Whether you’re an avid music fan or simply interested in learning more about your favorite artists, festival 2023 offers the chance to get up close and personal with some of the biggest names in music. From the inaugural Darker Waves new wave music fest in California to a country-themed event in Iowa, this summer’s lineup includes a wide variety of genres and performers.
This year’s event will feature a mix of master classes taught by leading musicians and educators, as well as live performances from more than 100 musical artists. Participants can choose from a number of different workshops and master classes, including sessions on jazz piano techniques, orchestral performance and conducting, as well as the basics of vocal improvisation and percussion.
The festival also features the Spinthrift Market, a bazaar showcasing local NYC artisans and makers, with items on offer such as African art and textiles, natural beauty products, clothing and jewelry, books and prints. Foodies can look forward to the return of Bites ‘n Beats, the festival’s “event within an event” offering concessions from local restaurants and food trucks.
Coachella, the California music and arts festival, returns to the Empire Polo Club in Indio for two weekends of performances this April. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is organized by Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Presents. The lineup is set to include Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, Rosalia, Pusha T, and Charlie XCX, among many others.
A full range of tickets are still available for the festival, with a three-day general admission pass costing $250 and one-day passes starting at $125. A limited number of deluxe and VIP passes are also available.
Other 2023 festivals to check out include the tenth annual Bonnaroo, which will be held June 23-26 at Arrowood Farms in Tennessee. The headliners at this year’s fest are Foo Fighters, the Postal Service, Death Cab for Cutie, and Queens of the Stone Age.
In addition to the stellar lineup of musicians, this year’s Global Citizen Festival in Central Park will feature speakers and activists like Joey Bada$$, rapper Vince Staples, singer-violinist Sudan Archives, Atlanta-based artist Baby Tate, multi-genre performer Dreamer Isioma, and more. Participants can earn free tickets to the event by taking action through the Global Citizen app or website on issues such as ending extreme poverty, advancing women’s rights and equality, and fighting climate change.
For fans in the Midwest, Hinterland will once again take place at the Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in Saint Charles, Iowa, over the course of four days in August. This year’s festival is set to feature performances from Bon Iver, Zach Bryan and Maggie Rogers. Other acts will include Wallows, Sylvan Esso, Orville Peck, and Alex G. Tickets are on sale now for the event, which is backed by Bluepoint Brewing. The festival’s schedule is available here.