10 Music Festivals In The Southeast You Should Go To
TomorrowWorld blessed Atlanta for 3 years sparking growth in the Southeast EDM scene until it, unfortunately, was discontinued. However, we still continue to see more and more growth each year. Here are 10 music festivals that you must check out if you want an authentic southern raging experience.
People travel from all over the world to visit these unique festivals. Some attend all of them, given they are so close in distance. We are a big family welcoming all who wish to be a part of it.
1. Imagine Music Festival
Imagine a place full of aquatic fairy tales where you find mermaids hanging by pools and fire performers doing creative circus acts giving it a dreamy marine vibe.
Cool off during the day at the pool sipping a delicious frozen drink. At night, enjoy performances from Incendia fire dome. To get the best view of it all, take a ride on the Ferris wheel. Atlanta Motor Speedway gives this festival the element of convenience and minimizes dust in the air.
In 2014, this festival made its debut with and impressive lineup. Some of the biggest names in EDM have performed at Imagine, such as Adventure Club, Dada Life, Tipper, Dillon Francis, Excision, and many more.
Don’t forget to pack your floaties.
2. Ultra Miami
If you want to hear some of the best DJs in the world, with people from all over the globe, check out Ultra Miami. This festival is expanding to 23 countries, across 6 continents. This is just a reflection of its success and how much the music world loves it.
Ultra is hosted at the end of Miami Music Week, which over the entire city. Not only are there after parties every night, but there are also day parties hosted on roof tops with pools, at bars, and beautiful venues. Every EDM lover needs to try Miami Music Week at least once.
The worlds top DJs come through not only to perform, but also to join the party!
3. Shaky Beats Music Festival
Atlanta is known for its rap/trap culture. Both years Shaky Beats has had stellar lineups with variety from Cherub to Claude Von Stroke.
Centennial Olympic Park is personally one of my favorite venues. It’s not too big and not too small. Walking between all three stages won’t tire you out, and there is just enough difference to create a sound barrier. When you look up, you’ll see Atlanta’s beautiful skyline in all directions.
The Ferris Wheel is right outside of the park, so you can catch some dope views. Hotels are across the street, and after parties take over all the venues in the city.
4. Bonnaroo Music + Arts Festival
Great Stage Park is located right between Nashville and Chattanooga, making it a convenience to people of many Southeastern places. This 700-acre farm accommodates for the main venue and camping grounds for it’s 80,000 annual attendees.
Centeroo is full of magic. You will see trippy art installations, tasty food, creative vendors, 10 stages of music, comedy acts, a cinema, and 150 performances from some of the most talented artists.
Parades are held multiple times throughout the weekend. You can stretch out at the yoga classes, or run in the Annual Roo Run 5k. There is even a Soap & Glory Station for quick beauty fixes.
Bonnaroo has it all. That’s including types of people. Kids, parents, grandparents, natives, foreigners, surgeons, hippies, ravers, wooks- you’ll find them all there. The vibes are great, the food is amazing, and the line up is even better.
5. Sunset Music Festival
Beachy vibes just make you want to party. The Tampa Bay is a great place to catch the sunset. Palms, a colorful sky, and all of your favorite EDM calls for a perfect weekend. It attracts around 60,000 festy-goers worldwide.
Getting to the venue is easy with the $15 dollar credit Sunset gives you for Über. When you get there, you’ll discover colorful art installations like flowers and at night lights illuminate the trees.
The lineup includes head bangers and also more laid back music. The schedule gives you the opportunity to catch at least part of who you want to see.
After parties take over Tampa all weekend. If natives aren’t able to make it to the festival, you’ll still catch them at an after party venue later. It's not a weekend you want to miss in Florida!
6. Sloss Music & Arts Festival
Birmingham is convenient to many surrounding areas like Nashville, Memphis, Atlanta, Jackson, and all of Alabama. This festival has grown substantially in the past few years, attracting attendees from all over.
Sloss is being preserved a historic industrial site with machines and tools that make is a unique collection of iron making technology. It is a recollection of the era that the US grew to industrial superiority and the development of Birmingham.
This year we are seeing a lot more EDM acts on the lineup as Odesza, Phantogram, and Cashmere Cat. For the people that don’t like exclusively EDM festivals, this is for you. Catch Alabama Shakes, Widespread Panic, Waka Flocka Flame, and many more.
7. Suwannee Hulaween
Hosted by The String Cheese Incident, it's the Electric Forest of the South, with a Halloween twist to it. It’s the perfect place to dress as you want and play away with your friends. The experience gets even more magical at night. Art installations come to life. Spirit Lake lights up and the Spanish moss give it an extra eerie vibe.
The 21,000 attendees are incredible and go all out for their costumes and outfits. There line ups have included a lot of reggae acts, jazzy artists as Big Gigantic, and EDM artists like Claude Von Stroke and Louis The Child. It’s a great way to spend your Halloween.
8. VooDoo Music + Arts Experience
New Orleans is also a perfect place to spend Halloween. It’s full of superstition, mystery, and it’s slightly creepy. Spanish moss drooping from the trees gives City Park a unique feel with a spooky look. The art installations are Halloween themed like the cemetery.
It’s still pretty hot in New Orleans through October, but VooDoo has you covered with free ice pop to go in your wine, making it a “poptail." There are local food vendors serving Louisiana cuisine. You can grab some tasty jambalaya, poboys or some Cajun seafood.
The lineup has something for everyone. Folk, rap, EDM- you’ll find it all at VooDoo. Get your best costumes together, and reserve a hotel in Nola. This one is for the books!
9. Buku Music + Arts Project
Another New Orleans get down, Buku Music and Arts festival is held in the lower garden district at Mardi Gras World. Here, Mardi Gras floats are created and stored. Visitors tour this museum throughout the year to get a behind the scenes look.
The railroad, decrepit power plant, and Mississippi River give the experience an original New Orleans feel that isn’t just put together for the festival.
There are official after parties every night, and if you can’t make it to those, Bourbon Street always has your back. It’s a great reason to visit New Orleans.
10. Hangout Music Festival
This beach get away is in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Get ready to put your toes in the sand and a cold drink in your hand. Fresh catches are served right on the beach, with blue waters to take a dip in and hammocks to catch a nap in.
Art installations keep your eyes wondering and activities such as volleyball and arcade games will keep you entertained. If you’re feeling the love, show it at the wedding chapel, or just take your love on the Ferris Wheel for an amazing view.
Acts such as MGMT, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, and Flume have made there way to Gulf Shores for Hangout performances. The line up always has something for every body.