Our Early Music Festival Picks for 2019

Nowadays, festival season lasts about eight months of the year. Here are our favorite early-season picks.

By Emilee Calametti March 18, 2019

Festival season is right around the corner—for the rest of the world. With In Bloom Fest canceled and Day for Night on indefinite hiatus, Houston is without its own signature music festival. Which is why we offer this (incomplete) list of festival alternatives to enjoy all the music, art, food trucks, and—in one case—beaches you could desire. We promise: None of these will result in Fyre Fest-level disasters.

Best in Driving Distance: Buku Music & Art Project (March 22–23)

Located in the heart of New Orleans, this fest is the perfect mix of electronic, rap, hardcore, soul and so many other genres. Founded in 2012, it also showcases the underground art scene of New Orleans with local vendors, artists, and more. Enjoy must-see artists like A$AP Rocky or mix it up with classics from Mayday Parade.

Must-see artist: A$AP Rocky

Best in Texas: Ubbi Dubbi (April 27–28)

We can’t think of many better fests within driving distance of Houston (honorable mention to Marfa Myths). This two-day electronic lineup will be just enough to kick off your festival season and makes for a perfect weekend getaway to Fort Worth.

Must-see artist: Boregore

Best Rap Lineup: Rolling Loud (May 10–12)

This 5-year anniversary lineup caught people’s attention quick—and by quick we mean it is officially sold out. Didn’t snag tickets? That’s okay, because some of this iconic rap-filled lineup will be stopping at Hangout Music Festival the weekend after. This show includes must-see headliners Migos, Travis Scott, and Kid Cudi.

Must-see artist: Cardi B (but really, Travis Scott)

Best Beach Getaway: Hangout Music Festival (May 16–19)

With artist including Houston’s very own Travis Scott as well as Alison Wonderland and Lauren Daigle, how could you not take a vacation to Gulf Shores this weekend? Imagine relaxing on the beach with Bryce Vine or Bazzi playing in the air. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Must-see artist: Travis Scott

Worth the Plane Ticket: Coachella (April 12–14, 19–21)

Flying to a festival may seem crazy, but Coachella is one to add to your bucket list. This festival has been on-going since 2001 and is now one of the largest, most-famous music festivals in the United States. It’s two weekends in a row—double the opportunity.

Must-see artist: Solange, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae

Best for Camping: Bonnaroo (June 13–16)

If you’re planning a camping trip this summer, why not camp out on the grounds of a music festival? Tennessee is far, but would make for an unforgettable road trip. Developed in 2002, this festival is held on 650 acres to give so many options to the perfect camping trip. Think of it as Burning Man East.

Must-see artist: Post Malone

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