Fall Music Festivals You Need To See

By Vanessa Butler

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Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean the music stops. Here are four of the fall music festivals we hope to be hitting up before the snow falls.


The S.S. Coachella cruise is any hipster’s wet dream. They’ve got pub crawls planned with the guys from The Black Lips, readings hosted by Fleet Foxes’ J. Tillman and wine tastings curated by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. The impending droves of hot hipster girls wearing next to nothing on the pool deck are making us think twice about dusting off the old pair of Levi’s we wore back in the day and catching the next flight to Fort Lauderdale. Whether it’s checking out DJs like Girl Talk spinning on the main deck, sipping on screwdrivers swaying to an alarmingly young looking Pulp or jamming out to a Sleigh Bells set, we hope that these cruise festivals catch on, and fast.

HARD have been putting on a ton of great shows across America this year, and ever since we caught wind of the Day of the Dead fest they’re holding in L.A. State Historic Park we’ve been dying to get down. Featuring over 30 acts across four themed music areas, the HARD Stage, Knife Party presents EARSTORM Stage, Moombahton Massive Stage and Red Bull Music Academy Discotheque, any fan of electric dance music will not want to miss the party with acts like Major Lazer, Diplo, Dillon Francis and Justice in attendance.

Couldn’t make it to Barcelona’s Sonar music festival? Well it’s okay because they’re hitting the road and bringing some of their best acts to North America. Sonar has been a staple in the ever-changing landscape of music and new media arts for the past 20 years and for the first time will tour to bring their eclectic mix of artists from around the globe to venues for one night of insanity. With acts like Die Antwoord and Azari & III on the bill, there’s no telling what the night will hold; all we know is you’re going to have to be ready to give it all you got.

Since Austin, Texas is home to SXSW, the biggest networking party of the year, we have high hopes for the sixth year of Fun Fun Fun Fest. With five stages to choose from, the three-day festival is bringing together names that you may not have ever seen in your life, especially at the same venue. Have you ever heard of a festival where you could see Run DMC, Dum Dum Girls, Refused and David Cross all in one weekend? We haven’t either.


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