Festival Season is upon us. Thank the good Lord because I was going crazy not being in a drug-induced coma for half the year. Glad the sober life is over! Ha, just kidding Mom.
Music Festivals have gotten a bad rap in the past few years, with drug-related deaths, violence, pollution, etc. Yes, these things have happened but don’t let that 10 % of dumb asses ruin it for everyone else okay? Music Festivals are a way of expressing ourselves in more ways than one. They bring people from around the world together to enjoy a weekend of music, dancing and socializing. I have heard stories about how these events have literally changed people’s lives. Their outlook on life, on the world, on politics…see?? There is always something positive that comes from every negative review.
I happen to really love music festivals and get upset when I can’t go to every single one! My wallet is always like, “calm the fuck down”. 2017 is the start of a new and exciting year, so let’s see my top 7 reasons for attending a music festival, shall we??
Allows your imagination to flow freely
This goes for anything and everything at a festival. Get those creative juices, flowin’ girlfriend, because this is the perfect opportunity to do so! One of my absolute favorite thing about going to festivals (music related or not) is that you can openly express yourself! Whether it be through the way you dance, the way you style your hair, the clothes/costumes you wear. The possibilities to let your weirdness shine is ENDLESS! It’s so much fun to come up with different outfit ideas, body art or even totems.
The creativity doesn’t have to stop there. I mean, not saying I suggest you go to a festival, ingest 4 tabs of acid and have an in depth conversation with a tree…but in the right environment, psychedelic drugs can help you overcome hardships going on in your life. I’ve watched documentaries on these things…or maybe I just saw it on Worldstar, either way, it has to be true.
Everything on the internet is true.
Teaches you survival skills
We aren’t talking how to catch, kill and skin livestock here. Simply, a way to survive in a new environment without the comforts of home. I have had my fair share of “camping” festivals and let’s just say I fucking
hate love it. It really is a love/hate relationship. I already don’t take a shower on a regular basis so what’re a few extra days right? Nothing like spending an entire weekend with all your smelly friends. During the day you sweat your ass off from dancing, and at night you freeze to death because you thought 50 degrees “wasn’t that cold”.
Regardless, the music festivals that allow you to camp can teach you a thing or two about preparedness and surviving a long weekend out in the wilderness. You are sure to come home a certified survival badass with plenty of badges of pride!
You learn to appreciate different music styles and genres
Go to the same festivals, see the same artists. BORING. WTF are you even there for? This is the time to open your ears and embrace all types of music. I remember going to Tomorrow World a couple of years ago. Instead of waiting around to see a DJ we knew, we started exploring early…hopping from stage to stage. Once we lost interest in one, we jumped to another. You end up hearing sounds you’ve never heard and it might just blow your mind. I hate hardstyle, and still hate hardstyle, but I experienced the intensity of being at a hardstyle stage and I’ll never forget that feeling (probably because some fucked up girl head butted me while flailing her arms) but I’ll save that story for a rainy day.
Who knows, you might end up liking new things. You might meet people you normally wouldn’t meet by actually going out of your comfort zone and trying new sounds! It’s worth a shot. Sometimes I can be ratchet at a trap stage, get in my feelings at a trance stage, be serenaded by a beautiful woman at an indie stage and even headbang at the rock stage. I’m not strictly talking EDM festivals, I’m talking alllllll music festivals. Music brings people together and it’s amazing.
Restores your faith in humanity
The world isn’t all bad. Not all people suck. There are some beautiful souls still floating around here somewhere. Usually, you find a lot of them at music festivals. I have seen some of the most kind-hearted, friendliest people lend a helping hand during these chaotic weekends. Some may say, “well it’s the drugs talking” and maybe it is, but not all the time. I think people are genuinely happier being around people who aren’t so judgmental and quite frankly, just like everyone around them.
People will offer you food, will take you in as part of their own group if you get lost. They will help you back to your tent safely or even invite you to party at theirs. They will trade secrets, beads, and bracelets with you. A laugh, a cry or even a moment in time. It really restores my faith in humanity to see strangers helping strangers. Always make sure to BE one of these people as well. If you see someone struggling, help!
The art-talent-and innovations
Have you seen some of the art at these things? The crazy installations, the body paint, the graffiti, the costumes, the vocals? The people who preform on stage, their artists. They spend hours producing sets, perfecting pitches and crafting an entire show for your viewing pleasure! That takes skill. I can hardly draw a damn stick figure on a piece of paper, so I admire the shit out of any artist.
Other than the people on stage, and the masterminds behind the music festivals themselves, you have regular humans doing incredible things. Places festivals like Burning Man, Coachella and EDC to name a few are known for their over the top production! The art at some of these things is remarkable. Moving art, progressive and abstract art. HUMAN ART. It’s insane. I don’t know how else to describe it but really fucking cool.
If you want the entire experience a music festival brings, check out the talent of others.
You make new friends and connect with old
Friendship is VERY important to me. We don’t have to talk all the time for me to know your loyalty. Trust me, I’ll know. Music festivals rekindle that old flame of friendships and sparks a new one. I have some life long friends (from good AND bad experiences) because of festivals. They bring you closer to the people you know and allows you to branch out to make friends you didn’t know.
At Shaky Beats last year, I reconnected with old college friends for a weekend of mayhem. On the flip side, I started out the weekend with new friends I had made at a random bar a couple of weeks before. New people introduce you to their group, and their group introduces you to an even bigger crowd. Before you know it, half the damn festival is your friend!
You also find out which friends you want to kick to the curb for being too freakin’ needy by reading up on my Why You Should Have a Festie Bestie post 🙂
Creates a unified atmosphere
Music is a universal language spoken by everyone during these events. It’s mind-boggling that 50,000-90,000 people can all of a sudden become family under the electric sky. The entire atmosphere from start to finish is sure to make you miss these strangers after the weekend is over. Unity and togetherness play an important roll in these communities, I mean shit, the world could learn a thing or two from them.
Some might say, what does this have to do with traveling? I go to concerts/festivals in Atlanta, but to me, it’s still part of exploring. Whether you are making a 30-minute drive to your local stadium or a cross country journey, this is what traveling is all about. Those experiences, feelings, emotions, friendships, etc. Music festivals to me are one of the best forms of travel because of all the good that comes from them.
Seeing a new city with some hostel roommates, yeah that’s fun. Bar hopping with your significant other in an exotic location, yup also really fun. But being able to exchange all of those emotions with a shit ton of people in a new environment, listening to awesome music and dancing until your feet fall off? Priceless.
Have you been to a music festival before? What are your reasons to attend one in 2017? BTW angels, I have a surprise…
I was on my friend’s podcast for the 3rd time! No not 3 different episodes, we just couldn’t get our shit together on the first two so we did a 3rd. At @onthebuspodcast I gave all my dirty little secrets to them! The truths about traveling, my love for bacon, and an uncensored conversation about life…including music festivals! Check it out on iTunes! 🙂
Until next time my sweet little unicorns…
xo Bonvoyage Babes