2022 Music Competition Lineups: Final Information to the Festivals This 12 months


Lollapalooza 2021 | Scott Legato/Getty Photographs

Lollapalooza 2021 | Scott Legato/Getty Photographs

The return of live music in 2021 was rocky, notably surrounding the confusion over whether or not large-scale music festivals that draw large crowds had been secure sufficient to attend. However contemplating how a lot the music trade was put out of labor by the COVID-19 pandemic—and the way a lot music followers missed the expertise of going to see reveals—there was additionally loads of eagerness for them to return again. Lastly in late July 2021, Chicago’s Lollapalooza went forward with vaccinations and negative test requirements in place, proving that outside music occasions may go on with the correct precautions, and formally marked the return of pageant season with dozens of different fests returning within the following months.

Now in 2022, pageant season intends to go on because it usually does, shifting again as much as its late spring/summer time block, somewhat than the September and October dates that many occasions rescheduled to final 12 months. Whereas many lineups can begin to look comparable, music festivals stay a convention for devoted followers and among the finest methods to see a jam-packed day stuffed with thrilling up-and-coming and legacy acts. Under, we’re rounding up all the important music festivals in 2022 with data on their dates, lineups, and potential entry necessities, so you already know what to look out for this season. We’ll additionally preserve this story up to date, as extra data and completely different occasions will get introduced.

coachella crowd 2019
Coachella 2019 | Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Photographs for Coachella

When: Friday, March 11-Sunday, March 20
The place: Austin, TX
What to know: It’s possible you’ll keep in mind in early March 2020 that SXSW was one of many first main occasions to cancel because of rising concern over COVID-19. As a result of the occasion—with all of its conferences, music, movie, and comedy festivals—attracts so many followers, artists, and trade professionals to Austin, it could not be a extra thrilling and economically uplifting for the town to see the occasion come again. The music iteration of SXSW kicks off on the thirteenth and runs till the tip with showcases placed on by completely different manufacturers, labels, and venues all through the musical metropolis, and whereas it could be not possible to catch all of them, you may count on 300 artists to take the stage. As a way to maintain credentials all through the occasion, you may must add your vaccination information to the Clear Well being Cross app, and should you select to point out proof of a adverse check as an alternative, chances are you’ll must get examined a number of instances primarily based on the times you attend, however free testing will likely be out there on the Austin Conference Middle. Masks may even be required in any respect conferences and exhibitions, and any venue that asks.
Acts to take a look at: Been Stellar, Gully Boys, SASAMI, and Shamir

When: Wednesday, March 23–Sunday, March 27
The place: Boise, Idaho
What to know: It’s possible you’ll not have suspected it, however Boise is the vacation spot for one of many coolest music festivals. Treefort is actually the west coast’s model of SXSW and a possibility to focus on all the unimaginable issues that Boise’s artwork and tradition scene has to supply. This 12 months is definitely its tenth anniversary, and as at all times, the occasion invitations tons of of bands to carry out at pageant grounds and venues throughout the town, in addition to organizes all kinds of various culinary, leisure, and wellness “forts,” from alefort and foodfort to dragfort and yogafort. The occasion could have the identical requirements because it did in September 2021—so keep in mind to carry your proof of vaccination or adverse check, in addition to a masks, which you may be required to put on at most venues and “forst.”
Headliners: Durand Jones & the Indications, Goth Babe, Kim Gordon, Osees, and Snail Mail
Different acts to take a look at: Field Medic, IAN SWEET, Magdalena Bay, and The Ophelias

When: Friday, April 15–Sunday, April 17; Friday, April 22–Sunday, April 24
The place: Indio, California
What to know: For the primary time in three years, Coachella is coming again. That is a reasonably large deal, because the pageant is taken into account the foremost kickoff for mainstream pageant season and has the popularity of being the quintessential fest (regardless of having changed into extra of a luxurious occasion over time). The occasion was one of many first to close down on the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020—on the time instantly rescheduling for October 2020 earlier than the scenario proved that wasn’t a risk and it was canceled but once more in June. However, it is lastly again with a brand new slate of A-list headliners (now, you may have to attend till 2023 to see 2020 headliner Frank Ocean) and one in all its most attention-grabbing lineups in current reminiscence, largely made up of names who blew up up to now couple of years. However purchaser beware: It has no particular COVID-19 restrictions. Attendees is not going to be required to put on a masks or present proof of vaccination or a adverse check, which the occasion organizers Golden Voice announced in February 2022, revoking its former entry requirements.
Headliners: Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, and Ye
Different acts to take a look at: Japanese Breakfast, Mannequin Pussy, Rina Sawayama, and Turnstile

shaky knees festival 2021
Shaky Knees 2021 | Scott Legato/Getty Photographs

When: Friday, April 29–Sunday, Could 1
The place: Atlanta, Georgia
What to know: This one’s for the rock followers. The Southern pageant that goes down yearly in ATL’s Central Park is a uncommon modern occasion that is targeted on all rock music. This 12 months, it is also dedicated to sticking with a roster of legacy acts as its headliners and even a bit all through the invoice, as properly. As a way to get wherever close to the pit, although, you may need proof of vaccination or a adverse check.
Headliners: Green Day, My Morning Jacket, and Nine Inch Nails
Different acts to take a look at: Chastity Belt, HUNNY, Pretty Sick, and girlpuppy

When: Saturday, Could 14–Sunday, Could 15
The place: Las Vegas, Nevada
What to know: Whether or not you are all for reveling in nostalgia, it makes you’re feeling outdated, otherwise you really feel some anti-capitalist type of method about every little thing you grew up on being re-commodified and offered again to you, we’re within the age of the nostalgia festivals created with millennials in thoughts. Offered by Snoop Dogg and live performance promoters Bobby Dee and Dwell Nation, Lovers and Pals is an all-new occasion that highlights ’90s and ’00s hip-hop and R&B mainstays. It was really presupposed to launch in 2020, so it is secure to say it is a extremely anticipated occasion, however as of proper now, there isn’t any updates on what well being and security necessities may be in place. Within the meantime, dig up your outdated iPod nano, get excited, and prepare to spend hours placing collectively the proper pageant match now that Y2K is again in style.
Headliners: Ashanti, Ciara, Ja Rule, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Lil Jon, Ludacris, Nelly, TLC, and Usher
Different acts to take a look at: Cassie, Eve, Lil’ Kim, and Trina

anderson paak at boston calling 2019
Anderson .Paak at Boston Calling 2019 | Natasha Moustache/Getty Photographs

When: Friday, Could 27–Sunday, Could 29
The place: Boston, Massachusetts
What to know: Like Coachella, Boston Calling was one of many music festivals that determined to take a seat 2021 out, somewhat than try and reschedule, so it is a huge, thrilling 12 months for the fest with its long-awaited return. The Memorial Day occasion (which is definitely at all times co-curated by Aaron Dessner of The Nationwide) tends to favor rock acts, however options a little bit little bit of every little thing, making it one in all Boston’s largest fests. Though nothing is obvious by way of COVID-19 measures presently, Boston Calling does insist that attendees should abide by no matter protocols are in place.
Headliners: Foo Fighters, Metallica, and The Strokes
Different acts to take a look at: Avril Lavigne, HAIM, Orville Peck, and Pom Pom Squad

When: Friday, Could 27–Sunday, Could 29
The place: Napa Valley, California
What to know: When you take into account your self a foodie and drink connoisseur as a lot as a music fan, BottleRock stays the best pageant for you. Set within the culinary vacation spot of Napa Valley, the pageant at all times been dedicated to being as a lot about meals, wine, craft beer, and culinary demonstrations as it’s about music. Whereas the lineup does have one thing for everybody, the fest tends to e-book extra folk-inspired artists than others and options a variety of pop acts. The pageant plans on abiding by California state guidelines on the time of the occasion.
Headliners: The Black Crowes, Kygo, Luke Combs, Metallica, P!nk, and Twenty One Pilots
Different acts to take a look at: Aly & AJ, SAINt JHN, and Yola

When: Friday, Could 20–Sunday, Could 22
The place: Gulf Shores, Alabama
What to know: Not each music pageant can be an enormous seaside occasion. Hangout Fest takes place on the seashores of the Gulf Shores, with waves crashing simply behind the levels and alternatives to soak within the solar by taking part in volleyball, swimming, chilling out within the sand, or curler blading in between units. The occasion additionally pulls a primarily pop lineup to make the vibes further sunny. There is not any phrase on the pageant’s COVID-19 requirements, as of but, however it might announce vaccine or adverse check necessities nearer to the date.
Headliners: Doja Cat, Fall Out Boy, Halsey, Megan Thee Stallion, Post Malone, and Tame Impala
Different acts to take a look at: beabadoobee, Blu DeTiger, and ericdoa

billie eilish at governors ball 2021
Billie Eilish at Governors Ball 2021 | Taylor Hill/Getty Photographs for Governors Ball

When: Friday, June 10–Sunday, June 12
The place: New York, New York
What to know: After being pushed again to September in 2021, NYC’s main music pageant is again on the calendar for its typical early June slot and returning to its rightful place as the town’s unofficial begin to summer time occasion. It will not be shifting again to its former venue of Randall’s Island, although; the occasion is sticking with final 12 months’s selection of being held on the grounds of Citi Discipline. It is certain to be simply as thrilling (and hopefully an space that is higher suited to potential June rain), largely as a result of various lineup that options huge names in pop and rap as headliners and buzzy names all through the invoice from nearly each style. At the moment, the occasion is planning on requesting proof of vaccination or a adverse check for entry, per state requirements.
Headliners: Halsey, Kid Cudi, and J. Cole
Different acts to take a look at: Clairo, Duckwrth, 100 gecs, Samia, and Surf Curse

When: Thursday, June 16–Sunday, June 19
The place: Manchester, Tennessee
What to know: What would pageant season be with out the Roo? After happening in September in 2021, the beloved fest is shifting again to its common weekend in June. As at all times, it stays the occasion for pageant devotees with its on-site campgrounds, expansive lineup, and units that go into the wee hours of the evening. Count on extra particulars about any entry requirements to return at a later date.
Headliners: The Chicks, Flume, Gryffin, Illenium, J. Cole, Machine Gun Kelly, Roddy Ricch, Stevie Nicks, TOOL, and 21 Savage
Different acts to take a look at: Denzel Curry, Indigo De Souza, slowthai, Tierra Whack, and Tove Lo

When: Thursday, June 23–Saturday, June 25; Thursday, June 30–Saturday, July 2; and Thursday, July 7–Saturday, July 9
The place: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
What to know: Working for 3 weekends and bringing tons of of performers to the nice Midwestern state of Wisconsin to play at 12 levels, Summerfest proudly calls itself the World’s Largest Music Competition. Due to how the occasion operates, you are capable of purchase particular person tickets to the principle live shows on the American Household Insurance coverage Amphitheater (which additionally embrace admission to the remainder of the pageant on that given day), in addition to multi-day or single-day passes that exclude amphitheater performances. As for artists you may count on to catch, it ranges from nation and rock legacy acts to pop and indie rock upstarts.
Headliners: Abby Roberts, Cheap TrickGabby Barrett, Halsey, Harry Hudson, Jaden, Jason Aldean, Justin Bieber, The Marías, and Rod Stewart
Different acts to take a look at: TBA

lollapalooza crowd 2021
Lollapalooza 2021 | Erika Goldring/WireImage

When: Friday, July 28–Sunday, July 31
The place: Chicago, Illinois
What to know: Whereas it was unclear whether or not or not Lollapalooza was going to occur in 2021, the seminal Chicago occasion did, and even returned to its conventional late July weekend. There was some hesitancy about its return, however because it ended up being successful with its entry necessities and outside services, and it largely laid to grounds for different occasions to comply with final summer time and fall. It will be again as one of many Windy Metropolis’s largest bashes but once more this 12 months, however proper now particulars surrounding the occasion are restricted.
Headliners: TBA
Different acts to take a look at: TBA

When: Saturday, July 30–Sunday, July 31
The place: Detroit, Michigan
What to know: The Detroit pageant Mo Pop needed to maintain off in 2020 and 2021, however this 12 months it is again and amping issues up. Whereas it was once held subsequent to the riverfront, now it is shifting into Downtown Detroit to happen in the midst of Hart Plaza. Though it is offered by main live performance promoter AEG, Mo Pop tries to tackle a extra “boutique” vibe, being a bit smaller in scale and specializing in curating a novel expertise with a lineup that is largely made up of up-and-comers and that includes occasions like a craft market and arcade. Right now, the occasion stresses ticket holders know they might have to stick to COVID-19 precautions.
Headliners: Big Sean and Glass Animals
Different acts to take a look at: Beach Bunny, Horsegirl, and Wet Leg

When: Friday, August 5–Sunday, August 7
The place: San Francisco, California
What to know: Get able to brace the San Francisco fog but once more. After being held in October final 12 months, the Bay Space occasion is shifting again to its traditional August weekend, when attendees are recognized to expertise {the summertime} fog on the pageant grounds in Golden Gate Park. Regardless, the inexperienced setting from the middle of the park could not be extra attractive, and the pageant at all times manages to curate some of the eclectic lineups within the pageant circuit. We’ll have to attend to be taught extra about their plans for 2022, although.
Headliners: TBA
Different acts to take a look at: TBA

When: Friday, September 16–Sunday, September 18
The place: Los Angeles, California
What to know: Many music followers who comply with the pageant circuit will inform you that Primavera Sound usually has the perfect lineup of the bunch. The unique iteration is definitely a Spanish occasion, held in Barcelona, nevertheless it at all times curates an eclectic mixture of rising, trending artists throughout all genres, and has lengthy been dedicated to making sure gender equality in its reserving. The occasion has been making an attempt to launch its first-ever stateside rendition since 2020, and 2022 is lastly going to be the 12 months—as anticipated, it appears like it will be cool as hell.
Headliners: Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, and Nine Inch Nails
Different acts to take a look at: Arca, Faye Webster, PinkPantheress, and Shygirl

life is beautiful festival 2021
Life is Stunning 2021 | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Life is Stunning Music & Artwork Competition

When: Friday, September 16–Sunday, September 18
The place: Las Vegas, Nevada
What to know: There could also be a variety of new festivals heading to Sin Metropolis this 12 months, however Life is Stunning has turn out to be a mainstay in its brief life, having launched in 2013. It nonetheless has to announce its plans for 2022, however the occasion is often centered round a large lineup of pop and rap hitmakers, and likewise ventures into the comedy house with a roster of stand-up acts, as properly. One factor is for sure, although: The occasion plans on releasing potential entry necessities nearer to the date.
Headliners: TBA
Different acts to take a look at: TBA

When: Friday, September 16–Sunday, September 18
The place: Chicago, Illinois
What to know: Calling all punks, steel heads, and lifelong emo children—Riot Fest is the pageant for you. Though it is smaller than Chicago’s Lollapalooza, it is one of many metropolis’s different pageant staples, and at all times an thrilling time for a rock fan. My Chemical Romance was presupposed to headline again in 2020 and wasn’t capable of make it in 2021, however now Gerard Manner and his boys will lastly be gracing the principle stage. Extra details about the total lineup ought to come quickly, and the organizers urge anybody shopping for a ticket to know they comply with any COVID-19 entry policies which may be introduced nearer to the pageant weekend.
Headliners: My Chemical Romance, Misfits, and TBA
Different acts to take a look at: TBA

When: Thursday, September 22–Sunday, September 25
The place: Dover, Delaware
What to know: Firefly is the East Coast’s resident main pageant with tenting lodging, so you may have that full, euphoric, considerably dirty however nonetheless unimaginable expertise. The pageant curates its lineup with nearly each type of music fan in thoughts, with rising names in rock, pop, and rap throughout the invoice, and a slate of headliners that brings in a handful of massive High 40 names and a few nostalgia acts. As for COVID-19 concerns, Firefly plans on monitoring the scenario and decide on any rules nearer to the date.
Headliners: Dua Lipa, Green Day, Halsey, and My Chemical Romance
Different acts to take a look at: CHAI, Charli XCX, The Regrettes, and Wolf Alice

doja cat at austin city limits festival
Doja Cat at Austin Metropolis Limits 2021 | Erika Goldring/WireImage

When: Friday, October 7–Sunday, October 9; Friday, October 14–Sunday, October 16
The place: Austin, Texas
What to know: Since Austin is likely one of the largest music cities within the nation, it clearly wants a pageant that lives as much as the hype. ACL does precisely that, spanning over two weekends with a lineup that usually options greater than 100 names of the trendiest acts in music. Since this one runs later within the season, count on to be taught extra quickly.
Headliners: TBA
Different acts to take a look at: TBA

When: Saturday, October 22–Sunday, October 23, and Saturday, October 29
The place: Las Vegas, Nevada
What to know: Being emo was by no means a part! When this new pageant was introduced in early 2022, it nearly broke the web. It is yet one more nostalgia pageant that is making its debut in 2022, leaning into the pop punk revival that is been taking on pop radio and millennials’ nostalgia for his or her Myspace scene days with a lineup virtually completely of ’00s pop punk mainstays. Passes are already offered out and there is at the moment solely a waitlist for added tickets, so that you higher consider that is going to be one of many largest popular culture occasions of the 12 months. In case you are going, get some hair dye, do up the eyeliner, and embrace all the RAWR XD power that you have suppressed since 2008 (and look out for well being and security tips at a later date).
Headliners: My Chemical Romance and Paramore
Different acts to take a look at: Alex G, Car Seat Headrest, The Linda Lindas, and The Maine

When: Friday, October 28–Sunday, October 30
The place: New Orleans, Louisiana
What to know: When you’ve at all times wished to have a completely unforgettable Halloween weekend, head on right down to the bayou for Voodoo Music + Arts Expertise. Followers of the spooky vacation and music lovers alike will discover the fest to be one-of-a-kind, happening within the spirited metropolis of New Orleans yearly. Costumes are inspired so you may rock out to the most important names in indie whereas summoning pleasant ghouls and goblins. The occasion wasn’t capable of start in both 2020 or 2021 and little particulars can be found proper now, nevertheless it ought to be as grand of a Halloween celebration as ever.
Headliners: TBA
Different acts to take a look at: TBA

When: TBA
The place: Seattle, Washington
What to know: Whereas many festivals returned as traditional after behind held off for a 12 months, Seattle’s 50-plus-year-running Bumbershoot is coming again supposedly higher than ever. In its hiatus since 2019, the occasion’s venue Seattle Middle sought out to discover a new manufacturing associate, deciding on the Seattle-based arts and leisure coalition New Rising Solar. Few plans have been introduced thus far, however their intention of transforming the occasion was to carry it again to its intention of celebrating inventive and cultural range throughout the metropolis. As the town’s been looking forward to its beloved large-scale occasion to return again, it ought to be a welcomed return and revitalization.
Headliners: TBA
Different acts to take a look at: TBA

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