The best music festivals to watch right now

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Go wild with the hottest festivals of 2022.



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Summer is nearing its end, but live music fans still have plenty of festivals to look forward to in 2022. From a Kentucky bourbon-themed blast to longtime mainstays like Electric Zoo and Austin City Limits, here are the best music festivals to attend before the end of the year.

August 19-21 | Papas and beer, Rosarito, Mexico

Launched just a few years ago with a mission to celebrate Latin culture, the three-day, two-weekend Baja Beach Fest has proven to be a sold-out success every year. Fans of reggaeton and Latin music flock from all over the world to paradise beach club Papas and Beer, but it’s an especially easy getaway for Californians who only need to travel an hour south of the Tijuana border. . $179-$609

Featured headliners: Maluma, Daddy Yankee, Anuel AA, Farruko, Banda MS, Wisin Y Mandel

August 26-28 | Bramham Park, Leeds | Little John’s Farm, Reading, England

These iconic British festivals take place simultaneously in two locations: Reading’s Little John’s Farm located 40 miles west of London in south-east England, and Leeds’ Branham Park located halfway between London and Edinburgh in the north of England. Mud-soaked mosh pits and flowing libations are to be expected at both venues, which share a stellar touring lineup with a mix of hot rock and hip-hop acts. Ticket prices vary

Featured headliners: Megan Thee Stallion, Dave, Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Run The Jewels, Halsey, Bring Me The Horizon

August 27-28 | Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California

This Ain’t No Picnic is a brand new extravaganza from Goldenvoice, the giant festival-focused company behind Coachella and Stagecoach. Set among the shady oak trees of Brookside Golf Course adjacent to Pasadena’s famous Rose Bowl stadium, transitional artists spanning hip-hop, dance and indie rock will perform for tens of thousands on six stages. $299 to $1,199+

Featured headliners: The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Phoebe Bridgers, Jorja Smith, Jungle, Le Tigre, Beach House, Kaytranada

September 2-4 | Randall’s Island Park, New York

One of the world’s biggest EDM festivals returns for the first time since 2019. Electric Zoo’s 13th year brings with it a Web3.0 theme, officially described as a “system update” that will incorporate crypto- currency, NFTs, and metaverse features into the fabric of the festival. A lineup partially formed by voting fans that made Martin Farrix the most requested artist and its location in the middle of one of the hottest nightclub markets in the country guarantee that Electric Zoo 3.0 will be an extravaganza. EDM. Ticket prices vary

Featured headliners: Diplo, Camelphat, Tchami, VNSSA, Porter Robinson, Peekaboo, Moore Kismet, John Summit, Chris Lake, DJ Snake

September 15-18 | Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky

Food-curious festival-goers looking for something other than canned beer and state fair-adjacent bites will be well served at Bourbon and Beyond. Whiskey drinkers will notice the location in Louisville, a prolific producer of many high-end bourbons that have received Maxim’s stamp of approval, many of which will be served on-site by expert hometown mixologists. The focus on food and drink is paired with a stellar lineup from veteran rockers to up-and-coming Americana artists. $99-$1039.96

Featured headliners: Pearl Jam, Chris Stapleton, Kings of Leon, Jack White, Alanis Morissette, Father John Misty

September 16-18 | Douglas Park, Chicago

Chicago’s Riot Fest has evolved to include alternative, metal and hip-hop, but the signature punk rock attitude that made it worthy of the Original Misfits’ first reunion in 2016 is still alive and kicking. ‘riot. In addition to a stacked bill, the three-day festival’s circus atmosphere includes lucha libre wrestling, carnival rides and “performers who push the boundaries of good taste,” like Billboard the dish. $99.98-$299.98

Featured headliners: Misfits, My Chemical Romance, Nine Inch Nails, Alkaline Trio, Portugal. The Man, Yellow Card, Bauhaus, Yeah Yeah Yeah, Ice Cube

September 29-October 2 | Lake Perris, California

An aesthetic described by Rolling Stone as a contender for “America’s Nicest” and emphasis on camping next to California’s beautiful Lake Perris will combine with a suitably trippy lineup of stoner rock and neo-acts. psychedelics on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Desert Daze. Film screenings, sound baths and 24-hour parties promise to keep attendees constantly occupied. $139 to $1,999

Featured headliners: Tame Impala, Iggy Pop, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Chicano Batman, Sky Ferreira, Kikagaku Moyo, Shannon & The Clams, The Marias, BadBadNotGood

October 7-16 | Zilker Park, Austin

This mega-music festival held in the 350-acre Zilker Park in its namesake city is expected to host a jaw-dropping 450,000 music fans and more than 100 artists. Late October dates, focus on Austin’s vibrant food and arts scenes, diverse lineup, and sheer size make it one of America’s most famous and beloved music festivals. $320 to $5,500

Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kacey Musgraves, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Pink, Lil Nas X, SZA, Phoenix, Death Cab For Cutie, Paramore

Tags: Austin City Limits Baja Beach Festival Bourbon and Beyond Desert Daze Electric Zoo Entertainment festivals Louder Than Life Music Partner Reading & Leeds Festivals Riot Fest This Ain’t No Picnic Travel

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