Summer music festivals release lineups, offer variety

Summer music festivals release lineups, offer variety

Theophilus London performs at the 2012 CounterPoint festival in Atlanta. Photo Courtesy of ConcertTour (

Francie Johnson

In the past few weeks, music festival lineup announcements have been dropping left and right. For those who plan on being in Tuscaloosa this summer, there are a variety of music festivals in the Southeast that are just a short drive away by car. Here are a few of the many options available.


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Since its formation in 2002, Bonnaroo has been a festival scene staple, bringing in big-name headliners like Paul McCartney, Kanye West and Red Hot Chili Peppers. This year, the Manchester, Tennessee-based four-day festival will take place June 11 through 14. Billy Joel, Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar and Deadmau5 will headline this year’s festival. The lineup also features Hozier, Flume, Robert Plant and Childish Gambino. General admission tickets are $324.50, not including additional fees.


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Alabama’s own Hangout Music Festival, based in Gulf Shores, is a three-day music festival usually taking place during the third weekend in May. The 2015 headliners are Foo Fighters, Beck and Zac Brown Band, with other notable acts including Skrillex, Foster the People, My Morning Jacket and Spoon. This year, the festival will take place May 15 through 17. Three-day general admission tickets start at $249.

Shaky Knees

The Atlanta-based Shaky Knees Music Fest, taking place this year May 8 through 10, will feature headliners The Strokes, The Avett Brothers and Wilco. Pixies, Ryan Adams, Neutral Milk Hotel, Old Crow Medicine Show and others. Three-day general admission tickets are $199 and $99 single-day tickets will be available to purchase soon.



Based in Atlanta, Georgia, this electronic-and-jam-band festival will take place May 22 through 24. Widespread Panic, Zedd and The Roots will headline this year’s fest, with other notable acts including Kygo, Dillon Francis, Umphrey’s McGee, Zeds Dead and Chet Faker. Three-day general admission tickets start at $175, and for those who choose to camp at the festival’s camping site, general admission and camping tickets start at $205.