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July 2016 Music Festival Guide

July Music Festival Guide

It seems like summer of 2016 is already flying by! You might feel some serious FOMO if you missed some of June’s festivals like Bonnaroo, EDC Vegas, Firefly, or Electric Forest. Not to worry though because festival season is only getting started. Here are some music festivals that you shouldn’t miss out on! Here is your July 2016 music festival guide!

1) Lollapalooza: July 28-July 31

Located in Grant Park, Chicago, Lollapalooza is a favorite among many. This year is special too because it’s the festival’s 25th anniversary and is including a 4th day instead of its normal three days. It has an A-List set of headliners including Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Lana Del Rey and more along with dozens of amazing artists and performers. This year is definitely going to be a hit so I recommend buying tickets ASAP. Oh, and be sure to get some Chicago deep dish pizza after the fest to carb up for dancing the next day!

2) Camp Bisco: July 14- July 16

For those who like to get really down and dirty, check out Camp Bisco. Though Camp Bisco has been around for awhile, it’s holding its second year in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It’s going to be wild. With a great mix of jam bands and electronic artists like Odesza, The Disco Biscuits, STS9, Zeds Dead, and Big Grizmatik (Big Gigantic +Griz+Gramatik) you’ll be dancing until dawn.

3) Wayhome: July 22-July 24

So maybe you missed Bonnaroo? No big deal! Just about 45 minutes north of Toronto, Ontario is the perfect three day camping festival with a killer lineup. Celebrating just its second year, Wayhome Music and Arts festival is hosting big names such as LCD Soundsystem, The Killers, Arcade Fire, Major Lazer, and M83. Also, be prepared for lots of poutine and maple syrup!

4) Bass Center: July 29-July 30

If you like Bassnectar then luckily he has his own festival. At the end of July, Bassnectar is hosting Bass Center, a two day fest in Denver, Colorado. This year, along with two sets from Bassnectar himself (surprise), is Flux Pavilion, Wu Tang Clan, Porter Robinson, and more!

5) Panorama: July 22-July 24

Supposedly the Coachella on the east coast, Panorama festival is hosting it’s first ever year. So far it’s looking amazing. On Randall’s Island, NYC, artists like Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, and LCD Soundsystem are taking the stage for the initiation of a hopefully great new festival. And in New York, we can expect some great after parties.

Lollapalooza Scavenger Hunt

This weekend marks the 20th annual Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Illinois. Although the festival is one of the largest in the country, it began with very humble beginnings. Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell, lead singer of Janes Addiction, originally planned the festival to be the band’s farewell show.  Farrell showcased dozens of indie bands that would have otherwise been left unnoticed by commercial radio.  In an era without the internet, this was a pretty big deal. Over the years, Lollapalooza brought on bigger and bigger acts from hip hop to reggae to hard rock.

My circle of friends love going to music festivals. Besides the music and partying, one of our favorite things to do is create a bizarre scavenger hunt that could only work at a festival.  We create a list of the most insane things we could possibly imagine and spend the entire weekend trying to find the most items. All you need is a camera and a sharp eye. We have an old bowling trophy that we pass around after each festival. I totally got last place at Bonnaroo this year, but my friend Nessa took home the winner’s cup. Although I’m not attending Lollapalooza this year, my buddies created a scavenger hunt that I’d like to share with my fellow counter culture enthusiasts.  Enjoy!

  • Someone dressed in excessive glow sticks or body paint
  • A turtle and a hare racing each other
  • A half naked dude playing a harmonica
  • A Purple People Eater
  • A Misfits t-shirt
  • Someone doing the cabbage patch with a Cabbage Patch Kid
  • The Ghostbusters
  • A cantelope bra
  • A fist fight
  • More than 10 people dressed the same
  • Someone drinking beer from a leather boot
  • Girl with crazy long fingernails (like 4+ inches)
  • Someone riding a unicycle
  • Full black leather outfit
  • A person wearing sock gloves
  • A farmer’s tan t-shirt
  • Someone with a pet lizard
  • A unicorn
  • Arch enemies hugging (Batman/Joker, Cowboy/Indian, Vampire/Werewolf)
  • Someone dressed in full camouflage in a crowd of people
  • Identical twins dressed as butterflies
  • Two girls with matching tongue rings
  • A mermaid
  • Beer can pyramid
  • Bald headed woman
  • An octopus
  • Someone sleeping in their own vomit
  • Cleopatra costume
  • Multi-colored dread locks
  • A robot without monocles
  • Star Wars and Star Trek nerds hanging out together
  • A snake
  • A kiddie pool filled with candy
  • Old hairy guy wearing speedos
  • An Oompa Lumpa
  • Someone lighting off fireworks in a busy crowd
  • A drum circle with at least a dozen different drummers
  • Someone wearing an American flag jump suit
  • A double rainbow
  • Dora the Explorer and Diego
  • A dinosaur
  • A kid giving ice cream or cotton candy to a dog
  • Someone skateboarding or rollerblading on the grass, not the sidewalk

 

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