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The first few notes sound, the guitars start to play, summer is here, and the season for outdoor music festivals can finally start! Year after year, there are more and more music festivals that make music lovers and vacationers move to new rhythms as they discover artists from all over the world.
True cultural phenomena, today's biggest festivals attract some of the most popular celebs. These stars become part of the show by wearing luxury labels and fashion-forward music festival outfits. These are in turn a source of inspiration for famous brands and major retailers, who have given birth to a new style sector: music festival fashion trends.
Can't wait to dance in the sun to the sounds of your favorite new artists? Looking for an outfit that will work for the music genre you have in mind? We've made a list of six not-to-miss music festivals in North America and what to wear to attend each one!
From April 12 to 14, and April 19 to 21, 2019
Since it began in 1999, Coachella has quickly become one of the biggest (and most lucrative) annual festivals in the United States and in the entire world! In 2012, a second weekend of performances, identical to the first, was added so that even more people could attend.
Headlining are the most influential artists from different musical genres. It’s impossible not to mention the landmark performances of Beyoncé in 2018, Radiohead in 2017, and Daft Punk in 2006 on the festival’s stage. This year, the lineup once again included huge names, like Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Ariana Grande, Janelle Monáe, Solange, and Khalid, just to name a few.
Taking place in a desert near Los Angeles, California, Coachella welcomes thousands of festivalgoers coming from around the world. You can also see the biggest international stars in attendance, much to the delight of the paparazzi! This year, the outfits of many celebs turned heads, including those worn by Vanessa Hudgens, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Hailey Bieber, and Gigi Hadid.
The desert heat means you should look for lightweight outfits in which sheers show skin, bright colors dazzle the eyes, and animal prints appear everywhere. Look out for some bold festival fashion!
From August 2 to 4, 2019
With its multiple stages that host artists of various sounds ranging from rap to rock to electronic to pop, the Festival Musique et Arts Osheaga has been a hot spot for young Quebecers since 2006. Over the years, the three-day event that takes place at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal has seen some of the biggest names in music put on amazing performances, including Coldplay, Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, and more.
This year get ready for another thrilling edition! The Chemical Brothers (returning to Montreal after 20 years), The Lumineers, and Childish Gambino will each take their turn gracing the main stages over the course of the three-day festival. A few local artists, including Anemone, The Franklin Electric, and FouKi, are also part of the lineup.
From March 27 to 29, 2020
Founded in 1999, this electronic music festival takes its name from the Ultra album by the band Depeche Mode. The Ultra Music Festival, commonly called Ultra, is considered to be one of the best electronic events in the world!
Each year, the festival attracts thousands of people who make Downtown Miami vibrate over three consecutive days. In 2019, festivalgoers got the chance to dance to the rhythms of huge names in electronic music like David Guetta, The Chainsmokers, and Afrojack.
Miami and electronic music?
It’s time to get out your most extravagant ensembles! Neon colors and kitschy pastels will get you set to celebrate all night long.
East Rutherford, New Jersey
June 2, 2019
The Met Life Stadium in New Jersey is where you’ll find the hottest artists and avid fans of rap and hip-hop music every year. During this very full day, the Summer Jam festival electrifies the famous sports stadium.
Since being founded in 1994, the event sponsored by the New York radio station Hot 97 FM has greatly contributed to the force of this movement in music and it has quickly become an annual occasion that can’t be missed. It’s seen some the biggest names in rap and hip-hop perform, like Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled, Chance the Rapper, and Kanye West, just to name a few. With a lineup this year including none other than Cardi B, Meek Mill, Migos, Tory Lanez, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, we know this event will be one to remember!
New Orleans, Louisiana
From April 23 to May 3, 2020
Since 1970, the birthplace of jazz music has hosted this event that highlights Louisiana’s rich music and culture. It’s a unique occasion that resonates deeply with the heart of this community and is a delight to discover!
Included in the lineup? A multitude of musical styles ranging from jazz to gospel to R&B to rock. Beyond the music, this event held in the vibrant city of New Orleans is also a great occasion to discover typical Louisiana craftsmanship and seafood.
For its 50th anniversary, the Jazz Fest invited international stars, including Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, Santana, Van Morrison, Earth, Wind & Fire, and more. The 2020 lineup hasn’t been released yet, but they have announced the official dates. Start setting aside some vacation time now if you plan on going!
From June 6 to 9, 2019
The CMA Fest has been held in Nashville, the city known as the mecca of country music, since it started in 1972. Excitement takes over the capital of Tennessee as festivalgoers from around the world arrive by the tens of thousands. The CMA Fest features four days of incredible live performances, meet-and-greets, autograph signings, and exclusive fan experiences with the artists.
Each year, dozens of larger-than-life musicians and performers take the stage. Following in the footsteps of Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks in the world of country, you can see and hear Carrie Underwood, Billy Ray Cyrus, Keith Urban, Kelsea Bellerini, Tim McGraw, and Trisha Yearwood amongst others this year! Are you ready?
Flaunt your fringe and Western boots while line dancing and embrace denim and lace as you stroll around the city. Unleash your inner cowgirl or cowboy!