The Best Music Festivals of 2017 in America – Part 3

Part three of The Best Music Festivals of 2017 in America concludes with the latter part of the summer, and the events that bought a summer of extraordinary music to an end. Included in this blog is a mixture of music genres that excited audiences all over America and bought thousands of music lovers back to their most loved festivals.

Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival is for people who like to be reminded of a time long gone, unlike most festivals in 2017 you will be able to relax and find peace at Newport whilst seeing some fantastic singer-songwriters and the best folk music bands. On the 2017 bill were, Wilco, Fleet Foxes, Jim James, John Prime and Ben Gibbered. The festival is also a celebration of art and is renowned for its excellent food and drink.


Lollapalooza is one of the giants of the alternative and progressive music festivals. Once famous for highlighting alternative rock bands, Lollapalooza has progressed to offer a wider musical selection. The 2017 line-up proved this with, Muse, The Killers, Chance the Rapper, DJ Snake, Arcade Fire, Tove Lo and Tegan and Sara. The venue for this superb musical extravaganza could not be better suited down at Lake Michigan in the heart of Chicago’s CBD. Grant Park is the perfect place to hold a festival and is easily accessible for people to walk to and then head to their favourite place for after-show parties. If you like food, then Lollapalooza is the perfect place as there is almost a mile-long selection of food stalls around the venue.


This intriguing festival has a billing as, “everything a typical musical festival is not”. Kaaboo is really a contemporary lifestyle event rather than a pure music festival. Featuring comedy, art, brilliant food, cocktail bars, all in comfortable surroundings. But many head down to California in September to hear some world-class music, and this 2017 did not let them down one iota. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ice Cube, David Guetta and Alanis Morrissette all played live on stage and there were some stunning performances.

Austin City Limits

October bought the curtain down on our American summer of music festivals and took us to Austin in Texas where the Austin City Limits Festival took place. Formerly this festival concentrated mainly on country and folk music, but it has been expanding its musical boundaries in recent years into a fully blown multi-genre music festival. The event expands into the bars and clubs of Austin when the festival finishes each evening and the whole town is buzzing. The 2017 line-up was massive: Chance the Rapper, Jay-Z, Solange, Ryan Adams, the Killers, Gorillas, and Foster the People. The Austin City Limits festival takes place over two weekends and now is really giving the large established festivals such as Bonnaroo, and Sasquatches a real run for their money.

That is about it for 2017, the instruments have been stowed away and the music pilgrims have all gone back home. It was without doubt a considerable year for festivals and there were many world-class performances. We all wait with baited breath for 2018 and another summer full of great music.