2015 Summer Music Festival Guide

Attending a music festival should definitely be on your bucket list—but it’s not something you want to do without knowing what you’re getting into.

Here’s a look at what you can expect from this year’s biggest events:

###Lollapalooza

Where: Chicago (July 31-August 2)

Bands: Paul McCartney, Florence + The Machine, Metallica

Day 1: Fashion trumps functionality here. Check your outfits against a Nylon cover.

Day 2: Pack good shoes. The Lolla grounds are a little big (roughly 50 miles).

Day 3: If you want to avoid traffic, you’ll have to leave a little early (3 a.m. should do it.)

###Bonnaroo

Where: Manchester, TN (June 11-14)

Bands: Billy Joel, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons

Day 1: Bonnaroo somewhat resembles Lord of the Flies. Arm yourself accordingly.

Day 2: The resemblance shifts to Mad Max. Enjoy the music, but watch your back.

Day 3: : It is only by day three that things start to look more like The Walking Dead.

###Outside Lands

Where: San Francisco (August 7-9)

Bands: Elton John, Sam Smith, D’Angelo, The Black Keys

Day 1: Ladies, make sure to pack your best jeggings and a hat with at least a two-foot brim.

Day 2: You’ll want to keep your metabolism up, so bring your personal sous chef along.

Day 3: Begin the day with a refreshing acupuncture session. There. You are ready.

###Governor’s Ball

Where: New York City (June 5-7)

Bands: Drake, Björk, Lana Del Rey, The Black Keys

Day 1: Set a reasonable food budget. We suggest a thousand dollars a day.

Day 2: Did you drive? Bad news: Daily parking is about a thousand dollars.

Day 3: At least the bag check is free. Just kidding. It’s a thousand dollars.

See Also

###Pitchfork

Where: Chicago (July 17-19)

Bands: Wilco, Chance the Rapper, Sleater-Kinney, Chvrches

Day 1: Oh, you’re going to the Pitchfork festival? That’s cool, we guess. Yeah, it’s just whatever now.

Day 2: Like, Pitchfork’s first festival was good, but the recent ones seem like they’re trying too hard.

Day 3: Have you heard of this other festival in Raleigh? Probably not. Oh my gosh, it’s amazing.

###Creation Fest

Where: Mount Union, PA (June 24-27), Tri-Cities, WA (July 30-Aug 1)

Bands: TobyMac, Switchfoot, Lecrae

Day 1: Your youth group is easy to spot with their T-shirts that say “Savior” stylized as the Snickers logo.

Day 2: Slip I Kissed Dating Goodbye into every backpack. Don’t want students getting creative at Creation Fest.

Day 3: Please call us if you see the members of dc Talk together looking like they’re about to reunite.

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