With the arrival of warmer weather and summer break also comes the arrival of festival season. Throughout the summer months, festivals and concerts fill the city with music and people from all over. From Central Park Summer Stage to EDC and Governor’s Ball Music Festival, the city comes alive through music in the summer.
This month we have already seen acts such as Janelle Monáe (who performed for free at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park on June 4) and Governor’s Ball Music Festival (June 6-8 on Randall’s Island). This year the line up included a variety of acts such as Outkast, Disclosure, J Cole, Tyler the Creator, La Roux, Phoenix, and Damien Marley. American Rock band the Neighborhood, kicked off Central Park’s summer stage concert series, which will run through the end of September. Additionally, local hip-hop and R&B radio station Hot 97 held their annual Summer Jam concert at Citi field on June 8.The line up featured a mix of hip-hop, rap, and soca/reggae artist such as Bunji Garlin, and also brought the return of 50 Cent and Lil’ Wayne.
For students who may not have ample funds to put towards concerts, many popular bands are preforming on the Today Show and Good Morning America for free this summer. Upcoming performances include Usher, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Hunter Hayes, Jason Derulo, Zedd and many more. These concerts are free to attend and require some “camping out”—but they can be a great way of seeing your favorite artist and making memories with friends.