Music Festivals – So Many to Choose From, So Little Time

Have you ever been to a music festival?  They are amazingly energetic and can be a life changing experience!  If you are a music lover, it is something you need to do at least once

I have a goal of seeing a new music festival each year not only across the country, but internationally as well.

How to Choose?

Most people only get to go to one or two music festivals a year due to finances and time off work.  Festivals can get expensive quick, so choose your festival wisely.

Do Your Research

The first thing to do when researching music festivals is look at the music lineup. There are music festivals for everything.  If you like alternative, indie, EDM, smaller festivals, huge festivals, local, international.  Pick a festival that matches your tastes.  If you don’t know a lot of the bands, that’s ok, go check them out online. Tons of festivals will provide you with links right there on their websites.  It’s a great way to hear up and coming bands!

Location, location, location!

If you don’t have time for travel, pick a music festival that is close to you.  Test it out, see how you like it, then start to expand your horizons.  It’s important to note that not all music festivals are created equally. Often younger festivals have logistical problems during the first couple of years, however, if the festival is being produced by a well-known production company you’re usually ok.   Try new music festivals and experience it all.  Some festivals and the music line-ups can be totally life changing…ahem Austin City Limits!

Once you have some extra cash to spend, try looking beyond just a car ride.  I have flown across country a couple of times to check out a particular music festival.  This year alone I went to BottleRock Napa, Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles, and have Lollapalooza in Chicago and Austin City Limits coming up.  Planning far enough in advance you can get some great prices on airfare and hotels.

Purchasing a Festival Ticket

Decide what kind of ticket you want to purchase.  There are several options including weekend passes, single day passes, VIP, etc.  The ticket price is the ticket price, and it won’t change, but they will most likely sell out and sell out fast!  I love the weekend passes because I get to hear a ton of music from my favorite bands and have new experiences each day.

How’s the Weather?

Weather definitely plays a factor when I’m picking which music festival I’m going to.  While you can’t control the weather, you can be familiar with the humidity and temperature that is normal for the festival location around that time of year.   High humidity and high temps will be a sweat fest, but if you know that going in, go for it.

Tell Your Friends & Rock On!

Once you have decided on a festival, tell your friends!  I always have a festival buddy, since I like music and you like music, the more the merrier!  Just remember that festivals are experiments in organized chaos so keep your plans flexible.

There you have it, do your research and you will find the perfect festival for you.  With a little bit of planning you will be ready to rock!

Check out my next post listing with tips and tricks to navigating a music festival – Music Festival Survival Guide.

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  • Reply Rosalie July 23, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    There are so many music festivals I want to go to this summer, it’s so hard to choose! Really looking forward to MOPOP this weekend though 🙂

    • Reply September 26, 2017 at 3:28 am

      I have found that I need to choose a few each year since there are so many of them. I will slowly check them all off my list. 🙂

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