The school year is drawing to a close and summer is just out of reach. If you’re like me, summer concerts are a must. Outdoor concerts are great for a lot of reasons. They’re usually cheaper, you get to spend the whole day outside, and many of them are weekend-long festivals where you can bring your own beer and camp.
I plan to hit up a number of music festivals this summer. You just can’t beat some fun in the sun while getting down to some cheap, awesome live music. Here are a few festivals in the area you can take your inner-hippie to this summer.
ROCK ON THE RANGE (May 17-19, Columbus, Ohio, $89, camping available) — The 90s kid in me is excited for this one. Soundgarden and Alice in Chains among others are headlining. If I end up going to Rock on the Range, my first priority is to see Smashing Pumpkins. Nothing sounds better than blissing out to “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” barefoot in a sundress. Other than these three bands, though, this festival isn’t quite my taste.
ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL CHICAGO (May 24-26, Chicago, $175 for three-day pass, camping available) — Get ready to rave. The Electric Daisy Carnival is a multi-sensory experience. Loud techno music, bright lights, and “something funny” being passed around in the audience to enhance the experience. While this one’s a bit expensive, it’s usually a huge event. This year, they plan to have state-of-the-art lighting and sound design, large-scale art installations, interactive circus and theatrical performances and plenty of fan participation. Featured artists include Above & Beyond, Arty and DJ Tiesto.
SUMMER CAMP (May 24-26, Chillicothe, Illinois, $135-165, camping available) — This conflicts with the Electric Daisy Carnival, but in my opinion, it’s way cooler. It’s a huge jam fest with really awesome bands. Moe., Umphree’s McGee, and Zed’s Dead will be playing. I’m trying everything in my power to go to this. It should be a hoot. If you plan to go, expect to see a lot of white people with dreadlocks.
There are so many more festivals that are being held in the Midwest. If music’s your thing and you have around $200 to spend on a weekend getaway, music festivals are the destination for you. See you there!