I think we can all agree that music makes us feel good! There are many genres of music to satisfy everyone’s soul. Now that it is summer time, it is the perfect time for music festivals! Whether you’re into hip-hop, R&B, rap, rock, alternative, or EDM, music festivals are perfect for a summer adventure. My first music festival was Hangout Music Fest 2016 in Orange Beach, Alabama. This beach side music fest is only about an hour drive from my hometown and luckily I got to attend for the second year! Many people have never heard of Hangout Fest, but they have awesome lineups that include big time artists such as Chance the Rapper, Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, and Phoenix who were the headliners for this year. If you’re anything like me who is down to rave with some of the coolest DJs, I spent a lot of time in the Boom Boom Tent. The variety of artists who go each year makes this festival fun for everyone, even for the slightly older generation who listened to Shaggy back in the day! (Yep, he was there.) If you’re down for a weekend on the beach listening to your fave tunes with your festy besties, then Hangout is the place to be!
Some artists tend to perform at multiple festivals and because of some of the life changing performances I saw at Hangout, I decided the day after I got back to Tallahassee that I was going to buy a ticket to Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee! Headliners for Bonnaroo were U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd and Chance The Rapper (he was even better the second time)! The two festivals are so different considering for Bonnaroo you are camping for four days on a huge farm, and I mean HUGE! My Roo Crew and I decided to leave on the first day the festival began to make it just in time for three of the DJs perform later that night. The plus side of us going a little later was we did not have to wait in line for them to check our cars, but we ended up at one of the farthest campsites on the farm. Of course, it did not affect the excitement we had for the upcoming weekend. The five of us set up our campsite with one small tent, a canopy with chairs and a table, and another tent that could fit ten people! For me the camping part was an experience. At night, it got to 55 degrees, but by 7:00 am the sun was smiling through our tents creating a sauna that led me to going in my car and sleeping with the air conditioning on for a few more hours to sleep. (I know, I’m awful.) As for the music part of the weekend… I am so sad that the weekend is over because OMG it was amazing!! Everyone is so friendly, there are endless amount of food tents with a variety of things from burgers and fries to Greek pitas and gyros! There was always music playing throughout the farm whether you’re watching Red Hot Chili Peppers on What Stage, Louis the Child (OBSESSED) on The Other, Flatbush Zombies at This Tent or Travis Scott on Which Stage. The lineup this year was stacked with the most amazing artists that I had the chance to watch and will never forget!
As I am in a post-depression state after probably the best weekend of my life, I started looking at upcoming music festivals. If you're looking for a weekend for great music close to Tally in September, Music Midtown in Atlanta just announced their lineup today! Although it is not really an EDM festival, Mumford & Sons, Bruno Mars, Blink-182, and Future are the headliners along with many other great artists. As of right now, the next music festival I will be attending is Voodoo Music and Arts Festival in New Orleans from October 27-29! (I kind of impulsively bought my ticket the other day.) The lineup just came out last Tuesday and all I must say is Louis the Child, I will see you for a third time, front and center!
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