Clearly there isn’t a cap for how many music festivals can take place in a single year, because the announcements of inaugural events keep on coming. As the festival circuit gets bigger and lasts well into the Fall, promoters and organizers are creating more and more niche festivals, catering to very specific types of music fans rather than hosting big multi-genre events. 5 New Music Festivals Will Premier in 2016, and we couldn’t be more excited. Since these are inaugural events, we suggest attending if you can, because these festivals will never be as inexpensive as they are in their first year.
The Meadows: Queens, NY
New York City’s Founders Entertainment, the people who bring you Governor’s Ball, will be taking their stake in Queens this October to host a two-day hip-hop/EDM/indie rock festival. Inaugural weekend of The Meadows will feature The Weeknd and Kanye West as headliners, with supporting sets by Chance the Rapper, Grimes, Kygo, Pretty Lights, The 1975, and more. The two-day festival will take place on October 1st & 2nd in the Citi Field Complex at Fushing Meadows Corona Park. The Meadows may be the last music festival NYC sees in 2016 before the harsh Winter arrives. Not to mention it’s also Chance the Rapper’s only concert scheduled for the Big Apple off his recently announced Magnificent Coloring Book Tour. We hope to see plenty of amazing performances The Meadows and hope 2016 is its first of many incredible years to come.
Chance the Rapper’s Magnificent Coloring Day: Chicago, IL
Chicago natives, you are incredibly lucky: Chance the Rapper has taken such a huge interest in spreading positivity across the city and now he’s announced “Magnificent Coloring Day“, the first music festival to ever be held at Cellular Field, located on Chicago’s South Side. Chance the Rapper often refers to the South Side in his music, primarily referencing the tension between its natives and the police, gun violence, and his desire to clean up the streets for future generations (he was one of a few musicians President Obama spoke to about criminal justice reform). Chance has recruited John Legend, Skrillex, Alicia Keys, Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, and more to help reign in the first ever Magnificent Coloring Day. And Chance will—of course—be performing as well. If you can make the trip to Chicago this September, Chance the Rapper and co. will definitely make it worth your while.
Goldenvoice’s Desert Trip: Indio, CA
Goldenvoice, the promoters responsible for bringing you Coachella, have organized a second event to annually host at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. “Desert Trip“, announced as “the concert of the century” (otherwise known as “old-chella”) has some of the industry’s most iconic musicians listed for its initial lineup. On October 7th-9th (and a second weekend October 14th-17th), Sir Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Bob Dylan, The Who, Neil Young, and The Rolling Stones will gather on the same grounds for the very first time. We’re not sure how Goldenvoice managed to produce this mega-fest with a inaugural lineup to this caliber, but be warned, the price of a Desert Trip ticket very much reflects the talent. Though there will only be 6 acts total, the ticket prices are similar to a full breadth festival such as Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo. But considering the superstar status of each act, and how rare it is to catch all of these performers in one place, we think “Desert Trip” is one worth taking.
ComplexCon: Long Beach, CA
Complex—the culture magazine which covers every medium from music, to food, fashion, and American politics—is hosting their first multi-industry event this Fall. ComplexCon, an expertly curated convention and music festival headed by chairman Pharrell Williams and artist Takashi Murakami, will take place on November 5th & 6th. ComplexCon strives to be a convergence of all things culture, where artists and entrepreneurs from varying mediums can meet and discuss the future. With shops, discussion panels, exhibitions, installations, and music stages, ComplexCon aims to engage all of your creative and innovative senses. Night One of Complex Con will feature Skrillex and Kid Cudi and the Night Two performers have yet to be announced. Sign up for the Complex newsletter for further lineup announcements, ticket info, and more.
Outlaw Music Festival: Scranton, PA
Before this year, there weren’t many reasons to know of the town Scranton, PA, besides it being the setting of The Office. Now, all country music fans should be aware of the little town, because there is an incredible festival scheduled to take place on September 18th. The inaugural “Outlaw Music Festival” has one of the better country music lineups we’ve seen in this year’s festival circuit. The list includes Neil Young & Promise of the Real, Lee Ann Womack, Sheryl Crow, and Willie Nelson (who is co-partnering with Blackbird Presents to produce the Outlaw Music Festival). Not only will the Outlaw Music Festival take place in front of a picturesque landscape, but it may be the final country music festival to take place in 2016, since most occur during the summer. Though the festival is starting small, with country music icons Willie Nelson and Neil Young promised in its first year, we think the Outlaw Music Festival will only get better from here. Tickets for the Outlaw Music Festival are scheduled for general sale on Friday, July 29th.