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Top 6 U.S. Music Festivals for the Eclectic Music Lover in You

Nowadays, it seems as though everyone knows the names of the world's biggest music festivals, including Coachella in California, Bonnaroo in Tennessee, and the Burning Man in Las Vegas. What is interesting is that all of these music festivals are located in the United States; however, there are plenty of other smaller-scale music festivals that are must-see events for the music enthusiast in you. The following U.S. music festivals should be considered for your next adventure-filled vacation; you will not regret choosing a destination from this list.

Hot 97's Summer Jam

Each year, thousands of hip-hop fans travel to East Rutherford in New Jersey to experience a weekend of exactly what the name of the festival indicates, hot summer jams. Taking place on the first weekend of June, you will not want to miss heavy-hitters such as 2Chainz, Wu-Tang Clan, and potential guest appearances from Jay Z and Snoop Dogg.

The Governor's Ball

If you are interested in experiencing a mix of genres, you will want to consider buying tickets to the Governor's Ball. Held each year on the second weekend of June, this three-day festival is hosted by Randall's Island in the East River of Manhattan. Thus, you will want to get to New York on that weekend if you want to see a variety of musical acts, ranging from electronic djs to popular alternative rock artists.

Electric Daisy Carnival

Also known as EDC for short, the Electric Daisy Carnival has always been a popular choice among electronic and house music lovers. With visual explosions of fireworks and neon light shows, you will not want to miss this unique experience. EDC takes place on the third weekend of June in Las Vegas; however, the location of the festival changes each year depending on the availability of music venues. This year, you can expect to see world renowned electronic djs such as Above and Beyond, Avicii and Eric Prydz.

Firefly Music Festival

Similar to Bonnaroo, the Firefly Music mimics this internationally known festival but on a much smaller scale. The three-day event will take place on the third weekend of June in the city of Dover in Delaware. Headliners for 2014 will include the famous rock group, Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as alternative rock bands Vampire Weekend and Foster the People.

Essence Festival

For travelers looking to get away over the July 4th long weekend, the Essence Festival may want to be at the top of the list. Held at the Superdome in New Orleans, each year this music festival continues to bring in some of the most well-known hip-hop and rap artists in the United States. This year, headliners are expected to be Beyonce, Maxwell, Jill Scott, and Trey Songz.

Pitchfork Music Festival

This unique music festival is perfect for individuals who are looking to experience a medley of music genres, from rock music to folk tunes. Held in the Chicago on the third weekend of July, the Pitchfork Music Festival is gaining recognition for bringing in some of the best bands and artists from around the world. Headliners for 2014 include Bjork, R. Kelly, MIA, and the Savages.


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