The Ultimate Guide to 2014's Summer Festivals

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Breathe a sigh of relief – summer is only a few days away. While some people prefer celebrating the season of freedom on quiet vacations, others believe that the best escapes happen while surrounded by 20,000 of their closest friends. If you fall into the latter category, we've got you covered. The Uncommon Thread has your ultimate guide to the 2014 festival scene, whether you like hip hop, country, or rock and roll. And for those procrastinators with packing anxiety, we've even included a dress guide to make sure you shine at each. Grab some sunscreen, a map and a few of your friends, then make this a summer that you’ll never remember forget.  

FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL | Dover, DE | June 19-22

  The Firefly Music Festival is a premier music experience surrounding this year’s summer’s solstice, and is an absolute “must” for music fans on the East Coast. Popular headliners, including Outkast, Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, The Lumineers and Weezer, join the industry’s up and coming artists in a 4-day, 7-stage festival nestled along a lush wooden landscape.   Firefly brings its own spin to the festival scene by making “glamping” packages available (complete with priority shower passes and charging stations), allowing the less outdoorsy folks to make it through the weekend in one piece. The event’s personal touches don’t stop there—they boast one tent loaded up with free arcade games, another for designing a custom pair of TOMS, and the Hammock Hangout, where visitors can lounge out in the trees and take in the good life.   If all this “roughing it” wears you out, Firefly partnered with Dogfish Head Brewery to provide The Brewery, an onsite beer bar. The bar serves Firefly Ale, a microbrew Dogfish Head Pale Ale made specifically for the festival in its first year by the brewery. Firefly also sets up The Vineyard, an onsite wine bar.   what to wear to firefly muscic festival For the Firefly Festival, we recommend pairing Cult of Individuality's Tantra Short in Diablo with a light crochet top. Brighten up the look by pulling some color from the short into your accessories-- we love this Hipanema Hippie Statement Cuff  

THE HUDSON PROJECT | Saugerties, NY | July 11 - 13

  The Hudson Project celebrates today’s music and arts in a three-day event featuring the talents of Kendrick Lamar, Atmosphere, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips and more. This festival automatically earns cool points for its four stages, interactive art installations, carnival rides, and legendary location at the home of Woodstock ’94.   Sufferers of carnie food phobia can chow down in confidence, as New York’s favorite food trucks, restaurants, and breweries create a culinary experience you won’t find at most festivals.  Whatever your flavor, visitors will find no shortage of things to do!   what to wear to the hudson project music festival Dressing for The Hudson Project should be kept simple and carefree. The Rockabilly Short in Acid is a perfect match for this cropped top from Victoria's Secret  

LOLLAPALOOZA | Chicago, IL | August 1-3

  Rock and roll lovers won’t want to miss Lollapalooza 2014, a three-day cultural experience that takes place over 115 acres between Downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan. As one of the nation’s top musical events, the festival has earned its status as household name. Lollapalooza was founded by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and has played a significant role in today’s music scape. Kurt Cobain died the week of Lollapalooza 1994, the year his band Nirvana was supposed to headline. A line-up snub against Ozzy Osborne resulted in the creation of Ozzfest. Poor sales have caused a less-than-perfect attendance record on America’s festival calendar until 2005.   Nine years later, ticket sales are the least of this sold-out event’s worries. The festival’s gotten to be a pretty big huge, but they always features an impressive and eclectic array of bands. World-renowned artists like Eminen, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Lorde, Foster the People, Zedd and Iggy Azalea are set to mob the stage this year. Attendees that work up an appetite in the mosh pits can refuel at Chow Town (featuring 30+ vendors serving unique fare all day long) or the Farmers Market (offering selections for fans with dietary considerations). Good looking out, Lolla!   what to wear to lollapalooza Keep things rock and roll for Lollapalooza! The fun festival vibe on the Tantra Short in Cosmos  

OUTSIDE LANDS | San Francisco, CA | August 8-10

As a haven for artists and free spirits, San Francisco is no stranger to the music scene. The city has a heritage of celebrating expression, progression, and talent, all of which are reflected in the city’s annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. Well-known headliners are celebrated alongside a host of local musicians, vendors and visual artists representing San Francisco's vibrant cultural community.   The three-day music and arts festival will host dozens of artists, including Kanye West, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Killers, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Atmosphere and Tiësto, in the cultural playground of Golden Gate Park. Outside Lands is rapidly becoming one of California’s top destinations for live music, food and wine fans. Taste of the Bay Area features 69 restaurants and food trucks, and can be found across the festival’s three fields.     what to wear to lollapalooza Embrace the light feeling of the event with some distressed shorts. like these Rockabillies in Cosmos  

GULF COAST JAM | Panama City Beach, FL | August 29-31

  What better place to celebrate summer than Panama City, Florida? If country music is up your alley, then Gulf Coast Jam is absolutely worth the trip. Visitors spend three days under the Florida sun boot scoot boogying with big country names like Carrie Underwood, Randy Houser, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Blake Shelton and Cassadee Pope.   By day, country fans celebrate summer by singing along to their favorite hits with waves crashing on the shore and sand under their toes. Come sunset, attendees can cool off and shuttle to the Frank Brown Park to jam out at the headline stage by night. When they've reached their fun limit for one day, festival-goers catch some Zzz’s in a beachfront condo or hotel, wake up to the sound of crashing waves, and do it all over again.   what to wear to gulf coast jam What country concert would be complete without some American flair? We love the look of this patriotic tank paired with our Tantra Short in Aloha

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