Upcoming Music Festivals for 2022

As the vaccination rates rise and more research about COVID-19 comes out each week, the US is finally seeing more musical festivals return (albeit, cautiously) in 2021. I even attended one myself (Inkcarceration in Mansfield, OH). But many of the big festivals such as Coachella, Boston Calling, and Bunbury decide to hold off another year. In 2022, there are dozens of festivals popping up, and in all genres of music. There are so many that it can be a bit overwhelming to look through the big lineup posters pasted all over social media. To make things easier, I decided to list which music festivals seem worth checking out. But there’s one problem with that, isn’t there? The United States is a big chunk of land. And someone in New York can’t so easily travel to Washington for a festival over there. So, we’ll be breaking it down by region (as best as I can, at least). I’ll even put the genre if it applies. If you’d still like to fly from Ohio to Nevada after seeing this list, that’s cool too. Maybe this list will help you plan a summer trip! So... let’s get into it.

Imp source: https://www.complex.com/music/music-festivals-2022/lovers-and-friends


When We Were Young – Las Vegas, NV

Source: whenwewereyoungfest.com

Genre: Emo, Rock, Metalcore, Pop Punk, etc.

The absolute mayhem this festival announcement brought to the internet was insane. A first-year event, When We Were Young Fest is a huge amalgamation of emo nostalgia. With huge acts on the bill such as My Chemical Romance, Paramore, AFI, Alkaline Trio, Avril Lavigne, and many more, the festival has had a lot of people interested, especially outside of Las Vegas. With over 60 bands on the poster and the event initially meant to take place on one day, people were understandably concerned about how the festival would work. Due to popular demand, the festival added two more days, but rather than disperse the big lineup over a weekend, the extra days added are set to have the same lineup. This type of setup is nothing new considering the gone-but-never-forgotten Vans Warped Tour had a similar arrangement in each city, but it did alarm fans that so many huge acts were set to perform all in one day. It seems impossible to catch every artist you’d want to see, most certainly not even a quarter of the lineup’s full sets. Despite understandable concerns, it is an absolute killer lineup for fans of emo, both young and old(er). I’m sure the event will be unlike any other emo/rock scene has ever seen.

The fest takes place on October 22, 23, and 29, 2022. If you’re looking to grab tickets though, you’ll, unfortunately, have to join a waitlist or grab from a reseller because tickets for all dates sold out FAST. Even if you can’t go this year, this is definitely one to keep your eye on to see if...

1) It pans out as planned.

2) They decide to make this a yearly event.

We’ll have to wait and see and live vicariously through folks who managed to secure a ticket. Maybe if this becomes a yearly event, they can book The Killers. After all, the festival is called When We Were Young. You can learn more about the event here

Coachella – Indio, CA


Genre: Pop, Rap, Hip Hop, Indie, etc.

Coachella is one of the most well-known music festivals happening today. Taking place in California, it’s attended by fans, celebrities, influencers, and the like. It’s an “it” event, vastly popular. Still, I wanted to bring it up simply because it is a festival with a great reputation. Running since 1999, the festival first completely sold out in 2004. It seems that since then, it’s become so popular because aside from the festival always booking hugely popular musical acts, it’s also become a hotspot for celebrities. The festival is also known for its good food, often, and special surprises. It’s also become a place for fashion. Another reason I wanted to bring it up was that for the first year since 2019, Coachella is returning. The lineup includes Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, and 21 Savage. This year, it’s on the weekends, April 15-17 and April 22-24. Passes for Coachella 2022 sold out within mere hours of going on sale, but fear not! Thanks to social media and live streaming, you can still experience this year’s Coachella from the comfort of your own home.

Learn more info: https://coachella.com/youtube-premium

The Smoker’s Club - San Bernardino, C