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Top 5 Music Festivals You Should Definitely Attend

The 2014 music festival season has arrived with a bang. Unlike the past, music festivals are far more popular, with new ones surfacing every year with far more diversity and expansiveness than previous ones. Today, music enthusiasts are consuming live music quite eagerly and have developed a fondness for traveling to mega-festivals.

1. CBGB Festival (New York/October 7-12) The name of the CBGB Festival is instantly recognizable because it was once the name of a music club in Downtown Manhattan that was shut down in 2000. However, this nascent music festival that is held in Time Square, Manhattan every year keeps the CBGB name alive. With each passing year, the breadth and size of this musical festival keeps on growing. Last year, it was held under the cavernous skyline of Midtown. Check the schedule here.

2. Austin City Limits (Austin, TX/October 10-12) Last year’s highlights included The Cure, Depeche Mode, Lionel Richie, Muse, and others. Austin City Limits may not be regarded a musical festival as esteemed as Coachella and SXSW, but it is actually quite a special festival to attend for this very reason. For the past decade, ACL Fest has been selling out and with the end of the summer festival rush, the crowd will be more relaxed and the temperature milder. For more information click here.

3. CMJ Music Marathon (New York/October 21-25) Despite not being a headliner-heavy festival, CMJ is ideal for those looking for some of the finest new, raw musical talent in the US. There is a good reason that CMJ is referred to as a music marathon. This music festival lasts an entire week, which provides the opportunity to attend conferences related to the music industry and listen to a significant amount of music. Check the full lineup here.

4. Voodoo Music Experience (New Orleans/October 31 - November 2) Last year’s highlights included Nine Inch Nails, Paramore, Pearl Jam, ZZ Ward, and others. Summer festivals are something just about everyone is interested in, but the Voodoo Music Experience comes with a distinct, individual attitude that poses a challenge to other power summer festivals. Whether it is about enjoying music in the summer or overcoming the heat at a top-tier festival, Voodoo Music Experience is an excellent choice. This is their official website.

5. Fun Fun Fun Fest (Austin, TX, November 7-9) Last year’s highlights included Descendents, M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, and others. The Fun Fun Fun Fest is probably one of the best things about Austin. The Fun Fun Fun Fest should be proud of being a festival where independent and progressive music are highlighted. Even though it is not as popular as the Austin City Limits Festival or SXSW, the lineup featured is still quite impressive. For more information click here.

There are probably plenty more festivals in this year's circuit, whether it is weekends devoted to alternate, hip-hop or punk music, but the above music festivals are particularly worth attending.

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