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Your Pre-Summer Festival Guide: May 2014

Festivals are popping up all over the U.S. and it’s hard to keep track of the endless events. With tons of talent, amazing lineups, and wide range of prices it can be hard to narrow down the selection to something manageable. For the next few weeks I’ll cover the best of what’s around across every genre, month by month. Many of these events are way cheaper than you’d expect!

Suburbia Music Festival (Plano, TX) 5/3 & 5/4

This is a brand new festival that takes advantage of the massive music scene in Texas, and it has a diverse lineup for all every kind of fan. Big Gigantic, J Cole, GTA, Alabama Shakes, Third Eye Blind, & Twentyone Pilots are some of the notable headliners and you can snag a 2-day pass for only $100.

We have a great contest running to promote this one! The top promoter wins 2 VIP two day festival passes and the top 4 runner-ups each win a GA two day pass. Check it out HERE and get your friends involved!

Hangout Music Fest (Gulf Shores, AL) 5/16-5/18

This beloved festival takes place right on the beach with one of the best festival lineups of the year. Huge names from every genre will be rocking out on the sand, including The Black Keys, Pretty Lights, The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, STS9, Zedd, Modest Mouse, Chance the Rapper, Outkast, and Jack Johnson. If you can make it down to Alabama this is one you DON’T want to miss! Tickets are $230 before fees and they even have a pre-festival kick-off party on 5/15 featuring Danny Brown, Iron & Wine, Wolfmother, and Bonobo.

Summer Camp Music Festival  (Chillicothe, IL) 5/23-5/25

This is the one festival that jam band fans NEED to hit up. Summer Camp features a ridiculous lineup appealing to all ages and music styles, and the event is headlined by two legendary live acts. Moe and Umphrey’s McGee are both playing…three nights in a row! Fans will love the chance to catch three sets from some of the best musicians in the genre, and additionally Louts, Primus, the Trey Anastasio Band, Keller Williams, Lettuce, and Twiddle round out the jam band sector. Bassnectar, Gramatik, Wolfgang Gartner, Figure, and Mimose hold down the festival for the bass heads and there is an incredibly diverse lineup for everyone in between, including Slightly Stoopid, Cherub, Zac Brown Band, Matisyahu, and Koan Sound. If there is ANY way you can attend this one it’s definitely worth the time and money. Three day passes are only $200: get ‘em quick!

Electric Daisy Carnival (NYC) 5/24-5/25 Metlife Stadium

EDC is a major success around the world and the scope of the event grows year by year. This event has a well-rounded EDM lineup featuring some old and new faces, and the resurgence of deep-house is evident with the likes of MK, Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, and Claud VonStroke. Crowd favorites like Afrojack, Bassnectar, and Calvin Harris will also grace the main stage for a memorable weekend. This is one of the more expensive ones, as 2-day passes are going for $240 right now. One day passes are also available for $140.

-Andrew Cordivari

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EDM (Electronic Dance Music) has become a global phenomenon over the past five years. It has evolved from a niche driven underground genre into one of the fastest growing movements in music, and there is no better illustration of the EDM frenzy than TomorrowWorld. With the enormous success of the EDM genre, festivals geared towards the new craze began springing up left and right. With so many festivals bringing in strong acts and delivering quality shows annually, it’s tough for any one festival to truly stand out. The exception is TomorrowWorld. TomorrowWorld, the American extension of Belgium’s TomorrowLand, is truly the pinnacle of the EDM festival scene.

One of the most intriguing facets of EDM is it’s international mass appeal. Electronic music has no language barrier, and connects to enormous audiences despite their native tongue. EDM is universal and TomorrowWorld is the tangible example of this. Hundreds of countries are represented by droves of energetic bass heads, looking for nothing more than to connect to the beats, crowds, and colors around them. The international influence at TomorrowWorld, in both artists and audience, is unmatched by any other EDM festival. However, despite the many different nations being proudly representing on the festival grounds, there is an overwhelming sense of togetherness. TomorrowWorld captures the true EDM spirit, one of camaraderie and celebration, and is the apex of electronic music festivals.

Jamplify is giving away a FULL MADNESS PASS ($347 value) and a GA PASS FOR FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY!!! Don’t miss out on a chance to be part of the EDM madness that is TomorrowWorld!