March Madness

9 Festivals better than March Madness

March is a month filled with college students getting absolutely shit-faced for Spring Break, others challenging their peers and coworkers in hopes of having the winning bracket, and friends anticipating the official start of festival season with lineups continuously being dropped, stages being built, and communities being formed.

Many people, myself included, are dipping into their bank accounts trying to allocate funds to pay for Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lightning in a Bottle, and whatever else may come up. How am I going to do it? I’m not sure yet, but if there is a will, there is a way.

Before we jump to the showers of April, the flowers of May, the smiling sun of June, and the sizzling heat of July and August, we must stop, take a deep breath, and figure out how to get to the festivals happening this month! Let’s take a look:

1. Okeechobee

It would be safe to say that Okeechobee is the official kick start of the festival season. Festivals in January and February are fun and all, but there is something about warmer weather and less clothes that make you want to run around on a field listening to your favorite music. Okeechobee were the first to drop their lineup for the 2017 festival year all the way back in November, and it definitely got the people excited. With the first five names being Kings of Leon, Usher, Bassnectar, The Lumineers, and Flume, how can you not want to go to this festival? Not to mention, it just gets better as the list goes on. GREAT JOB, OKEECHOBEE! Unfortunately for me, I’m in school on the west coast so I couldn’t really fit it in my schedule but I am extremely jealous of everyone going. FOMO. Fortunately for you all, tickets are still available for $269!

2. McDowell Mountain Festival

McDowell Mountain Festival is one of the only non-profit music festivals in the US. Last year, they donated over a million dollars to local charities. They value the 3 C’s – community, culture, and charity. Also, they have student discounted tickets! (perfect Spring Break option? I think so) With this festival you can save some money and the money you do spend is going straight to charity. Technically, you are doing the right thing by going to this festival, so why wouldn’t you? And when your parents are scolding you for spending all your money on festivals, just tell them it’s for CHARITY. If you aren’t convinced yet, just look at the lineup. Flume, the Shins, Chromeo, Grouplove?? Uh, yes please.

3. CRSSD

CRSSD Festival appears twice in one year with two different lineups in two different seasons. This fest is located in sunny San Diego and is for ages 21+ (sorry kids) If you are getting crssd at CRSSD, you must must must catch Flume, Duke Dumont, Alunageorge, Snakehips, Lost Frequencies, and Justin Martin. Last call tickets are still available for $155.

4. Get Lucky

If you are more of a raver, check out this festival which is St. Patrick’s Day themed unlike its Halloween counterpart ‘Get Freaky.’ Who knows?… You may even “get lucky.” 😉 I recommend wearing green so you don’t get pinched! (Do people still do that?) Tix are still available!

5. Buku Project

The Buku Project recently dropped their lineup filled with rap, trap, and slaps! Rhyming 101. The Buku Project taking place in New Orleans just weeks after the infamous Mardi Gras celebration! As stated on their website, Buku “delivers a big festival punch without compromising its underground house-party vibeStay past the hangover or keep partying and never let the hangover hit.. Wear those beads loud and proud while you dance around to DEADMAU5, Travis Scott, Zeds Dead, etc. I watched the after movie and this festival looks absolutely wild and guess what.. tix are still available but selling out quickly!!

6. SXSW

From March 13 to March 19, South x Southwest takes over Austin, TX for a weeklong immersive music experience. Austin, Texas is the Live Music Capital of the World, so it only makes sense to introduce hundreds of new and growing artists as well as already established music artists here. These artists take over the town while performing in bars, clubs, churches, parks, or any other place you could possibly throw up some speakers and strum some instruments. Musicians come from around the world and there is no limit of what you may hear. Every genre. Every ethnicity. Every story.

7. Gasparilla

Located in the heart of Downtown Tampa, Gasparilla Music Festival takes over for two days only. Ryan Adams and Cage the Elephant headline the fest with plenty of other incredible acts following behind. With incredible music comes even better food.. Gasparilla partners with top restaurants in the area to bring fabulous cuisine to all the festival goers. Tickets are cheap and still available!

8. Pot of Gold

Look at that.. we finally found the Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow, and it’s more magical than we thought. This random assortment of artists appeals to all types of people with a little bit of rap, rock, alternative, and reggae. Is there really a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

7. Beyond Wonderland

Beyond Wonderland is back and better than ever! It’s the perfect plan for Spring Break or just a random weekend. Dress up as sharks, mermaids, captains, or anything else that falls into the Under the Sea theme of this fest. If Winter is still taking place where you live, this festival may be a refreshing change since it’s located in sunny California. Tickets are still available, so get them before they’re gone!

8. Ultra Music Festival

If you are feeling real frisky for Spring Break, head down to Orlando to party it up with the other Spring Breakers! Ultra is one of the biggest EDM festivals as you can see from the lineup. There are so many names on that thing, I can hardly read it! However, I do see Justice and everyone must see Justice. Unfortunately, Ultra is sold out but you could always cop some tickets on Craigslist, just be careful of fakes!

9. WinterWonderGrass

A fest close to home! Currently, there’s still a shit ton of snow in Tahoe and I don’t know how I feel about bluegrass in the snow. It just is such a summery genre, do we not all agree? Hopefully the snow will be semi-melted when this fest comes around. I mean we do have a whole month. For those of us close to Tahoe, who’s down??

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