The 2016 Festival Round-Up + Hair Inspo

April 4, 2016 3:48 pm

Vanessa Hudgens has butt-length hair extensions now, so it’s safe to say Festival Season is officially upon us.

It might seem like every millennial with an Instagram account is blowing bubbles at Coachella each summer, but it’s not actually feasible for all of us to travel to California for a celebrity-studded music festival.

Believe it or not, there are other festivals happening this summer. And there’s something for everyone.

So here’s how this works: first, you pick the event that sounds cool to you. Then, you buy tickets.

Then, you commence Festival Hair planning.

Hair is a BFD at festivals. It might be the most important part. It definitely ranks higher than the music part. When you google “Coachella”, how many photos of the concerts do you find? None. You will just find seven thousand photos of Vanessa Hudgen’s hair.

You’ll have to adapt your style to the unique vibe that your festival of choice evokes. But don’t panic; we broke them all down for you and threw in some top-notch hair inspo to steal.

If you’re into…Corona and lime, slushy margaritas, an acceptable situation in which to wear cowboy boots and a bikini, potentially meeting the Frat boy of your dreams, channeling classic summer Last Day of School feels, eating trendy BBQ.

You should check out

Hangout Music Festival
May 20-22
Gulf Shores, AL
Headliners: The Weeknd, Alabama Shakes, Miike Snow, Fetty Wap, Alessia Cara

Bottlerock Napa Valley
May 27-29
Napa, CA
Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lenny Kravitz, Ziggy Marley, Grouplove, Misterwives

June 29-July 3, July 5-10
Milwaukee, WI Shores of Lake Michigan
Headliners: Luke Bryan, Sting, Tim McGraw, Alabama Shakes, Barenaked Ladies

Your beauty look should be…experimental highlights, classic braids, messy ponytails

If you’re into…Getting “turnt”, day-raving, glow paint, crowds, becoming BFFs with strangers in your vicinity, neon things

You should check out

Neon Desert Music Festival
May 28-30
El Paso, TX
Headliners: Tieso, Ludacris, Duke Dumont, STRFKR

FYF Fest
August 27-28
Exposition Park, LA
Headliners: Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, LCD Soundsystem

July 22-24
Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY
Headliners: Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, FKA Twigs, Schoolboy Q

Mary 14-15
Headliners: David Guetta, Afrojack, Zedd, DJ Snake, Kaskade

June 16-19
Dover, DE
Headliners: Kings of Leon, DEADMAU5, Disclosure, Blink-182, St. Lucia

Your beauty look should be…colorful, potentially incorporating 90’s hair accessories such as scrunchies or plastic barrettes, excessively glittery. The classic film Josie and The Pussycats is a good place to begin gathering inspiration.

If you’re into…the actual music instead of the scene, discovering new artists, “grunge-chic”.

You should check out

Bunbury Music Festival
June 3-5
Cincinnati, OH
Headliners: The Killers, Florence + The Machine, Haim, The Neighbourhood

Lockn’ Music Festival
August 25-28
Arrington, VA
Phish, My Morning Jacket, White Denim

Eaux Claires
Augst 12-13
Eau Claire, WI
Bon Iver, Deafheaven, Andrew Fitzpatrick

Beale Street Music Festival
April 29 – May 1
Headliners: Beck, Paul Simon, Weezer, Train, Modest Mouse, Jason DeRulo

Mo Pop Festival
July 23-24
West Riverfront Park
Headliners: Haim, G-Eazy, Glass Animals, Panama Wedding

Shaky Knees Music Festival
May 13-15
Atlanta, GA
Headliners: Deftones, Walk the Moon, The Decemberists, Young the Giant, Bloc Party

Your beauty look should be…faux dreads, boxer braids, grey hair, experimental bandanas.

If you’re into…flower crowns, moon bounces, celebrity spotting, fringe, Vanessa Hudgens

April 15-17 and April 22-24
Indio, CA
Headliners: Calvin Harris, Chainsmokers, Sia, Ellie Goulding, A$AP

July 28-31
Grant Park, Chicago
Headliners: Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Two Door Cinema Club, Lana Del Ray

Pitchfork Music Festival
July 15-17
Union Park, Chicago
Headliners: Miguel, FKA Twigs, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sufjan Stevens

June 9-12
Manchester, TN
Headliners: Pearl Jam, Miguel, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Third Eye Blind

Governor’s Ball
June 3-5
Randall’s Island Park, NY
Headliners: Kanye West, The Killers, Robyn, Mac Miller, Purity Ring

Your beauty look should be…as outrageous as you can make it. Feathers should probably be incorporated, your hair should be as braided as possible, any kind of elaborate hair art is encouraged.

If you’re into…The non-committal crowd-pleasing festival

Sweet life Festival
May 14
Merriweather Post Pavilion, Maryland
Headliners: The 1975, Halsey, Eagles of Death Metal, Blondie, Flume

Roots Picnic
Festival Pier, Philadelphia
June 4
Headliners: Future, DMX, Usher, Lil Dicky, Willow Smith

Your beauty look should be…low-key. Try a braided ponytail or a messy updo with some textural interest.

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