The long drawn out winter has come to it’s dismal end, and the spring weather is just starting to break. As of late, the festival trend has become a large platform for artists, old and new, to connect with their fans on a more personal level. For some time, rock artists have held the stage at these events, but I took the time to find some events with popular R&B and Hip Hop artists who will be coming to cities near you all summer long. (Please note that the acts can change without notification). Thank me Later!
1. Hangout Festival: May 16th-18th Gulf Shores, Alabama
Recognizable Acts: Wiz Khalifa, Childish Gambino, & Chance The Rapper
2. Sasquatch: May 23rd-25th George, Washington
Recognizable Acts: Outkast, MIA, Kid Cudi, Tyler the Creator, Chance The Rapper, De La Soul, Gifted Gab (who is also featured in our top 5 upcoming female article posted on 5/5/2014)
3. Bonnaroo: June 12th-15th Manchester, Tennessee
Recognizable Acts: Lionel Richie, Pusha T, Ice Cube, Frank Ocean, Wiz Khalifa, Skrillex and Friends Ft special guests Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Janelle Monae, Chance the Rapper, Derek Trucks ft. Chaka Khan, and more.
4. Firefly Festival: June 19-22 Dover, Delaware
Recognizable Acts: Foo Fighters, Outkast, Imagine Dragons, Beck, Childish Gambino, Ziggy Marley
5. Milwaukee Summerfest: June 25th-29th and July 1st-6th Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Recognizable Acts: Nas, Ludacris, B.o.B., Ziggy Marley, Kool and the Gang, Wailers, and Los Lonely Boys.
6. Essence Festival: July 3rd-6th New Orleans, Louisiana
Recognizable Acts: Prince, Janelle Monae, Mary J Blige, Jill Scott, The Roots, Ledisi, Tank, Lionel Richie, Charlie Wilson, Erykah Badu, Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles, Tamar Braxton and more.
7. Pitchform Music Festival: July 18th-20th Chicago, Illinois
Recognizable Acts: Kendrick Lamar, School Boy Q, Pusha T, and SZA
8. Mad Decent Block Party: July 26th- September 21s Variety of Places.
Recognizable Acts: OutKast, A$AP Ferg, Chance The Rapper, Diplo, Fatboy Slim, and more.
This block party will kick off in Ft. Laurderale, Florida and goes to Atlanta, DC, Norfolk, Philly, Brooklyn Vegas and a plethora of more places. Click HERE to view the locations and dates.
9. Lollapalooza: August 1st-3rd Chicago, Illinois
Recognizable Acts: Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino, Eminem, Iggy Azalea, Interpol, Jhene Aiko, Kings of Leon, Lorde, Nas, and Rich Homie Quan.
10. OVO Fest (Hosted By Drake): August 4th-5th Toronto, Ontario
Recognizable Acts: Drake, OutKast and the rest are TBD
11. Outside Lands: August 8th-10th San Franciso, California
Recognizable Acts: Kanye West, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Death Cab for Cutie, and The Killers.