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3 NYC Music Festivals You Won’t Want To Miss

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Are you a passionate music festival fan who’s always on the lookout for the next heart-stopping show?

There’s a certain thrill that comes with booking tickets, getting to the venue and finding the perfect spot by the stage where you will be right in the heart of the action. Rousing performances from great bands, relaxing on a blanket in the grass, dancing for hours with your friends and cheering until you lose your voice – what could be a better way to spend the weekend?

Here are three of the best music festivals this year in New York City that you can start getting excited about:

1) Electric Zoo

Move to the beat of electronic DJs and live acts from all over the world at this massive festival. Electric Zoo is an epic event that takes place over Labor Day weekend on Randall’s Island in New York City. You can check it out September 4-6, 2015, but make sure that you get your tickets early because this event will sell out fast.

The line-up is packed with some of the hottest artists in all genres of electronic dance music including big names such as David Guetta, Hardwell, Skrillex and Dimitri Vegas. It’s a chaotic wonderland of neon lights, confetti showers, face paint and bright pink furry leg-warmers –so head there and lose yourself in the beat.

2) Afro Punk

AfroPunk Festival will take place from August 22-23, 2015 at Commodore Barry Park. This musical event celebrates diversity and was called the “most multicultural festival in the USA” by the New York Times.

Along with the eclectic collection of music you will also find 26 of NYC’s most amazing food trucks, a skate park and a bike show. The stage is always filled with innovative acts and previous performers have included Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Ninjasonik, Big Freedia and Saul Williams. Come hang out and get your groove on in a diverse, accepting and chilled-out environment.

3) Governor’s Ball

If you love a wide range of music, you will find a sonic smorgasbord at The Governors Ball – this music festival covers multiple genres from rock to pop to folk to hip-hop to electronic to indie. You’re sure to find a band or a DJ that you love, as well as fun activities such as ping pong, photo booths and a silent disco.

This event has a fantastic reputation, due to excellent organization and high profile artists. The 2015 show will take place on June 5-7 and the main headliners will include My Morning Jacket, Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, Drake and the Black Keys.

These are just three examples of amazing music festivals you can look forward to this year in New York City. Make sure that you mark them on your calendar, buy your tickets as early as possible and then get ready to rock out.

Have a question about music in NYC?
If you’re traveling to New York City soon, and you have a question about where to see the best shows in town, leave us a comment below. The staff from the Paper Factory Hotel will do their best to give you the information you need.


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