The 5 Best Music Festivals In May 2016

In Buzz, Music Festivals by JoLow

Joshua Tree Music Festival

Date: May 18 – 21, 2017
Location: Joshua Tree, CA
Headliners: California Honeyfrops, Kraaak & Smaak, Orgone
F4L Artist Recommendations: House of Hamsa, Sirens of Soul, Mokoomba
Why This Fest: Set in beautiful Joshua Tree this festival is sure to bring in a fun loving festival crowd. To get the full festival experience this is definitely a festival that you will want to camp at. The festival includes music, a village for kids, yoga, live painting, an astronomy theater, and “random acts of mindfulness.”

Hangout Festival

Date:  May 19 – 21 2017
Location: Gulf Shores, AL
Headliners: Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean, Chance The Rapper, Major Lazer, Weezer
F4L Artist Recommendations: Sigur Rós, Matoma, Shaggy, Cherub, Bob Moses, Local Natives,Brasstracks, Tchami
Why This Fest: Live music + Beach = Paradise. With two main stages on the beach and a diverse lineup, this festival is sure to be a wonderful weekend. The festival does not include camping, but the surrounding area is filled with multiple rental houses that are sure to enhance your festival weekend.

Lightning In a Bottle

Date: May 24-29 2017
Location: Bradley, CA
Headliners: Bassnectar, Bonobo, RÜFÜS DU SOL,
F4L Artist Recommendations: Bob Moses, Big Wild, Paper Diamond, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Brasstracks, The Range
Why This Fest: Lighting in A Bottle strives to create so much more than just a place to go and see music. The festival features a “Temple of Consciousness,” a place devoted to deepening our understanding of self, science, ecology and phenomena.  Some of our other favorite late night actives are karaoke, hypnotic shows at the Fire Spin Zone, and burlesque like you’ve never seen it before at Amori’s Casino & Burlesque. The festival also features lots of interactive music and even some interactive cooking too.

Summer Camp Festival

Date: May 26– 28 2017
Location: Chillicothe, IL
Headliners: Moe. (3 Days), Umphrey’s Mcgee (3 Days), Trey Anastasio Band, Pretty Lights Live, Zeds Dead
F4L Artist Recommendations: The Disco Biscuits, Gramatik, Run The Jewels, Yonder Mountain String Band, EOTO, Destructo, Maddy O’Neal, Railroad Eartch, Kyle Hollingsworth Band
Why This Fest: This is the best way to experience “Summer Camp” even as an adult. The festival features obscure camp games and contests which includes a four team Color War competition.  Summer Camp basically triples the population of the small town of Chillicothe during memorial day weekend. If you are a Moe. or Umphry’s Mcgee fan then this is the place to be as they are both playing three nights.

Bearded Theory Festival

Date: May 25-28 20167
Location: Derbyshire, UK
Headliners: Leverllers, Squeeze, Arrested Development
F4L Artist Recommendations: Killing Joke, Dub Pistols, 3 Daft Monkeys
Why This Fest: Bearded Theory is a three day music festival held in the iconic grounds of Kedleson Hall in Derbyshire. It is the largest performing and creative arts festival in the Midlands area. This family friendly festival famous for it’s love of beards, every year the festival attempts to break the world record, for the most amount of people wearing a fancy dress beards in one place and at one time.