10 Music Festivals To Road Trip To From Phoenix This Summer
It's time to wave goodbye to Coachella 2016, the default major music festival for Phoenix residents. If you missed out on the fast-selling tickets, if you want a more specialized festival experience, or if you've just arrived back from the Polo Club and you're already looking for more, we've got you covered. We've rounded up all the best options still standing, so you can compare them side-by-side in one place. Get your road-trip playlist ready now.
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Dates: April 29-May 1
Ticket price: $185
Location: Carson Creek Ranch, Austin, Texas
Distance from Phoenix: 1,011 miles
Estimated driving time (one way): 14.5 hours
Estimated gas cost (round trip): $172.76
Current flights (round trip): Stating at $416
This year's lineup: Okay, so you'd have to start planning for this one immediately, but for the cheapest ticket price on the list, Levitation delivers a unique psychedelic-themed weekend of music. Rather than big DJs and pop stars, this fast-growing Austin fest hosts oddballs like Ween, Animal Collective, Ty Segall, and Flying Lotus. Wanna get weird? Levitation's for you.
Unique attraction: Brian Wilson performing the legendary Pet Sounds in full. Not to mention Lee "Scratch" Perry, one of the founders of reggae and a rare festival get.
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Dates: May 13-15
Ticket price: $215
Location: Centennial Olympic Park & International Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia
Distance from Phoenix: 1,806 miles
Estimated driving time (one way): 26 hours
Estimated gas cost (round trip): $308.61
Current flights (round trip): Starting at $214
This year's lineup: At only a few years old, Shaky Knees has established itself as a haven for indie rock fans. While this year's lineup is admittedly a step down from last year's stunning display, attendees can still enjoy genre favorites like My Morning Jacket and The Decemberists alongside breakthrough pop acts like The 1975 and Walk the Moon.
Unique attraction: The curveball appearance of Huey Lewis & the News performing the entirety of their career-making album Sports.
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Dates: May 27-30
Ticket price: $350
Location: The Gorge Ampitheatre, George, Washington
Distance from Phoenix: 1,294 miles
Estimated driving time (one way): 20 hours
Estimated gas cost (round trip): $221.19
Current flights (round trip): Starting at $254
This year's lineup: Sasquatch still has yet to deliver a huge lineup that justifies their charging just as much as Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, but this one promises a great weekend nonetheless. Artists like Sufjan Stevens, Grimes, Alabama Shakes, Jamie xx, Vince Staples, and Julia Holter released some of the most critically acclaimed albums of last year. Plus, seeing The Cure might justify the trip alone.
Unique attraction: The jaw-droppingly beautiful Gorge Ampitheatre itself. This is also The Cure's only U.S. festival appearance this year.
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Bottlerock Napa Valley
Dates: May 27-29
Ticket price: $250, but tickets are sold out; however, the festival's website offers a ticket exchange program.
Location: Napa Expo, Napa Valley, California
Distance from Phoenix: 772 miles
Estimated driving time (one way): 12 hours
Estimated gas cost (round trip): $131.92
Current flights (round trip): Starting at $320
This year's lineup: Bottlerock promises an artisanal festival experience, where the range of local wine and food vendors are just as important as the music. Perhaps that's why this year's fest sports a rather top-heavy lineup, with huge acts headlining but few highlights in the undercard. Still, it's hard to say no to seeing Florence + The Machine, Death Cab For Cutie, Ziggy Marley, and Gogol Bordello live.
Unique attraction: Stevie Wonder rarely plays huge festivals like this, so you may not want to miss this chance to see him.
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Dates: June 3-5
Ticket price: $305
Location: Randall's Island Park, New York City, New York
Distance from Phoenix: 2,422 miles
Estimated driving time (one way): 36 hours
Estimated round trip gas cost: $413.87
Current flights (round trip): Starting at $280
This year's lineup: Governors Ball took a sort of "greatest hits" approach to its headliners this year, as The Strokes and Kanye West both played the festival before in 2014 and 2013, respectively. There's no arguing with the stacked undercard though, which features plenty of artists known for their particularly bombastic performances, such as Beck, Two Door Cinema Club, Father John Misty, Matt & Kim, and Action Bronson.
Unique attraction: Man-of-the-hour Kanye West in his only announced upcoming concert.
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