VIBE Guide: Summer Festivals


Outside Lands, San Francisco, August 10-12
There’s something for EVERYONE in the Bay Area, and Outside Lands will be hosting myriad act from Metallica to Stevie Wonder to MSTRKRFT to Thee Oh Sees to Wolfgang Gartner to Regina Spektor to Big Boi to Norah Jones to Skrilled to you get the idea. There will also be a comedy tent, featuring David Cross and Neil Patrick Harris. I’m afraid I just blue myself.

Summer Set Music and Camping Festival, Somerset, WI, August 24-26
We’ve never heard of Somerset, WI either, but the town will become a major destination at the end of August. The Summer Set festival brings Pretty Lights, Nas, Yelawolf, Matt and Kim, and more to the land of milk and more milk.

Sunset Strip Music Fest, West Hollywood, CA, August 16-18
Where can you see both Marilyn Manson and De La Soul? At the Sunset Strip Music Festival, where the offbeat lineup also includes Steve Aoki, RZA, and Bad Religion. You don’t need an excuse to get weird.

North Coast Music Festival, Chicago, August 31 – September 2
Chicago continues to claim dominance with yet another festival. This time around, the Windy City gets Girl Talk, the Rapture, Steve Angello, Dan Deacon, and plenty more.

Electric Zoo, New York, August 31 – September 2
Get your neon fake fur boots ready, because you’re going to need them for this electro fest featuring David Guetta, Tiesto, and Benny Benassi. Fool’s Gold rules New York again with a Friday stage featuring label bosses A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs and the French babes Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, and Kavinsky.

Made In America, Philadelphia, Sept. 1-2
Jay-Z shows off his diverse taste with a festival he’s both curating and co-headlining with Pearl Jam. Alongside Skrillex, Afrojack, and Calvin Harris, Jay shows off his arty side with Santigold, Dirty Projectors, and Janelle Monae.