Since Ultra Music Festival has mesmerized EDM fans in 185 countries, it’s time to fairly share why festivals matter and why you need 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 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’d this excellent sense of unity and empowerment. I felt like I totally belonged. I wasn’t weird in making my own clothes or fighting for my rights and the rights of others. I really felt like I will make an optimistic difference in the world. And I wasn’t alone 9evnts. Punk wasn’t about prone and taking it just because bad things are “going to occur anyway.” For me personally, and others, it had been about standing, fighting back, and bringing people together, irrespective of how different.
Punk rock eventually led me to presenting a 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 used 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 a lot more like electro-hardcore to me. And I loved it, a whole 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 couple of my close guy friends were going and I quickly claimed an area inside 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’m highly social and I really like to share anything; art, music, experiences, higher consciousness receptacles… you realize, the usual. I’ve actually been delivered to tears at business events for the energy supply company North American Power for their powerful opportunity that connects people throughout the United States(and hopefully the planet 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 to Bonnaroo. This was the first music festival of it’s kind that I’d ever been to. It was a week-long adventure for people round-trip even as 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 long 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 while watching Bassnectar, I believe. I was dancing on a hill 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. Nobody 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 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 always a life-changing choice because I fell in deep 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 possibly could afford like Electric Daisy Carnival New York, Camp Bisco, Electric Zoo, ASOT600NYC(and MIA) and any individual DJ that comes around.