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I read an article recently listing more affordable festivals across America and three of them were listed in the South...

Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores, Alabama

As much as we absolutely love the huge powerhouse festivals like Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee, tickets do sell out fast. searched all music genres from coast to coast across the States to uncover the coolest of cool, off-the-beaten-path annual festivals and three of them were in the South.

Hangout Festival, Gulf Shores, Alabama

15th-17th May

A beach of a music festival where shoes are totally optional and a swimsuit is a must. This year’s lineup includes Foo Fighters, Sam Smith & Beck… the list goes on and on. Plus, you really can’t go wrong with a festival that’s practically in the water. How cool is that? Tickets start at $249, more information at

Beale Street Music Festival, Memphis, Tennessee

1st-3rd May

Music and Memphis go hand in hand. This festival (now in its 39th year) is held at the foot of historic Beale Street with the mighty Mississippi River as your backdrop with Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran and John Fogerty at this years lineup. Three days, multiple stages and eclectic mix of music… what’s not to love? Tickets are $95, more information at

New Orleans Jazz + Heritage Festival, Louisiana

24th April-3rd May

Get jazzed for this festival. The epitome of New Orleans life, JazzFest (as the locals call it) is a must-see at least once in your festival-hopping life. And don’t worry, there’s more than just jazz with Elton John, Pitbull, John Legend and The Who scheduled to perform this year. Who’s coming with us? Tickets are $70, more information at

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