By Margaret Pepe
The spring and summer seasons are a common time for music festivals. Music festivals such as Coachella, Vans Warped Tour, Electric Daisy Carnival, Boston Calling, and Bonnaroo are hosted outside, making the weather play in on the experience. Each festival has a different lineup, and attracts different groups of people, depending on their preferred music genre.
Coachella’s line up has a larger range of genres, from AC/DC to Drake. It is one of the most well-known and popular festivals to occur each year. With their wide range of artists set to perform, Coachella attracts a larger audience than other music festivals. Coachella, which takes place over two weekends, will take place from April 10-12, and from April 17-19 in Indio, Calif. Tickets for Coachella have been on sale since May of 2014, and are sold out.
Compared to other music festivals, Boston Calling will be smaller, but equally impressive. Some of the artists expected for this spring’s Boston Calling include Grammy winner Beck, Marina and the Diamonds, Vance Joy, Halsey, and Jack Black’s band, Tenacious D. The event will be held May 22-24 in Boston. Tickets are not yet sold out and passes range from $50-$75 for one-day, $135 for two-days, and $175 for all three- days. VIP passes range from $150 to $375.
Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) features electric dance music (EDM), and in previous years had headliners such as Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, and Zedd in their lineup. This year, EDC will be on May 23-24 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Tier one passes for EDC are currently sold out; however, tier two passes are still available, and cost around $250. VIP passes for EDC cost more, ranging between $350 and $375. The line up has not yet been announced.
Much like Coachella, Bonnaroo’s line up has a wider variety of music than most music festivals, ranging from Mumford and Sons to Deadmau5, and caters to a larger audience. Tickets for Bonaroo are available for $325, and VIP passes are $1,525. Bonnaroo will be held in Manchester, Tenn., from June 11-14.
Vans Warped Tour caters to a different audience; their lineup tends to feature more pop rock, and hardcore rock music. In previous years, the lineup has included All American Rejects, All Time Low, and Kings of Leon. This year’s lineup includes Asking Alexandra, Boy Meets World, and RiFF RAFF, a rapper best known for his song “Tip Toe Wing In My Jawwdinz.” Vans Warped Tour, which travels across the country, will come to Jones Beach Theatre on Saturday, July 11. Tickets cost $52, but VIP passes are available for anyone who donates a pint of blood at select blood donation centers.
“It was the greatest experience ever,” said Mariel Bourie, a freshman Music Education major. “Meeting new people and getting to hear fantastic new music is truly something I will never forget,” Bourie said.
Tickets for the festivals can be purchased online on www. ticketmaster.com or straight from the festivals website.