Spring is rapidly approaching and after weeks of study you’re ready to let your hair down and party! And you’re spoilt for choice with the range of great musical, artistic and technological festivals in the US – grab your hat, your jacket or one of many Morph Costumes, and take your pick from these great events
If you can’t have fun at SXSW in Austin, Texas, then there may be something wrong. In the evenings there’s the little matter of 2,200 regional, national and international musical acts including Marina and the Diamonds and Bleachers, a project of Fun.’s Jack Antonoff. These will be participating in the SXSW Music Festival across 100 stages, now in its 29th year.
Jimmy Kimmel Live returns for a week (March 16-20) with his blend of comedy, live music and chat. And beer permitting you’ll actually gain insight into a wide range of topics in the superb interactive conference events, from technology to start-ups and social entrepreneurship to 3d bioprinting. For sports fans the SXsports program features basketball great Charles Barclay, UFC’s Dana White and Ronda Rousey, and many more.
Every week there’s a festival in New Orleans. Arrive in mid-March and you can party with the Irish for St Patrick’s Day, arrive later and you’ve got the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. The Mercedes Benz Superdome will host the New Orleans international beer festival and 150 local and international brews on March 21.
But we’ve chosen the BUKU Music and Art Project running from March 13-14. Now in its fourth year the initial line-up features Bassnectar, Passion pit and Empire of the Sun, although expect more heavyweight names to sign up in the next month or so – previous years have featured Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding and Skrillex.
The attraction of this west coast electronic dance concert is not really curiouser and curiouser, when you consider the extravagant and lurid outfits, mind-blowing stages such as the Queen’s Domain and Mad Hatter’s Castle, and special effects, and previous musical line-ups. These have included Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, and Calvin Harris.
As an added social bonus a dollar of your entry to this two-day (three-night) festival at the San Manuel Amphitheatre in California, on March 20-21, will go to charity.
Jazz in the Gardens
March 21-22 is a busy weekend! 2015 sees the tenth incarnation of this event at Miami Gardens in Florida, which attracted 68,000 guests last year from across the US.
The event will be compered by celebrity comedian and author DL Hughley, and boasts a star line-up including R Kelly, Toni Braxton, Brian Culbertson and Men of Soul’s Jeffrey Osborne.
Treefort Music Festival
A Festival of Discovery in Boise, Idaho, from March 25-29, which gives a good chance to both local acts and music from across America. Not only does the event bring fantastic emerging film talent to the town in the form of Treefort Film Fest, but ‘Hackfort 2’ will hope to see technology experts, creative and coders join together to share their expertise.
Big Ears Festival
Downtown Knoxville in Tennessee hosts another relatively new festival from March 27-29. Starting in 2009, Big Ears is proud of its ability to combine a line-up of music stretching across genres, while also hosting film screenings, interactive workshops and much more.
Acts announced so far include Kronos Quartet: Artists-in-Residence, Laurie Anderson, and Terry Riley, but the full line-up will be revealed in the next few weeks.