From Woodstock to Tomorrowland, why we can’t get enough of festivals.
We travel the world, camp in a tents, skip the showers. For what? A glimpse at our favorite artist preforming live? Yes! And no… Music festivals are more popular than ever and responsible for a multibillion dollar worldwide industry. They’ve been know to attract audiences upward of 3 million for a single event. 3 MILLION! So why are we traveling cross-country and across the globe for a musical experience? Because we’re the fist-pumping, peace-loving, hippies of the 21st century! And contrary to popular belief, not all festival fans are neon-raging junkies. I’m here to shine light on the good of festivals and their goers. We crave human connection and a beat, not MDMA. If you go hiking in the woods, you’ll probably see a snake. If you go to a festival, you’ll probably see someone who belongs in a Miley Cyrus video. I’m not going to deny that. A lot has changed from Jimi Hendricks on a dairy farm, to what we know to be the festivals of today. The stages are bigger, the lights are brighter, and the music is a heck of a lot louder. But even with modern upgrades, festival-lovers remain the same. We come together united in personal expression and surrounded by nature. We don’t judge. We just want to dance!
There is a sense of freedom people experience while drifting aimlessly inside the “world” of the festival site. And by “world” I mean fantasyland that will blow your mind! From indie to electric, whatever your musical preference, there’s a festival for you. Check out some of the coolest below from around the globe and leave a comment if you’ve ever experience the festival bliss.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual three-day music and arts festival, held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The event features many music genres, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic music, as well as sculpture.
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is an annual four-day music festival held at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee. The main attractions of the festival are the multiple stages of live music, featuring a diverse array of musical styles including indie rock, world music, hip hop, jazz, americana, bluegrass, country music, folk,gospel, reggae, electronica, and other alternative music. The festival began with a primary focus on jam bands and folk rock and continues to pay tribute to its roots.
The Wanderlust Festival is a summer nature/yoga/music festival held in various cities throughout North America. Wanderlust’s core purpose is to create a community around shared values of mindfulness – yoga, the arts, personal spirituality, environmentalism, organics and conscious consumerism. Wanderlust brings together the world’s leading yoga teachers and top-tier musical performers in settings of breathtaking natural beauty. This one is definitely on my festival To-Do List!
Tomorrowland is a three day music festival and one of the largest festivals in Europe. Its unique psychedelic carnival atmosphere is complemented by its electronic and dance music. Known for its intense energy and dreamworld decorations, Tomorrowland has a surreal quality that sets it apart visually from its competition in the dance music field.