Coachella has been the main topic people have been talking about for the past couple days, since Beyonce shut it down last Saturday night/Sunday morning.
Queen Bey brought black excellence to the festival, and made everyone want to enroll her in her HBeyCU. From the all black marching band, all black majorettes and fraternity, the reunion with Destiny’s Child, bringing out her husband, Jay Z, and sister, Solange for a dance session; there was so many memorable moments.
And if you were like me, watching this amazing show from home, wishing you could have been there to experience this greatest, don’t worry, you can still have an exciting musical experience this year too. There are plenty of other festivals, and concerts coming up across the country, you’ll have the chance to attend.
- Mother’s Day Good Music Fest
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Date: May 12
Line up: Boyz II Men, Joe, Charlie Wilson, and Kem
Info: This is an old school R&B lover festival, which is geared towards a 21 and up audience. Past performers includes Brandy, Tyrese, Anthony Hamilton, Tank, and Keyshia Cole.
2. Jacksonville Funk Fest
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Date: May 11 & May 12
Lineup: Xscape, Anthony Hamilton, Brandy, Tank, Raheem, Devaughn, Carl Thomas, Adina Howard, and more.
Info: This Florida festival is full of funky music and R&B, with a mixture of old school and new R&B. The Funk Fest actually travels to different cities and states such as, Orlando, Charlotte(NC), Kansas City,(Kansas), and Birmingham(AL). Past performers include Fantasia, Bell Biv Devoe, Charlie Wilson, SWV, and Keith Sweat.
3. Rolling Loud Festival
Location: Miami, FL
Date: May 11- May 13
Line up: J. Cole, Future, Migos, Rick Ross, Cardi B, Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, Lil Wayne, and more.
Info: This festival is for the people who want to drink or smoke, hear some good hip hop music, and turn up. Past performers include Kendrick Lamar,Future, ASAP Rocky, Tyler The Creator, and Lil Yatchy.
4. The Governor’s Ball Music Festival 2018
Location: New York, NY
Date: June 1- June 3
Line Up: 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, GoldLink, 6LACK
Info: The festival takes place in the heart of NY. This festival is for all ages, and lover of all genres. There’s hip hop, rock, pop, R&B, and alternative artists. Past performers include Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Janelle Monoe, and Drake.
Location: Chicago, IL
Date:Aug 2- August 2- August 5
Line Up: The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Khalid, A Boogie wit Da Hoodie, and Logic.
Info: Lollapalooza has a few different festivals in the world, in countries like Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and of course in the United States. Past performers include Chance The Rapper, Outkast, Eminem, Jhene Aiko, Future, Kid Cudi, and FKA Twigs. There’s a variety of different artist from all genres.
6. Roots Picnic
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: June 6
Line up: The Roots, Dave Chappelle, Lil Uzi Vert, The Diplomats, Brandy, DVSN, 6LACK, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Rich The Kid, and Rapsody
Info: The festival was created by the legendary, hip hop group, The Roots in their hometown, Philly. This is festival is for the hip hop and R&B lover. Past performers include Kehlani, Pharrell, Solange, 21 Savage, Usher, and DMX.
7 .Summer Jam
Location: East Rutherford, NJ
Line up: Kendrick Lamar, Remy Ma, Tory Lanez, Lil Wayne, A$AP Ferg, and Swizz Beats & friends, and more.
Info: This iconic fest is hosted by New York’s radio station, Hot 97. Summer Jam past shows have been some of the memorable moments in hip hop, like when Jay Z brought out Michael Jackson in 2001, and when Eminem smashed his Source Award on stage, when he was beefing with the magazine in 2003. Past performers include Biggie, Busta Rhymes, Kanye West, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, and Nas.
8 .Essence Fest
Location: New Orleans, LA
Date: July 5-8
Line Up: Janet Jackson, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Miguel, Fantasia, 112, Xscape, and more.
Info: Essence Fest is known for their display of black excellence. Not only do they have great hip hop, R&B, and soul music concerts, but they also have different conferences that includes some of the biggest actors and entertainers from your favorite shows and movies. Past performers include Diana Ross, Beyonce, Prince, Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, and Solange.
9. Afropunk Festival
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Date: August 25 & 26
Line up: Erykah Badu, Miguel, Tyler The Creator, Janelle Monae, Jaden Smith, H.E.R, Daniel Caesar, and more
Info: This festival is known for not only their great music range of funk, R&B, and hip hop, but also for the various booth stations on activism and humanitarianism. Past performs include Lauryn Hill, SZA, Kelis, Lenny Kravitz, Solange, and D’Angelo.
10. Made in America
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: September 1- September 2
Line up: To be announced
Info: Made in America was founded by rapper, Jay Z, a few years ago. It’s a festival for all genre lovers. Past performers include, Jay Z himself, Beyonce, J. Cole, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Rihanna.
1 .On The Run 2 Tour
Locations: New Jersey, Philadelphia, California, Ohio, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and many more.
Dates: June 6- October 4
Artist: Jay Z and Beyonce
2 .Chris Brown Presents: Heartbreak on a Full Moon Tour
Locations: Washington, Arizona, New Jersey, California, and many more
Dates: June 19- August 4
Artist: Chris Brown
3. The Championship Tour (TDE)
Locations: Texas, New York, California, New Jersey
Dates: May 4- June 17th
Artists: Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, SiR, and Lance Skiiiwalker.
4. Lauryn Hill
Locations: New York, Philadelphia, Virginia, and more
Massachusetts, California, and more.
Dates: July 4- August 8
5. Jill Scott
Locations: Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, and North Carolina.
Dates: June 21- July 12
6. Big Sean: Unfriendly Reminder
Location: Texas, Arizona, Tennessee, Washington D.C, Ohio, and more
Date: April 18- July 6
Artists: Big Sean and Playboi Carti
7. Dru Hill
Location: Georgia, Florida, New York, California, Nevada, and Mississippi
Date: April 21- June 24
8 .Childish Gambino with Rae Sremmurd
Location:Georgia, Texas, Massachusetts, California, and many more
Date: September 6-30
Artists: Childish Gambino and Rae Sremmurd
9. Ja Rule & Ashanti
Location: Maine, Colorado, California, Florida, and Missouri
Dates: April 20- July 15
Artists: Ja Rule and Ashanti
10. 90’s Block Party
Location: Texas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Arizona, California, and Georgia
Date: April 20th- July 7th
Artists: (Various) 112, Jagged Edge, Guy, Ginuwine, Teddy Riley, Keith Sweat, Next, and Dru Hill