The other day I was reminiscing on all the concerts I’ve been to and I actually wrote down a list, the ones I could remember, and I have been to at least 40 shows. So it’s safe to say, I THOROUGHLY enjoy a good live performance. Despite being an avid concert go-er, aside from ESSENCE Festival, I’ve never attended a music festival. Outside of the festivals listed below, I want to attend Lollapalooza, Coachella & SXSW at least once in my life.
Here’s three upcoming music festivals that I want to attend this summer:
MOPOP FESTIVAL – JULY 29-30 – DETROIT
Mo Pop Festival is a two-day festival taking place in Detroit during the last weekend in July. Mo Pop has been bringing a variety of great music to the metro Detroit area for the past five years. With me now living in the downtown Detroit area, I’m excited about the festival being in my backyard and being able to just hop on Detroit’s QLine & not have to worry about parking. I’m also superrrr excited that Solange is on their lineup this year because I LIVE for Solo! I’ve had the opportunity to see her perform years ago in Chicago and the vibes felt at that show…geesh! There’s a number of artists performing that I’ve never heard of but since starting the #SundazedVibrations playlist I’ve came across sooooo many great artists. Therefore, I’m excited to get some new flava in my ear! I remember months ago I came across Mo Pop with my co-worker and we were amazed by the overall experience listed outside of the performances. They have everything from food trucks to yoga to local vendors and even a School of Rock stage. We literally went through their website and was like “they thought of EVERYTHING!”
Cost: $75, 1-Day Pass. $125, 2-Day Pass. Tickets can be purchased here.
MADE IN AMERICA – SEPTEMBER 2-3 – PHILLY
Presented by Budweiser and curated by Jay-Z, Made in America returns for the sixth year during Labor Day weekend in Philly. I’ve always wanted to attend Made in America and with this crazy dope lineup this year, including Jay headlining, I’m trying to be innnnnnnnnnn there! Especially coming off of the ‘4:44’ album release. I’ve had a chance to see Jay perform four different times and I’ll pay again and again ‘cause I have such a good time at his shows. When Big Pimpin’ or I Just Wanna Love You drops I turn into Ky-Z. Hoping maybe, just maybe, Bey will arrive with the twins?! LOL I just have a feeling all my life would be got at MiA. If you’ll like to #GetKyToMiA, please feel free to Cash App me! (; If I can’t make it, I’ll be continuing with my Tidal membership in hopes of them doing a livestream of it.
Cost: $162, 2-Day Pass. Tickets can be purchased here.
ONE MUSIC FEST – SEPTEMBER 8-9 – ATLANTA
Now in it’s 8th year, One Music Fest brings together the best in music from classic & next-gen hip-hop to R&B in the Peach State. Last year I was in Atlanta during OMF and didn’t get a chance to attend because of a work event and let me tell you… I was devastated! Last year Outkast reunited at OMF. O-U-T-K-A-S-T. Big Boi. Andre 3000. Babyyyyy. This year’s lineup is pretty solid and I’m excited for Jill Scott (I’ve seen her perform once at ESSENCE Festival and Jilly from Philly will get you TOGETHA!) plus Yasiin Bey formerly known as Mos Def for what’s being dubbed his farewell performance. I’m a fan of Yasiin and as I write this I have the urge to go listen to The Panties and his collab with Talib Kweli, Blackstar. When it comes to concerts I always think of location and special surprise guests. Being that Atlanta is a hub for music, I’m sure there will probably be some surprise guest performers throughout the weekend.
Cost: $40+ for Friday. $65+ for Saturday. Tickets can be purchased here.