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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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This summer boasts some of the biggest, loudest and most unique music festivals, from Jazzfest to Electric Daisy Carnival and beyond.

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Looking for a weekend when you can relax with your family, rave with your friends or just hang out and listen to some of your favorite artists? No matter what you like or where you live, this summer almost certainly has a festival for you. Just as, say, Midwestern techno fans can find their rhythm at Detroit's Movement, rural New Englanders can vibe off alt-country and marvel at hot balloons from the grass of Western Massachusetts' Green River. But what if you're a nu-metal diehard stuck in western Quebec? Then Amnesia Rockfest has you covered. Below are the 50 summer festivals we're most excited about, from local events like the aforementioned to international travel destinations such as ATP Iceland and Primavera Sound.

No Doubt, Kaaboo Del Mar

No Doubt will headline this year's Kaaboo Del Mar festival.

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Kaaboo Del Mar

When: September 18th-20th

Where: San Diego, California

Why Go: The first Kaaboo Del Mar festival describes itself as an "art and entertainment mix-perience" where music, comedy and art can be consumed across seven stages in sunny San Diego. Headlined by No Doubt and the Killers, Kaaboo's lineup focuses on alt-rock but makes room for Sheryl Crow, Snoop Dogg and a hefty selection of comedians. It also offers "personal indulgences" for ticket-buyers, making perks like massages and manicures available to all.

Must-See Acts: No Doubt, Snoop Dogg, the Killers, Sheryl Crow, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Minnie Driver, X, Spoon, Counting Crows, the Roots, Grace Potter, Foster the People, 311, Joel McHale, Lewis Black

Official Site: kaaboodelmar.com

TomorrowWorld, Armin Van Buuren

Armin Van Buuren at TomorrowWorld Electronic Music Festival on September 29, 2013 in Fairburn, Georgia.

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TomorrowWorld

When: September 25th-27th

Where: Atlanta, Georgia

Why Go: Escape into the mythical TomorrowWorld, complete with floating bridges, scenic lakes, mushroom stages and dream lodges for three days of EDM and fantasy. Buried deep in the scenic Chattahoochee Hills, TomorrowWorld is the U.S. version of Belgium's most popular music festival, TomorrowLand. Last year, we overheard two Americans discussing the detailed work-out regimen and trans-Atlantic flights they needed to prepare for Europe – this year, maybe they'll just drive to Georgia.

Must-See Acts: Lineup to be announced.

Official Site: tomorrowworld.com

Motorboat, Motorhead

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Motörboat

When: September 28th-October 2nd

Where: Departs from Miami, making stops in the Bahamas

Why Go: For its second year, Motörhead's Motörboat cruise is about to get even louder. Joining Lemmy Kilmister and Co. will be Slayer, Anthrax, Hatebreed and more of the world's best metallic outfits. Plus, Motörboat promises more than just music, with a number of Q&A sessions, parties and games to be announced prior to three of the heaviest days at sea imaginable.

Must-See Acts: Slayer, Hatebreed, Motorhead, Anthrax, Crobot, Huntress, Fireball Ministry, Suicidal Tendencies, Exodus, Kyng

Official Site: motorheadcruise.com

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