We know that summer is just around the corner, and camping festivals are one of the best ways to get the full festival experience. There's nothing better than becoming one with nature and bonding with everyone around you for a weekend of fun and music. Check out our list of the top 5 camping festivals in the US this summer.
The Gorge Amphitheatre has consistently been named one of the most beautiful outdoor music venues in the world, and Paradiso Festival brings the venue its biggest lineup of the summer. Bassnectar, fresh off his two-day run at the equally beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, Zedd, Above & Beyond, and Krewella headline this massive lineup. Camping at The Gorge is something that is special enough on its own, but when you add in Paradiso's great lineup, it just had to make our top five camping festivals for the summer.
When Skrillex and Kaskade are booked for a festival and not billed at the top of the lineup, you know the festival has some major star power. This year’s lineup for Bonnaroo is so massive, that it takes you a while to even get to the name Disclosure on the lineup. The most exciting part of the lineup is the Skrillex and Friends Superjam – featuring Big Gigantic, Damien Marley, Zedd, Chance the Rapper, and more. We know that Skrillex has to have some surprises up his sleeve for this one, and we just can’t wait to find out what those are.
Some may question how I can have a music festival so high on our list when it’s the inaugural year? My answer to that is simple: MCP Presents, the company that organizes the festival, has been running Camp Bisco for years. Even though Bisco is taking a year off, The Hudson Music Project seems to have a lot of promise to be one of the best festivals of the year. The festival is taking place on the grounds of the 1994 Woodstock. The diverse lineup features headliners from nearly every genre of music, with a focus on dance music throughout. Electronic acts Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Excision and Moby complement rappers Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus, along with bands like STS9, The Flaming Lips and Modest Mouse. If you’re into trying new festivals, The Hudson Music Project will not disappoint.
Electric Forest creates an insane experience full of surprises. The festival is known for secret sets off in the middle of the woods and a lineup that is as diverse as they come. EDM headliners Steve Angello, Zedd, Moby and The Glitch Mob are part of the story. However, what makes Electric Forest our number two camping festival of the summer is the full experience. Production wise, there may not be a good comparison. An entire forest lit up and decorated with lights deep into the night is something pictures could never fully convey. You simply have to experience it for yourself.
There was little doubt in our mind that TomorrowWorld is the number one camping festival in the United States this summer. The festival already features an incredible lineup, and even more acts will be announced later this week. Last year, TomorrowWorld was one of the most magical festivals I’ve ever been to. I usually only say this about more intimate experiences, but somehow, the hundreds of thousands of people and rolling acres of Georgia land felt close. The fans became a family. DreamVille was more of a small town than a camping area, even giving out morning newspapers for us to read with all of the “news” we could ever need. It included what happened yesterday and what was going to happen today. When you’re at TomorrowWorld, all that matters is “now.”