Music must-attends: A guide to the recent revival of live music

With restrictions lightening across America, festivals and concerts are back for music lovers after being cooped up in our houses for a year. Now, we are able to see all of our favorite artists perform the music they have produced throughout the pandemic live in concert. Many tours and festivals have been rescheduled for this year meaning more opportunities have arisen for safe environments to enjoy the best new albums. Here are some of the top festivals and concerts that are coming soon for all genres of music.

Lollapalooza, Chicago

  • July 29 to Aug 1 
  • Lollapalooza is a four-day festival showcasing a mix of artists from varying genres such as rap to alternative. 
  • Headline artists: Tyler The Creator, Post Malone and Miley Cyrus

Rolling Loud, Miami 

  • July 23 to July 26
  • Rolling Loud is known for its amazing line-up of rap and hip-hop artists. As a three-day festival, Rolling Loud is always highly anticipated for people who are not afraid to be in crowds of over 200,000 people; however, tickets are already sold out, so you will have to get creative to find a ticket. 
  • Headline artists: A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott and Lil Uzi Vert

Rolling Loud New York 

  • Oct 28 to Oct 30
  • Headline artists: J.Cole, 50 Cent and Polo G
  • Rolling Loud New York is very similar to Rolling Loud Miami minus the extreme heat. As someone who has gone to Rolling Loud New York, it is a completely different setting than your average concert and with over 100 artists performing it is definitely worth paying the ticket price.

Governors Ball, New York

  • Sept 24 to Sept 26
  • Headline artists: Billie Eilish, J Balvin and 21 Savage 
  • Governors Ball in New York City is composed of pop, Urbano Latino and rap music. This festival has more variety to their artist genres than many festivals seen today. The only downside to this festival is that you need to take a ferry to and from the festival because it is located on Governors Island.

Bonnaroo, Tennessee

  • Sept 2 to Sept 6
  • Headline artists: Tame Impala, Lana Del Ray and Lizzo
  • This lineup is perfect for people who appreciate both rap and alternative music. Bonnaroo is unique as they have car campgrounds that allow festival-goers to meet new people and participate in 24/7 partying. 

Made in America, Pennsylvania

  • Sept 4 to Sept 5
  • Justin Bieber, Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat
  • Curated by Jay Z, Made in America puts top hip hop and pop artists on their line-up for the two-day festival. This year marks the tenth anniversary of Made in America, meaning that the festival is going to be bigger and better than in previous years.

Outside Lands, California

  • Oct 29 to Oct 31
  • Headline artists: The Strokes, Young Thug and Tame Impala
  • Similar to Lollapalooza and Governors Ball, Outside Lands brings a diverse group of genres to their setlist. While on the west coast, Outside Lands is more of a chill environment than Rolling Loud.

If festival scenes are not your thing, concerts are a great way to see your favorite artists with more guarantee of hearing your favorite songs. With concerts, it is much easier to pick a seat and relax until the concert starts, unless you’re in general admission, versus being at a festival where patience and stamina are key. Either way, there are pros and cons for both festivals and concerts, so here are some of the anticipated concerts for the year:

Luke Bryan, tour

  • Starts June 24 and will be in Syracuse, New York on July 8.
  • A Luke Bryant concert will be much more relaxing and certainly be less stressful compared to a festival. Focused solely on Luke Bryan’s country music, his tour is surely going to be a great experience 

Harry Styles, Tour

  • Starts Aug 14 and will be in New York Oct 3, 4, 16, 30 and 31.
  • For all the Harry Styles lovers, there is no way to miss Love on Tour featuring his latest album Fine Line.