There are many reasons why NYC is known as one of the top cities in the US when it comes to music. From iconic places that have become a part of American culture, to excellent jazz schools that help educate tomorrow's stars. Unfortunately, we cannot cover all the reasons why NYC is the music lover's dream. But, what we can do is give you a rundown of the best NYC music festivals.
Our pick of the best NYC music festivals
When you try to describe the music scene in NYC you can only come short. After all, there are so many iconic places and venues that you would need multiple books in order to cover them. So, for the sake of giving you a complete picture, we are going to limit this article of the top 5 NYC music festivals that we feel every music lover should attend.
Governors Ball Music Festival
If you can visit only one music festival in NYC, we suggest that you attend the Governors Ball Music Festival. This awesome festival was launched in 2011 and is held annually in June. Here you can hear some of the best musicians of today, as the festival has become quite a phenomenon. To give you an idea of who performs at this festival we are just going to mention Tool, Wo-Tang Clan, and Kanye West.
Mind you we are only giving you a hint of what you can see here as the 2020 lineup has Florence & the Machine, Lil Wayne and Dreamers. So, if you just moved to NYC and you want to try settling down in Hell's Kitchen, consider heading to the Governors Ball Music Festival. Let that piled up moving stress wash away with a great atmosphere and terrific groove.
Are you the type of person that will only settle for the biggest, most numerous venue in NYC? Then you need to head off to the SummerStage. When it comes to NYC music festivals, this is the biggest one by far. There are usually hundreds of concerts held all around NYC. Usually, people set them up in parks as the number of attendees is increasing year by year.
The SummerStage hosts almost every kind of music and music-related performance. From Jazz and Dance venues to more family-oriented concerts and even Opera events. Whatever you feel interests you, you can find it. Whole parks are turned into dynamic, fun places where you can have a great time. So, if you don't know what to do in NYC during the summer, look no further. SummerStage is something that you absolutely need to experience at least once in your life.
Some people think that NYC is only about jazz and hip-hop. But, while those music genres are quite present and you can easily call NYC the jazz capital of the US, we would advise you not to forget about the rest that NYC has to offer. Every electronic music fan worth their salt has heard about Electric Zoo. This three-day festival that starts on Labour Day is all about the best that the electronic scene has to offer. Since 2009, top artists have come here to showcase their skills over multiple stages on Randall's Island.
The 2019 lineup included Eric Pryds, Afrojack, Dog Blood, Sullivan King, Subtrocins... All the names that you associate with electronic music were there. So, you can bet that the 2020 lineup is going to be even better. They even have a stage dedicated to showcasing local NYC talent, which makes this an excellent venue for getting to know future artists before they become famous.
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
You can learn about moving to Brooklyn from sites like dynamicmovers.com. But the one thing that those sites won't tell you is what Brooklyn is really like. For that, you will have to attend the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. This festival was founded in 1979 as an effort to revitalize Prospect Park. Ever since, the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival has become a true staple of the borough, that every New Yorker should attend at least once. Not only will you be able to listen to free shows, but you can also choose to attend beneficiary concerts and give back to the community.
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is a great way to get to know the current lifestyle in Brooklyn. A lot of people showcase art that gives valuable insight into what Brooklyn is like now. And they give hope to what Brooklyn could be. Our advice is to study the history of Brookly a bit before you come. That way you will have a deeper appreciation for the whole event.
Blue Note Jazz Festival
You had to know that this was coming. After all, what kind of a list of NYC music festivals would this be if we didn't mention the Blue Note Jazz Festival? There are numerous festivals all over NYC that showcase pop, rap, and even techno. But, there are only a few that represent the true spirit of NYC. And that spirit is best shown in jazz. Throughout June, Blue Note Jazz Club hosts the best NYC jazz musicians. Any true jazz lover in NYC knows that this festival is a must-see for anyone that likes smooth jazz that is as much of an NYC staple as a yellow cab.
This festival is truly a must-see, even if you are only visiting NYC for a short while. There is truly something about the NYC jazz scene that helps tell the story of New York. Maybe that is why foreigners love American music so much. We simply cannot help but put our lives and our soul into the music we create. This is why, if you really want to understand NYC, you need to know how to listen to jazz.
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