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10 Summer Music Festivals You Can Still Get Tickets To

As always, festival season has effectively snuck up on us. If you were part of the #NOchella crowd this year but secretly wanted in on the action, no worries—there's still a crop of equally awesome fests ready to welcome you with big name headliners, eco-conscious art, and innovative grub. Just pack your trendiest garb and grab your tickets quick.

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The Meadows Music & Arts Festival

September 15th-17th

Lineup: Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, Future, Nas, Bassnectar, Weezer, Foster the People, LL Cool J

The Meadows Music & Arts Festival is back this summer for its sophomore season in Queens' Citi Field. Based on the lineup alone, you'd probably be surprised to hear the festival is so young, but despite its fledgling age, it's pulled in perennially popular acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers; comeback kids like Weezer; and NYC born and bred artists like Jay Z, NAS, LL Cool J, Ghostface Killah, and Action Bronson. One-day passes have yet to go on sale, but three-day tickets are selling quick, and for good reason. Go all in on a weekend-long pass ($305 plus fees) so you can catch more than 55 bands across four stages, nom on NYC's trendiest, most delicious foods (think: hibiscus Dough doughnuts, Hong Kong-style Wowfulls, ramen cheesburgers, and more), and sip on craft cocktails and local brews. Follow @themeadowsnyc on Twitter for updates.

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Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik, Iceland

November 1st-5th

Lineup: Fleet Foxes, Aldous Harding, Childhood, Glowie, Jo Goes Hunting

Once a simple festival held in a vacant airport hangar, Iceland Airwaves has quickly transformed into the country's premiere music event. With a local-heavy lineup dotted with perfectly-curated international acts, and venues spread across the city's urban and natural landscape (including a cornerstone set at the Blue Lagoon, the country's most famous geothermal spa), the five-day festival caters to an in-the-know set of music's elite – and is the perfect excuse to extend festival season well past its summer limits. If you'll be traveling internationally, check out their package deals which include festival passes and non-stop flights on Icelandair, otherwise, five-day tickets go for about $220. Follow @IcelandAirwaves on Twitter for updates.

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Austin City Limits Music Festival

October 6th-8th and 13th-15th

Lineup: Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Gorillaz, The XX, Solange, The Head and the Heart, Spoon

Austin is the live music capital of the world, so it only makes sense that they’d have a festival to prove it. At ACL, more than 140 bands (of every genre under the sun) splay out across 8 stages for two weekends of high octane shows in Zilker Park. The 2017 roster is as diverse as ever and includes acts from American rock mainstays like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers; high profile rappers and wunderkinds like Jay Z and Chance the Rapper; and indie folk ensembles like The Head and the Heart. Pro tip: for the full festival experience, stuff your face day in and day out at the ACL Eats Food Court. 2o17 vendors have yet to be announced, but if they're anything like previous years, you'll find highly-Texan options like rattlesnake-rabbit sausage, Torchy's green chili pork tacos, and enough BBQ brisket sandwiches to last you a lifetime. One-day tickets go on sale later this summer, but if you're ready to write a check, 3-day tickets are still available (for the second weekend) for $255 a pop. Keep up on ticket releases by following @ACLfestival

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Outside Lands

August 11th-13th

Lineup: Metallica, The Who, Gorillaz, Lorde, A Tribe Called Quest, Queens of the Stone Age, Empire of the Sun, The Avett Brothers, Young the Giant, Bleachers

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of Outside Lands, the country's largest indie music fest which is held in San Francisco's 1,000-acre Golden Gate Park. While the show is usually an instant sellout, this year's latecomers are lucky as limited three-day tickets (for $375 plus fees) are still available. Music maybe the main highlight of the fest (see: 70+ well-curated acts including festival favorites Lorde and Solange, and unexpected but welcomed headliners like Metallica and The Who), but food and wine comes in a close second. Don't miss out on culinary treats and craft drinks from 80+ Bay Area restaurants, 40+ Northern California wineries, and close to 30 West Coast breweries. (No word yet on if/when one-day tickets will be released, stay tuned @SFoutsidelands.)

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Vans Warped Tour

June 16th-August 8th

Lineup: Attila, Bowling for Soup, Cky, Futuristic, Hawthorne Heights, I Prevail, Jule Vera, Never Shout Never, New Years Day, Watsky

The great thing about Vans Warped Tour? You have more than just a weekend to catch the country's largest traveling fest as it sweeps the states landing in cities small and large, coast to coast. For a notoriously punk-rock, thrash-favoring tour, the lineup this year leans heavily on metal with additions like Municipal Waste, GWAR, and The Acacia Strain, but with seven stages to choose from, you'll be able to find the genre you're looking for. Shows start in Seattle on June 12th; be sure to check out city-specific lineups pre-show in order to ensure your favorite performers will be there. Follow the countdown @VansWarpedTour

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Pitchfork, Union Park, Chicago, IL

July 14th-16th

Lineup: LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, Angel Olsen, Solange, PJ Harvey, Danny Brown, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

Hosted by Pitchfork Media—"The most trusted voice in music"—Pitchfork Fest is a highly-curated gig of alt rock, electronica, dance, and experimental artists sure to indulge the most plugged-in, indie-hungry listeners. Those overwhelmed by the descending masses of Glastonbury, Coachella and Sziget will also be pleased with Pitchfork's manageable crowds—attendance usually peaks around 50,000. Single-day passes are $75, while three-day passes are $175. Be sure to wear your brightest orange as the frstival has partnered with Everytown for Gun Safety and Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) to encourage public safety measures and empower Chicagoans. Follow @PitchforkFest on Twitter for updates and info and use their official hashtag, #P4KFest.

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August 4th-6th

Lineup: Alabama Shakes, Angel Olsen, Belle and Sebastian, BadBadNotGood, Foster the People, George Ezra, Lorde, Major Lazer, MGMT

Summer after summer, Osheaga is up there with the best as far as lineups go. This summer's list summons folk favorites Belle and Sebastian and Vance Joy, indie pop pleasers MGMT and Foster the People, soulful blues-rock group Alabama Shakes, and South African rap-ravers Die Antwoord—all proof that the festival is capable of cohesively navigating something-for-everyone waters. While the festival has traditionally been set in the idyllic Parc-Jean Drapeau on the Ile Ste-Hélène, 2017's iteration will temporarily move down the block to Île Notre-Dame. The fest is pretty manageable with about 40,000 people each day. If you're not sure how to choose between emerging artists (with 30-minute sets) and headliners you already love (with 90-minute sets) use Osheaga's personal music recommender to figure it out. Three-day tickets go for roughly $320 CA; follow @Osheaga on Twitter for updates.

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Bestival, Dorset, UK

September 7th-10th

Lineup: The XX, A Tribe Called Quest, Pet Shop Boys, Little Dragon, Wiley, Justice, Dizzee Rascal

When a festival is curated by BBC Radio 1 royalty Rob da Bank, you know the music is going to be top-notch. Critically-acclaimed Bestival is held on Lulworth Estate along Dorset's Jurassic Coast, and aside from offering a mix of live music and DJs, the festival has a couple of tricks up its sleeve when it comes to setting itself apart. Think: the world's biggest bouncy castle, the world's biggest confetti cannon, and the Bestival inflatable church—"an institution that's conducted more mass marriages than the Mormons." Adult weekend passes go for £180; follow @Bestival for updates.

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August 9th-16th

Lineup: The Chainsmokers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Major Lazer, Pink, Wiz Khalifa, Flume, Rita Ora, Birdy

Sziget started way back in 1993 and has since evolved from an ambitious fan-run affair into one of Europe's most storied musical and cultural events, due in no part, we're sure, to the fact that it takes place on Óbuda—an island on the never-ending Danube. Each year, the crowd-pleaser draws a huge audience with its diverse lineup, and last year, the fest saw a record-breaking half-million visitors, an impressive number that will likely be toppled by this year's eager szitizens. Look for environmentally conscious art on the festival grounds; there's the 82-foot long 'Dragon of Freedom,' an illuminated lizard made from recycled soda bottles; the 'Magic Field' installation of sun-blocking iron and yarn leaves; wire mushroom stools for resting; and plenty of sweater-sporting trees. Sziget one-day tickets are 70€, or if you're really feeling it, 325€ for the whole week. Stay in the know by following @SzigetOfficial on Twitter.

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July 28th-30th

Lineup: Frank Ocean, Solange, Tame Impala, MGMT, Tyler the Creator, Vance Joy, Jagwar Ma, Nine Inch Nails, Alt-J

Panorama music fest is back and ready to go off rain or shine this summer for its second edition. Hop a ferry to Randall's Island Park (an East River isle that's nestled between Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens) and you won't be disappointed; the fest is produced by Goldenvoice, the same people behind Cali's Coachella, which means a prime lineup (with alt rock, indie, hip hop, R&B, EDM, and more) too many food vendors to choose from, and interactive art (aka The Lab) that heightens the experience even further. Day passes go for $125 (including fees), but if you plan on seeing the entire weekend-long lineup, a three-day pass goes for $345 (including fees). Turn to @PanoramaNYC for more info.

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