The Best Music Festivals of 2017 in America – Part 2

This is the second blog on the best music festivals held in America during 2017, we have already looked at the Governor’s Ball, Movement and BottleRock among others and are now all set to break into June with a bang, and we head to the City of Brotherly Love for a picnic with plenty of music.

The Roots Picnic

This single day event is dedicated solely to Roots and the 2017 line up firmly reconfirmed this. Lil Wayne, Pharrell X the Roots, 21 Savage, Thunder cat, Kimbra and James Vincent McMorrow. 2017 celebrated a decade of The Roots Picnic since its inception in 2007 and the festival still features top class artists along with fashion, philanthropic and lifestyle events all held down at the magnificent setting at Penn’s Landing.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festivals

Time to visit the deep south and Tennessee, and go to one of the biggest multi-genre music festivals in the Southern States. Bonnaroo has achieved a very loyal following, and many music fans return year after year to their favourite festival. The 2017 line up was massive and cements Bonnaroo as one of the biggest festivals in the USA, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Major Lazer, Travis Scott, Chance The Rapper all were in attendance and the event was once again a huge success. New to 2017 was the all-night venue which played electro and hip hop through the wee hours.

Monterey

This International music festival is one of the oldest and most established pop music events that is currently on the world calendar. The 2017 Monterey International Pop Festival marked a half century of this great event focusing on established and up-and-coming artists. Monterey was a stepping stone for many great bands, such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Burdon, and Janis Joplin. And to celebrate this epic event Eric Burdon and the Animals returned to rock the house. This monster Californian event also featured a plethora of new and upcoming bands as well as old favourites including: John Misty, Norah Jones, Gary Clark Junior, Jack Johnson and Booker T’S Stax Review. Monterey Festival has done so much for the promotion of home grown talent for fifty years, and it continues to be a celebration of music and culture.

Essence

If you were looking for a star-studded event in July then there was really only one place to be, and that was New Orleans and the Essence Festival. This party with a purpose, establishes through music individual empowerment and people activism. The onsite convention centre provides seminars and talks to help promote this purpose and add to the enjoyment. Whilst all this is taking place the music was extraordinary featuring a line-up that put most summer festivals to shame: Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, John Legend, Jill Scott, and Chance the Rapper.

Essence Festival closes this blog in fine fettle, and the third and final part of our probe into the best music festivals of 2017 will conclude in our next blog. We look at the latter part of the summer and the festivals and events that brought the festival season to its conclusion for the year.