The Age of Music Festivals

Although there have always been music festivals throughout the years I cannot help but feel like the hype and popularity that surrounds them has exploded exponentially. Within America alone we host more than 800 music festivals per year that party-goers flock to. Festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Electric Forest, Governor’s Ball and so many more.

The unique thing about music festivals is that some cater to specific crowds. For example; there’s a whole culture of EDM (Electric Dance Music) that people dress up for in iconic outfits and there’s flashing neon lights everywhere. There’s also country music festivals that mostly (and un-ironically) take place down south; one of the the biggest being the CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee. There are also rap music festivals like Rolling Loud in California.

Last summer my friend and I went to one of Canada’s biggest music festivals in Montreal which was a wild experience. I saw a ton of my favorite artists perform like the Arctic Monkeys, The Neighbourhood, Rex Orange County, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Dermot Kennedy, and many more. This three day experience were exhausting – but in the best way.  

My friend Kristine and I arriving at Coachella

There was even a ferris wheel, boat rides, and instagram photo opts all throughout the festival.

Osheaga Ferris Wheel
Boat rides through the Osheaga Venu
My friend Kristine posing in the Instagram photo opt

We completely lucked out with the weather; it was warm and sunny but at some points it was unbearable. They had sprinklers showering the crowds throughout the entire day to keep cool.

The sun setting while Post Malone was performing

Although I swore that festival took days off my life between the walking, the drinking and the heat I would do it all over again. There’s nothing like being around people who you love while being in nice weather listening to music you adore. If you have the opportunity or if going to a music festival is on your bucket list I would say go for it! Even if it’s a one time thing at least you can say you did it.

Kerilyn Kostek

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