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New York’s top 5 ‘All American’ music festivals this Summer

Thinking of hitting a music festival abroad this summer? Then look no further than New York state’s amazing line-up of the biggest and best music festivals. Discover the hidden gems in a music scene beyond Manhattan’s hot and humid city walls. Follow the hipsters in-the-know and head upstate to sample some authentic American festival life… Taste of Country Festival The Taste of Country Festival (13th–15th June 2013) is situated in the green and pristine Hunter Mountain area and only a 2 hour drive from bustling Manhattan. Expect big name country acts such as Willie Nelson to appear against the stunning backdrop of the Catskills Mountains – think high peaks, waterfalls, and cowboy hats aplenty. Syracuse Jazz Festival Jazz Lovers will adore the Syracuse Jazz Festival (4th-6th July 2013).  Multi-award winning, it’s the largest free jazz festival in the north-east of America, and only a 5 hour road trip from JFK airport. Offering a huge variety of artists over three days, its big draw headliners are Kenny G & Donovan. Combine it with a stopover at the beautiful Oneida Lake just north of the town for a chilled out post-festie retreat. Syracuse Jazz Festival Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance (18th-21st July 2013) offers something rather different in the scenic Finger Lakes region. Originally starting out in life as a benefit to raise money for a local AIDS charity, it has grown so much it now showcases over 60 bands, playing over 4 stages. Expect diverse world music, arts, dancing, and a genuinely chilled-out quirky vibe. Discover something you have never seen or heard before – fancy dress optional! Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance International Celtic Festival Billed as one of the most exciting festivals in the world, the International Celtic Festival (17th-18th August 2013) features all of the best from the Emerald Isle crammed into one St Paddy’s style weekend. Situated in Hunter Mountain, a long time favourite music venue in Green County; expect world-class Irish and American bands and plenty of that famous Irish craic’. Moe.Down Festival Moe.Down Festival (9th-11th August 2013) is into its 14th year and it’s bigger than ever. Located at the picturesque Snow Ridge Ski Resort in upstate New York only 4 hours from the City, and hosted by the band Moe; it’s a bouncy mix of jam music and good old fashioned family fun typical of an all American ho-down.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. I’m always surprised by how many awesome music festivals are in the U.S. that I’ve never even heard of because of where I live. All of these sound awesome, especially Grassroots and Moe.down!

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