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Who needs Coachella? North American Festivals that rock!


If you were too slow to pocket tickets to this years Coachella Festival you will be very pleased to know that it's not the only North American festival that rocks. Jenni Maley, a Canadian writer who has just moved to the UK, put together this list of upcoming events in Canada and the US to make sure you don't miss out.

As far as I can tell music festivals are the very best reason to book a flight. In fact, the first time I traveled from my home in Canada to Europe was to attend the 2007 Roskilde Music Festival in Denmark. It was a life changing experience that will forever have its own soundtrack of songs that instantly take me back to those rainy summer nights. Now that I live in the UK, I can’t help but take a longing look at some of the festivals taking place in Canada and the US this summer and into autumn. Some of the early birds like Sasquatch and Coachella are long sold-out, but here is a list of festivals in some very trip-worthy destinations with tickets still available or yet to be released.

Bonnaroo will be held near Manchester, TN from 9 - 12 June. Tennessee is a unique music destination in its own right and this year’s festival makes for a great stop on a music-inspired roadtrip. Somewhere between Nashville and Chattanooga, make time to stop in and see Eminem, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and The Decemberists. @BonnarooTweets

Fesitval d’ete de Quebec is the longest running music festival in Canada and held in one of the country’s most beautiful cities. The full lineup for the 7 - 17 July festival has yet to be announced but The Black Keys and Cage the Elephant have confirmed. After the smashing success of The Black Key’s last album, I’d go just to see them alone. Well that and to enjoy the opportunity to have Poutine! @FestivalEteQc

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Lollapalooza is an iconic festival that sprang forth from the American grunge movement in the early 1990s. After some tough years the festival changed format from a touring festival to one with a permanent home in Chicago, IL and once again showcases top bands and musicians. The 5 - 7 August tickets have not yet gone on sale but look for the lineup to be announced on April 26. @Lollapalooza

Just going into its third year, the Outside Lands Festivals has already attracted some big names within the music industry and, with it’s San Francisco location, one can see why. The lineup for the 12 - 14 August festival includes Arcade Fire, Muse, Deadmau5, The Roots, MGMT and loads more. @sfoutsidelands

Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival will be held from 3 - 5 September in Seattle, one of my favourite US destinations. And quite typical of Seattle, the festival often showcases both industry heavyweights and up and coming acts. Again, ticket and lineup information is forthcoming but will be worth the wait. @Bumbershoot

And finally, heading back to my homeland, the Halifax Pop Explosion will be held from 18 - 22 October. This festival proudly promotes indie Canadian music, which is always a hotbed of talent. Previous years have seen Arcade Fire, The New Pornographers, Tokyo Police Club and Mother Mother. @halifaxpopx

To see which of these festivals Jenni makes it to find her on twitter @JenniMaley. Will you be attending any of them? Our consultants can help you with flights and packages to all these North American destinations. We have access to deals with every secure airline in the world and use our global buying power to get great rates on thousands of hotels around the globe. Call 0208 045 4186 and get ready to rock on!

Written by Flight Centre UK

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