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The cultural dominance of the United States can’t really be overstated. No matter what may be happening on a political front, all things artistic, be it film, visual, or music, one way or another find their way to the USA.

And with Hollywood’s clout not going anywhere and three out of the four major music labels based in America, it doesn’t look like this is going to change anytime soon.

Everything’s bigger here, and this, of course, applies to music festivals. The country is home to some of the biggest and most recognised in the world, with the list of American music festivals headed by the likes of Coachella, The Governors BallLollapalooza, Monterey Jazz FestivalBonnaroo, South by Southwest, and Austin City Limits.

Other countries may boast a handful of festivals on par with even the biggest American festivals, but no other country in the world comes close to offering the sheer volume and range that the States does.

Everything from niche boutique city festivals to mammoth classic rural weekenders can be found throughout the country’s 50 states. All genres are covered, all audiences catered for. And there are new additions added every year.

Dance music festivals include EDC Las Vegas and EDC Orlando, two huge EDM festivals, and Dancefestopia, a bass music camping festival in Kansas. Lights All Night takes place in Dallas between Christmas and New Year, and has featured sets from Diplo, Gucci Mane and Tiesto.

If you are into Bluegrass then head to UTOPiAfest in Texas or Huck Finn Jubilee in California. Huck Finn has played host to The String Cheese Incident, Ralph Stanley, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Yonder Mountain String Band, the Lone Bellow, and many more.

Mashup festivals like KAABOO del Mar mix multi-genre music with comedy and art. Ozy Fest takes things further adding the likes of political debates, thought provoking discussions and original podcasts to broaden the appeal of their festival. Firefly Music Festival is another multi-genre festival with incredible artists, areas to explore and hammocks to relax in. If you like hard rock music acts and tattoo artists then head to Inkcarceration Festival in Ohio. Pickathon mixes a diverse rock lineup with art installations and alcoholic refreshments courtesy of local breweries and wineries. At Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival in San Diego you can expect to see R&B, rock and alternative acts, as well as tasting the best local food and drink. You can also marvel at the art installations and have fun at the beach parties. In September, in downtown Las Vegas you can experience Life is Beautiful Festival, with its mix of music, art, comedy and workshops. Expect to see acts like Chance the Rapper, Billie Eilish, Vampire Weekend, and Post Malone.

How great is the American festival scene really? Just take a look at our picks for the Top 15 Music Festivals in the USA.


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