Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and worldwide lockdowns, music festivals were cancelled globally throughout 2020. Though many artists and festivals tried to virtually recreate the beloved experience, most onlookers were left hotly anticipating the return of in-person concerts.
To the delight of eager fans, several major festivals have announced an imminent return this summer—with star-studded lineups, of course. Though bigshots like Coachella and the Primavera Sound Festival—with Lorde's comeback—are waiting until the spring of 2022 to return, this summer will certainly be jam-packed with unforgettable performances and style moments. Here, L'OFFICIEL rounds up the most noteworthy music festivals returning this summer.
Situated in Chicago's sprawling Grant Park, Lollapalooza will take place towards the end of July. The four-day festival is always filled with talent—previous performers include Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey, and Childish Gambino. Scheduled headliners for the festival's return are the Foo Fighters, Tyler, the Creato,Post Malone, and Miley Cyrus.
Returning to Crystal Palace Park, London's Wireless Festival features a predominately hip-hop lineup with artists like Future, Skepta, Migos, and Lil Uzi Vert set to take the stage.
The Governors Ball Music Festival
Often referred to as the Coachella of the East Coast, the three-day festival is a hit amongst music fanatics and popular amongst a wide array of performers. Slated for the end of September, the festival will be headlined by Billie Eilish, A$AP Rocky, J Balvin, and Post Malone. With additional performances from stars like Megan Thee Stallion and Phoebe Bridgers, the return of Governors Ball is a must-see.
Reading and Leeds Festival
One of the UK's longest running music festivals, the 2021 iteration will return with Stormzy, Disclosure, and Doja Cat.
The Firefly Music Festival
Always a hit amongst avid festival-goers, the Firefly Music Festival is set to host headliners Billie Eilish, The Killers, Tame Impala, and Lizzo. The Dover, Delaware festival will also include Machine Gun Kelly, Wiz Khalifa, and Diplo.
Rolling Loud Miami
Dubbed the "largest hip-hop festival in the world," Rolling Loud consistently draws the biggest names in the rap game. This year is no different with the Miami-based location of the festival hosting A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion, and dozens more.
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
One of the United States' biggest festivals, Bonnaroo has the likes of Lizzo, Tyler, The Creator, and Lana Del Rey headlining its September return. The Tennessee festival will also feature rising stars like Kim Petras, Flo Milli, and Orville Perck.
One of Portgual's many ultra-cool festivals, Meo Sudoeste is returning with a bang—Bad Bunny, Major Lazer, and Ozuna will headline.
Rolling Loud Portugal
The traveling festival is journeying to Portimão, Portugal with music's biggest names in tow. The star-studded lineup includes Cardi B, Future, City Girls, Rico Nasty, and a ton more.