Top 15 Hip-Hop Music Festivals In The U.S.A.

(listed in no particular order)

Top 15 Hip-Hop Music Festivals In The U.S.A.

(listed in no particular order)

Rolling Loud – Miami, FL

Rolling Loud is the World’s Largest Hip-Hop Festival. Launched by co-founders, Matthew Zingler and Tariq Cherif five years ago in Miami, Florida. Rolling Loud has expanded from a one-day festival in Miami (2015), to now including cities such as Oakland, California (2017), Los Angeles, California (2017), and Sydney, Australia (2018).  In 2018, Rolling Loud’s flagship event, Rolling Loud Miami, hosted 180,000 attendees over three days with more than 120 artists performing on three stages. Celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2019, Rolling Loud Miami will, as always, feature the biggest names and up-and-coming superstars fans have come to expect, with an extraordinary and diverse array of hip hop artists performing across the three-day event. Rolling Loud will continue its worldwide expansion in 2019 with new locations to be announced later this year. Learn more at rollingloud.com

JMBLYA – Dallas, Austin, Houston, TX

Since 2013, JMBLYA has positioned itself as one of Texas’ unrivaled hip-hop-oriented music festivals with lineups including acts such as Gucci Mane, Chance The Rapper, Migos, Gunna, Future and, Rae Sremmurd. Before curating and executing music festivals and hundreds of shows per year, Scoremore was a small, upstart company founded by Sascha Stone and his partner Claire Bogle as college students in 2009. Their initial intent was to bring a new generation of up-and-coming acts, such as J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, to Texas’ capital city. Learn more at jmblya.com

Made In America – Philadelphia, PA

The Made in America music festival is a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway each Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia. With dozens of top performers and multiple stages on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the two-day music festival curated by Jay-Z is one of the year’s can’t-miss events. Every year, Jay-Z hand-picks a lineup of both established and up-and-coming musicians to perform throughout the weekend — and sometimes, you can even find Jay-Z singing along in the crowd. Learn more at madeinamericafest.com

Governors Ball – New York City

This year Governors Ball will celebrate its ninth anniversary with over 10 million worldwide viewers tuning in last year for the live broadcast of the Live Nation-owned event. Governors Ball takes place on Randall’s Island Park in New York City. The 2019 festival will feature a signature lineup of the top NYC food and beverage purveyors, plus lawn games, street art, internationally known artists, and a relaxing and restorative Best Kept Secret area for fans over age 21. Learn more at Govball.com.

HOT 97 Summer Jam – New York City

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Hosted by New York radio station Hot 97, the Summer Jam annual blowout unites Hip-Hop’s biggest names with notable up-and-comers. Hot 97 Summer Jam includes some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop and has featured some of the genre’s most iconic names at the peak of their fame: Wu-Tang in ’94, Biggie in ’95, Fugees in ’96—and the list goes on. Learn more at summerjam.com

SXSW – Austin, TX

The SXSW Music Festival invites artists, industry professionals, and fans from all over the world to Austin, Texas for a week every March to attend performances by iconic artists, make professional connections, elevate their musical careers, and discover the next wave of musical talent. Not limited in genre or regional focus, fans, fellow musicians, industry professionals, and creatives from every discipline can enjoy a variety of musical styles at SXSW. Each year, new, developing, and established Showcasing Artists from 60+ countries are represented amongst the 2,000-plus official performers looking to enhance their careers by reaching new audiences. Showcases are curated by SXSW in collaboration with record labels, booking agencies, management and PR firms, export offices, publishers, media outlets, lifestyle brands, festivals, and more. Performances take place in bars, clubs, parks, churches, and hotels around downtown Austin. Learn more at sxsw.com

Camp Flognaw – Los Angeles, CA

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Not only has Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival cemented itself as Los Angeles’ premier music festival, but also as a cultural event with the most unique aspects of an artistic utopia, conceptualized by Tyler, The Creator himself. The Carnival’s carefully curated lineup includes only the most relevant urban & electronic artists, plus buzzing carnival rides, colorful games, animated art installations, and very tasty eats. Last year, the Carnival expanded to 2 days and SOLD OUT a month in advance, with over 70,000 attendees. Learn more at campfloggnaw.com

Coachella – Indio, CA

Officially named “The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival” (also dubbed “Coachella” or even just “Chella”.) Coachella is held across two weekends every April, although the dates aren’t always the same. The festival is usually Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Although Coachella’s roots are all about music, it’s become way more expansive than that in recent years. It features art installations and has also become a major fashion hotspot for bohemian-inspired styles. It’s also packed with celebrities, from the artists who are performing to stars who just want to hang out. A-listers like Kendall Jenner, Jared Leto, Leonardo DiCaprio, and more are spotted there almost every year. The music festival plays out across five main stages: the Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theater, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, and the Sahara Tent. Learn more at coachella.com

LOLLAPALOOZA – Chicago, IL

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Lollapalooza is one of the most anticipated music festivals of the summer. Located in Chicago’s Grant Park, the event features A-list bands and artists, local food vendors, and more. Lollapalooza attracts some 200,000 attendees, including many families. The Kidzapalooza area caters to the youngest fans, with concerts, music workshops, and interactive art exhibits. For adults, side stages offer up-and-coming artists an opportunity to perform for a wider audience, and DJs play a varied selection of electronic music in the festival’s dance tent. Headlining acts appear on a staggered schedule, allowing attendees time to travel between stages, as well as minimizing the amount of excess noise, or “sound bleed,” that could intrude on a given performance. In 2011 the Lollapalooza brand expanded to South America, with a two-day festival held in April in Santiago, Chile. Learn more at lollapalooza.com

Soundset – Minnesota

In the eleven years since Soundset began in the Metrodome parking lot in 2008, their attendance has grown from 12,000 to over 30,000 consistently since 2014. Over 280,000 all aged fans have traveled from fifty U.S states, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and New Zealand to experience Soundset in Minnesota. Rhymesayers’ artists are the foundation of Soundset, with Atmosphere performing every year since the beginning. Since 2008, Soundset has had over 400 different non-repeat performers. Soundset will celebrate its 12th year anniversary on Sunday, May 26, 2019 Memorial Weekend. Learn more at soundsetfestival.com/

The Roots Picnic – Philadelphia, PA

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The Roots Picnic annually includes some of music’s biggest and hottest names that kicks off the summer festival season. The bill has featured the likes of UsherFuture and Leon Bridges with a surprise performance by hometown hero Will Smith (with his daughter Willow).  Over the last decade, the celebrated festival institution has featured artists such as The WeekndA$AP RockyMigosThe Black KeysJohn LegendJanelle MonaeTV on the RadioNas, Vampire WeekendKid CudiPublic EnemyGnarls BarkleyMacklemore & Ryan LewisGary Clark Jr.Rakim and many more. Learn more at rootspicnic.com

Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN

Hosting over 125 bands and comedy acts over four days, the Bonnaroo Music Festival is one of the country’s largest music and arts gatherings that pays tribute to up-and-coming artists, music legends and world-renowned comedians. The music festival invites fans to set up camp on a large farm south of Nashville, Tennessee for four days of live music, dancing, food, entertainment, and networking. The Bonnaroo Music Festival is held in Manchester, Tennessee at the beginning of the summer season each year and is produced by Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment. Festival organizers select performers for the event based on their ability to perform live on stage, and not based on the latest pop hits or studio expertise. Event organizers also take steps to make the event a “green” festival by raising awareness about environmental issues throughout the course of the event and giving attendees the option to purchase Bonnaroo Green Tickets in support of sustainable efforts for future Bonnaroo events. The name “Bonnaroo” translates to “the best on the streets” in French. This name was chosen to honor the Louisiana music tradition of music performances on the street or live music, as the festival showcases the works of talented music artists and performers across several genres in a live setting. Learn more at bonnaroo.com

A3C Festival – Atlanta, GA

A3C Festival & Conference engages and inspires the artists, entrepreneurs and creatives that shape culture. Founded in 2005, A3C has grown from a local hip-hop showcase to become one of the most important music, tech & culture events of the year. The A3C Conference is the best event to network and learn from the innovators, entrepreneurs and music makers that shape hip-hop music and culture. Learn more at www.a3cfestival.com

Pot of Gold – Phoenix, AZ

Pot of Gold Music Festival is a three day music festival. Fans will find a wide variety of tasty local food vendors; free water refill stations; huge selection of products for sale in the vendor village; local and national sponsors with product giveaways and promotional item; the Space Lab Area featuring various audience interactive areas; Arcade Alley featuring various classic pinball games and other favorites; Art Land featuring various local and regional artists; and Shady Lane, featuring relaxing area to catch your breath between bands. Learn more at potofgoldaz.com

Sources: Forbes, Visit PhillyBillboard , Timeout, SXSW,HelloGiggles, Visit Phoenix, USA Today, Brittiannica

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