Five Music Festivals That Aren't Coachella

You can catch Childish Gambino at Venue Scottsdale on April 11...AND at Bonnaroo in Tennessee.
You can catch Childish Gambino at Venue Scottsdale on April 11...AND at Bonnaroo in Tennessee.

Yeah, we're bummed that we didn't get tickets to Coachella. But there's is no need to panic. There are high-priced, shirtless concertgoer-attracting festivals all over the nation. (Not the mention that with South By Southwest and Coachella run-off, the Southwest's concert calendar is looking pretty full.)

But we get it. The idea of bathing in the sun, of meeting interesting (intoxicated)'s a lot of fun. But Coachella isn't the only game in town. And, believe it or not, you might even manage to see a Coachella artist at a lower cost.

So dry those tears, folks, here's five worthwhile festivals worth the roadtrip (and you don't have to stop for gas in Quartzsite on the way).

Bonaroo: Music and Arts Festival

Bonaroo takes place in Manchester, Tennessee from June 7 - 10. With artist such as Childsh Gambino, The Beach Boys, Mimosa, Fitz & The Tantrums, and more you can only imagine what fun you are in for. Like Coachella, Bonaroo provides campgrounds, but also features silent raves. And oh yeah -- we're talking about The Beach Boys here.

McDowell Mountain Music Festival at Compound Grill

This year's lineup is looking pretty jammy, with Ozomatli, Galactic, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and dozens more taking to the turf, but boasts a charity theme and endless good vibes.

Electric Forest

Taking place in Rothbury, Michigan from June 28 - July 1, and looks like a seriously good time. At night the trees are lit up, pretty much the forest becomes electric indeed. It's an EDM affair, with artists like Steve Aoki, Crizzly, Paper Diamond, and one of the best performances that I have ever seen: Big Gigantic.

(The official 2012 trailer has not been released. Above is the 2011 trailer.)

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