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Summer Guide: Music festivals 

Two dozen (mostly) sun-drenched fests



Aundre Larrow

LatiNxt Music Festival day one featuring DJ Bembona, Los Rakas, Making Movies, George Arthur Calendar 

LatiNxt Music Festival day two featuring DJ Sabine Blaizin, DJ Cedeño, Yasser Tejeda & Palotré, DJ Lovebug, Sotomayor, Buenört Collective, Hector Guerra, Angelica Garcia, Salt Cathedral, Future Rootz Collective, Beats y Bateria, Sonorama DJs, and more 

Djent Fest featuring Tanzen, Frequencies, Psithurism, Immortalis, Speaking With Ghosts, Dead/Awake, Hive 

Summer Smash Festival day one featuring ASAP Rocky, Lil Skies, Lil Tecca, Lil Yachty, Mulatto, Swae Lee, Xavier Wulf, Yung Bans, Babysantana, Baha Banks, Bennett, Ceotrayle, Daniyel, Femdot, Glaive, Goldenboymnny, Kaash Paige, Landon Cube, and more 

Ruido Fest featuring Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Panteón Rococó, Café Tacuba, Los Amigos Invisibles, Moenia, Ambar Lucid, Lido Pimienta, Little Jesus, Nanpa Básico, Inner Wave, Silverio, Mexican Institute of Sound, Maye, Kaina, La Doña, and more 

Summer Smash Festival day two featuring Lil Baby, Baby Keem, City Girls, Coi Leray, Earl Sweatshirt, Gunna, Ski Mask the Slump God, Babyface Ray, Blueface, City Morgue, Famous Dex, Internet Money, Lil Eazzyy, Lil Gnar, Madeintyo, Ssgkobe, and more 

Summer Smash Festival day three featuring Lil Uzi Vert, 24KGoldn, Benny the Butcher, Carnage, the Kid Laroi, Lucki, Nle Choppa, Pooh Shiesty, Snot, Sofaygo, Waka Flocka Flame, Young M.A., Bktherula, Cochise, Danny Towers, Dro Kenji, Jasiah, and more 

Passport Vibes Afrobeat Street Festival 2021 

Interplay: an Intergenerational Mini-Festival featuring Sam Trump, Dee Alexander, Maggie Brown, Kuumba Lynx, Soul Vortex, and more 

Country Live2021 featuring Justin Moore and more 

North Coast Festival day one featuring Kaskade, Louis the Child, Claude Vonstroke, Liquid Stranger, San Holo, Whethan, Lsdream, Manic Focus, Wax Motif, Champagne Drip, DJ Heather, Inzo, J. Worra, Luzcid, Sacha Robotti, Steve Darko, Vnssa, and more 

ARC Music Festival featuring Camelphat, DJ Heather, Derrick Carter, Luttrell, Zhu, Gene Farris, Hiroko Yamamura, Adam Beyer, Cirez D, Bob Moses, Cristoph, Deborah De Luca, DJ Pierre, Eli & Fur, Eric Prydz, Fisher, Hot Since 82, Idriss D, and more 

North Coast Festival day two featuring Griz, Ganja White Night, Green Velvet, Diesel, Lane 8, Nghtmre, Charlethefirst, Dom Dolla, Attlas, Dogma, Hesh, Jeff Ozmits, Le Youth, Marshall Jefferson, Nasser Baker, Qrion, Rebuke, Sultan & Shepard, and more 

North Coast Festival day three featuring Zeds Dead, Rezz, Bonobo, Chris Lake, Nora en Pure, Testpilot, Tycho, Sonny Fodera, Walker & Royce, GG Magree, J. Phlip, John Summit, Lucii, Mija, Ron Carroll, Bently Dean, C-Train, Chris Diaz, Cnopes, and more 

Pitchfork Music Festival day one featuring Phoebe Bridgers, Big Thief, Animal Collective, Fiery Furnaces, Yaeji, Black Midi, Hop Along, Kelly Lee Owens, Ela Minus, Dehd, Soft Pink Truth, DJ Nate, Dogleg, Armand Hammer 

Pitchfork Music Festival day two featuring St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Kim Gordon, Ty Segall & Freedom Band, Waxahatchee, Jay Electronica, Jamila Woods, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Faye Webster, Amaarae, Maxo Kream, Divino Niño, Bartees Strange, Horsegirl 

Pitchfork Music Festival day three featuring Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Danny Brown, Cat Power, Andy Shauf, Caroline Polachek, Yves Tumor, Weather Station, Mariah the Scientist, Oso Oso, Keiyaa, Special Interest, Cassandra Jenkins 

Riot Fest 2021 day one featuring Smashing Pumpkins, Coheed and Cambria, Lupe Fiasco, NOFX, Dirty Heads, Sublime with Rome, Circle Jerks, Dinosaur Jr., Motion City Soundtrack, Thrice, Circa Survive, Meg Myers, Lawrence Arms, Beach Bunny, Pup, and more 

Riot Fest 2021 day two featuring Run the Jewels, Faith No More, Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, Taking Back Sunday, Vic Mensa, Gogol Bordello, Mayday Parade, Bayside, State Champs, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Andrew W.K., Best Coast, Big Freedia, Gwar, and more 

Riot Fest 2021 day three featuring Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, Machine Gun Kelly, Devo, Mr. Bungle, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, Ghost Inside, Thursday, K. Flay, Knuckle Puck, Health, the Bled, Mother Mother, 3OH!3, Alex G, Fever 333, White Lung, and more 

Cold Waves IX kick-off party featuring Pirate Twins (DJ Scary Lady Sarah and William Faith), Choke Chain, Morgue Vvitch 

Cold Waves IX night one featuring Clipping, Consolidated, Dalek, Odonis Odonis, Pixel Grip 

Cold Waves IX night one featuring Paul Barker (live PA), Acucrack and friends, Zoltar (DJ set) 

Cold Waves IX night two featuring Front 242, Youth Code, Barker & Connelly: Luxapan, Provoker, Fee Lion 

Cold Waves IX night two featuring Void Vision (live PA), Blixaboy (live PA), Bud Sweet (DJ set) 

Cold Waves IX night three featuring Stabbing Westward, Actors, Bootblacks, Korine, Wingtips 

Cold Waves IX festival closing party featuring DJ Philly Peroxide 

Spring Awakening Autumn Equinox featuring AC Slater, Adventure Club b2b Wooli, Atliens, Baynk, Bear Grillz, Chris Lorenzo, Dillon Francis, Dion Timmer, Diplo, Doctor P b2b Funtcase, Don Diablo, Excision, Galantis, Gettoblaster b2b DJ Godfather, and more 

WingOut Chicago 2021 

Moonrunners Music Festival featuring Days N Daze, Bridge City Sinners, We the Heathens, Crazy & the Brains, Tejon Street Corner Thieves, Matt Pless, Apes of the State, Suburbanists, Escape From the Zoo, Brittany Avery, Lonewolf OMB, King Strang, and more 

Toastamania X featuring Oxygen Destroyer, Paralysis, Deterioration, Nemesis, Insinnerator, Voice of God, 200 Stab Wounds, Deathrun, Democide, Infowars 

Toastamania X featuring Ghoul, Nunslaughter, Cross Examination, Sanguisugabogg, Texas Toast Chainsaw Massacre, Coffin Rot, Molder, Toxic Ruin, Slutbomb 

Riot Fest 2022 featuring My Chemical Romance, the Original Misfits, and more 

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