RANKED! The Best 2019 Summer Music Festivals
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The 2019 summer music festival marathon is about to start. Don’t cry like Joel Embiid. You’ve trained all year for this. The abs are tight. The bank account is stacked. The tan is still a work in progress but that’s okay. Glitter is a wonderful cover-up.
We’ve got your back (don’t forget to manscape) with Mandatory’s RANKED! 2019 Summer Music Festivals. We’ve calculated the day and night party scene, host cities, and the actual music line-ups — which are why we actually go to these things, right? As every year, there are standard festival favorites making the rounds (Childish Gambino, Kacey Musgraves, Tame Impala, Diplo) and the return of classic bands like the Strokes.
6. Pitchfork Festival
Pitchfork always knows what is popping on the music scene, so their annual Chicago-set festival (July 19-21) is a must-stop if you want to know what the cool kids are listening to. This year's lineup includes Robyn, Khruangbin, HAIM, and the Isley Brothers. For tickets, go here.
7. Pasadena Daydream Festival
Robert Smith has created a "Cure" for your Los Angeles music festival FOMO since the FYF Festival went MIA. This one-day all-black optional concert (Aug. 31) is curated by the seminal Goth gods and will include the “Lovesong” band, the Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, among others. For tickets, go here.
8. Outside Lands
This year's premiere NorCal festival lineup is kind of basic (aside from Paul Simon headlining) but you can't beat San Francisco in the summer. For tickets, go here.