Summer Music Festivals

With all the enthusiasm surrounding the recent lineup announcement for the Osheaga Music Festival,  we got to thinking about what other music festivals are happening this summer. Whether you’re looking for an adventurous roadtrip, or just a fun day of music and sun, we’ve rounded up some of the best festivals happening this summer.

Sasquatch – The Gorge, Washington (May 25 to 28)
First up is Sasquatch. If not for the music, then please go simply for the view. Taking place at the Gorge Amphitheater, this early summer festival is presented by the House of Blues and offers quite the line-up. Musicians this year include Jack White, Bon Iver, Girl Talk, The Shins, Beirut, Feist, Metric, Deer Tick, LA Riots, Coeur de Pirate, The Sheepdogs and Santigold.
Cost: $315 for a four-day pass. Tickets here.
The loveliest spot for a music festival.
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Bonaroo  Manchester, Tennesse (June 7 to10)
For those able to withstand four days of intense heat, a little dust, and a lot of die hard Phish fans, then the line-up and overall down south experience will be well worth it. With classic bands like Radiohead, Dispatch, Ben Folds Five, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, our inner 16 year old is dying to get out. Foster the People, The Roots, The Temper Trap, Major Lazer, Young the Giant and Two Door Cinema Club are sure to satisfy our current music taste.
Cost: $259 for a four-day pass. Tickets here.
Edgefest – Toronto (July 14)
Ok, so if you’re not into the idea of a multiple day road trip or don’t want to spend money on a flight, we have an awesome local festival for you. Taking place at Downsview Park, Edgefest is a mere subway ride away for local Torontonians. There is no shortage of Canadian and foreign talent with The Sheepdogs, Young the Giant, Said the Whale, The Darcys, Whale Tooth, USS and Acres of Lions, to name only a few bands.
Cost: $61 for the day. Tickets here.
Toronto can rock out. 
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Osheaga – Montreal (August 3 to 5)
If you’re like us, then your Twitter and Facebook have been overloaded with talk of this Montreal music festival. While the line-up in the past has always been great, bringing out bands like Ben Harper, Damian Marley, The Smashing Pumpkins and Amy Winehouse, the line-up this year is particularly impressive. The Black Keys, Snoop Dog, Justice, Florence and the Machine, City and Colour, Bloc Party, The Weekend, Passion Pit, Austra, Arkells, Bombay Bicycle Club, Atlas Sound, MGMT and Yeasayer are a handful of the amazing bands on this year’s incredible roster.
Cost: $217.50 for a three-day pass. Tickets here.
You’ll see a few of us from the fourth floor here.
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Lollapalooza – Chicago, Illinois (August 3 to 5)
So you may have noticed that Lollapalooza happens to be on the same weekend as Osheaga. With great deals on Porter flights to Chicago, your choice of Osheaga or Lollapalooza may just have to come down to the line-up… and we’re not saying it’s going to be an easy decision. There is usually an impressive lineup at Lollapalooza – last year’s bands included Eminem, Foo Fighters and Coldplay. This year hasn’t been announced yet, but we’re pretty certain it will be solid. However to decide?
Cost: $230 for a three-day pass. Tickets here.
Keep in mind that these are only a few of the big summer festivals. There are tons of smaller, more genre-specific concerts and festivals happening all summer long, so you can get a live music fix literally every weekend (and most weeknights). One of the best parts of these shows is how many bands play over a few days, and the fact that many of the bands hit several festivals each summer. So, if you can’t make it all the way to Tennessee or Chicago, you can check out many of the same bands in Montreal or Toronto. Score.

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