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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Rock in Rio USA
Fans celebrate during a concert in the Rock in Rio Festival on September 13, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The festival will be held in Las Vegas in 2015. Buda Mendes/Getty Images47/50

Rock in Rio USA

When: May 8th-9th, May 15th-16th

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

Why Go: Previously hosted in Brazil, Portugal and Spain, the carnivalesque Rock in Rio makes its U.S. debut this year in our most carnivalesque city. Rockers and pop fans get two separate weekends, with EDM and indie stages thrown in for good measure, but we assume there will be equal distribution of pyrotechnics. Oh, and in conjunction with the Cirque du Soleil, this year's fest boasts a flying DJ table and a 400-foot zip line that shoots your body across the crowd.

Must-See Acts: Rock Weekend: Sepultura, Metallica, the Pretty Reckless, Linkin Park, Deftones, No Doubt, Coheed & Cambria, Of Mice and Men. Pop Weekend: Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Empire of the Sun, Charli XCX, Whitney Fierce.

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