There’s no denying the allure of big-time music festivals like South by Southwest, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo or Coachella. With their impressive line-ups, wall-to-wall music, huge crowds, and buzzing atmosphere, these events have earned their status. But they aren’t the only options. For those who are plugged into the indie music scene, some lesser-known festivals rank higher than the headliners.
These not-as-famous events still draw big-name acts, but they also provide an opportunity to see up-and-coming acts before they top the charts or to appreciate genres outside the mainstream. The star-studded lineup of Coachella is worthy of the buzz that it receives, but here are some other noteworthy music festivals that you should consider adding to your concert calendar this year. (Text: Josh Lew)