Music Fan’s One Stop Guide to 2015’s Top Music Festivals

April 29, 2015

It’s that time of the year again when music lovers beat the summer heat by heading off to the country’s coolest festivals. Summer music festivals this year have some epic lineups and all around great fun in store for you. To help you choose, we have compiled a list of the top music festivals 2015.


There couldn’t be a more apt setting for the Sasquatch Music Festival than the stunning natural amphitheater, The Gorge. Owned by the renowned concert production company LiveNation, the venue has hosted some of the top music acts in the country including Coldplay, Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews Band.

Set on the edge of a giant cliff, overlooking the majestic Columbia River, the setting for the event alone is enough to attract thousands of festival lovers.

The largest music festival in the Pacific Northwest, Sasquatch brings to stage an eclectic lineup of musicians from various genres as well as a range of comedians to perform in between music sets. 2015’s headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Ray, Ryan Adams, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, and various other rock, indie and hip hop artists.

Trust us it’s, going to be an event worth the drive, which can be made even more memorable with the $375 camping passes. The average ticket price for sasquatch is listed at $465. The minimum get-in price for a day of the show is chalked as low as $50.


Hangout Music Festival

The annual three-day festival at the Gulf Shores, Alabama provides a unique, one-of-a kind experience. The event features an array of music genres including hip-hop, indie, rock and electronic dance music. Since its inception in 2010, the event has stayed true to its name and spirit. Really the name and the logo say it all.

Top notch musicians to have played at the Hangout Fest include the Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, OutKast, Kings of Leon, The Killers and The Black Keys.

This year’s Hangout Fest will be headlined by the Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, Sam Smith, Skrillex, Foster the People, and many more.

If you are looking to chill out this summer, get the three day pass and head to the Hangout Fest. The food options, hammock area and great crowd all add to the feel-good atmosphere at the stunning beach setting of the Hangout Fest.

ExciteEvents is offering the three day pass at an average price of $366 while the minimum get in price has been slated at $199.



Promoting itself as more than just a music festival, Lollapalooza offers fest-goers a unique cultural experience. What started off in 1991 as a struggling touring music festival has now come a long way, and is easily considered one of the leading festivals in the country.

Lollapalooza takes place at the expansive Hutchinson Field Grant Park, between Downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan. Lolla’s major attractions include Chowtown, Kidzapallozza, Farmer’s Market and Green Street. Attendees can chow down at Chow Town, which offers the best food the Windy City can offer. Farmers Market is the place for fans with dietary considerations.

The lineup for Lollapalooza 2015 features the iconic Paul McCartney, Florence and The Machine, Sam Smith, Metallica, Of Monsters and Men, as well as artists from various other genres including alt rock, hip hop, heavy metal and punk rock.

If you are a true festival lover, you would want to get your hands on the 3-day pass. The average updated price for the pass is around $520 at EventsExcite.


Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

The largest outdoor music festival in North America isn’t an event you would want to miss. Bonnaroo features an unrivaled lineup –2015 headliners include Mumford & Sons, Billy Joel, Kendrick Lamar, Deadmau5 and Florence & The Machine among numerous other artists.

There are plenty of non-musical activities to keep you entertained between sets. The 700 acre festival grounds, in the middle of Tennessee, feature the Bonnaroo Salon, Solar Stage, Bonnaroo Cinema, Poster Art Exhibition, The Silent Disco and various other food and entertainment options. Even with an attendance of more than 80k, Bonnaroo manages to provide an intimate festival experience.

Enjoy the unique experience, get the four day pass, camp around and watch awesome performances every day. So go on and do the ‘Roo with a group of friends, or even alone if you feel like it. Don’t worry if you are going solo, because Bonnaroo is a great place to find like-minded music lovers and make new friends. The average ticket price for the 4-day pass is $532.


Vans Warped Tour

The largest and longest running touring music festival in North America is hitting the road again this summer. Starting in 1995, the Vans Warped tour is responsible for introducing music fans to some of the big names in the industry including No Doubt, Katy Perry, Blink 182, Eminem, Fall Out Boy and hundreds of others.

Audiences get to witness a blend of artists from various genres like pop, punk, alternative, rock, hip hop, among others. The 2015 lineup highlights are Escape the Fate, Family Force Five, The Wonder Years, Neck Deep and Matchbook Romance among so many more. This year’s tour is scheduled to take place at some famous venues, including Riverbend Music Center, Toyota Pavilion, Canterbury Park and Milwaukee’s Summerfest Grounds.

Every summer, the Vans Warped Tour offers a range of athletics and lifestyle attractions. This fest is meant for music fans looking for an action-packed day.

At ExciteEvents, average ticket prices for Vans Warped tour mostly remain affordable starting from as low as $79 for the Toronto event and going up to $154 for the concert at Anchorage’s George M Sullivan Sports Arena.

Outside Lands

A representation of San Francisco’s highly vibrant community, Outside Lands attracts a variety of cutting edge artists, bands and local musicians. Food vendors and visual artists abound at this popular Californian festival. Held annually at the Golden Gate Park, this 3-day event attracts nearly 60k attendees each day.

In 2015, Outside Land is slated for another big showdown with headliners including the likes of Elton John, Sam Smith, Mumford and Sons, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco and Tame Impala. Other attractions include a comedy tent and the DJ tent, which always seem to have long queues outside. Besides the awesome music, the array of culinary options on offer makes for an unparalleled festival experience.

Ticket prices vary significantly so you can likely find something within your means.  The prices for the 3-day pass range within $60 to $1500. The show for Sunday has the lowest average price of $247.

The Governors Ball Music Festival

Held at New York’s Randall’s Island every year, The Governors Ball Music Festival is a magnet for high-profile artists. This year too, the festival continues its tradition of showcasing eclectic, well-balanced lineups. Some of the headliners at GovBall 2015 are Lana Del Ray, Drake, Deadmau5, Florence and the Machine, Bjork and The Black Keys.

Festival goers have to appreciate the spirit of the organizers and attendees at the previous GovBall, who weathered torrential rains and showed what the phrase “the show must go on” really meant.

One of the best things about Governors Ball is the after-parties and they can go on all night long. Along with awesome music, you can get variety of foods and enjoy other artistic endeavors- all the portents of a great music fest. You are truly going to love what GovBall has in store for you.

To enjoy a complete festival experience, get the three-day pass at an average price of $454 at ExicteEvents  and camp out solo or with family and friends at the beautiful festival grounds.


Summerfest Milwaukee

Recognized as the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest features over 800 acts and a thousand performances over eleven stages across eleven days. Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration attracts the hottest stars and rising talents in the music industry. This year’s lineup consists of the legendary Rolling Stones, along with Linkin Park, Florida Georgia Line, Ed Sheeran, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Kings of Leon and Zac Brown Band among other talents.

Set against the backdrop of downtown and Lake Michigan, at the permanent setting of the Henry Maier Festival Park, the festival offers a range of attractions. The party at the lakefront, the music, food, shopping and fun make even the hottest days cool at Summerfest. Fest-goers can also enjoy Miller Lite, the Official Beer of Summerfest or check out new products and activities at the interactive exhibits. Festival goers definitely wouldn’t want to miss ‘The Big Gig’!

At ExciteEvents, the average ticket prices for Summerfest Marcus Amphitheater Stage shows range from $145 to $521, with the Rolling Stones show currently set at the highest value.

So now that we have given you a few reasons to look forward to summer, what are you waiting for? Make your preparations and head on to the fest that best captures your fancies.

September 5. – Ed Sheeran & Christina Perri @ Frisco – Toyota Stadium (formerly FC Dallas Stadium) | Average Ticket Price: $173.03 | Get In Price: $57
September 8. – Ed Sheeran & Christina Perri @ Orlando – Amway Center | Average Ticket Price: $210.04 | Get In Price: $7
September 9. – Ed Sheeran & Christina Perri @ Miami – American Airlines Arena | Average Ticket Price: $290.49 | Get In Price: $13
September 10. – Ed Sheeran & Christina Perri @ Tampa – Amalie Arena (formerly Tampa Bay Times Forum) | Average Ticket Price: $178.19 | Get In Price: $19
September 12. – Ed Sheeran & Christina Perri @ Atlanta – Philips Arena | Average Ticket Price: $320.43 | Get In Price: $13
September 13. – Ed Sheeran & Christina Perri @ Nashville – Bridgestone Arena | Average Ticket Price: $184.8 | Get In Price: $8
September 15. – Ed Sheeran & Christina Perri @ Saint Paul – Xcel Energy Center | Average Ticket Price: $211.3 | Get In Price: $92
September 16. – Ed Sheeran & Christina Perri @ Tinley Park – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Tinley Park (formerly Midwest Bank Amphitheatre) | Average Ticket Price: $195.77 | Get In Price: $22
September 17. – Ed Sheeran & Christina Perri @ Cincinnati – Riverbend Music Center | Average Ticket Price: $140.67 | Get In Price: $30
September 18. – Ed Sheeran & Christina Perri @ Cuyahoga Falls – Blossom Music Center | Average Ticket Price: $186.56 | Get In Price: $30
September 20. – Ed Sheeran & Christina Perri @ Toronto – Air Canada Centre | Average Ticket Price: $366.7 | Get In Price: $141
September 22. – Ed Sheeran & Christina Perri @ Washington – Verizon Center – DC | Average Ticket Price: $202.26 | Get In Price: $48
September 23. – Ed Sheeran & Christina Perri @ Washington – Verizon Center – DC | Average Ticket Price: $198.97 | Get In Price: $15
September 25. – Ed Sheeran @ Foxborough – Gillette Stadium | Average Ticket Price: $164.3 | Get In Price: $39
December 2. – Ed Sheeran @ Perth – NIB Stadium | Average Ticket Price: $519 | Get In Price: $399
December 5. – Ed Sheeran @ Melbourne – AAMI Park | Average Ticket Price: $459 | Get In Price: $399
December 6. – Ed Sheeran @ Melbourne – AAMI Park | Average Ticket Price: $613.29 | Get In Price: $499
December 9. – Ed Sheeran @ Sydney – Allianz Stadium (formerly Sydney Football Stadium) | Average Ticket Price: $619 | Get In Price: $499
December 12. – Ed Sheeran @ Auckland – Mount Smart Stadium | Average Ticket Price: $499 | Get In Price: $499


Firefly Music Festival

Inaugurated in 2012, Firefly can still be regarded as a start-up of sorts. But its exponential growth over the years in terms of attendance and acts has made it a top contender among this year’s festival lineup.

An eclectic mix of artists is included in this year’s lineup. Notable names like Kings Of Leon, The Killers, Morrissey, Bastille, Zedd, Foster the People, Snoop Dogg, and various others will grace the stage at the festival.

There are engaging attractions around every turn so there is plenty to enjoy besides the music acts. One of the more famous attractions is the Brewery where they serve especially customized Firefly Ale. The free games at the air-conditioned Arcade provide a good means of killing time and escaping the heat in between sets. Oh and don’t forget to get your personalized Toms Shoes.

At ExciteEvents, the average price for 4-day pass to Firefly Music Festival is listed at $443, while the minimum price is $385.

Disclaimer:   The entire price data presented here is accurate as of 24-4-2015. You can find a complete list of upcoming festivals along with dates, price data and venue information on EventsExcite.

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