By: Miriam Lubin and Isabelle Bannon

With summer fast approaching and Coachella behind us, music festivals have become a desirable pastime for teenagers.  Despite the young population’s desire to attend these events, many of these popular music festivals are unavailable to teens, due to economic and geographical reasons. Here are some music festivals that combine fun with accessibility for local residents!

Electric Daisy Carnival (NY) This festival is good if you’re into lesser known-metal bands.  It is three days long in New York so you would have to be comfortable making the trip or staying nearby.  It is a relatively young festival with headliners such as Zedd, Snails, and Adventure Club.  Be careful not to get lost in the huge crowds and be ready for loud and intense music.
Electric Zoo (NY) If you are more into intense and hardcore music, this is the festival for you.  This year’s lineup includes the Chainsmokers, Carnage, and Tiesto.  If you are thinking of attending keep in mind the large crowds and intense feel of the concerts.  This festival will be held at Randall’s Island, a beautiful island off of NYC that is known as a great venue.
Firefly (Dover DE) This festival features what would be considered very classic festival vibes, more along the lines of Coachella.  Although it is a trip away, it can become a fun road trip with friends or family.  Some of the great and classic headliners of this festival include Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons, and Deadmau5.  This festival is definitely not one to miss if you don’t mind the drive.
Panorama Festival (NY) With unique, indie music, this three day long festival features some great headliners such as Melanie Martinez, Kendrick Lamar, and Sia.  Being so close to New Jersey, this festival makes for a super fun day trip or for a camping adventure.  It is being held at the beautiful and popular venue Randall’s Island.  This festival was founded by the same people who made Coachella so you know it is bound to be similar but with more east-coast kinds of vibes.
Newport Folk Festival (RI) The Newport Folk Festival first began in July of 1959 and has occurred at the end of every July since.  The lineup consists of mostly folk artists such as Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, and Flight of the Conchords.
Gathering of the Vibes (CT)



Gathering of the vibes was set up in celebration of the Grateful Dead.  It features a variety of genres.  This year’s lineup has not yet been announced, however the previous lineups have featured artists such as Weezer, Lettuce, and Stowaway.
Peach Music Festival (PA) This music festival would probably be fun even if you aren’t interested in the headliners, which include Greg Allman, Trey Anastasio band, and the String Cheese Incident.  Although Peach is advertised as a music festival, there is also mention of camping, arts, and even a water park!  So it could act as more of a fun camping vacation than solely a music festival.
Vans Warped Tour




Warped tour is and has been a go to for rock enthusiasts across the nation since 1995.  It is widely accepted as the largest and longest running touring music festival in the country .  Warped tour features bands such as American Authors, Real friends, and solo artists such as Waka Flocka Flame.  Warped tour will be coming to NJ twice this year, once to Holmdel on the 17th of July, and once to Camden on the 8th of July.


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