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Festivals 2019

Unlike traditional live music concerts, festivals are meant to create a more intimate, community-driven experience. Most festivals are held outdoors and host a variety of vendors and attractions. The vibe of music festivals is often laid back, with tents or roofed stages providing performers with their podium.

Music festivals generally draw thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people. They also tend to feature multiple artists, instead of just one or two. Most are thematic in nature, hosting only certain genres of music or focusing on things like accomplished female artists.

The Origins of Music Festivals

Music festivals date all the way back to the 6th century BC. The Pythian Games were held to honor Apollo, the god of music, with musicians playing flutes and a Greek stringed instrument called a Kithara. The Pythian Games predated the Olympics and included live music competitions called mousikos agon.

By the 10th century BC, Greece held a three-day festival each spring called the Festival of the Vine Flower in Athens. Artists, dancers, and musicians came to the festival in togas to perform and compete.

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    1. Past Popular Festivals

      There are several iconic music festivals from decades past that helped set the precedent for future festivals. The Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island was America’s first annual jazz festival, premiering in 1954. The first ever rock festival was the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967. And in 1969, one of music’s most historic festivals, Woodstock, took place. It was such a popular event that more than 300,000 extra people showed up, requiring the fence to be removed so all of the attendees could be accommodated.

      Current Popular Festivals

      Some music festivals are charitable in nature, only being held once as a way to raise money or awareness for social causes. Others occur annually, bringing together music lovers from around the world for music, fun, and camaraderie. Festivals take place over the course of one day or multiple days, with Wisconsin’s Summerfest lasting 11 days.

      Other popular music festivals include Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Burning Man, Stagecoach, Austin City Limits and the Pilgrimage Festival. These take place all across the United States, although there are festivals that happen all around the world. Die-hard music fans often end up camping out near the festival locations, soaking up the experience over several days.

      The Best Time to Go to Music Festivals

      Most music festivals are held during spring, summer or fall when the weather is more bearable. The locations chosen to hold festivals are also usually places that can accommodate thousands of people. Most have makeshift stages for the performers but offer plenty of room for people to stand, lounge on blankets or chairs, or even watch the performances from the parking lot tailgate style.

      Tickets for music festivals can be purchased the same way live music concert tickets are purchased. At SeatRetriever, there are plenty of cheap seats and exclusive deals to check out. Most of the time, festival tickets are general admission since seating is primarily on a first come, first served basis. Lawn chairs and blankets are what seasoned festival goers use as seating. So make sure to grab your tickets and show up early to the show.

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