Photo: 2023 Music Festival Season’s Stacked Lineups
With the world lifting more of its pandemic restrictions after years of quarantines and mandates, music festivals return to the scene stronger than ever. Eager to get back out and perform, the music festival season of 2022 was able to book top acts like J-Hope of BTS, Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, and other chart-topping musical elites. Progressing farther from the COVID-19 restrictions, and with many major releases coming out this year, music festivals across the world are confirming even more top talent for the upcoming season than the previous year. As the harsh winter nears an end, spring approaches with the kickoff of the 2023 music festival season. From the hip-hop vibes provided by Rolling Loud to the electronic sounds under EDC’s electric sky, 2023 promises to deliver an improved and strong year for music lovers to book their flights, hotels, and festival passes to the biggest events in music entertainment.
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2023 Music Festival Lineup
Rolling Loud California (March 3-5, 2023)
The largest hip-hop festival in the world kicks off the 2023 season with its California location in Inglewood. According to Ticketmaster, Rolling Loud 2022 was able to garner over 250,000 attendees for its location in Queens, New York, making it the largest attendance of the festival post-covid. This year, Rolling Loud intends to bring in the same turnout, if not more. It’ll be hard for the rap festival to compete with last year’s lineup, having brought out A$AP Rocky, Future, Kendrick Lamar, and the queen of rap Nicki Minaj, as headliners across their many US locations. Luckily, Inglewood will be able to see Future as he is set to headline on Sunday. Other headliners for Inglewood are Playboi Carti for Friday and Travis Scott for Saturday. The Astroworld artist is set to headline many Rolling Loud locations such as Thailand, Rotterdam, and Portugal, making his return to the stage after the Astroworld Festival tragedy in 2021. Although fans of female rap won’t be able to see the likes of Nicki Minaj, the female rap lineup promises a good time with acts such as Saweetie, City Girls, Bia, Coi Leray, Tay Money, Kamaiyah, and Rubi Rose. Other popular acts to take the Rolling Loud stages are Kodak Black, Tyga, Soulja Boy, Lil Baby, 2 Chainz, Lil Uzi Vert, and Lil Wayne.
Additionally, Rolling Loud Thailand, will be held in mid-April and coincide with Coachella’s first weekend. With Cardi B, Chris Brown, and Travis Scott as headliners and joined by Asian hip-hop acts like Bibi, Jessi, pH-1, Jay Park, Sik-k, and Thaitanium, Rolling Loud expands their brand as the global leader of hip-hop festivals.
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Ultra Music Festival Miami (March 24-26)
Kicking off the festival season for electronic dance music, Ultra Miami 2023 brings in a longtime friend and collaborator of the festival, Swedish House Mafia, with an exclusive headlining performance. Ultra Music Festival in Miami had an attendance of 165,000 guests to the Bayfront Park of Downtown Miami. Other big names bringing the rave to the Miami beach are Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, David Guetta, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Tiësto, and Zedd.
Coachella (April 14-16 & April 21-23)
Arguably the biggest music festival in the United States, Coachella lives up to its status as a global phenomenon and pop-culture event. With the reveal of Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, and Frank Ocean as their headliners, the influencer-heaven presents its first Latin headliner, first Asian headliner, and the first time the 24-year-old festival has had an all-non-white set of headliners. Coachella had an attendance of 750,000 guests over their six-day duration in 2022 with Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, and Swedish House Mafia with The Weeknd. Coachella aims to have the same attendance in the California desert in Indio as the first weekend has already sold out.
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Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas (May 19-21)
Insomniac, the company that produces the world’s greatest electronic dance music festivals, presents the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Nevada. With an attendance of 400,000 for their 2022 festival, EDC delivers the annual party “from dusk til dawn” that leaves the fans with an experience they will never forget. Without a lineup even released, EDC 2023 has already sold out of its 3-day general admission passes, proving its ability to create an unforgettable time for its attendees. However, the full attendance can be thanked by EDC’s track record of booking hundreds of the world’s best EDM artists to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, so the premature sellout can be due to the high faith that EDC loyalists have in the production team. With its nine stages, EDC covers the wide spectrum of EDM subgenres and undoubtedly provides a space where any fans of electronic music would be able to live their PLUR getaway.
Governor’s Ball New York City (June 9-11)
Governor’s Ball in Flushing Meadows of Queens, New York brings a wide array of artists to Corona Park. Gov Ball in 2022 had a turnout of over 100,000 guests to the New York festival. Headlining the festival on Friday is the performer of the Hot 100 #1 single ‘About Damn Time’, Lizzo. Odesza, whose recent album, ‘The Last Goodbye’, is nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2023 Grammy Awards. Kendrick Lamar headlines Sunday with the release of ‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’ received eight nominations at the 2023 Grammy Awards. Lil Uzi Vert, Haim, Diplo, Rina Sawayama, Aespa, Lil Baby, Lil Nas X, Giveon, and Sofi Tukker are other big names listed to take the stage in New York City’s staple music festival.
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (June 15-18)
The Manchester, Tennessee music festival in June is said to bring a loaded lineup of artists across the spectrum of genres of music. Bonnaroo averages an attendance of 80,000 to the Great Stage Park which provides more than 10 stages for over 150 performers. In this 4-day festival, Bonnaroo lists Zeds Dead, Liquid Stranger, Kendrick Lamar, Odesza, and Foo Fighters as their top headliners. Other big names performing at Great Stage Park are Alesso, Lil Nas X, Baby Keem, Paramore, GRiZ, Portugal. The Man, Korn, Louis the Child, Subtronics, JID, Three 6 Mafia, and more.
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Electric Forest (June 22-25)
By the company that brings EDC, Insomniac delivers the 4-day music experience in the Michigan forest. Hosting the annual spiritual retreat infused with EDM, The Double JJ Resort has become a hot spot every June with the Electric Forest Music Festival that gives fans the best-rated music camping experience in the country. With an attendance of only 40,000 guests, Electric Forest gives its attendees an intimate and exclusive experience in rural West Michigan. For the 2023 lineup, Electric Forest names Odesza, Jamie XX, Sofi Tukker, Gorgon City, Illenium, Gryffin, Lane 8, Ganja White Night, Zeds Dead, Chris Lake, Chromeo, Above & Beyond, Rezz, Goose, and Madeon as their headliners.
North Coast Music Festival 2023
Chicago’s biggest EDM festival that occurs on Labor Day weekend showcased the best lineup that the festival has ever provided. Taking place at SeatGeek Stadium, North Coast Music Festival had an attendance of 58,000, selling out on both Saturday and Sunday for its 3-day duration. This year, North Coast lists Marshmello, Alesso, Liquid Stranger, Duke Dumont, Zeds Dead, Ganja White Night, DJ Snake, Lane 8, Flume, Alison Wonderland, Gigantic Nghtmre, and Chris Lake as their biggest names of the weekend. Black Tiger Sex Machine, Jauz, Zomboy, Elohim, Valentino Khan, and Wuki are amongst the other big names on the lineup that add to this year’s wow-factor.
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