10 Festivals To Attend Instead of EDC NY and Mysteryland
Festival Season is a beautiful time of the year, both literally with the sunny weather and musically with the plethora of festivals and events that fill the US from coast to coast.
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond festival organizers' control, festivals get canceled. Over the past few years, we've said our sad farewells to Tomorroworld, Wakarusa, Landmark Festival, and most recently EDC New York and Mysteryland USA.
Let us take a moment of silence for these dearly departed festivals.
While festival goers were not told the exact reasons for the cancellation, speculations ranged from lack of ticket sales to problems with the venue. And while we may never know why Mysteryland USA was canceled for 2017, we can hope that the festival will make its way back to the US in 2018. In the meantime, we can support the festivals we love by attending and bringing good vibes and PLUR.
EDC NY and Mysteryland are two of the most recently canceled festivals on the east coast. I'm still dealing with the news myself. But never fear. We've compiled a list of some of the best East Coast festivals that you can attend since Mysteryland and EDC NY are no longer options.
1. Governor's Ball (New York)
Governors Ball is one of the biggest festivals in New York City, and an ideal replacement event for EDC NY. Governors Ball has a hugely stacked lineup for 2017, with a blend of different music genres- from Flume and Marshmello on the EDM spectrum to Wu-Tang Clan and Chance the Rapper from the rap scene. Governors Ball is an event that will appeal to a huge range of music tastes, and the diversity and magnitude of the festival mesh perfectly with New York City itself.
2. Bonnaroo (Tennesse)
Bonnaroo will be celebrating its fifteenth year running and will be held on a 700 acre farm in Tennessee. Bonnaroo will see the talents of U2, The Weeknd, Major Lazer and Red Hot Chili Peppers among many other artists. Bonnaroo has various tents set up all over the venue with activities for festival goers to enjoy, from yoga to parades and fun runs. Bonnaroo is a camping festival, make sure you have everything you need to have the best camping experience possible!
3. Firefly Music Festival (Delaware)
Firefly Festival is one of Delaware's biggest attractions and a music festival that folks who live in the Northeast won't want to miss. Firefly runs for 4 days and has 9 stages for festivalgoers to choose from. Firefly has one of the most diverse music festival lineups, from Dillon Francis and Galantis to Bob Dylan, Kesha and Thirty Seconds to Mars. The huge diversity and number of stages allow attendees to move from stage to stage depending on their mood and what music they're in the mood for.
4. Electric Zoo (New York)
Electric Zoo has been shaking up Randalls Island in New York for several years running, and the lineup this year has impressed Electic Zoo first-timers and returnees alike. Electric Zoo is one of New York's premium EDM festivals and 2017 commands one of the best lineups (subjectively of course) that New York has seen so far. Headliners include DJ Snake, Above and Beyond, Armin van Buuren and a highly anticipated b2b set with Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz. The Zoo will be shaking NYC during Labor Day weekend and is a huge event that cannot be missed.
Shaky Beats takes place in Atlanta Georgia and has curated a huge lineup featuring some of the biggest names in EDM. From trap king RL Grime to house master Kaskade, Shaky Beats has artists from all over the EDM spectrum. Shaky Beats represents the unique diversity of Atlanta's EDM scene and was an incredible event from start to finish. Check out our iEDM review of Shaky Beats here.
6. Elements Festival (Pennsylvania)
Elements Festival actually takes place on two different dates and in two different states. Elements in Pennsylvania lasts an entire weekend and is a camping affair. Elements in NYC is later in the year, during August and is a one-day event (no camping, sorry!). Even if you missed Elements in Pennsylvania, there is still the NYC event to look forward to! Elements in New York boasts a bassy and dub wub lineup with headliners Zeds Dead and Griz.
7. Moonrise Festival (Maryland)
Moonrise is one of the festivals that I am personally looking forward to the most. Moonrise has a hugely stacked lineup with fan favorites RL Grime, Porter Robinson, Madeon, Kaskade and Afrojack all playing at the weekend-long festival. Moonrise is a relatively new(er) festival on the east coast circuit, but has been making waves and building a loyal following.
8. Made In America (Pennsylvania)
Made in America is a USA favorite, not only for the red white and blue theme, the patriotism and the stars and bars but the insane lineup. Featuring producers like The Chainsmokers, Kaskade and Marshmello alongside Jay Z, Solange and J.Cole, Made in America always has a lineup to look forward to. Taking place in Philadelphia (where else could it possibly be?) over Labor Day weekend, Made in America is a must-see.
9. Dreamscape (Maryland)
Despite its ethereal and dreamy name, Dreamscape has brought a wobble-heavy and trap dominated lineup to its 2017 festival. Featuring hard-hitting artists like Destructo, Troyboi, Keys N Krates and Delta Heavy, Dreamscape promises a headbanging riot of a time for newcomers and attendees alike. Dreamscape will take place during the first weekend of June in Darlington Maryland.
10. Imagine Festival (Georgia)
Imagine Festival is one of the biggest festivals on the east coast with a lineup that has some of the biggest names of EDM performing. Above and Beyond, Deadmau5 and Tiesto are some of the names that will turn heads. Imagine takes place in Atlanta, Georgia and the three-day camping festival promises attendees an "aquatic fairy tale" experience.