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5 notable music festivals to attend this year

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It's the time of year when music festival promoters unveil their all-star lineups for "festival season". With concert ticket prices skyrocketing, all-day or multi-day pass festivals are often a much better bargain. Not only do concertgoers get endless hours of enjoying their favorite artists, but it's also a chance to discover up-and-comers as well. Here are five we think are noteworthy (and we'll bring you more throughout the season).

Ultra Music Festival
Miami, FL
March 28-30, 2014
3-day pass $399
Headliners: (DJ sets) Tiesto, Afrojack, Avicii, Alesso, Above & Beyond, Diplo, David Guetta, Hardwell, Jamie Jones, (live music) MGMT, Basement Jaxx, Cut/Copy, Dizzee Rascal, Empire of the Sun, Example, Glitch Mob, Chase and Status

Located in Miami’s Bayfront Park, this international dance party is the hottest ticket, kicking off the music festival season. This three-day EDM (Electronic Dance Music) festival brings plenty of Drum & Bass, House, Jungle, Ambient, Dark Wave, Trace, Electronica, Industrial, Dub, and a myriad of subgenres of dance music, all highlighted by a state-of-the-art light shows and stages. If you can’t make it to Miami for this festival, at least you can purchase the compilation mix via Amazon:

Indio, CA
April 11-13 and April 18-20, 2014
3-day pass $375
Headliners: Outkast, Muse, Arcade Fire, Broken Bells, Zedd, Ellie Goulding, Queens of the Stone Age, Skrillex, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Beck, Calvin Harris, Neutral Milk Hotel, Disclosure, Lana Del Ray, Alesso, Fatboy Slim, Nas, Afghan Wigs

This multi-genre festival often sets the pace and lineup for other major festivals later in the year, such as Bonaroo, Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, and Summerfest. Generally drawing a younger crowd, the festival of music and art spans two weekends in California’s Coachella Valley, and hosts well over 225,000 attendees and 17,000 tent campers.

Pryor, OK
May 23-25, 2014
3-day pass $129
Headliners: Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Twisted Sister, Deftones, Motorhead, Black Label Society, Black Stone Cherry, Hellyeah, Seether

This three-day camping festival, located in the heart of Oklahoma, features the top current Rock artists and classic bands. If you’re looking to do some head banging with 50,000 of your best friends, Rocklahoma is the place to be! Campground tickets are an additional purchase, separate from the concert experience.

Spring Awakening
Chicago, IL
June 13-15, 2014
3-day pass $199
Headliners: Pretty Lights, Tiesto, Kaskade, Knife Party, Diplo, Big Gigantic, Benny Benassi, Steve Aoki, A-trak, Bingo Players, Eric Prydz, Derrick Carter, Datsik

Founded by a local event promotions organization, Spring Awakening has quickly become one of the most popular EDM festivals, featuring the top DJs & Producers from all over the world. Contained within the confines of NFL stadium Soldier Field, the all-ages crowd of approximately 45,000 ushers in the hot Chicago summer, among a sea of laser lights and body-thumping beats. For the 21-and over crowd, there are also plenty of
Spring Awakening after parties sprinkled throughout Chicago’s many nightclubs.

Pitchfork Music Festival
Chicago, IL
July 18-20, 2014
3-day pass $130
Headliners: Beck, Kendrick Lamar, Neutral Milk Hotel, Grimes, St. Vincent, Giorgio Moroder, Death Grips, Real Estate, Danny Brown, Sun Kil Moon, Pusha T, Schoolboy Q

Having built a name as “taste makers” in the music industry, Pitchfork continues its independently run festival in Chicago’s Union Park. Hosting over 50,000 attendees, the festival brings over 40 acts from a variety of acts—mostly Hip-Hop, Rap, and Indie—to the masses, ranging from emerging acts to comeback artists.

Fun Fun Fun Fest
Austin, TX
November 7-9, 2014
3-day pass $155
Headliners: (comedy) Sarah Silverman, Doug Benson, Patton Oswalt; Skateboard and BMX bike performances and demonstrations, Anarchy Championship Wrestling, (music) Descendents, Ice-T, Jurassic 5, Lupe Fiasco, M.I.A., Slayer, MGMT, Misfits, Tenacious D, (DJ sets) Bonobo, Tycho, RJD2, Simian Mobile Disco

Fun Fun Fun Fest has become renowned for its musical lineup, as well as its collection of comedy, food, action sports, and poster art experiences. Now in it's ninth year and recognized as one of the most relaxed, creative, and pioneering festivals in music today, Fun Fun Fun Fest is custom booked for the most passionate, underground, and progressive musicians, comedians and fans around the world.

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