The kick-off of festie season!
by Bradley Loiederman

Memorial day has come and gone, and now summer and festie season are upon us! Memorial Day weekend is often seen as the real start of summer, so it’s very fitting that this weekend is one of the biggest festival weekends in all of festie season! From rock to electronic to folk to hip hop, music lovers of all shapes and sizes conglomerated to different campgrounds and stadiums this weekend to listen to some of their favorite artists perform at some of the biggest stages around! So let’s dive in and give a taste of a few highlighted festivals that are sure to kick off festie season!

Movement Music Festival


This past weekend, Movement celebrated its 16th anniversary as it opened the Hart Plaza gates to EDM fans of all ages. Starting in 2000 as a festival to highlight Detroit techno and bring attention to the music scene in Detroit, Movement has become a festival blending both old-school techno and house and new-age breakbeat and dub. Some of the highlights of this year’s lineup were Adam Beyer, Dubfire, Kraftwerk, Carl Craig, Alex Metric, Kill The Noise, What So Not, Calico, and many, many more! Movement is a festival older than many of its attendees, but this 16 year old festival is not going anywhere anytime soon!

Summer Camp Music Festival


Almost as old as Movement, Summer Camp Music Festival brought tens of thousands of visitors to Chillicothe, IL this year to celebrate their 15th anniversary. Summer Camp started as a jam band festival and quickly started gaining some progressive rock, ska, and electronic artists as well. Summer Camp is also a festival of both old and new attendees, some that have been coming every year since the start and others that call 2016 their first Summer Camp. The festival has grown so much since its start that it now has nine stages, however many of the original artists, such as moe., are still hyped to play this festival every year. This year, the lineup consisted of all different genres and fan bases, naming artists such as Umphrey’s Mcgee, Big Grizmatik, STS9, Excision, The Roots, Ani Difranco, Emancipator, Lettuce, Louis The Child, Snails, Michal Menert, and many more! Summer Camp Music Festival is the premium Midwestern camping festival during Memorial Day, and we’re excited to see what they have in store for their 16th year!

Sunset Music Festival


Celebrating their 5th anniversary, Sunset Music Festival, a collaboration between legendary promoters Sunset Events and Disco Donnie, opened its gates in Tampa to tens of thousands of festie-goers. Although it has only been around for a few years, Sunset Music Festival has definitely gained recognition for having one of the biggest lineups in summer EDM festivals and has put the Tampa EDM scene on the map! Just this year, they brought out Hardwell, Galantis, Jack U, The Chainsmokers, 3LAU, Bro Safari, Ferry Corsten, Jai Wolf, Jauz, Marshmello, Zomboy, and many, many more EDM artists to create a jam-packed two-day festival! Sunset has grown into one of the biggest EDM festivals in Florida, and we are excited to see how much more they grow in the future!

Revival Music Festival


This past weekend, Harmony Park Music Garden started getting ready to celebrate their 20th anniversary with another amazing Revival Music Festival! Located in Clarks Grove, Minnesota, Revival is one of the most inclusive and special festivals around. Unlike many other music festivals, Revival allows people of all ages and is a great place for both family bonding and creating new friendships. Moreover, tickets this year were less than $200, allowing people that may not be able to usually afford festivals to attend! And like always, this year’s Revival had some of the best psychedelic and jam bands around: Lettuce, Infamous Stringdusters, Motet, Cloud Cult, Dopapod, and many more! We congratulate Harmony Park on their 20th anniversary and cannot wait to celebrate with them at their anniversary festival!

Sasquatch Music Festival


Traveling out to the state of Washington, Sasquatch Music Festival opened its gates at the Gorge Amphitheater for its 14th year in a row! In 2002, Adam Zacks, then promoter at the House of Blues and Roseland Theater in Portland, decided that the Pacific Northwest needed a large-scale experimental rock and electronica festival; that’s when Sasquatch was started! Starting with hosting artists such as Ben Harper and The String Cheese Incident, Sasquatch has transformed from a mostly experimental rock festival to a festival of all different indie genres and tastes. This year, the festival included some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Florence and the Machine, Disclosure, Sufjan Stevens, Purity Ring, Grimes, Mac Demarco, Caribou, Baauer, Vic Mensa, Ibeyi, and many more! Not only is the lineup astounding, but camping for three days among some of the most beautiful mountains in the country is definitely a great way to spend Memorial Day! We congratulate Sasquatch for bringing the Pacific Northwest festival scene to the map and are excited to see what they have in store for next year!

Soundset Music Festival


Bringing it back to Minnesota, Soundset Music Festival occurred yesterday at the State Fairgrounds! Starting in 2008 by Rhymesayers, Soundset was created to both highlight Minnesota talent and bring non-Minnesota hip hop artists to the cities. Much of the growth and acknowledgement of the Minnesota hip-hop scene came from the founding of Soundset. Although more and more touring artists have started to perform at Soundset, the focus is still Minnesota-made hip hop, with the majority of the artists still being from the Twin Cities. However, as the festival as grown, they decided to move it from Canterbury Park and opened the gates at the fairgrounds for the first time this year! This year’s lineup included some of the biggest names in hip hop, such as Atmosphere, Future, The Roots, Common, Danny Brown, Doomtree, Lizzo, Post Malone, and many more! As Minnesota hip hop continues to gain attention and Soundset continues to grow, the entire state is pumped to see what the festival has in store for next year!

If you couldn’t make it out to any festival this Memorial Day, don’t fret! Festie season is still just getting started, with many more festivals coming up!