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If You Could Go To Any Music Festival In The World, Which One Would It Be? March 11, 2011

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If you could go to any music festival in the WORLD, which one would it be and who would you see in 2011?

It’s a toss-up between Coachella and SXSW, but from looking at the rosters, I’d have to go with Coachella.  Not only do I love the idea of only being able to buy a 3 day pass (which I believe is reasonably priced), but that you have the option of camping out.   The bands I would check out at the festival this year would be Cee Lo Green, Flogging Molly, Interpol, The Aquabats!, Titus Andronicus, Broken Social Scene, Cage the Elephant, Freelance Whales, Mumford and Sons, The New Pornographers and The Strokes.  Unfortunately I am on the opposite coast and air-fare alone would kill my budget, but I vow to make it over there one year.  The same goes for SXSW.

If I could visit any music festival in the world, I would venture off to the UK to attend one of the world’s largest electronic music festivals, Creamfields.  A summertime home to some of the best DJ’s and electronic acts from all over the globe, it is the international equivalent of Woodstock, minus the hippies and lame protest songs.  Although the line-up hasn’t been announced, I would hope to see appearances from Paul Oakenfold, Sasha and Way Out West.

Just because I’ve seen so many excerpts of this festival from earlier years on digital cable (thank you, FiOs), I’d have to say this year’s Glastonbury Festival, the UK equivalent of Woodstock, would be the one I’d definitely make sure I got to.  This year’s line-up includes U2, Coldplay and Beyonce as headliners, as well as appearances by B.B. King, The Chemical Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Local Natives, Snoop Dogg, Gorilaz, Willie Nelson, Muse, Coheed & Cambria, MGMT, Orbital and many more.
The Awesome: the sheer size of the line-up and several stages are mind-boggling, offering a smorgasbord of musical offerings for any palate.  One would be hard-pressed to NOT find a lot to love during the course of the four-day festival.
The Not-So-Awesome: the sheer size of the line-up and several stages are mind-boggling, and means you’re going to have to meticulously track your day to catch every act you want to see.  Inevitably there will have to be sacrifices made, and they will be painful.  Plus, you’re going to be hot, sweaty, stinky, most likely sticky and ready to kill someone from dehydration at the exact moment you realize you took too long checking out George Clinton and the P. Funk All-stars and have already missed 20 minutes of Local Natives’ set, and realize you miss them EVERY TIME they come around to NYC.  Sometimes those are the risks that come with the territory, and that’s the price you have to pay.

When I had to figure out what one festival in the world I would love to attend, the first thing that came to mind was Rock In Rio.  Not only has this festival been able to bear the title of one of the largest festivals in the entire world, with attendance reaching into the millions, but I’ve always been a fan of the lineups. Silverchair is the main reason I ever even heard of this festival, but upon delving deeper, Rock in Rio consistently books amazing artists and can see the magnitude of a crowd all united for music.  How could I not want to be a part of that?  I remember seeing pictures of Silverchair on stage at Rock in Rio and seeing thousands upon thousands of faces all looking back at them.  It’s so diverse and appealing to so many people, I would love the opportunity to be a part of a show this amazing.

While researching 2011 festivals all over the world to pick one I’d like to attend, I realized that many of them had not yet announced a lineup.  So in light of this, I’ll have to go with Coachella.  Since this is my fantasy, I’ll be in attendance on all three days and plan to see (regardless of stage/time restraints) The Black Keys, Raphael Saadiq, The Chemical Brothers, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Kings of Leon, Interpol, Cee Lo Green, Brandon Flowers, Animal Collective, Big Audio Dynamite, Cage the Elephant, Erykah Badu, Gogol Bordello, Mumford & Sons, Duran Duran, Neon Trees, PJ Harvey, The Strokes and check out bands I’ve never heard in between.

If I could hit any music festival in 2011, it would be Bonnaroo.  I’ve never been to a massive, multi-day festival before, and Bonnaroo has such a broad swathe of musical genres and artists that it seems like you’d have to try really hard not to enjoy yourself.  From The Strokes to Robyn to Eminem to Girl Talk, it seems like every genre is represented over the four-day festival.


Bonna-what, Bonna-who, Bonnaroo! April 23, 2009

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By Trenna Field

The sun’s rays are beating down on dry trampled pieces of hay and grass. The dirt is dry and the dust is carried through the air by the sound waves that the music creates. At night, glow sticks light up the dark and people dance freely with arms in the air and heads towards the clear sky.

Music festivals add a completely new and exciting vibe to the music scene. Although ticket prices may seem expensive, averaging around $250, they are worth every dollar. Some of the headliners sell tickets for over $100 to solo shows, so when a fan can buy a ticket to see many of their favorite performers over the course of a weekend, it is definitely a discount.

However, with the economy in the state it is in, some fans cannot afford the $250, so the better option is to volunteer. Many festivals offer discount tickets to people who are on the street teams, advertising and marketing the festival in cities across the country, but volunteers have to work a few short shifts and have a free ticket into a few days of musical paradise.

2009 marks the eighth year of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. It is in a remote location, however for four days Manchester becomes the most populated city in the state, beating out Memphis, which has roughly 60,000 people. Individuals from all over the world attend Bonnaroo for many different reasons; some are first timers while others are founding followers of the event.

This year marks the third year in a row for one attendee. In the beginning she went because of friends who had gone in the past, “it sounded like an amazing experience that I didn’t want to miss out on again”. During her second year, she volunteered for the first time and said working did not interfere with seeing her favorite acts. “It actually enhanced the experience”.

This summer, Bonnaroo seems to have taken a different turn. It started slowly, but over the years Bonnaroo has joined the mainstream music community rather than the jam band festival that it was previously known as. The headliner for 2009 is Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, however he will be sandwiched on Friday and Sunday nights by Phish, both bands making their first appearances. Bonnaroo showcases all types of talent, ranging from the Comedy Tent, this year featuring Jimmy Fallon, as well as blue grass band David Grisman Quintet, and rap star Snoop Dogg. The artists vary as much as the fans, but in the approximate 600 acres of empty farmland, everyone finds a common beat, the love of music, meeting new people, and being free from the everyday routines. 

When the sun is too hot to sit and bake at a show, you can walk around and cool off in the giant mushroom water fountain that features a new paint job every year. When your legs are tired from walking simply grab a copy of the Bonnaroo Beacon, the festival’s newspaper which is run by Relix, and read of the upcoming events as well as reviews of the previous day’s shows. Find shade under This Tent or That Tent and drink a cold bottle of water or frozen lemonade and relax until it is time to dance once again.

While waiting for the night performances to begin, visit the many tents and stands that sell items ranging from cowboy hats to flowing skirts, glass beads to hammocks. If it is possible to get tired of dancing at live shows, put on a pair of headphones and dance in the Silent Disco. There is never a dull moment, and never a time when you can’t find something to do.

Some might refer to it as the Woodstock of today, however it is something all its own. It is a place where people are friendly, music is always good, ages range from infants with their parents to people who did attend Woodstock in the sixties. Perhaps I am biased because 2009 will be my third Bonnaroo, however every year when the set list is announced and the countdown begins, the excitement starts anew.

Bonnaroo is what you make it and as long as you go with a positive attitude and an open mind to all that is around you, then you will have the most amazing four days of summer 2009. At the end of the weekend, while slowly driving down the long dirt and gravel roads, you won’t be able to keep your mind from wandering and begin counting down the days to next year’s festival. But for now, it is an end to Bonnaroo 2009, out of the gates and back reality.