Best & Worst of Music Fests

Every year, music festivals are put on all around the world. Whether you live in California or Europe, there are almost too many choices of where to spend your whole day or your whole weekend. Some of the most popular music fests in California are Coachella, Vans Warped Tour, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Lollapalooza. The music genres vary immensely between each fest. If you're into indie music, head to Coachella and even check out some electronic artists as well. If you're an avid reader of Alternative Press, check out all of the mag's featured bands at Vans Warped Tour and even Lollapalooza. If you want to dance the weekend away, make a trip to Electric Daisy Carnival.

Although every fest is different, each has its ups and downs. You may adore the weather while camping out at Coachella but hate the messy environment. You may even be someone who has never attended a music fest and wants to know which one to go to. With these lists, you will find the good, the bad, and the obvious. Let's analyze these fests one by one.

Coachella: An annual three-day music and arts festival, founded by Paul Tollett, held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, in the Inland Empire's Coachella Valley. The event features many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop and electronic music as well as large sculptural art. Expect good music, tons of hipsters, odd fashion, and drugs-- lots of drugs.

Vans Warped Tour
Vans Warped Tour: A touring music and extreme sports festival that started out as a showcase for punk rock music, but its more recent line-ups have featured a diversity of genres. Expect lots of moshing, a plethora of scene kids, hot asphalt, and a lot of screaming.

Electric Daisy Carnival: An annual electronic dance music festival held in the summertime. Originally a one day Southern California event, the EDC spread to multiple venues in multiple states from June through August. Expect nonstop electronic music, girls wearing close to no clothes, infinite lighting, and even more drugs than you would expect at Coachella.

Lollapalooza: An annual music festival featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip hop bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. It has also provided a platform for non-profit and political groups. Expect nothing but music and vendors. Oh, and kids who argue over music genres.

Which one should you attend? 

         We can start by talking about the things you might hate. If you're not into being around an insane amount of drugs and alcohol, stay away from Coachella and EDC. If you'd rather not die of overheating, Vans Warped Tour and Lollapalooza may not be the best places to go. If you're only going to a music festival to dance, Vans Warped Tour is not it. If you're into rock and ONLY rock, then none of these fests are for you! Almost every music festival in the past three years has been taken over by artists such as Skrillex, Deadmau5, and other electronic acts.

          If you're in love with the great outdoors, stay the whole duration of Coachella and camp out. It's pricey, but totally worth it. If you want to spend an ideal amount of money and have a good time with your friends all day long, go to Vans Warped Tour. There's plenty of different bands and artists there and you're bound to like at least ten of them. Are you into a mix of everything when it comes to art, music, and interesting vendors? Lollapalooza is your place. Finally, if you're ready to party all day and all night under the electric sky, make your way to the Electric Daisy Carnival. It's an experience you will never forget.

Which fest are you interested in going to or which ones have you gone to? Let us know in the comments! Visit these sites below to get more details about each event. Happy festival hunting!

Written by Jordan Mafi


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