As Music festival season draws closer and closer, Auxford Wave will keep you updated on which festivals in the south have released their lineups and which festivals are offering the best deals.
Dates: May 12-14, Atlanta, Ga.
Price: $185 (Plus fees)
Year in and year out, Shaky Knees gives you the best bands for your buck. Held in Centennial Olympic Park, the festival is only five years old but it already has the deepest lineup of any of the surrounding festivals. The headliners are impressive, with LCD Soundsystem, The Pixies, The XX, Phoenix, Cage the Elephant and The Shins all performing, but where this lineup really shines is with the number of great bands filling out the rest. While the bands near the bottom of other festivals can sometimes be a huge drop off and seem like little more than filler acts, Shaky Knees’ lineup is fantastic from top to bottom. There’s so many great acts like Whitney, Sylvan Esso, Dr. Dog, The Growlers, and Twin Peaks, the biggest worry would be not being able to catch all of the great shows that weekend.
Other artists to catch: Ryan Adams, Portugal. The Man, FIDLAR, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Temples, Hoops, Modern Baseball, Preoccupations, Shovels and Rope, Car Seat Headrest.
BUKU Music + Art Project
Dates: March 10-11, New Orleans La.
Price: $189.99 plus fees.
If you’re a hip hop or electronic music fan, this is the festival for you. Some of the biggest names, like Travis Scott, Young Thug, DEADMAU5, Vince Staples, Lil Yachty, Zeds Dead are all taking the stage in Mardi Gras World.
When you add in stellar acts like Run the Jewels, Sleigh Bells and Tycho who are known for the live performances, the lineup looks even better. The price is reasonable, and you can visit the French Quarter and everything else New Orleans has to offer during your trip. Throw in the variety of art exhibits the festival houses and the famous graffiti wall and you should have no trouble staying entertained at BUKU this year.
Other artists to catch: Car Seat Headrest, Thundercat, Cashmere Cat, Clams Casino, San Holo, Washed Out.
Beale Street Music Festival
Dates: May 5-7, Memphis Tenn.
Price: $115 plus fees
Beale Street Music Festival is a cheaper alternative to some of the bigger festivals in the south, but the lineup still has some quality artists to check out. It definitely has the most diverse lineup of any of the festivals listed here, as there’s artists from today and yesterday in every genre from hip-hop to pop-punk.
Death Cab for Cutie is a can’t miss artist here, and MGMT, Sturgill Simpson, and Silversun Pickups should also bring an outstanding live performance. Or if you want to go back in time, catch Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Soundgarden, Jill Scott, or Widespread Panic in the birthplace of Rock n Roll. Plus, like the name suggests, you’re in easy walking distance from downtown Memphis.
Other artists to catch: Grouplove, Dawes, Deer Tick, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Leo Bud Welch.
Dates: June 8-11, Manchester, Tenn.
With how expensive Bonnaroo has gotten, the lineup could definitely be better. With Bonnaroo, you are somewhat paying for the four-day camping, partying experience, and the price reflects that.
The headliners aren’t very impressive compared to similar festivals. For $360, U2, The Weeknd, Major Lazer and Flume shouldn’t make up the majority of the headlining acts. The festival does have Chance The Rapper, Lorde, The XX and Travis Scott headlining as well, so there’s still a few quality acts at the top of the list. What Bonnaroo does beat most other festivals in is sheer size. The lineup is so big that no matter your taste you will be able to find plenty of great acts to see each day at the Farm this year. Another nice bonus is the comedy section, which includes Hannibal Buress and Natasha Leggero
Other artists to catch: Cage the Elephant, The Head and the Heart, Glass Animals, Portugal. The Man, Car Seat Headrest, Royal Blood, Michael Kiwanuka, the Orwells.
Dates: May 19-21, Gulf Shores, Ala.
Price: $289 (Plus fees)
The biggest plus of attending Hangout Festival is that while you are enjoying catching artists like Frank Ocean, Mac Demarco, Weezer, and A$AP Ferg. you get to do it on the beautiful beaches off of Gulf Shores, Ala.
While Mumford and Sons and Twenty One Pilots may be two of the worst headliners you’ll see at a festival this year, Hangout booking Frank Ocean more than makes up for this, and the rest of the lineup has some quality artists (sprinkled in).
Other artists to catch: Chance the Rapper, MGMT, Sigur Rós, Local Natives, Young the Giant, Lil Yachty, Band of Horses.