If you’re one of the millions of people who has desperately missed going to concerts over the course of the pandemic, the deprivation is over, and the time has finally come for live music to return. While lots of major artists like The Weeknd and Halsey have canceled or postponed their 2021 tours, some of the major festivals are returning with most of their 2020 headliners this summer and fall. There’s a plethora of festivals tentatively scheduled for 2021, but most of them do not have confirmed dates or announced headlining acts. With the pandemic slowly but surely coming to an end, people are ready to party like it’s the Roaring ’20s. Here are the biggest music festivals that are definitely happening in 2021:
Rolling Loud Miami
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Headliners: Travis Scott, Post Malone, A$AP Rocky
Possibly the most anticipated festival of 2021 is Rolling Loud Miami. After being canceled in 2020, it was rescheduled to May 2021 before finally being pushed back to July 23-25 to give more time for vaccines to be given out. The festival will take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, and will host an impressive collection of A-list hip-hop artists. The stacked lineup retained their headliners from 2020 and also added plenty of well-known rappers. All three days are so star-studded that many of the openers are actually headlining other major festivals this year.
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Headliners: Lizzo, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Tyler The Creator, Vampire Weekend, J Balvin, Rufus Du Sol, Kehlani, Glass Animals, Zhu, Young Thug
Although most Californian festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach are canceled, Outside Lands is set to take place on Halloween weekend at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. As the largest independently owned festival in the U.S., they play by their own rules. This means that as long as COVID-19 restrictions don’t tighten, there’s nothing stopping this festival from happening. Their diverse lineup includes a healthy mix of pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop among other genres.
Life is Beautiful
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Headliners: Tame Impala, Megan Thee Stallion, Glass Animals, Green Day, Haim, Illenium, Modest Mouse, Ludacris, Billie Eilish, A$AP Rocky, Young Thug
Life is Beautiful, which debuted in 2013, is one of the more unique festivals in the country since it’s held outside on the streets. The liveliness of this event fits right into its environment being located along 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas. Along with the superstars, Life is Beautiful’s lineup includes several acts that are right on the verge of acquiring A-list status such as Surfaces, Don Toliver and Still Woozy. After not happening since 2019, Life is Beautiful will return September 17-19.
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Headliners: Walk The Moon, Third Eye Blind, Portugal. the Man, AJR
The enormous Wonderstruck music festival is returning to Cleveland, Ohio, this summer, spanning over 400 acres of Lakeland Community College. This festival used to be under the name LaureLive and in a different location until last year when they rebranded and moved the festival in order to offer on-site parking. The music at Wonderstruck will primarily feature rock and alternative along with some pop.