Summertime is almost here, which could only mean one thing for the regular concertgoer: music festivals galore.

Starting last week, a variety of popular music festivals have released their lineups for the 2014 summer season. Each music festival features a variety of different music genres to satisfy everyone’s musical taste.

One of the most popular music festivals, Bonnaroo, released an incredible lineup including a variety of music genres. In fact, this year’s headliners include Elton John and Kanye West, and also include performances by Skillrex, Pheonix, and Vampire Weekend. The festival will take place June 12-15 in Manchester, TN.

This will be John’s first time preforming at the major event, while it will be West’s second appearance. For West, this is a chance for redemption; his 2008 performance at Bonnaroo caused major controversy when he went on at 4:30 a.m., seven hours after he was originally supposed to preform.

If indie rock and jam bands are more your style, there’s two different music festivals happening in Northeast this summer that are worth checking out.

The Frendly Gathering is a festival perfect for the inner hippie just dying to come out inside of you. Started by snowboarding crew The Frends Crew, this festival was designed to bring together all “frends” who, according to The Frendly Gathering website, “share a deep love for music, snowboarding and the outdoors.”

The festival will take place June 27-28 in Timber Ridge, Vermont. Bands included are mostly popular jam bands such as Twiddle, Delta Spirit and Deer Tick. Camping is a huge part of the festival; all that attend are encouraged to camp and connect with new “frends”.

What makes this festival so unique and worth mentioning is the fact that The Frendly Gathering features skateboarding on a mini half pipe, yoga, live art and swimming. Also, avid snowboarders get the chance to jam along side professional riders such as Olympian Danny Davis, Kevin Pearce and Jack and Luke Mitrani.

Gathering of the Vibes takes place in Bridgeport, CT July 31-August 3. Some bands set to preform are Slightly Stoopid, John Fogerty and Ziggy Marley. A major plus to this festival is that its family friendly; kids can come along for the weekend and have fun at this festival in a safe environment.

For fans of alternative rock, the popular Vans Warped Tour will be touring the country again this summer, starting in Alaska on June 11. This year will include bands such as Bowling for Soup, Cute is What We Aim For and The Maine.

These are just a few annual festivals worth checking out to bring out the music junkie inside of you. Whether you’re looking to rock out to headbanging music, wait seven hours to see a controversial rap star or enjoy the peaceful atmosphere with a few “frends”, there is a music festival this summer to fit everyone’s musical style.


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