Rolling into this December, it is fair to say that 2017 was a helluva a year. It always gives me hope through the chilly days when spring and summer festival announcements start creeping up on my social pages. This past year, some new festivals have been added to the annual roll call of options and others, slightly overlooked, but worth checking out for a unique experience in the sand, grass, concrete or snow. Whether a brand new festival or just an under the radar gem, we here at Magnetic Mag picked the top 5 festivals worth checking out in 2018.
Elements Arts & Music Festival:
Elements Lakewood Music Festival
This past year, the BangOn!NYC crew have taken their notorious Brooklyn mini-festival, Elements Arts & Music event and turned it into a three-day camping experience in Lakewood, PA. Though still in the realm of electronic music, Elements Lakewood dabbles with bass music and tech-house, creating a welcoming environment for any underground music lover. Adding on the bonus of meticulous decorating and providing the attendees with discoverable features within the campgrounds, this festival is a great alternative from our usual Memorial Day weekend options. Get some more info here.
Snowglobe Music Festival
Snowglobe Music Festival
There is nothing, but fun in the snow at Lake Tahoe's annual end of December festival leading into the new year. Snowglobe Music Festival brings together the love of winter sports with the added bonus of partying with your favorite bass and indie acts for two days in one of California state's top ski/snow mountain resort areas. Nothing like shredding the slopes during the day to get yourself amped up to for acts such as Thievery Corporation, Childish Gambino andDillon Francis, to name a few past performers. Get some more info here.
Desert Hearts Festival
The Desert Hearts crew in San Diego and Los Angeles have created quite the name for themselves. Every year goes by and they seem to be more and more in demand with showcases at large festivals such as BPM and taking their City Hearts brand on tour across the U.S. The crew's name to fame is with their annual Desert Hearts Festival that started in the Mojave desert in 2012 as a 200 person festival. There aren't any vibes more filled with the love of music and life than the Desert Heart ethos! Get some more info here.
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art Basel week in Miami Beach started in 2015 as part of the art series held in Basel, Switzerland and Hong Kong. With the intention to create a week dedicated to the expansion and expression of art, the festival has developed collaborations with the city of Miami and their nightlife. It has created a week filled with music events run by labels and venues such as Life and Death, Diynamic, FM Elle, Rakastella, Heart Nightclub, etc. A more affordable alternative to the madness that is Winter Music Conference that happens in Miami in March if you know where to go.
Coming off of its third year in existence, Gratitude Migration takes the sleepy hELLO beach in Keansburg, NJ and for three days turns the 2-mile strip of the beach into a music haven. With the entire beach covered in delighted campers with their eccentric floaties, the festival's stages host some of the most hidden talents of the NYC/Brooklyn music community. The little town is welcoming to the influx of traffic in mid-July that brings life back to the area after the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. A secret beach getaway in the comfort of your own backyard (well... sorta!). Get some more info here.