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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Newport Folk Festival
Aerial view of the 2014 Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park on July 27, 2014 in Newport, Rhode Island. Douglas Mason/Getty Images18/50

Newport Folk Festival

When: July 24th-26th

Where: Newport, Rhode Island

Why Go: God bless Americana. Oozing history galore (this is where Dylan went electric, dude), the Newport Folk Festival offers a relatively cushy spot from which to enjoy the latest developments in the evolution of folk, rock, country, blues, soul and everything in between. This year's lineup boasts a wealth of hungry new acts like Sturgill Simpson, Shakey Graves, Heartless Bastards and Nikki Lane, plus Leon Bridges' mellow soul and a rare acoustic set from Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis.

Must-See Acts: The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, First Aid Kit, Brandi Carlile, Calexico, Sturgill Simpson, Shakey Graves, Heartless Bastards, Watkins Family Hour, José González, Laura Marling, J Mascis, Angel Olsen, Nikki Lane, Leon Bridges

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