As the school year comes to a close, many UW-Whitewater students are planning to spend the beautiful days of summer at concerts and music festivals.
Summerfest is a common destination for those who live around the Milwaukee area. This year will be the 45th year of the largest music festival in the world.
In total, the festival lasts 11 days, with appearances from more than 700 bands and spectacles such as 40 diverse food and beverage vendors.
Summerfest will run from June 27-July 1 and July 3-8.
The scheduled performance by Hollywood Undead on July 7 seems to be very appealing among a few UW-Whitewater students.
Sophomore Kyle Grossmeyer said he is planning to see the band this summer.
“I would also like to see Sublime,” Grossmeyer said.
Sophomore Adam Sheridan agreed with Grossmeyer and said he also hopes to see Hollywood Undead as well as Skillet.
Other headliners to hit the ground stages of Summerfest’s include Hanson, Ziggy Marley, Kellie Pickler, Motion City Soundtrack, The Roots, Death Cab for Cutie, Rodney Atkins and many more.
Artists to perform on the Marcus Amphitheatre include Aerosmith with Cheaptrick, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum with Darius Rucker, Zac Brown Band, Umtiesto, The Beach Boys and Big Time Rush.
Another attractive destination for summer music goers is Country Thunder, the country music festival in Twin Lakes, Wis. This year the festival will span three days from July 19-22.
Acts to comprise Country Thunder include Big & Rich, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean.
Freshman Matthew Bianchi said he plans to see Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean twice this summer, once back in Connecticut, where he is from, and another time at Country Thunder.
A festival that has made its way into tradition for students is the Warped Tour.
“At this point, I just go because I’ve been going for so long,” junior Janelle Hineman said about the Warped Tour.
The Warped Tour is a festival that travels all over the US, Canada and England. The tour will start on June 16 and end on August 5.
Headlining artists include Rise Against, Breathe Carolina, All Time Low, Yellowcard, Taking Back Sunday and We The Kings.
This year, the tour will bring artists to the Marcus Amphitheatre in Milwaukee on August 1.
Alpine Valley in East Troy is also a venue full of musical festivities.
This summer Dave Matthews, Phish and KISS will appear at Alpine.
Freshman Sarah Reed said she is going to see Phish perform at the end of June.
“My sister bought me the tickets,” Reed said.
Country USA in Oshkosh, Wis., Rock Fest in Cadott, Wis., Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, Ill., and the Green Music Festival in Chicago are among the other festivals students might consider attending.
For more information about any of the mentioned festivals’ tours and lineups, visit their official websites.