Since Ultra Music Festival has mesmerized EDM fans in 185 countries, it’s time to share why festivals matter and why you must 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 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 in my experience as a pre-teen and beyond because it’d this amazing sense of unity and empowerment. I felt like I totally belonged. I wasn’t weird for making my very own clothes or fighting for my rights and the rights of others. I must say i felt like I could make an optimistic difference in the world music festivals 2019. And I wasn’t alone. Punk wasn’t about prone and taking it really because bad things are “going to occur anyway.” For me personally, and others, it had been about standing up, fighting back, and bringing people together, no matter how different.
Punk rock eventually led me to presenting a far 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 had been used in hardcore and similar genre since the first 90’s, the first albums I came across with a heavy synth presence were between 2006 and 2008. It sounded a lot more like 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’d to check on 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 the summer of 2011.
It changed everything.
Allow me to explain: I am someone who thrives on unity and connectedness. I am highly social and I enjoy to fairly share anything; art, music, experiences, higher consciousness receptacles… you understand, the usual. I’ve actually been delivered to tears at business events for the vitality supply company North American Power due to their powerful opportunity that connects people throughout the United States(and hopefully the entire world some day!). I am aware, I’m lame, but it’s true! Tears have welled in my own eyes at many-a-music festival!
Anyway, back to Bonnaroo. This is the very first music festival of it’s kind that I’d ever been to. It was a week-long adventure for people round-trip once we were driving from CT to TN stopping for just one night each way. Once there, it absolutely was a four-day music festival. I’d 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 and all night, making friends at every show, under every tree, by every tent. I’d one profound experience in the midst of the night time while watching Bassnectar, I believe. I was dancing up on a mountain with my lovely friends when I paused and looked out within the people. Everybody was 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 looks like a fool,” or “Could she be any dumber?” We were dancing, almost primitively, and which was it. I recently loved everyone there!
After Bonnaroo I became enthusiastic about electronic dance music, or EDM. This meant I HAD to go to Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Fl in 2012. Turned out to be 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 an overall total addict attending any festival I could afford like Electric Daisy Carnival New York, Camp Bisco, Electric Zoo, ASOT600NYC(and MIA) and any individual DJ that comes around.