Musical festivals

Written by on January 23, 2023

With the announcement of the lineups for Coachella and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, it’s time to start making plans for spring and summer music festivities.

Coachella, held over two weekends in mid-April in Indio, California, sports headliners Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK and Frank Ocean.

Atop the bill at Bonnaroo in June in Manchester, Tennessee: rapper Kendrick Lamar, electronic duo Odesza and rock band Foo Fighters.

Foo Fighters will also be playing the Boston Calling Music Festival, held over Memorial Day weekend, on May 26. Then on May 28, Foo Fighters will headline the Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio. The band will also play the Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival in Milwaukee on July 15.

Bad Bunny performs in concert at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City on Dec. 9, 2022.

Coachella lineup

  • Headliners: Bad Bunny (Friday, April 14 and April 21), BLACKPINK (April 15 & April 22), and Frank Ocean (April 16 & 23).
  • Also on the bill: Rosalía, Becky G, Björk, Calvin Harris, Fisher, Chromeo, Eric Prydz, Charli XCX, Blondie, Gorillaz, Weyes Blood, rockers such as The Murder Capital and Momma – and actor Idris Elba, who sings and has top-notch DJ skills, having spun tracks at the reception for Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s royal wedding.
  • Tickets on sale: Coachella presale starts Friday at 11 a.m. PT. General admission passes start at $499. There are also hotel and ticket packages.  
  • Dates: Performers are scheduled to do sets each of the weekends of April 14-16 and April 21-23
  • For more:

Coachella full lineup 2023:Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK and Frank Ocean will headline

Kendrick Lamar performs at the Glastonbury Festival in Worthy Farm, Somerset, England, on June 27, 2022.

Bonnaroo lineup

  • Headliners: Electronic music acts Zeds Dead and Liquid Stranger (June 15), Kendrick Lamar (June 16), electronic duo Odesza (June 17), and rock band Foo Fighters (June 18).
  • Also on the bill: Lil Nas X, Tyler Childers, Paramore, My Morning Jacket, The Beths, Sheryl Crow, Pixies, Morgan Wade, and Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway.
  • Tickets on sale: Tickets for Bonnaroo start at $175 for one day and $299 for four days. Tickets and camping and parking go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. CT. (Sign up now for early access.). 
  • Dates: Thursday to Sunday, June 15-18.
  • For more:

Bonnaroo lineup 2023:Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Odesza announced as headliners

Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters perform during day one of Lollapalooza Chile 2022 at Parque Bicentenario Cerrillos on March 18, 2022 in Santiago, Chile.

How to choose between Bonnaroo and Coachella?

  • The lineup: Who’s on the bill could make the decision easier. For now, only Coachella has Bad Bunny. But Bonnaroo has Kendrick Lamar and the Foo Fighters. Plus probably a more diverse lineup with more country acts.
  • Location: Do you prefer a desert or a farm? Coachella happens at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., about 130 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, which is in the Sonoran desert. If you prefer camping, opt for Bonnaroo. It takes place on a 700-acre farm in Tennessee, just more than 60 miles southeast of Nashville. You can camp at Coachella, but there are also plenty of hotels to stay nearby.
  • Weather: Well, the desert can be hot. But it can also be hot in Tennessee in June – and wet.

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Shania Twain, shown performing during the 2022 People's Choice Awards on December 6, 2022, is among artists scheduled to appear at the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida in April 2023.

Tortuga Music Festival

  • Headliners: Eric Church, Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney
  • Also on the bill: Wiz Khalifa, Cole Swindell, Carly Pearce, Jake Owen, Brett Young, The Wallflowers, Justin Moore, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
  • Tickets on sale: On sale now.
  • Dates: April 14-16 at Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida.
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Kane Brown is among the scheduled headliners at the Stagecoach festival in Indio, Calif., in April.


  • Headliners: Luke Bryan (April 28 ) Kane Brown (April 29), Chris Stapleton (April 30).
  • Also on the bill: Riley Green, Melissa Etheridge, Old Dominion, Nelly, Brooks & Dunn, Valerie June, and ZZ Top.
  • Tickets on sale: On sale now.
  • Dates: April 28-30 in Indio, Calif.
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Jon Batiste performs during the Tribute to Fats Domino at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2018.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

  • Headliners: Ed Sheeran, Lizzo, Jill Scott, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Steve Miller Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gary Clark Jr., Leon Bridges, Farruko, Ludacris, Wu-Tang Clan and The Soul Rebels, Kenny Loggins, The Revivalists (Weekend 1). Dead & Company, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Santana, Jon Batiste,  Kane Brown, H.E.R., Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave., Herbie Hancock (Weekend 2).
  • Also on the bill: Buddy Guy, Mdou Moctar, Samantha Fish, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal Quartet, Allison Russell, Mavis Staples.
  • Tickets on sale: Now.
  • Dates: April 28-30 and May 4-7.
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Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on Saturday, May 26, 2018, in Allston, Mass.

Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival

  • Headliners: Foo Fighters, Tool, Godsmack, Queens of the Stone Age, Kiss, Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie and Deftones.
  • Also on the bill: Starcrawler, Suicidal Tendencies, Chevelle, Trivium and White Reaper.
  • Tickets on sale: One-day field tickets start at $149.99; those along with VIP and hotel packages go on sale on Friday. 
  • Dates: Thursday-Sunday, May 25-28 in Columbus, Ohio.
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Lizzo, shown here performing on Saturday Night Live," will appear at the BottleRock festival in Napa, Calif., in May 2023.


  • Headliners: Post Malone, Smashing Pumpkins (May 26), Lizzo, Duran Duran (May 27), Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lil Nas X (May 28).
  • Also on the bill: Billy Strings, Phantogram, Leon Bridges, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Japanese Breakfast, Wu-Tang Clan, and Los Lobos.
  • Tickets on sale:  Thursday
  • Dates: Friday-Sunday, May 26-28, 2023 in Napa, California.
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Maren Morris performs during Stagecoach country music festival in Indio, Calif., on April 29, 2022.

Boston Calling Music Festival

  • Headliners: Foo Fighters, The Lumineers, Alanis Morissette, Paramore, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Queens of the Stone Age.
  • Also on the bill: Maren Morris, The National, Niall Horan, The Flaming Lips, Bleachers, Joy Oladokun and The Walkmen. 
  • Tickets on sale: Presale starts Thursday at 10 a.m. ET. 
  • Dates: Memorial Day weekend Friday-Sunday, May 26-28 at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Boston.
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Este Haim, Daneille Haim, and Alana Haim of Haim perform "The Steps" .

Governors Ball 

  • Headliners: Lizzo (June 9), Odesza (June 10), Kendrick Lamar (June 11).
  • Also on the bill: Lil Uzi Vert, Haim, Diplo, Lil Baby, Aespa, Rina Sawayama, Lil Nas X, Giveon, Sofi Tukker.
  • Tickets on sale:  Early access starts Friday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. 
  • Dates: June 9-11 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.
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Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival

  • Headliners: Green Day (July 14) and Foo Fighters (July 15).
  • Also on the bill: Cody Jinks, Social Distortion, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Phantogram, White Reaper, and KennyHoopla.
  • Tickets on sale:  On sale now.
  • Dates: July 13-16 at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • For more: 
Eric Church performs


  • Headliners: Eric Church (June 22), Zac Brown Band (June 23), James Taylor & His All-Star Band (June 24), Sheryl Crow (June 24) and Imagine Dragons (July 8)
  • Also on the bill: Elle King, Zach Bryan, Marcus King and AJR.
  • Tickets on sale: General admission tickets on sale now. Headliner shows at certain venues require separate tickets, which also gain you festival admittance. Some are on sale now. Eric Church tickets on sale Jan. 17. 
  • Dates: Takes place over three consecutive weekends (Thursday-Saturday) from Noon to midnight, June 22-24, June 29-July 1, and July 6-8, 2023, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Guitarist Mick Thomson of US heavy metal band Slipknot during a 2015 concert in Papp Laszlo Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary.

Rock Fest

  • Headliners: Pantera (July 13), Slipknot (July 14), Godsmack (July 15).
  • ​​​​​​Also on the bill: Ice Cube, Orianthi, Falling in Reverse, Ice Nine Kills, Papa Roach, Everclear.
  • Tickets on sale:  On sale now.
  • Dates: Thursday-Saturday, July 13-15 in Caddott, Wisconsin.
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