The Best US Hip Hop Festivals in Spring 2020

Don’t wait until summer to hear your favorite hip hop and rap artists. Here are some top festivals you can start packing your bags and beers for already.

Hip hop is one of music’s greatest gifts and has been blowing our minds through lyrical expression, artistry and cultural influences since it first emerged from the Bronx scene in the 1970s. Today it’s one of the most prevailing music genres in existence, and although summer may be quite far off – you don’t need to wait long for the chance to hear your favorite artists and rap ensembles heating up the stages this spring.

We thought we’d help out a bit and narrow down 10 of the best hip hop festivals coming up over the next few months, of which are renowned for providing crowds with exciting and diverse lineups in hip hop, rap, grime, EDM and similar genres.

South by Southwest (SXSW) // March 13-22 // Austin, Texas

The famous Atlantic brewery SweetWater is the founder of this annual Earth Day celebration. It takes place at the Centennial Olympic Park in Georgia and is spread across 3 days. It’s also another festival highly encouraged by the unique flavors of hip hop music, as well as rock, indie, blues, jazz and alternative styles. If you’re someone who is passionate about raising awareness of the environment, and wants to hear fantastic live acts and bands complete with great-tasting beer – SweetWater 420 certainly kicks off the spring action nicely.  

III Points // May 1-2 // Miami, Florida

The famous Atlantic brewery SweetWater is the founder of this annual Earth Day celebration. It takes place at the Centennial Olympic Park in Georgia and is spread across 3 days. It’s also another festival highly encouraged by the unique flavors of hip hop music, as well as rock, indie, blues, jazz and alternative styles. If you’re someone who is passionate about raising awareness of the environment, and wants to hear fantastic live acts and bands complete with great-tasting beer – SweetWater 420 certainly kicks off the spring action nicely.  

III Points // May 1-2 // Miami, Florida

Set in the heart of Miami, Florida the III Points Festival is a festival that swears by “shelving the bullshit and focusing on the experience at hand” – and that’s exactly what you’re gonna get if you go. It’s into its 6th year running and sports a diverse roster of A-grade talent from all various states. Last year saw big boys like A$AP Rocky, SZA and Tyler the Creator grace the stages, in between infusions of hip hop acts, rap, rnb, rock, indie, alternative and modern electronic. The festival is also centered on light shows and visual art installations, adding a real magic touch to the performances.

Soundset 2020 // May 3 // St. Paul, Minnesota

Soundset has been a bucket list hangout for hip hop lovers and hard rap fans across over a decade. Last years’ event saw a fine blend of both fresh blood and highly-acclaimed artists like DMX, Lil Wayne, G-Eazy, Run the Jewels and Tech N9ne; each delivering their own dose of beat and lyrical fire across 5 stages. There are plenty of creative workshops that take place at the festival, including skateboarding and dance comps, graffiti, and a great selection of food and drinks available to keep your energy up for the full 24 hours. Watch this space for more info and for the 2020’s lineup announcement!

Rolling Loud Miami // May 8-10 // Miami, Florida

Rolling Loud is inarguably one of the most prestigious hip hop events in the world, and brings to it more than 140 artists to the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami every year. Last year saw appearances from acts like Travis Scott, Young Thug, Lil B, Post Malone, Kendrick Lamar and lots more, however, last year was a bit of an unfortunate disaster for Rolling Loud when they experienced a gun scare, crowd fights, and poor organization for getting in and out of the festival. Hopefully they’ll have prepared better this time around because nevertheless, it truly is an awesome 2-day party with great music, and one where you’re bound to have tons of fun.

Last Leg

 While we might be recovering from Christmas bankruptcy and shaking off the cold for the next few months, now is a great time to order those earplugs, rain boots and a non-puke-covered pop up tent to see you through the festival season. With so many awesome options well worthy of your paycheck this spring, it can be tough deciding where you’re likely to hear the best artists, sound systems, and make the most memories – but you can safely visit any of the above with the guarantee that you’re gonna spend the next few days having a ball. We’ll hopefully see you at some ourselves!

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