Given that Ultra Music Festival has mesmerized EDM fans in 185 countries, it’s time to fairly share why festivals matter and why you ought to go!
But first, only a little background: I am a music festival addict to the bone. I cannot get enough. I attended Vans Warped Tour as a new punk rocker in high school and in college, as well as other day-long music festivals, mostly in the punk and alternative genre. The punk scene was so attractive in my experience as a pre-teen and beyond because it had this phenomenal sense of unity and empowerment. I felt like I totally belonged concert tickets. I wasn’t weird in making my own clothes or fighting for my rights and the rights of others. I truly felt like I might make an optimistic difference in the world. And I wasn’t alone. Punk wasn’t about prone and taking it really because bad things are “going to occur anyway.” For me, and others, it had been about standing up, fighting back, and bringing people together, regardless of how different.
Punk rock eventually led me to having an even more of an indie-punk fashion sense and to playing post-hardcore. These post-hardcore bands started to utilize synths more and more as years went on. Although synths have been utilized in hardcore and similar genre since early 90’s, the initial albums I ran across with huge synth presence were between 2006 and 2008. It sounded similar to electro-hardcore to me. And I loved it, a lot! So more and more I developed a passion for bands with electronic elements. Electro-pop, electro-core, and so on.
Then Bonnaroo happened. I’d heard rumours of the modern-Woodstock and I knew I had to check it out. A few my close guy friends were going and I quickly claimed a spot within their car for the 17+ hour drive to Manchester, TN in summer time of 2011.
It changed everything.
Allow me to explain: I am an individual who thrives on unity and connectedness. I am highly social and I enjoy to talk about anything; art, music, experiences, higher consciousness receptacles… you know, the usual. I have actually been delivered to tears at business events for the power supply company North American Power because of their powerful opportunity that connects people throughout the United States(and hopefully the entire world some day!). I know, I’m lame, but it’s true! Tears have welled within my eyes at many-a-music festival!
Anyway, back once again to Bonnaroo. This is the first music festival of it’s kind that I had ever been to. It absolutely was a week-long adventure for us round-trip even as we were driving from CT to TN stopping for just one night each way. Once there, it was a four-day music festival. I had never seen anything so beautiful, so inspiring. Tent City was just magical. Over 100,000 people in tents and RVs all there for the music and each other. I saw music all day long and all night, making friends at every show, under every tree, by every tent. I had one profound experience in the center of the night while watching Bassnectar, I believe. I was dancing on a hill with my lovely friends when I paused and looked out over the people. Individuals were so beautiful. So many glowing parts, moving and dancing. I saw so much connectedness and unity. We were all there together. No body was thinking, “Wow, that guy appears like an idiot,” or “Could she be any dumber?” We were dancing, almost primitively, and that was it. I just loved everyone there!
After Bonnaroo I became involved with electronic dance music, or EDM. This meant I HAD to wait Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Fl in 2012. Turned out to be a life-changing choice because I fell in love with my boyfriend there that year! This festival was special also because it’s strictly EDM, every artist, every stage. From there I was a total addict attending any festival I really could afford like Electric Daisy Carnival New York, Camp Bisco, Electric Zoo, ASOT600NYC(and MIA) and any individual DJ that comes around.