Summer 2015's 50 Must-See Music Festivals

From Jazzfest to Electric Daisy Carnival and beyond, a guide to the season's biggest and loudest bashes

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The general atmosphere of Lollapalooza 2014 at Grant Park on August 2, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images15/50


When: July 31st-August 2nd

Where: Chicago, Illinois

Why Go: Three generations headline Lollapalooza this year: a Beatle from the Sixties, metal masters from the Eighties, and the Kate Bush of the 21st century. That wide-ranging eclecticism runs through this year's edition of the venerated festival from top to bottom: Besides McCartney, Metallica and Florence and the Machine, there's new guitar god Gary Clark Jr., rock revivalists Alabama Shakes, bass music madman Flying Lotus, future-R&B diva FKA twigs, plus cosmic country upstarts like Father John Misty and Sturgill Simpson.

Must-See Acts: Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence and the Machine, Alabama Shakes, Bassnectar, Tame Impala, Gary Clark Jr., Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, Father John Misty, DJ Snake, Toro y Moi, the Weeknd, FKA Twigs, Sturgill Simpson

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