, Solomun, Netsky (live), Diplo
(view the full "phase 1" lineup here, phase 2 coming soon): http://www.ultramusicfestival.com/lineup
What: 100,000+ attend, all ages, 3-day event
When: March 28th-30th
Where: Downtown Miami, FL - Bayfront Park
Tickets: $399.95 3-day GA pass + $90.05 service fees, VIP tickets are sold out
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival
When: April 11th-13th and April 18th-20th
Where: Indio, CA, camping available
Tickets: Tickets for both weekends are sold out (sold out in less than 3 hours of going on sale)
Other things to note: The festival is all ages but campers must be 18+. Camping opens Thursday 9:00AM; Venue gates open at 11:00AM each day and the festival usually ends around 12:30am-ish.
The best to see: Fat Boy Slim, Flume, Girl Talk, Disclosure, OutKast, Adventure Club, Solomun
What: The most popular way to experience Coachella is to camp on the polo grounds. All onsite camping areas are located on lush beautiful grass fields adjacent to the festival performance area.
What: a five-day festival dedicated to the synthesis of technology, art and music
When: April 23rd-27th
Where: Asheville, NC
Lineup: Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, Dan Deacon, Laurie Anderson (doing her one-woman live show "The Language of the Future"), Darkstar, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, the Gaslamp Killer, Le1f, Chaz Bundick side project Les Sins, RJD2, Wolf Eyes, Soul Clap, Art Department, Green Velvet, Slow Hands, Sasha, NRP, Escort, Adult, Bottin, Lapalux, Kaytranada, Mark Farina, Mike Simonetti, Nick Monaco, Shigeto, and Two Fresh. More than 70 additional artists will be added to the lineup in the coming weeks.
Moogfest 2014 will also host nightly music showcases curated by Warp Records, DFA, Fool's Gold, Ghostly International, No. 19 Music's Social Experiment, RVNG, Intl., Driftless Recordings, Crew Love, AFROPUNK, Detroit's Movement Festival, North Carolina's Hopscotch Festival, and Austin's Switched On.
Night + Day $299.00
Night (music) $199.00
Day (conference) $249.00
Who to see: Big Gigantic, Shpongle, Pegboard Nerds, Congorock, Rustie, Kill Paris, Butch Clancy and hometown heroes OutKast
What: a three-day music and arts camping festival, 18+
When: April 25th - 27th
Where: Rome, Georgia, new 5000-acre Kingston Downs site
Tickets: Three-day weekend tickets start at $205 (with camping) and a variety of ticket packages are available for CounterPoint 2014, including 3-Day GA Tickets ($224), 3 levels of VIP Packages, Luxury Camping Options (Glamping), Travel Packages (inclusive of lodging and day-to-day transport to and from the festival site) and parking passes. More information about tickets and layaway options can be found at
Why: CounterPoint will be celebrating the Southeast’s cultural diversity and burgeoning crop of creative souls by collaborating with some of the best young contemporary artists and art programs. In addition to a world-class music lineup, we promise to deliver a visually stimulating experience from the moment you arrive on-site!
Other info: free water stations!
Hangout Music Festival 2014
Who to see: Brodinski, Claude VonStroke, The Killers, RAC, STS9, Wiz Khalifa, Childish Gambino, The Flaming Lips, Boys Noize
When: May 16th-18th
Where: On the beautiful Gulf Shores of Alabama
3-day GA $229.00 (w/ Shuttle $279) + $29.00 service fee
3-day VIP $999.00 + $51.00 service fee
Who to see: Lineup TBA
What: Held annually in the Netherlands, Mysteryland is the oldest dance festival in Holland and is making an appearance in the US for the first time ever. The festival offers its guests a creative journey, combining music with theatre, movies, interactive installation art, street performers and spectacular shows at bizarre decorated stages.
When: Memorial Day Weekend, May 23rd-26th
Where: Bethel Woods
Why: 21+ festival
Tickets: Nomad Tickets/ GA tickets
Weekend/day tickets/on-site and off-site camping options available
Other things to note: The actual festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday and payment plans are available.
Saturday: 12PM – 2AM
Sunday: 12PM – 2AM
Movement Electronic Music Festival
Who to see: Loco Dice, Richie Hawtin, Dixon, The Martinez Brothers, Carl Craig, Carl Cox, Stacey Pullen -
the next phase comin' at you soon!
Where: Detroit, MI
The festival takes place inside Hart Plaza - Detroit's iconic riverfront park - and features: five technologically-rich outdoor stages; more than 100 artists; free Wi-Fi access on the grounds; a posh VIP setting located behind the main stage; dozens of official after parties; an interactive technology center featuring the hottest gear in the industry; and several art displays to stimulate the senses.
When: May 24th-26th
Tickets: 3-day pass $110.00 + $10.80 service fee (yes this is for a three-day pass).
Electric Daisy Carnival 2014
The experience has expanded to Denver CO (1 Day), Dallas TX (1 Day), Orlando FL (2 Days), Puerto Rico (1 Day), New York (2 Days) , Chicago (1 Day), and now the LA location has been moved to Las Vegas, NV (3 Days). In 2010 a record 185,000+ people were in attendance at EDC Los Angeles making it the largest electronic dance music festival in North America.
Where: East Rutherford, NJ
Who to see: TBA!
When: May 24th-25th
$249 (includes fees) 2-day GA pass 18+, VIP 2-day pass $399 (includes fees) must be 21+
EDC Las Vegas
When: Friday June 20th-Sunday June 22nd, from duck tip dawn
Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Tickets: 3-day GA +18, ($345.00 + $40.73 fees), VIP $599.00 + $54.70 (fees)
Who to see: Classixx, Grimes, Skrillex, The Bloody Beetroots (live), The Glitch Mob, Disclosure, Axwell b2b with Sebastian Ingrosso, Phoenix
Where: Randall's Island, NYC
When: June 6th-8th
Tickets: $250.00 3-day GA pass (fees included), $530.00 VIP (fees included)
This year's lineup does not disappoint. The festival has graduated from a one-dayer on Governors Island to a three-day bonanza on the more spacious Randall’s Island (also home to Labor Day Weekend’s Electric Zoo) - do not wait to get your tickets! For full lineup and tickets http://governorsballmusicfestival.com
Firefly Music Festival
Who to see: Salva, Phantogram, Pretty Lights, The White Panda, Sky Ferreira, Walk Off The Earth, Ziggy Marley, OutKast - full lineup here: http://fireflyfestival.com/lineup/
What really makes this festival: cool features like a hammock hangout, "the thicket" - a silent disco nestled in a wooded glen, and beautiful lighting and visual displays
When: June 19th-22nd
Where: Dover, Delaware at The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway
Tickets go on sale January 20th at noon EST. Early bird GA 4-day pass $249. Once the Early Bird price tier of $249 is sold out, the price will move to the Advance price tier of $279. When the Advance price tier is sold out, the price will move to the Regular price tier of $299. VIP passes are priced at $699 and up and are available now.
A typical lineup includes Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, A-Trak, Danny Brown, Shreddie Mercury, Flosstradamus, EOTO, Griz and more
When: June 26th-29th
Where: Rothbury, Michigan at the Double JJ Ranch, camping festival
Why: with no exaggeration at all, the most well produced and artistically inspired area…ever seen at a music festival" (Magnetic Magazine). Showered with state-of-the-art, jaw-dropping light displays, intricate and earthy artful touches, and everything in between. Dubstep, Electro, Hip Hop, House, Livetronica
Tickets: All tickets, including Good Life VIP packages, are now on sale at http://bit.ly/EF2014ONSALE
Camp Bisco 2014
When: July 10th-12th
What: Camping festival held annually in the summer in NY
Where: the Indian Lookout Country Club in Albany, New York
Who to see: lineup TBA
Who: TBA, last year featured almost 300 artists
When: September 26-27-28, 2014
Pre-Registration for tickets will begin on Wednesday January 22, 2014
General On-Sale will begin on Saturday February 22, 2014
Where: Chattahoochee Hills, GA
Why: TomorrowWorld is a 3-day festival (and 5-day camping experience) known for innovative and immersive experiences with mind-blowing décor, enchanting acts and animation, A-class camping, eccentric VIP areas and gourmet food. TomorrowWorld 2013 was the first European festival of its scale in the US and the first to set a minimum age of 21.