BE THERE: Previews The MUST-SEE Summer Festivals of 2013 (Part 1)

With the first week of May behind us, wants to make sure that some of this summer’s must-see festivals are on your radar.

Yes, you may have missed South By Southwest in March and Coachella in April, but beginning this weekend with New York’s Downtown Music Festival, it’s safe to say that you haven’t missed everything in 2013 yet.

In Part 1 of our “BE THERE” festival preview, we’ve chosen to highlight some of the largest and most diverse festivals happening all over the United States during May and June, which will include appearances from the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, The Roots, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, 2 Chainz, R. Kelly and many, many more!

Check out our preview of this summer’s must-see festivals below:

Downtown Music Festival:

Where: New York, NY

When: May 10 – 11

Who: Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock), Earl Sweatshirt, Mr. MFN Exquire, Kilo Kish, Antwon and More!

Tickets: $79 for 2-Day General Admission Pass; $150 for 2-Day VIP Pass; $45 for Single Day Ticket

Surf and Skate Festival:

Where: Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ)

When: May 18 – 19

Who: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, T. Mills, Hopsin, Chris Webby, Mod Sun, Driicky Graham, Jake Miller and More!

Tickets: $109.99 for Weekend Pass (Include Park Access); $69.99 for Single Day Ticket (Include Park Access)

Sasquatch! Festival:

Where: Gorge Amphitheater (George, WA)

When: May 24-27

Who: Killer Mike, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Earl Sweatshirt, Azealia Banks, El-P, Bauuer and More!

Tickets: $337.50 for 4-Day Festival Pass

Soundset Festival:

Where: Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN)

When: Saturday, May 26th

Who: Atmosphere, Snoop Lion, Mac Miller, Tech N9ne, Busta Rhymes, Brother Ali, Juicy J, Schoolboy Q, Aesop Rock, Joey Bada$$, Sean Price, A$AP Ferg and More!

Tickets: $46 for General Admission Ticket

The Roots Picnic:

Where: Penn’s Landing (Philadelphia, PA)

When: Saturday, June 1st

Who: The Roots, Naughty By Nature, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, DJ Premier, Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$, AraabMUZIK, Gary Clark Jr., Solange and More!

Tickets: $63 for General Admission Ticket

Hot 97’s Summer Jam XX:

Where: MetLife Stadium (Eat Rutherford, NJ)

When: Sunday, June 2nd

Who: Wu-Tang Clan, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Chris Brown, Fabolous, Joe Budden, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Miguel, Action Bronson, Wale and More!

Tickets: $60.25 – $271.55 for General Admission Ticket

The Governor’s Ball Festival:

Where: Randall’s Island (New York, NY)

When: June 7 – 9

Who: Kanye West, Nas, Erykah Badu and the Cannabinoids, Kendrick Lamar, Azealia Banks, Freddie Gibbs, The Knocks and More!

Tickets: $220 for 3-Day Pass; $470 for 3-Day VIP Pass; $95 for Single Day Ticket

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival:

Where: Manchester, TN

When: June 13 – 16

Who: Wu-Tang Clan, R. Kelly, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, A$AP Rocky, Earl Sweatshirt, Big K.R.I.T., Action Bronson, AraabMUZIK and More!

Tickets: $269.50 for 3-Day Pass; $1449.50 for 3-Day VIP Pass for 2$174.50 f0r Single Day Ticket

Firefly Music Festival:

Where: Dover International Speedway (Dover, MD)

When: June 21 – 23

Who: Kendrick Lamar, Public Enemy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Azealia Banks, Action Bronson and More!

Tickets: $258 for 3-Day Pass; $798 for 3-Day VIP Pass; Single Day Tickets Coming Soon

Power 106’s 2013 Powerhouse:

Where: Honda Center (Anaheim, CA)

When: Saturday, June 22nd

Who: Big Sean, Chris Brown, A$AP Rocky, Tyga, Trinidad James, Future and More!

Tickets: On sale soon!

Check back for Part 2 later this summer and be on the lookout for extensive coverage of the many shows listed above!

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