Year after year the United States throws down with some of the best music festivals in the world and 2014 is no exception. Below is a chronological guide to major music festivals in the USA along with dates, lineups, and the perfect pair of shades for each show.
Ultra Music Festival
March 28-30 (Miami, FL) - www.ultramusicfestival.com
Featuring: Afrojack, Avicii, Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond, David Guetta, Empire of the Sun, MGMT, Tiesto, Kaskade
Each year around spring break Miami kicks off festival season with a bang. Ultra delivers the premier electronic dance music experience, attracting throngs of neon rocking ravers to the thundering bass in Bayfront Park located in downtown Miami. Arguably the most famous EDM festival in the world, Ultra attracts electro-heads like moths to the proverbial flame of unstoppable electronic beats pumping through the tables of globally eminent DJ’s, producers, and electronic music artists. Oh yeah, and did we mention there are lasers?
Pack a pair of Sunski’s and prepare to have your face melted off by a wall of subwoofers.
April 11-13 and 18-20 (Indio, CA) - www.coachella.com
Featuring: OutKast, Ellie Goulding, Girl Talk, Queens of the Stone Age, Lorde, Foster the People, Kid Cudi, Muse, Arcade Fire, Skrillex, Beck, Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey
Featuring the first confirmed OutKast reunion appearance and over 150 acts on each of its two weekends, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival ’14 is a must. Coachella reels in all kinds of music enthusiasts by offering rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic music to satiate all auditory appetites. Camp out or land a hotel in sunny SoCal just a 2-hour drive East of LA in Indio for a life-changing festival experience that includes many genres of music. Coachella also boasts many pieces of installation art and sculpture as interactive visual treats for the festival goers.
Rep SoCal in some Wonderland Havasu’s to shield your peepers with 100% UV/UVB protection by Carl Zeiss optics.
Electric Daisy Carnival
May 24-25 (New York, NY) and June 20-22 (Las Vegas, NV) - www.electricdaisycarnival.com
Featuring: Afrojack, Bassnectar, Boys Noize, Calvin Harris, Hardwell, Krewella, Steve Angello, Tiesto (NYC). Las Vegas lineup unannounced.
Fist bump the sky from dusk ‘til dawn at the wonderful Electronic Daisy Carnival held again this year at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in June, preambled by its sister version at MetLife stadium just outside New York City in May. Ride on a neon-lit carnival rides or explore the trippy art installations with the hundreds of thousands (literally) of partiers inside the track of the raceway. EDC brings with it a general sense of happiness and well being to its vibrant bass pumping EDM atmosphere, so slap a smile on your face and lace up your moon boots for an unforgettable high-energy festival experience.
Reflect the neon lights of a ferris wheel in a pair of our Sherriff & Cherry G11S Sky Pink sunglasses.
June 12-15 (Manchester, TN) - www.bonnaroo.com
Featuring: Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, Lionel Richie, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Wiz Khalifa, Kaskade,
With roots in jam bands and folk rock, the Bonnaroo Music Festival has morphed into the quintessential American festival experience on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN. Whether it’s bluegrass, country, folk, reggae, or electronica you seek, Bonnaroo has it all. Bob your noggin at the Silent Disco where participants wear a wireless headset streaming tunes from a live on-stage performer (and remove your headset to bask in the awesome awkward glory of a throbbing crowd dancing to seemingly no music). You can even get your hair washed for free at the Bonnaroo Salon – which we highly recommend considering you’ll be camping out for several nights. This festival is an earthy, beautiful experience grounded in the heartland of America.
Don some wooden Proof Ontario Skate sunglasses to this one-of-a-kind fest.
August 1-3 (Chicago, IL) - www.lollapalooza.com
Featuring: 2014 lineup unannounced, 2013 headliners included Mumford & Sons, Nine Inch Nails, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, Steve Aoki, Thievery Corporation, Major Lazer, Dada Life, Lana Del Rey
The Zion of alternative rock music also known as Lollapalooza will be held the first weekend of August this year in Grant Park in the city of Chicago. Over 160,000 people will be hosted this year at this lively, eclectic fest in the Midwest. Forget funnel cakes and turkey legs and turn it up a notch with Lolla’s “Chow Town”, which is a festival of food curated by celebrity Chef Graham Elliot offering the most delicious festival food, drinks, and sweets from the Windy City’s Favorite restaurants.
A pair of Raen Nevin sunglasses will get you through Lolla weekend in style.