Ranking The Best Music Festivals In The U.S.

Ranking The Best Music Festivals In The U.S.

Some of the best so far.

It’s March and several music festivals have announced the lineups since the new year began. So far, there have been mixed reviews with similar artists or the lack of a quality roster. Chance the Rapper, the XX, and the Weeknd are some of the names that will be in several festivals.

How do you pick the right one? To finalize your decision on which festivity, here is a list created to help you choose what to participate in. Some festivals won’t be on the list, due to official line-up postings such as Lollapalooza, FYF and Austin City Limits not being posted yet (FYF line up should be posted in a few weeks, actually).

10. Middlelands

Located in Todd Mission, Texas at the Texas Renaissance Fair grounds, this is a bit unique as Insomniac are known for booking electronic music. They have mixed the dynamic with getting Jurassic 5, Rae Sremmurd, Rich Chigga and Phantomgram. They also booked Kristian Nairn, the actor who played Hodor in Games of Thrones. When he’s not carrying Bran through Westeros, Nairn performs in the DJ world. Middlelands will be unique due to the Medieval style setting.This is also a brand-new festival.

9. Sasquatch

Being number nine, Sasquatch has always had an underrated line-up and has always fulfilled attendees when festivals like Coachella or Bonnaroo try to commercialize in order to get tickets. Set at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington, this year, the major headlines weren’t strong as there are only three: Twenty-One Pilots, Frank Ocean and Chance the Rapper (I warned you). They were able get bands like American Football, Thee Oh Sees, Car Seat Headrest and others more into the independent fan-base. They usually have a powerful line-up.If you are trying to find a different scene for a music festival, the Pacific Northwest has beautiful green-like views.

8. Rolling Loud

This is a tremendous hip-hop festival held in Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida. What’s great about Rolling Loud is the arsenal of rap artists that will be attending such as Kendrick Lamar, Future, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, Migos, etc. Also, they booked some of the artists on the rise like Joey Bada$$, Amine, and Mick Jenkins.This line-up is one of the best hip hop festivals this year, and if you enjoy the rap culture this is your scene. And in recent news, Rolling Loud got 2017’s popular viral star Danielle Bregolli, the “Cassh Me Ousside” girl, to do a meet-and-greet… “how bow dah?”

7. Boston Calling

The location of this venue belongs to Harvard University.There is not a lot of music festivals that are attended on a school campus. Boston Calling was able to get Chance the Rapper, Mumford & Sons, and Tool, and that band has not made any new material for quite some time.They also got some big names additionally like the XX, Weezer, Bon Iver and other diverse artists that have taken off with their music in the past few years like Solange, Mac Demarco and Run the Jewelz. The mixture of artists that Boston Calling was able to put together is great for those east coast kids that will get to see reunion of bands like Wolf Parade and Piebald.

6. Governor’s Ball

Just like Boston Calling, this festival was able to get Tool to be part of the headline. Staged at Governor’s Island, at the Big Apple, Governor’s Ball has the upper hand due to getting New York natives Wu-Tang Clan, who are underrated and tremendously great live, Phoenix, and so far the other festivals were to have Childish Gambino in their lineup. They enlisted great New York residents like Charles Bradley and Parquet Courts. Governor’s Ball is so diverse compared to the venues with getting artists Banks, Schoolboy Q, The Avalanches, YG, Franz Ferdinand, and Air. So far, Air is cast at Governor’s Ball and that’s a triumph card over Boston Calling.

5. Shaky Knees Festival

In Atlanta, Georgia, there is the Shaky Knees festival. This is mainly cast with bands to circulate the fans who disregard electronic music and prefer more of the music formulated by bands.This three-day festival has LCD Soundsystem, The Pixies, Ryan Adams, and Third Eye Blind.This is great for the indie heads and those who dislike the electronic dance scene.Running for five years, it’s recommended to see this festival at least once.

4. Panorama

New York was able to get another festival at the same venue as Governor’s Ball with different dates and a richer roster. They were able to get A Tribe Called Quest, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Spoon, Belle & Sebastian and Nine Inch Nails to perform this year, which beats out most of other festivals. One eye popper is Angel Olsen and Snakehips being in this year line-up, and I recommend to see these two.

3. Pitchfork Music Festival

Named after the biggest music reviewing site, located in Union Park in Chicago, it has been going for twelve years. It’s one of the most exciting festivals. Unfortunately, there are only three artists that have been confirmed, but the lineup should be announced very soon. So far, LCD Soundsystem, Solange, and A Tribe Called Quest have been confirmed. A Tribe Called Quest released an album last year and hasn’t done live performance for many years. Claiming number three in this list, Pitchfork always has great lineups like being a successful general manager at the NFL Draft.

2. Bonnaroo

People all over the world travel to Manchester, Tennessee to attend this festival. It has always been one of the best festivals every year.The main exclusives are U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers; it’s going to bring a wide age range for this year. With similar artists like the Weeknd, Chance the Rapper (I did it again), and the XX, they were able to get Flume, Future Islands, Glass Animals, and Milky Chance to name a few that are different from the rest. If you have been to Coachella multiple times or Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo is highly recommended to change your perspective and new experience.

1. Coachella

If Coachella had to be a football team, they are the New England Patriots. With their creativity of art projects through the years and ability to get so many unique music artists this year is terrific. Getting Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce as the main headliners is eye-popping. Coachella has always had diverse artists, from New Order to Kehlani. Sometimes they get repeated acts like The Head and the Heart and Empire of the Sun, but they tweaked this roster with Gucci Mane, Royksopp, Hans Zimmer, DJ Khaled, DJ Shadow just to name a few. Coachella has been going for almost twenty years and was capable to do two separate weekends, demonstrating why Coachella is number one.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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