A real New Yorker like you knows its summer classics by now: rosé all day, naps in the park, and summer Fridays. You probably also know the SummerStage lineup by heart, and most likely already have your ticket for Governor’s Ball. While attending these two music events at least once in your life as a New Yorker is a must, this year could also be a good time to go a little bit off the beaten path.
The musical scene in NYC is not a myth, and it’s impossible to narrow it down to only a few events. However, we made here a selection of our favorite three music festivals in New York. Grab your low boots and your flower crowns, and join us to dance at the three hottest festivals for 2016 summer:
Panorama: To go with your friend who never went to Coachella, because she loves Manhattan too much during summer
Organized by the people behind Coachella, Panorama will hit Randall’s Island with a sick line-up. If you never got a chance actually to fly over the country to attend Coachella, this is your chance to go to the next biggest music festival in NY. It will be the first year, and it happens in July.
When: July 22 – 25
Tickets: From $99/day
Headline Artists: LCD Soundsystem (freshly reunited), Kendrick Lamar, Arcade Fire…
Moutain Jam: To go with your friend who always dreamt about a Woodstock revival
Enjoy Summer to drive away from the city and reach the ski resort of Hunter Mountain to listen to great music. Originally a one-day event, Mountain Jam is now lasting four days. Get the full experience by camping on site or rent an RV and spend a long weekend in the mountains.
When: June 2 – 5
Tickets: From $55/day
Headline Artists: Beck, Wilco, London Souls, Thievery Corp.
NorthSide Festival: To go by yourself and meet tons of people
Pretty much any stage, music venue, and theater in Williamsburg and Greenpoint will be taken over for NorthSide Festival. Bounce around by walking or biking and get to see a lot of different artists. This festival is also about technology, design and new ways of thinking. Immerse yourself in live music, assist to conferences or network with innovators, creators, and filmmakers.
When: June 6 – 12
Tickets: Free in outdoor venues (RSVP required) like McCarren Park, and open to all ages! Music badges from $85 and single-show tickets also available
Headline Artists: Brian Wilson, Kacey Musgrave, Wolf Parade and 400+ others