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Where: Napa Valley, Calif.
When: May 29-31
Lineup: No Doubt, Public Enemy, Snoop Dogg, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Imagine Dragons, Foster the People, Cage the Elephant, the Avett Brothers, Young the Giant, American Authors
Pro: Bottlerock—with its bucolic wine-country setting, multifacteted lineup, and elegant food options—is the perfect festival for music lovers whose wineglasses don't come from IKEA.
Con: Attendees' gingham-lined baskets and Egyptian-cotton throws may clash with Public Enemy's fiery polemics.
Bonus: Napa has transportation to shuttle tipsy visitors from winery to winery.
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Where: Randall's Island, NYC
When: June 5-7
Lineup: Drake, Björk, the Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, Tame Impala, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Florence + the Machine, My Morning Jacket, St. Vincent, Ratatat, Flying Lotus
Pro: This is New York City, kids: You want it, they got it.
Con: To fit in all that talent, stages are set relatively close together; sound can bleed.
Bonus: Your Fitbit won't get a major workout, unless you decide to walk home.
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Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers
When: June 5-6, June 19-20, Aug. 14-15, Aug. 21-22
Lineup: It varies; Mumford & Sons will be joined by rotating acts including Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, and Foo Fighters.
Pro: Unlike many younger artists, these bands take live performance seriously—and they've got real chops.
Con: Unless you adore Jeff the Brotherhood, this lineup might not stretch much deeper than the headliners for some.
Bonus: They're coming to you!
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Where: Manchester, Tenn.
When: June 11-14
Lineup: Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Alabama Shakes, Childish Gambino, Flume, Hozier, D'Angelo and the Vanguard
Pro: The festival built for jam bands has its jammiest lineup in years—middle billings include Kacey Musgraves, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, the War on Drugs, Gary Clark Jr., and Glass Animals.
Con: Billy Joel isn't that hard to find (try Long Island!), and Paul McCartney and Elton John are popping up at other fests, which may beat Joel's megastar-of-yore draw.
Bonus: The Farm's remote location means all-night sets and sunrise surprises.
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Firefly Music Festival
Where: Dover, Del.
When: June 18-21
Lineup: Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon, the Killers, Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Charli XCX, Modest Mouse, Zedd, Bastille, Kid Cudi
Pro: The Kings have exactly three shows booked so far for 2015, and this is one of 'em.
Con: Bring a bandanna—Firefly campgrounds are a dust bowl.
Bonus: The on-site Beercade boasts games like skeeball, foosball, and pinball as well as the luxury of AC on full blast when you need a break from the sun and sounds.
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Where: Randall's Island, NYC
When: June 26-28
Lineup: Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Brandy Clark, Chris Stapleton, Dwight Yoakam, Sturgill Simpson
Pro: For a first-year fest in a not-traditionally-country spot, these are some impressive top-line Nashville names.
Con: They're not issuing any single-day passes, so you're either all-in or all-out.
Bonus: On the flip side, you are only minutes from Manhattan—so there's a whole Apple to devour once the headliners wrap (or even sooner, if you cut out early).
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Where: New Orleans
When: July 2-5
Lineup: Charlie Wilson, Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Usher, Common, Trey Songz
Pro: If you watched Missy completely upstage Katy Perry at the Super Bowl in February, you know how much she's been missed; this is your only chance to catch her live this year, so don't blow it.
Con: Nobody ever accused N'awlins of being breezy in July. Pack a pocket fan.
Bonus: Top-notch speakers range from Deepak Chopra to political vet Donna Brazile.
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Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival
Where: Eau Claire, Wis.
When: July 17-18
Lineup: Bon Iver, the National, Sufjan Stevens, Boys Noize, Spoon, Sturgill Simpson
Pro: As Bonnaroo has taught us, a remote location (this one is called Foster Fam) encourages spontaneous late-night collabs.
Con: Sorry, where is Eau Claire, exactly?
Bonus: Justin Vernon hasn't performed in three years—expect some new music from the Bon Iver mastermind and prodigal Wisco son.
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When: July 17-19
Lineup: Wilco, Chance the Rapper, Sleater-Kinney, CHVRCHES, Run the Jewels, Panda Bear, Mac DeMarco, The New Pornographers, Future Islands, Jamie xx, Courtney Barnett
Pro: Because the tastemaking music site largely ignores pricey headliners like the Black Keys, it can afford dozens of smaller rising acts.
Con: The exhaustively cool-kid crowd can feel like Portlandia sketches come to life.
Bonus: There's a pretty fantastic poster fair on site, and you can buy vinyl and crafts from independent vendors, too.
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When: July 31-Aug. 2
Lineup: Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + the Machine, Sam Smith, Tame Impala, the Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, FKA twigs, Tove Lo, alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men
Con: Bring your best arch support: It's a good mile between Grant Park's two main stages.
Bonus: Macca has been playing rare Beatles tunes live lately, so cross your fingers.
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Where: San Francisco
When: Aug. 7-9
Lineup: Elton John, Mumford & Sons, the Black Keys, Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, St. Vincent, Tame Impala, D'Angelo and the Vanguard
Pro: Eight years in, OL has toned down its hippie vibe (apologies to Phish fans).
Cons: All that artisinal food and wine is good for your tummy but bad for your wallet.
Bonus: Foggy skies often help keep Golden Gate Park cool during the day, but evening temperature dips could give "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" new meaning.
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When: Sept. 5-7
Lineup: The Weeknd, Faith No More, Ellie Goulding, Hozier, Chance the Rapper, Zedd, Social Distortion, Brand New, Brandon Flowers
Pro: Comedy, theater, film, visual arts, and dance are booked with as much care as the music acts.
Cons: Seattle and rain go together about as well as... Seattle and rain.
Bonus: Pacific Northwesterners are no dummies; if the weather doesn't hold, there are tons of indoor spaces.