Warm weather means that music festival season is here. RelayRides blogger Nicholas Pell shares some of his picks and how to get there
It’s almost summer time. That means BBQs on hot days. It means the crack of the bat and sliding into home plate. And, let’s not forget, it also means summer time music festivals. Here are five summer music festivals and the cars that can get you there in style.
Coachella, Indo, California
Distance from Los Angeles: A little over two hours
Distance from San Francisco: Seven and a half hours
Coachella has quickly become one of the nation’s biggest music festivals. Located in the desert to the east of Los Angeles, it boasts some of the top names in hip-hop, punk and indie rock. This year there’s a particularly impressive lineup, with hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan, Britpop innovators Blur, hometown heroes Social Distortion, Parisian quartet Phoenix and 80’s alt rock favorites Violent Femmes.
Still looking for a ride to the second weekend? Here is how to Get There From Los Angeles: You’re going to need space for all your things, but you also want to get to Coachella in environmentally friendly California cool. Why not roll up in Reed’s Ride–Prius? It gets 45 miles to the gallon and can fit two bikes, letting you bring your favorite two-wheeled mode of transportation with you to Coachella.
How to Get There from San Francisco: Moonglow Prius gets you there and back on little gas. Make sure you rent at least three days to cover the mileage needed to make the round trip.
Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
Distance from Nashville: About an hour
Bonnaroo’s lineup is as diverse as Coachella’s, but with more of an emphasis on Americana, classic rock and the quieter side of indie rock. Being that the festival is just an hour outside of Music City, this isn’t that much of a surprise. This year you can catch Sir Paul McCartney, Mumford and Sons, Cat Power, Billy Idol, ZZ Top, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Wilco, “Weird Al” Yankovic and a host of others.
How to Get There: Use the power of Jasper’s Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 to get you to Bonnaroo and back. It’s tough enough to keep you safe and comfortable enough to make the trip a dream.
Sasquatch!, Quincy, WA
Distance from Portland: Four and a half hours
Distance from Seattle: Two and a half hours
Sasquatch! Emphasizes, above all, all things indie. Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, it’s a perfect distance for Portlanders and Seattleites alike. This year’s lineup boasts psychedelic folkster Devendra Banhart, neo-shoegazers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Boston’s famed Celtic punk rockers Dropkick Murphys, local favorites The Postal Service and the legendary Elvis Costello, playing with the Imposters.
How to Get There from Portland: Jordan’s Toyota 4Runner has enough space for all your fear at the right price. With a 100 percent response time, Jordan is a model RelayRides renter.
How to Get There from Seattle: Lee’s Biodiesel Jetta gets 500 miles on a single tank and has comes with twice the normal miles that a RelayRides rental does.
Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL
Distance from Chicago: You’re there, but Chicago is big, so you better have a ride!
The name Pitchfork is synonymous with the cutting edge of music. This year, R. Kelly, Björk and Belle and Sebastian will be headlining. The lineup is smaller than most of the other festivals listed here, but does not lack for diversity, with post-hardcore noisemakers …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead sitting comfortably alongside the electronic sounds of M.I.A.
Getting Around Chicago: If you’re in Chicago, you should take in some of the city’s rich cultural history when you’re not enjoying Pitchfork. Take the opportunity to check out the Windy City in luxury with Jeffrey’s BMW Z4.
Made in America, Philadelphia, PA
Distance from New York City: Just under two hours
Distance from Boston: A little over five hours
Made in America is Jay-Z’s pet project. Last year, he got Run-DMC to reunite, so expect big things from Jayhova. It’s a great way to say goodbye to summer and perfect for people who hate sweltering outdoors during a festival. This year’s lineup is decidedly epic, with Los Angeles punk progenitors X, hip-hop’s hottest group Odd Future, grunge veterans Pearl Jam and EDM’s reigning champion, Skrillex.
Getting There from New York City: The event is curated by Jay-Z, so you’re going to want something with class. We recommend this BMW Z3 Roadster, Top Gear’s driver’s car of the year for 2000.
Getting There from Boston: There’s one clear choice from Boston: Baisong’s Ballin’ Buggy.