By Sarah Wyland
Spring is just around the corner and with the warm temperatures come music festivals! Whether you’re headed to Music City for the biggest country music festival of the year, to the West Coast for superstar artists and art, or down to Texas for some of the best indie bands around, there is an event for every playlist. Start planning now with these seven must-see festivals for 2015.
CMA Music Festival — Nashville, Tennessee
Set for June 11-14, the annual CMA Music Festival celebrates country music fans with four days of non-stop concerts, meet-and-greets, fan club parties, special events and more. Each day starts early with free concerts throughout downtown Nashville, continuing along River Front Park and leading up to star-studded concerts at LP Field each night.
Bonnaroo — Manchester, Tennessee
Country music not your thing? Located in Manchester, about an hour south of Nashville, Bonnaroo is scheduled to take place during the same dates as CMA Music Festival. Camping is encouraged, so set up your tent for this year’s lineup, which will include Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar and My Morning Jacket.
Lockn’ Music Festival — Arrington, Virginia
In just its third year, Lockn’ Music Festival is relatively new but it packs a punch. Set for September 10-13, the festival proudly supports the area’s local vendors, including a number of breweries. This year’s entertainment is being finalized, but, to date, includes Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters,Slightly Stoopid, The Doobie Brothers and Widespread Panic.
SXSW — Austin, Texas
Thousands of people descend on Austin every March for South by Southwest (SXSW), a set of film, interactive and music festivals and conferences. The largest music festival of its kind in the world, SXSW features 2,200 official performers and bands playing in more than 100 venues, along with numerous “unofficial” performers. The festival showcases a wide and varied assortment of talent, ranging from house DJs to rock indie bands and hip hop. SXSW will take place March 13-22, with the music festival portion set for March 17-22.
Shaky Knees/Shaky Boots — Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta is the place to be for music lovers in May, with sister festivals Shaky Knees and Shaky Boots taking place during back-to-back weekends, offering a wide array of artists for all musical tastes. Shaky Knees will kick things off May 8-10 with a schedule that includes The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, The Strokes and Wilco. The inaugural Shaky Boots festival f0llows May 16-17, and will be headlined by Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts.
Watershed — George, Washington
There may not be a more beautiful setting for a music festival than that of the Watershed Music Festival. Located at The Gorge in George, Washington, views are breathtaking and the campsites are hard to beat. This year’s festival is scheduled for July 31–August 2 and will showcase Florida Georgia Line,Carrie Underwood and Dierks Bentley.
Coachella — Indio, California
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a cult favorite. The two-weekend, three-day music and art event takes place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. This year’s diverse roster features AC/DC, the Alabama Shakes, Drake, Hozier, Jack White and many, many more.