Sometimes, you just need to get away. That’s especially true if you live in Austin during spring break, and everybody else’s idea of a getaway is to flock to the already-congested city you call home. But don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to get your music fix outside city limits. Check out this list of Spring Festivals by the ORANGE Music staff and hit the road with a friend, a 12-pack and a killer Spotify playlist.
Jenna — Edge Fest, Dallas, April 25
iHeart Radio’s Edge Fest in Dallas is the perfect way to spend a day or weekend trip out of Austin and experience some great live music. It features a stellar lineup from artists like Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Awolnation, Hozier and others. Hosted at the Toyota Stadium, tickets start at $10 for bowl seating or $70 for general admission. Mark your calendars and pile your friends in the car for this dreamy indie lineup.
Purchase tickets here: http://www.kdge.com/onair/edgefest-53754/
Ashika — Austin Psych Fest, May 8-10
Since 2008, Psych Fest has brought psychedelic, experimental and garage bands from near and far to Central Texas. This all-ages festival has floated from location to location around Austin, finally landing on Carson Creek Ranch, close to Austin-Bergstrom Airport. Attendees have the option to purchase a weekend pass or day passes, as well as a pass to camp onsite. Although niche in music genre, this three-day event is guaranteed to bring in the full spectrum of Austinites and foreigners alike, all strolling barefoot to festival grounds for one specific reason: the lineup. This year, The Flaming Lips, Mac Demarco and Tame Impala are all scheduled to perform under the warm Texas sun. Don’t hesitate to gather up a group of your chillest friends, a tent, a vat of sunscreen and head over to the most relaxed festival in Central Texas.
Purchase tickets here: https://austinpsychfest.frontgatetickets.com/?_ga=1.119893128.1042491548.1424282465
Tess — Never Say Never Fest, Mission, March 20-21
While the bands on this particular lineup aren’t exactly my type, as an Rio Grande Valley native I can’t help but feel a sense of pride when I see bigger names in the music industry traveling to South Texas. NSN first began just seven years ago and is hosted by DontGetEmo Concerts. What started with 30 bands on two stages has grown into a festival with almost 50 bands with artists like Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Maine and Mayday Parade. NSN Fest is now the largest all-ages music festival in South Texas and has a way with booking artists right before they blow up — I remember catching Macklemore front row just months before he released “Thrift Shop,” and Skrillex almost immediately before he entered the national spotlight. If you have $55 to spare and are looking to slip out of the city’s SXSW insanity, you might want to head to South Texas.
Purchase tickets here: http://www.nsnfestival.com/
Bryan — South By So What?! QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, March 20-22
Looking at this lineup, it’s tempting to default to childish jabs about eighth grade — when going to Hot Topic on Friday night and leaning against a lot of things was all the rage. But in all seriousness, South By So What?! is badass. It appeals to the hardcore-dancing teenybopper as much as the aging pop-punk fan looking to go on a maaaajor nostalgia trip. Headliners include sugary pop-rockers like The Maine and Mayday Parade that give way to premiere douche-core acts like Attila and Emmure. The weekend ends with an Atreyu reunion that I guess somebody wanted. Single day passes are available if you can’t bear the tween scene for the whole weekend. Download all your guilty pleasure songs from the last 10 years, throw on your cut-off shorts and have one hell of a road trip.
Purchase tickets here: http://www.southbysowhat.com/
Ellie — Fiesta Oyster Bake, San Antonio, April 17-18
After standing five feet away from my favorite band, 10 Years, and catching drummer Kyle Mayer’s drumstick at Oyster Bake 2014, I can’t help but think of what’s to come for Oyster Bake 2015. Beginning in 1916 at St. Mary’s University, Oyster Bake’s soul purpose is to raise money for student scholarships as well as university and alumni programs. But who’s to say you can’t raise money while eating chicken-on-a-stick, drinking oyster shots and catching artists such as Chevelle, Love and Theft, Kevin Fowler and Hot Chelle Rae? Although the 2015 lineup hasn’t been released, I can only imagine Oyster Bake 2015 will blow my expectations once again. If your iPod consists of rock, country or pop, Oyster Bake may be your type of fiesta getaway.
Purchase tickets here: http://www.oysterbake.com/info/tickets.html