5 East Coast music festivals to hit

WASHINGTON — Though sandal weather still feels far away for the D.C. area, spring/summer music festivals are already putting out their lineups and tickets.

There’s no need to stay California dreamin’: Many of the acts playing Coachella will make their way to the East Coast. And those festivals are a bus or train ride away from the D.C. area.

See which festivals have announced their 2018 lineups so far. (The lineup for the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island isn’t out yet, but their website claims tickets are sold out.)

Stay tuned for other festivals that have yet to release their schedules, such as Made in America in Philadelphia, Panorama in New York City and the Roots Picnic also in Philadelphia.

Broccoli City Festival — Washington, D.C. — April 28 Looks like D.C.’s very own music festival is taking over RFK Stadium this year (in past years, the one-day event took place at St. Elizabeth East Gateway Pavilion in Southeast). Their newly released lineup features big names in hip hop and R&B: Migos, Cardi B and Miguel take top billing. Keep an eye out also for other local artists to play. For now, D.C. rapper Lightshow is slated to perform. Leading up to the festival is Broccoli City Week with panels, a 5K and other events. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Moogfest — Durham, North Carolina — May 17-20 If you’re looking to do more than just jump around to loud music, Moogfest is an art, tech and music festival that pays tribute to Robert Moog, creator of the Moog synthesizer and electronic music pioneer. Beyond performances from cutting-edge new artists and established innovators, there are also workshops and talks to get your creativite juices flowing. This year’s lineup highlights women and non-binary musicians, though its rollout was not without controversy. Who to see: Jamila Woods, Fatima Al Qadiri, Amber Mark, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Kyoka. See the full lineup here.
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 07:  Leikeli47 performs on stage at BACARDI, Swizz Beatz and The Dean Collection bring NO COMMISSION back to Miami to celebrate "Island Might" at Soho Studios on December 7, 2017 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for BACARDI)
Boston Calling — Harvard Athletic Complex — May 25-27     Sure, Eminem, The Killers and Jack White appear as headliners in most major music festivals this year (Eminem and The Killers dropped albums last year; Jack White is set to release an album this year), but Boston Calling also offers a “comedy and entertainment” lineup. Natalie Portman is on the list — her curated film festival didn’t happen last year, so this looks like it’s Take 2. Podcasts “Lovett Or Leave It” and “Pod Save America” are on the roster, along with comedians Jenny Slate, Cameron Esposito, Max Silvestri and more. Oh, right: Don’t forget the music! Catch acts as established as Queens of the Stone Age or as up-and-coming as Brockhampton. Who to see: Daniel Caesar, St. Vincent, Perfume Genius, Leikeli47, Thundercat, Stormzy. See the full lineup here (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for BACARDI) (Nicholas Hunt)
Concert goers are seen on day one of the Governors Ball Music Festival on Friday, June 2, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Governors Ball Music Festival — Randall’s Island Park, New York City — June 1-3 Looking for some more big acts? This massive New York City festival is putting Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott and Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the top of the bill. Enjoy the music, take a break with some lawn games, or roam the wide selection of food trucks. Plus, you’ll be in New York City, so if you’re tired of the crowds, escape to a tiny bar or coffee shop after making your way off the island. Who to see: Moses Sumney; D.C.-area natives Kali Uchis, Goldlink and Kelela; Dirty Projectors. See the full lineup here. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Charles Sykes)
Music fans enjoy Day 2 of the 2017 Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands on Friday, June 16, 2017, in Dover, Del. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Firefly Music Festival — Dover, Delaware — June 14-17 Yes, it’s true. Arctic Monkeys are back. Five years after their hugely successful last album, “AM,” and ahead of an album that is slated to be released in 2018, Firefly is the band’s first official tour date in years. Headlining with the Brit rockers are festival regulars The Killers, Kendrick Lamar and (of course) Eminem. Missing from the headlining acts are women, as pop singer Halsey pointed out — you have to make your way further down the list before you see SZA. For those who want the Full Festival Feel™ with camping, glamping and RVs, Firefly has the space and experience — its promoter, Goldenvoice, is also behind Coachella. Who to see: SZA; D.C.-area natives Logic and Manila Killa of Hotel Garuda; Loyle Carner; Chicano Batman; Lizzo; Berhana. See the full lineup here.     (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP) (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP/Owen Sweeney)
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MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 07:  Leikeli47 performs on stage at BACARDI, Swizz Beatz and The Dean Collection bring NO COMMISSION back to Miami to celebrate "Island Might" at Soho Studios on December 7, 2017 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for BACARDI)
Concert goers are seen on day one of the Governors Ball Music Festival on Friday, June 2, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Music fans enjoy Day 2 of the 2017 Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands on Friday, June 16, 2017, in Dover, Del. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)


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