SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST MUSIC FESTIVAL
March 12 — 17, Austin, Texas (sxsw.com (opens in new tab))
Expected number of attendees: 20,000.
Perennial favorite artist: Kanye West.
Ubiquitous outfit: Vintage dresses, crocheted shorts, Justin roper boots.
Trend to avoid: Never go full cowgirl.
Typical meal: Tacos and BBQ.
Hookup potential: Low. It's hard to meet someone when everyone is glued to their iPhones tweeting.
Overheard in the Porta-Potty line: "You haven't heard of the band? They're gonna be huge."
Instagram-able moment: Surprise appearances at the Fader Fort.
Must-follow Twitter: @Austinist.
ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL
March 15 — 17 and March 22 — 24, Miami (ultramusicfestival.com (opens in new tab))
Expected number of attendees: 300,000.
Perennial favorite artist: Annie Mac.
Ubiquitous outfit: Neon, bikinis, neon bikinis, nightclub-branded sunglasses, Venessa Arizaga friendship bracelets.
Trend to avoid: Tutus.
Typical meal: Skittles and $5 water.
Hookup potential: Very high — lots of scantily clad dancing in close quarters.
Overheard in the Porta-Potty line: "Wait — is that girl naked? Oh, she's just wearing pasties."
Instagram-able moment: Swedish House Mafia's last ever performance. Expect insane pyrotechnics.
Must-follow Twitter: @Standardmiami.
April 12 — 14 and April 19 — 21, Indio, California (coachella.com (opens in new tab))
Expected number of attendees: 480,000.
Perennial favorite artist: Radiohead.
Ubiquitous outfit: Dresses from nastygal.com, Cult Gaia flower crowns.
Trend to avoid: Headdresses. Just, no.
Typical meal: Korean BBQ and a watermelon slice.
Hookup potential: High — seemingly everyone is attractive and shirtless.
Overheard in the Porta-Potty line: "You need to get to the main stage four hours early to get a good spot."
Instagram-able moment: The Ferris wheel at sunset.
Must-follow Twitter: @Harleyvnewton.
June 7 — 9, Randall's Island, New York (governorsballmusicfestival.com (opens in new tab))
Expected number of attendees: 63,000.
Perennial favorite artist: Santigold.
Ubiquitous outfit: Designer cross-body bags, Westward Leaning sunglasses.
Trend to avoid: Black.
Typical meal: A Luke's lobster roll.
Hookup potential: High — if you meet someone from the same borough.
Overheard in the Porta-Potty line: "My friend's friend is going to get us backstage."
Instagram-able moment: The New York City skyline on the ferry ride over.
Must-follow Twitter: @BFA_NYC.
June 13 — 16, Manchester, Tennessee (bonnaroo.com (opens in new tab))
Expected number of attendees: 80,000.
Perennial favorite artist: Phish.
Ubiquitous outfit: Tie-dye, sunscreen, wellies.
Trend to avoid: Feathers.
Typical meal: Organic and vegan street food.
Hookup potential: Depends. Do you mind that your possible mate hasn't showered in 72 hours — in the 95-degree heat?
Overheard in the Porta-Potty line: "Things got really weird after we went back to his tent."
Instagram-able moment: The giant waterslide at Splash-A-Roo.
Must-follow Twitter: @Bonnaroo.
August 2 — 4, Chicago (lollapalooza.com (opens in new tab))
Expected number of attendees: 250,000.
Perennial favorite artist: Florence and the Machine.
Ubiquitous outfit: Denim cutoffs, trendy hats, cool sneakers (the main stages are a mile apart).
Trend to avoid: Leaving your wristband on for a week after the festival. We get it — you went to Lolla.
Typical meal: A Chicago dog from Chubby Wieners.
Hookup potential: Low — the shows end at 10 p.m., not leaving much time for romance to blossom.
Overheard in the Porta-Potty line: "I think I know that guy. Was he a Sigma Chi?"
Instagram-able moment: Buckingham Fountain in the a.m.
Must-follow Twitter: @MTVstyle.
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