EAST COAST FESTIVALS TO CHECK OUT


It may be easy to fall into the media frenzy around the major music festivals, but sometimes the smaller events are worth checking out. If you have found yourself repeating the same festivals year after year, try out some of these smaller festivals.


Okeechobee

In the beautiful Sunshine Grove, Okeechobee, Florida, this smaller music festival goes beyond mainstage attraction. The festival offers many attractions like the Lost in Tea lounge, Jive Joint, Chobeewobee Village, and live art exhibits that create an out-of-this-world experience.


The Okeechobee website writes, “OMF goes beyond your average music festival, and our mantra is more than just words—it’s our way of life. Each year, this community comes together to live, laugh, listen, sing, dance, learn, create, meditate, downward-dog, eat & drink, explore, give back, and “Be Here Now.”


The music caters to a wide range of EDM fans. With a lineup stacked full of different EDM sub-genres, anyone can enjoy themselves at Okeechobee. Not to mention, this is one of the few festivals that the famous Bassnectar plays at each year.


Elements

In the forests of Lakewood, Pennsylvania, Elements is staged in the most natural setting. Elements provide an off-the-grid experience for attendees and allow them to be fully immersed in the element.


This festival puts a huge emphasis on the four elements: water, earth, fire, and air. Each of these elements also has its stages, and they all represent different types of EDM. The water stage includes sounds of disco, funk, and reggae; while the fire stage plays dirty bass, and other high-energy tunes. The earth stage performances cater to the bass, psychedelic, jam bands, and experimental fans. Last but not least, the air stage includes techno, house, afrobeat, and ambient music.


Elements also provide different art, health, and wellness exhibits for their attendees.

Moonrise

On the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, Moonrise elevates attendees to outer space with their stellar production. Even though Moonrise started small, the festival has seen exponential growth in the last 4 years.


The festival includes four stages: Stellar, Lunar, Solar Tent, and Celestial Garden. Electronic music and hip-hop can be found at the Stellar and Lunar stages; while the Solar Tent is solely bass music, and Celestial Garden is house and techno performances.

In the past, Moonrise has booked headliners like Kaskade, Tiesto, Excision, Marshmello, Migos, Flux Pavilion, Illenium, and many more.