6 Reasons to Get Your Ass to a Music Festival

I have music festival fever at the moment.

There are two reasons for this "ailment."  The first is that January and February are when most festivals announce their lineups and start selling tickets.  The second is that Ohio is fucking freezing and all I can think about summer and live music and drinking.

So while the subject is on my brain, I'm going to give you all of the reasons you should go to a music festival.  I'm trying to convert all of you into festival goers, like some hippie evangelist.

1. Bang for your buck

Lets do some math (Bear with me- there's a reason I got an English degree.)

Let's say you end up paying around $300 for a festival ticket.

If you go to a camping festival, this cost includes entertainment and "lodging" (campsite).  So you're looking at $75 a day.  Unless you get a really good deal, you can't even get a hotel room for $75 a night (unless it's a total shithole).

Or look at it this way- your average concert ticket is, say, $30. Headliners are much more (according to Pollstar, the average ticket cost of a Paul McCartney ticket was $128.99 last year). I average about 20 different performances in 4 days at Bonnaroo (most people manage way more).  That would be $600 worth of shows in the real world.

Your first few festivals might cost more, because there are certain things you need to invest in (which I will detail in another post) but once you have your arsenal of festival gear you're all set.

2. Great lineups

A mentioned above that I average about 20 shows in four days at Bonnaroo.  How the fuck else are you going to see that many bands in one (long) weekend? And also, how else are you going to see multiple musical legends, or nearly all of your favorite bands, all at once?

3. Communion

The people are a big part of what makes festivals special.  There is a sense of community that is hard to find elsewhere.  People are generally relaxed, friendly, and ready to help you in any way they can- whether its helping their neighbor set up their tent, giving water to someone in distress or just offering a new friend a beer.


A good time is really your only goal at a music festival.  It's about as worry and responsibility free as you can get.

5. Bragging Rights

You will totally be a cool kid if you go to Bonnaroo (or Coachella, or Lollapalooza, or...)


I've had some of the best experiences of my life at festivals.   They have been big things, like a field with thousands of people singing along to Hey Jude with Paul McCartney while wish lanterns floated overhead, and they have been small things like splashing around in the 'Roo fountain, or laying under a tree, totally blissed out, listening to Battles.

If you don't want to go to a music festival after reading these reasons, then I don't know what to tell you.  You're pretty much hopeless, and will never know true joy (don't give me some crap about the day you got married or giving birth to your children...)

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