10 Of EDM's Best Inner-City Music Festivals
Raving in warehouses and top venues across the country is always a good time, but there is something extra special about attending a festival in a big, bright city. The lights, the people and the energy add a whole new layer of excitement. Check out our list of some of EDM's best inner-city festivals.
10. Buku Music & Art Project (New Orleans, LA)
New Orleans is known for many things from its food to its architecture to its renowned jazz scene and more. Buku Music & Art Project, a multi-genre'd festival that takes place in the spring, has added yet another element to the city's multifarious scene, and it is exactly what you'd want to see from an inner-city festival. Past EDM headliners such as Bassnectar, Porter Robinson, and Flosstradamus have made their mark at the southern gathering, and their art exhibits and local food only boast an even greater experience for all.
9. Governor's Ball (New York City, NY)
Governor's Ball on Randall's Island in NYC is the perfect festival for any raver looking to take a break from the strenuous city atmosphere without traveling too far. The alternative rock-meets-EDM lineup creates a hip and youthful vibe for the three-day gathering, and the majestic view of the city skyline behind each stage as the sun sets each day is truly breath-taking. 2015's rendition featured performances by Deadmau5, Chromeo, Flume, and many others, and next year will only be equally if not more diverse than the last.
8. Imagine Festival (Atlanta, GA)
Serving as one of summer's last "hoorah's", Imagine Festival in Atlanta, Georgia brings together a diverse lineup of artists each year including DJs, rappers, live acts, and everything in between. Known for it's unique location within the city, Imagine Festival brings art and music to life with a finely-curated selection of street performers, painters, and dancers that show exactly what music in Atlanta is all about. Check out their 4k 2014 Official Recap video below:
7. Movement Festival (Detroit, MI)
Detroit is heralded by many as the birthplace of techno thanks to legendary acts such as Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, and Eddie Fowlkes. Its history with EDM runs deeper than most cities around the world, which explains why Movement is continuously regarded as one of the most culturally niche festivals in the country. Fans of house, techno, minimal, breaks, and more gather each year in Motor City to celebrate the long-lasting influence of the city's music scene on the world, and every year the lineup appears more diverse than the last.
6. North Coast Music Festival (Chicago, IL)
Chicago is yet another city riddled with EDM in its history, as the legendary Frankie Knuckles made his name performing at its iconic Warehouse nightclub in the late 70's and early 80's. North Coast Music Festival promotes this deep-rooted history with a vast lineup that covers nearly every corner of the EDM map, and with renowned acts such as The Chemical Brothers, Knife Party, and Porter Robinson set to perform at this year's gathering, you can bet that it will be an incredible experience like no other.
5. Decadence Music Festival (Denver, CO)
Decadence Music Festival is very young in it's career thus far, however it has already played a major part in building Denver into one of the most active EDM fanbases in the country. 2014's gathering saw performances by Bassnectar, Disclosure, Flux Pavillion, Big Gigantic, and a slew of other renowned acts, and 2015's installment is geared to be bigger than ever before. Check out their 2015 aftermovie below"
4. Lollapalooze Music Festival (Chicago, IL)
It should be noted that Chicago runs more music festivals each year than any other city in the united states. Each year, EDM fans can attend festivals such as Spring Awakening, North Coast, Summer Set, Mamby on the Beach, and Pitchfork, amongst many others. One festival that continuously sits at the spotlight of it all is Lollapalooza, and more than a handful of reason to attend each year. Music, arts, activities, and more, all in the center of the Windy City, make this festival a must attend for any music fan.
3. South By Southwest (Austin, TX)
Every year, Austin, Texas becomes one of the hottest (literally and figuratively) places to be for music fans around the world thanks to South By Southwest. Taking place in the heart of Austin, hundreds of agencies, record labels, promo companies, and more create their own stages for artists to perform at for seven days straight, making it not only of the most diverse city music festivals in the U.S., but also one of the longest running as well.
2. Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, NV)
One of the biggest city music festival in the United States, Electric Daisy Carnival creates the ultimate experience for any EDM fan. From rollercoasters to amazing art displays to unparalleled stage productions, EDC is a bucket list event for anyone who wants to experience music in an game-changing environment. With over a hundred artists performing each year, the music never stops, and neither does the fun.
1. Ultra Music Festival (Miami, FL)
If EDC wasn't already on your bucket list, Ultra undoubtedly should be in its place. Every year, Miami turns into one giant dance party, as the week-long events of Miami Music Week set the tone for the massive festival that takes place that weekend, and the amazing weather coupled with the beautiful beaches create an atmosphere worth enjoying until the end of time. Just take a look at the 2014 recap video and see for yourself: