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Riot Fest Best, and Cheapest Music Festival Ticket

May 13, 2015 by Amy

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Riot Fest, voted Best Music Festival, is one of the most affordable events to attend this summer.

The results of a recent USA TODAY/10Best poll were unveiled on May 11, and after four weeks of fan voting, it revealed that the Chicago edition of Riot Fest won the title of Best Music Festival, beating out Electric Forest Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Shaky Knees Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Wakarusa Music Festival, and Sasquatch!

The initial list included 20 nominees as compiled by Alex Young, Vito Valentinetti, and Chip Conley, who comprised the expert panel. From there, fans were tasked with selecting their favorites to produce a final top 10 list of the Best Music Festivals in the U.S. Other music festivals initially in the running were Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Governors Ball, Outside Lands, South by Southwest, Pitchfork Music Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, and FYF Fest.

In light of the intriguing results, Vivid Seats took a look at its own top 10 for 2015 based on the average price of tickets sold. Only one event, Electric Forest Festival, appeared on both lists, with complete results represented in the table below.

Best Music Festivals
Rank USA TODAY Poll (by popular vote) Vivid Seats (by average ticket price)
1 Riot Fest Chicago Coachella
2 Electric Forest Festival Electric Forest Festival
3 New Orleans Jazz Festival CMA Music Festival
4 Shaky Knees Music Festival OVO Fest
5 Firefly Music Festival Outside Lands 
6 Newport Folk Festival Ultra Music Festival
7 Bonnaroo Stagecoach
8 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Watershed Festival
9 Wakarusa Music Festival Lollapalooza
10 Sasquatch! Florida Country Superfest


Interestingly enough, the country's best music festival also happens to be one of the most affordable, as Riot Fest Chicago registered a median price of $182 (as of May 12), the lowest of all upcoming music festivals spotlighted in the above lists. In addition to Riot Fest, plenty more music festivals are still to come in 2015, so click on your choice event in the table below to view tickets currently available in the marketplace. You also can find complete artist information inside Vivid Seats' Guide to Music Festivals 2015.

Upcoming Best Music Festivals 2015
Rank Name Date Get-In Price Median Price
1 OVO Fest (2-Day Pass) Aug. 3-4 $262 $527
2 Electric Forest Festival (4-Day Pass) June 25-28 $480 $505
3 Outside Lands (3-Day Pass) Aug. 7-9 $407 $500
4 CMA Music Festival (4-Day Pass) June 11-14 $214 $465
5 Watershed Festival (3-Day Pass) July 31-Aug. 2 $385 $460
6 Lollapalooza (3-Day Pass) July 31-Aug. 2 $333 $409
7 Firefly Music Festival (4-Day Pass) June 18-21 $258 $405
8 Bonnaroo (4-Day Pass) June 11-14 $274 $395
9 Sasquatch! (4-Day Pass) May 22-25 $227 $325
10 Newport Folk Festival (3-Day Pass) July 24-26 $274 $315
11 Florida Country Superfest (2-Day Pass) June 13-14 $134 $288
12 Riot Fest Chicago (3-Day Pass) Sept. 11-13 $129 $182


**All single-day listings excluded. Prices as of May 12.

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