Why We LOVE Music Festivals
With the generally hectic schedule expected during summer, including work, vacations, and spending time with friends and family, many of us still find time to go to one or MANY different music festivals. But why is it that so many of us time and time again clear an entire weekend to spend camping in a foreign town with thousands of strangers? It is clear that music festivals are genuinely loved by so many; here are a few reasons why:
1. The Music
The most important reason of a music festival is of course, the music. With music’s ability to reach the hearts of so many people simultaneously, getting us to groove and sway, creating a personal connection between the ourselves and the music, there is no doubt that music has the ability to draw anyone in for a four day music-packed adventure.
2. The People
Secondly, are the people. With music festivals bringing in people from around the country, and even the world, a certain type of soul is brought to the festival grounds. Within music festivals there is a connection made from everyone’s mutual love for music. This creates an audience that is friendly, personable, and worth traveling far distances to spend up to four days with. Many begin friendships and festival families over the years that are close enough to last for a lifetime.
3. The Art
The art is another aspect of music festivals that entices people to attend. Between the stunning art creations by professional artists, craft vendors, and even ordinary festivalgoers, there is a world of art both outside and within the festival walls. The intense focus on art and visual stimulation creates this beautiful, yet entertaining, environment of a music festival that constantly amazes its crowd.
4. The Camping
Not every festival offers camping, but for most, the camping itself is even enough to draw people’s attention. For the length of the festival, attendees get the chance to live in campground shanties, becoming comfortable with little amenities, and sharing food, laughs, and memories with the people around them. The campgrounds become a sanctuary, where everyone creates their temporary homes in a secure and trusting environment. And although showers are minimal, its generally accepted that getting a little dirty is just part of the festival fun.
Lastly, the most important part of a music festival that keeps people coming back for more encompasses all of the reasons above. That aspect is happiness. With the combination of music, people, art, and camping, music festivals are, simply, just happy places. From the beginning of the festival, until each person is packed up to leave for the last day, there is an aura of general happiness between every person. For one weekend, or more, of the summer, crowds continually mark their calendars to gather at music festivals and experience the happiness of such a spectacular event.
Written By: Andrea Inscoe