The sun is shining, the heat index is rising, and you're cramming way too much stuff in your car to head out to the weird mirage that is your fav summer fest. But don't fret if you couldn't make room for something to read as well: We've put together the 2018 FLOOD Festival Guide, filled with features, lists, and tips for dominating the festival scene this year, whether it be Lollapalooza, Pickathon, or Desert Daze (plus it'll fit perfectly inside your tiny backpack). Click here to read or download the Arcade Fire side, and here to read or download the St. Vincent side—or check it out in its entirety below.
The issue features in-depth stories on two headliners who'll be gracing stages at upcoming fests: We've got Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire chatting with Ben Jaffe, the artistic director of Preservation Hall in New Orleans, about jazz and their favorite city, plus St. Vincent discussing her collaboration with the artist Philippa Price, who designed the visuals for her current MASSEDUCTION tour (and made that hypnotic "Pills" video).
We’ve also got our picks for Don’t Miss live acts on the festival circuit—Lizzo, Superorganism, Jungle, Sofi Tukker, Sunflower Bean, and Buddy—plus an interview with Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, the artists behind this year's Lolla poster; advice on how to glamp in style at a fest courtesy of Pimp My Ride veteran Mad Mike; a piece on the history and impact of the Instagram-ready fest food scene, from Spicy Pie at Coachella to the signature lobster corn dogs of Lolla; and music picks from SiriusXMU show The Download 15 and Alt Nation DJ Jeff Regan.
If you’re at Lollapalooza, Life Is Beautiful, or Voodoo—or FLOODfest Chicago 2018, the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, an Ace Hotel, Burton store, Original Penguin store, or Zumiez store—look for copies of the issue! Otherwise, you can read or download the guide here, or check it out below.