May 2016 Music Festival Ticket Buying Guide: Hangout Music Fest, Shaky Knees, BottleRock & More

The dust has barely settled from the jam-packed two-weekend Coachella festival last weekend, and organizers have already announced a brand new October festival, Desert Trip, which will feature The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Who, Roger Waters and Neil Young. Before this dream-team festival weekend commences, festival goers have countless of other weekends to look forward to, many of which will take place this month. From the beach-side bash at Hangout Fest to urban gatherings like Shaky Knees and Boston Calling, the month of May offers some of the summer’s best and most affordable festival experiences.

Shaky Knees | Atlanta, Georgia | May 13-15 | Face Value: $215 | Resale Get-in Ticket Price: $399

Shaky Knees Festival will launch for its third consecutive year on May 13-15 in Atlanta and boasts a lineup with acts like Florence + The Machine, My Morning Jacket, and Jane’s Addiction. 72 other rock-centric bands will take the stage including At The Drive-In, The 1975, Deftones, The Decemberists, Explosions in The Sky, and Walk the Moon. Face value tickets are priced at $215, while resale tickets for Shaky Knees can be purchased for $399.

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Boston Calling | Boston, Mass. | May 27-29 | Face Value Price: $185 | Resale Get-in Ticket Price: $125

This year’s Boston Calling Festival is among the smaller of May’s festival events, but there’s no question that the experience is one of the cheapest for attendees. The Boston-based festival will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29 at City Hall Plaza, and the lineup is nothing to scoff at. This year, attendees will experience artists like Sia, Disclosure, and Robyn, as well as Sufjan Stevens, HAIM, Janelle Monáe, Courtney Barnett, Vince Staples, and more. 3-day general admission passes for Boston Calling are going for just $185 and 3-day VIP passes start at $375. On the resale market, passes to Boston Calling can be purchased for just $125 -- a price point that is $60 cheaper than the face value rate.

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Hangout Music Fest | Gulf Shores, Alabama | May 20-22 | Face Value: $269 | Resale Get-in Ticket Price: $284

There’s no better way to kick off the summer than a trip to the beach, and Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama provides attendees with just that. This year’s festival will be held from May 20-22, and will feature acts like The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Florence + The Machine, Alabama Shakes, Ellie Goulding and more. The festival amps up its beach theme with a craft beer backyard, a malibu beach dance house, and more. Passes to Hangout Music Fest are currently priced at $269 on the primary market, and resale tickets start at $284.

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Sasquatch! Music Festival | Quincy, Washington | May 27-30 | Face Value: $350 | Resale Get-in Ticket Price: $465

Sasquatch! Music Festival will celebrate its 15th year this May 27-30, and lineup reflects the Washington-based event’s longevity and diverse fan base. The Sasquatch! roster will feature The Cure, Florence + the Machine, Major Lazer, and Disclosure, as well as dozens of other bands and artists. Comedians on the bill include Natasha Leggero, The Lucas Bros, Moshe Kasher and Lauren Lapkus. Passes for Sasquatch! are priced at $350 on the primary market, and resale tickets start at $465.

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BottleRock Napa Valley | Napa, California | May 27-29 | Face Value: $309 | Resale Get-in Ticket Price: $374

BottleRock Napa Valley will launch this year from May 27-29, and the three-year-old festival is making a name for itself as one of the best festivals for wine and beer lovers. Based it Napa Valley, the festival will feature artists like Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Grouplove, Florence + The Machine, Death Cab For Cutie, Walk The Moon, Ziggy Marley, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Lumineers. The weekend will feature food from the Napa's finest chefs and restaurateurs, as well as craft brews (Lagunitas, Anchor Brewing) and wines from top-rated area wineries. Face-value passes were priced at $309, yet have sold out entirely. Passes for BottleRock Napa Valley start at $374 on the resale market.

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