A Summer of Music in New York City

New York City is second-to-none in two main categories: heat and music. During the summer, these two blend beautifully into a full schedule of outdoor concerts, music festivals, and indoor shows (with air conditioner!) The year of 2018 has, so far, turned out to be a groundbreaking one for music. This bodes especially well for NYC this summer. Musicians with recent albums take their records on the road and predictably stop in the big apple for a show (or two.) In parks, halls, and stadiums, here is the most hot and peachy music in New York City this summer:


Governors Ball (June 1-3)

Perhaps the biggest and most well-known festival happening in NYC every summer is the Governors Ball. During the first weekend in June, crowds clad in flower crowns and Camelbaks descend upon Randall’s Island Park. This year, headliners include Jack White, Travis Scott, and Eminem.


Northside Festival (June 6-10)

For ten years, Northside Festival has offered a unique, culturally curated music and art experience for five days every June. Northside Festival happens across 30 venues in Brooklyn and promises to be a festival experience like no other. This year, headliners include up and coming indie artists like Parquet Courts, Snail Mail, and Soccer Mommy.


Hot 97 Summer Jam (June 10)

As the name suggests, this festival is a hot one. It’s the largest gathering of leading hip-hop performers and listeners alike. Happening at Metlife Stadium, this festival is not one to miss if you’re an ardent lover of all things hip-hop. Specifically, this year is led by some of the biggest names in the business: Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, and A$AP Ferg.


Radiohead (July 10-14)

With the return of Radiohead in 2016 with their new record, A Moon Shaped Pool, the prolific English rock group has played a handful of shows in the past few years. Each show, sold out in seconds normally, promises to be an unmatched and intimate experience replete with new songs and old hits.


Arctic Monkeys (July 24)

They just released an album for the first time in five years, and they’re taking it to the streets. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is strange and spacey, but lends itself to what will likely be a profound performance. This July, Arctic Monkeys bring their drawling poignancy to New York City.


Courtney Barnett (July 25)

Quietly inventive singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett travels to NYC this summer to promote her new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel. With a combination of dreamy melodies and anthemic rock jubilations, Barnett offers a live performance sure to leave one speechless.


Panorama (July 27-29)

An eclectic lineup of the best and brightest artists of 2018 happens in Randall’s Island Park this July. From Janet Jackson to Father John Misty to The Killers, this year at Panorama has something for everybody. If you’re looking for a unique experience for music in New York City, look no further.


Afropunk Brooklyn (August 25)

To say that Afropunk offers a groundbreaking auditory experience is only a piece of the puzzle. Artists performing at Afropunk are selected and showcased because of their unique performance style, their trendsetting ambiance, and their aptitude in killing it. Headliners this year include Tyler, the Creator, Miguel, and Janelle Monáe.


At Wings Air, we pride ourselves on offering a unique experience to complement whatever your NYC itinerary is this summer. With all the music in New York City, choose Wings Air as a sky-high escape after a day of tunes. Whether you’re interested in a scenic tour, a luxury travel experience, or aerial photography – we have you covered.