Music festivals are back! What you need to know about Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and everything in between

It seems like ages since we’ve attended a concert or musical festival. The COVID-19 pandemic replaced in-person concerts with virtual jam sessions and drive-in shows, but the time has finally come: Music festivals are back. 

With all Americans 12 and older now eligible for a vaccine, COVID-19 cases dropping in all 50 states and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention easing mask guidelines, the live music industry is coming back to life.

Lollapalooza is slated to become the country’s first major multi-genre music festival after 15 dismal months, and also the largest, expected to host 100,000 fans a day in Chicago in late July.

And it’s not the only music fest on the calendar. Here’s a breakdown of upcoming music festivals:

For music fans eager to return to concerts,a packed fall calendar (hopefully) awaits

Festival goers attend day two of Lollapalooza in Grant Park on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Chicago. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: ILAH169 (Photo: Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Country Thunder

Headliners: Old Dominion, Kane Brown, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blake Shelton, Big & Rich, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Russell Dickerson, Dustin Lynch, Luke Combs and more. 

When: June 11-13 (Iowa), July 15-18 (Wisconsin), Sept. 10-12 (Florida) and Oct. 14-17 (Arizona).

Where: Forest City, Iowa; Twin Lakes, Wisconsin; Kissimmee, Florida; Florence, Arizona.

Safety: “I think human nature right now tells us to wait and see, but in our world, these were the dates that would work best,” said Gerry Krochak, Country Thunder’s marketing and media relations director, to Arizona Daily Star: Tucson. “We will continue following CDC and (local guidelines).”

Tickets: On sale now at countrythunder.com.

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Rolling Loud

Headliners: A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion, 21 Savage, Playboi Carti, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Roddy Rich, Trippie Redd, DaBaby, Lil Baby, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Fetty Wap, T-Pain, Lil Durk, Lil Yachty and more.  

When: July 23-25.

Where: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. 

Safety: Festival organizers say they are currently working with local and state officials to “ensure the safety of our fans,” according to health and safety information listed on the website. Organizers did not specify if attendees must wear masks or be vaccinated, but suggested for fans to “keep an eye on our social media for updated information.”

Tickets: Sold out at rollingloud.com.

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Lollapalooza

Headliners: Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Tyler, the Creator, Miley Cyrus, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, EarthGang, Rico Nasty, slowthai, BROCKHAMPTON, Playboi Carti, Band of Horses, Young Thug, Modest Mouse and more.

When: July 29-Aug. 1.

Where: Grant Park in Chicago.

Safety: All festival-goers will need to be fully vaccinated or provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results within 24 hours of attending Lollapalooza each day.

Tickets: On sale now at lollapalooza.com

Lollapaloozawill return to Chicago in July as the first major multi-genre festival since the COVID-19 pandemic

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Bonnaroo 

Headliners: Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Tyler, The Creator, Tame Impala, Megan Thee Stallion, Lana Del Rey, Lil Baby, Run The Jewels, Janelle Monáe, Phoebe Bridgers, deadmau5, G-Eazy, Jack Harlow, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Brittany Howard and more.

When: Sept. 2-5.

Where: Manchester, Tennessee. 

Safety: Officials say “enhanced health and safety measures” have been taken, although they did not lay out the specific guidelines. Bonnaroovians will receive information regarding “changes to policies and procedures they’ll need to know before entering the festival and campgrounds.”

Tickets: On sale now at bonnaroo.com.

Bonnaroo 2021 lineup includes Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Tyler The Creator as festival headliners

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BottleRock

Headliners: Guns N’ Roses, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, Megan Thee Stallion, G-Eazy, Brandi Carlile, Jimmy Eat World, Maren Morris and more. 

When:  Sept. 3-5.

Where: Napa Valley Expo in Napa, California. 

Safety: BottleRock will adhere to COVID-19 guidelines “in place at the time of the festival,” according to the festival’s health and safety information.  

Tickets: On sale at bottlerocknapavalley.com. Three-day tickets are sold out. One-day tickets go on sale May 27.

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Summerfest

Headliners: Chance the Rapper, Brett Eldredge, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Miley Cyrus, Run the Jewels, Dave Matthews Band, T-Pain, Styx, Chris Stapleton, Shaquille O’Neal (DJ Diesel) and dozens more headliners. 

When:  Sept. 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18.

Where: Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee.

Safety: Milwaukee Health Department Commissioner Kirsten Johnson said “masks are going to be worn and enforced” at Summerfest, but proof of vaccination is currently not required, although encouraged.

Tickets: On sale now at summerfest.com.

Summerfest 2021 lineupincludes Jonas Brothers, Chance The Rapper, Miley Cyrus, 90 other headliners

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Pitchfork Music Festival

Headliners: Erykah Badu, St. Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers, Big Thief, Angel Olsen, Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, Kim Gordon, Thundercat and more. 

When:  Sept. 10-12.

Where: Union Park in Chicago.

Safety: Organizers require all festival-goers ages 12 and older to be fully vaccinated or have proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the past 24 hours, for each day of the festival. Masks will be required throughout festival grounds.

Tickets: On sale now at pitchforkmusicfestival.com.

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Life Is Beautiful

Headliners: Billie Eilish, Green Day, Tame Impala, Megan Thee Stallion, Glass Animals, Haim, Illenium, A$AP Rocky, Young Thug and more.

When: Sept. 17-19.

Where: Downtown Las Vegas.

Safety: Organizers are in “close contact with local and state officials,” according to the festival’s health and safety information.  

Tickets: Sold out. Waitlist and ticket exchange available now lifeisbeautiful.lyte.com

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Riot Fest

Headliners: Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, Devo, Run the Jewels, The Smashing Pumpkins, Faith No More and more.

When:  Sept. 17-19.

Where: Douglas Park in Chicago.

Safety: “Our safety guidelines will continue to evolve as we work with local and state health officials to offer you the clearest guidelines possible,” according to the festival’s FAQs. “There will be a number of extra safety measures we’ll be utilizing this year in the best interest of everyone attending.” 

Tickets: All three-day passes, including VIP, are sold out at riotfest.org (the festival announced on Instagram single-day tickets would be released soon).

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Firefly Music Festival

Headliners: Billie Eilish, The Killers, Tame Impala, Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion, Cage the Elephant, Wiz Khalifa, Machine Gun Kelly, Diplo, Nelly, Phoebe Bridgers and more.  

When:  Sept. 23-26.

Where: The Woodlands in Dover, Delaware.

Safety: Organizers said although “it’s too early to tell exactly what precautions will be in place at the festival,” the festival will “follow all COVID-19 related mandates applicable.”

Tickets: On sale now at fireflyfestival.com.

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Louder Than Life

Headliners: Korn, Stained, Cypress Hill, Metallica, Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, Nine Inch Nails, Snoop Dogg, Machine Gun Kelly, Metallica, Judas Priest, Mudvayne and more.

When: Sept. 23-26.

Where: Highland Festival Grounds at Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Safety: “Enhanced safety measures will be in place based on the latest guidance from city, county and state government health officials,” according to the festival’s FAQs. “All safety measures will be published prior to our events, posted at all entrances and enforced throughout our events.” 

Tickets: On sale now at louderthanlifefestival.com (Sunday VIP, Weekend Top Shelf sold out). 

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Rebel Rock Festival 

Headliners: Machine Gun Kelly, Limp Bizkit, Five Finger Death Punch, Legends of Wu-Tang, The Used, Rise Against and more. 

When: Sept. 23-26.

Where: Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, Florida. 

Safety: Ticketholders will be encouraged to wear masks when making purchases at food, beverage, merchandise and box office locations, as well as inside restroom facilities, according to Billboard. Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the entire festival site. The festival will provide any additional safety measures closer to the date of the event.

Tickets: On sale now at rebelrockfest.com (3-Day Monster Energy VIP, 3-Day Ultimate VIP, 3-Day Rebel Axxess and other single day VIP passes are sold out).

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Governors Ball

Headliners: Billie Eilish, A$AP Rocky, J Balvin, Post Malone, DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion and more. 

When: Sept. 24-26.

Where: Citi Field in New York City. 

Safety: Organizers said safety measures are currently a “moving target as health guidelines will evolve over time.” 

Tickets: On sale now at governorsballmusicfestival.com.

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Ohana Festival

Headliners: Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile, My Morning Jacket, Black Pumas, Eddie Vedder, Maggie Rogers, The Frames and more.

When: Sept. 24-26.

Where: Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California. 

Safety: As the festival approaches, “ticket holders will receive regular updates with the important information needed to plan their visit,” according to health and safety information on the website.  

Tickets: On sale now at ohanafest.frontgatetickets.com.

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Austin City Limits

Headliners: George Strait, Billie Eilish, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Rufus Du Sol, DaBaby, Erykah Badu, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Machine Gun Kelly and more. 

When:  Oct. 1-3 and 8-10.

Where: Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.

Safety: Organizers said coronavirus safety measures will be in place come October. 

Tickets: Single-day tickets go on sale May 25 at  aclfestival.com/tickets (General admission, General admission+, VIP and Platinum 3-day tickets for both weekends are sold out.)

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Outside Lands

Headliners: Guns N’ Roses, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, Megan Thee Stallion, G-Eazy, Brandi Carlile, Jimmy Eat World, Maren Morris and more. 

When: Oct. 29-31.

Where: Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

Safety: Organizers will establish final protocols, according to the festival’s health and safety information.  

Tickets: On sale at sfoutsidelands.com/tickets (General admission and VIP tickets are sold out, but Golden Gate Club tickets are available, starting at $1,795.)

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