The attendance of music festivals dominate the social scene


The abundance of music festivals has been prominent in recent years. From world-renowned music festivals like Coachella and Tomorrowland to small, intimate events like Fiddler’s Grove and Float Fest, there is a music festival for any genre of music or any group of people at any destination.

Many exclusive and pricey music festivals have made headlines in today’s media for their elite artist lineup; however, others have been bashed for not living up to its expectations and buildup. One in particular is Fyre Festival. Marketed as a private getaway with the top influencers and artists, attendees found themselves without any musical performances, sleeping on a cot in the middle of Exuma in  The Bahamas.

Nevertheless, high schoolers rarely have the ability to afford such well known events and tend to find a music festival more obtainable based on its proximity and price.

Grace James (12) plans to attend Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, located in Manchester, TN, from June 13-16, 2019. Its lineup includes Childish Gambino, Brockhampton and The Lumineers.

“Bonnaroo is not too far from Memphis, and I love that I can camp out when I go. It is also a good price for all the artists you get to see,” James said.

Unlike the gas money and tents James has to provide for her trip, Carrington Body (12) has his plane tickets and hotel booked. He is set to see his favorite artists at Rolling Loud. Rolling Loud runs from May 10-12, 2019 and will take place in Miami, FL.

“They are having my favorite artists like Lil Wayne and Trippie Redd,” Body said. “They have also had one of my favorite artists, XXXTentacion, in previous years before his death.”

Although more on the expensive end, including festival tickets, transportation and housing, Body could not pass up the opportunity to see such  prominent artists perform at the same location.

“The stadiums are going to be the size of football fields. And there are going to be different stages, where different artists are going to show up at the same time. For instance, Lil Uzi Vert is going to be performing at the same time as Kid Cudi,” Body said.

Music festivals provide an energetic, and sometimes hectic, atmosphere for friends and strangers to connect over their similar interests. With more artists, ranging from a variety of genres, participating in music festivals, more and more attendees will continue to allow the festival industry to thrive.