Now that Ultra Music Festival has mesmerized EDM fans in 185 countries, it’s time to share why festivals matter and why you need to go!
But first, a little background: I’m a music festival addict to the bone. I cannot get enough. I attended Vans Warped Tour as a young punk rocker in senior school and in college, along with other day-long music festivals, mostly in the punk and alternative genre. The punk scene was so attractive to me as a pre-teen and beyond because it had this unique sense of unity and empowerment. I felt like I totally belonged. I wasn’t weird in making my own, personal clothes or fighting for my rights and the rights of others. I really felt like I will make a positive difference in the world. And I wasn’t alone. Punk wasn’t about lying down 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, irrespective of how different.
Punk rock eventually led me to having a far more of an indie-punk fashion sense and to hearing post-hardcore. These post-hardcore bands started to use synths more and more as years went on concerts in nyc. Although synths have been utilized in hardcore and similar genre since early 90’s, the very first albums I stumbled upon 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 love 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’d to test it out. A few my close guy friends were going and I quickly claimed a spot in their car for the 17+ hour drive to Manchester, TN in summer time of 2011.
It changed everything.
Let me explain: I’m someone who thrives on unity and connectedness. I am highly social and I really like to talk about anything; art, music, experiences, higher consciousness receptacles… you know, the usual. I have actually been brought to tears at business events for the power supply company North American Power due to their powerful opportunity that connects people all over the United States(and hopefully the world some day!). I am aware, I’m lame, but it’s true! Tears have welled in my eyes at many-a-music festival!
Anyway, back once again to Bonnaroo. This was the initial music festival of it’s kind that I’d ever been to. It had been a week-long adventure for all of us round-trip as we were driving from CT to TN stopping for starters night each way. Once there, it had been 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 through the night, making friends at every show, under every tree, by every tent. I had one profound experience in the middle of the night while watching Bassnectar, I believe. I was dancing up on a hill with my lovely friends when I paused and looked out over the people. Everyone was so beautiful. So many glowing parts, moving and dancing. I saw so much connectedness and unity. We were all there together. No-one was thinking, “Wow, that guy seems like an idiot,” or “Could she be any dumber?” We were dancing, almost primitively, and which was it. I simply loved everyone there!
After Bonnaroo I became obsessed with electronic dance music, or EDM. This meant I HAD to go to Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Fl in 2012. Turned out to become a life-changing choice because I fell in deep love with my boyfriend there that year! This festival was special also because it is strictly EDM, every artist, every stage. From there I was a complete 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.