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2017-04-16 11:42:19 PM  
Next one I go to will probably be ICP. Not because I identify with them. Just because it will be f*cking amazing.
 
2017-04-16 11:54:07 PM  
There are now expensive, designer "festival-wear" collections the way there are designer resort-wear collection. Are music festivals for average teen and twenty-somethings anymore?
 
2017-04-17 01:39:12 AM  
Whenever a headline answers with a question, the answer is usually no. This time is no exception.

There can never be enough music festivals. Never.
 
2017-04-17 02:17:24 AM  
There should be as many as the market will bear.  Like with any business.
 
2017-04-17 02:23:15 AM  
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2017-04-17 02:29:39 AM  
"I don't mind," said one festival-goer, "since I know it helps keep ticket prices reasonably low."


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So, when do the reasonably low prices start?
 
2017-04-17 02:39:57 AM  
They're still getting customers and turning a profit, so... no.  No, there are not "too many".

This is not something where the question is nuanced, complex, or philosophical, it's just a simple question of the market that can be answered in about five seconds with Google to see if various festivals are hitting their attendance targets.  Which... they are, so there's no market oversaturation.  QED.
 
2017-04-17 02:47:11 AM  
At this point, the music is just background noise for a lot of rich kids and movie people.It's no
more about people showing off their conspicuous consumption to each other.I can pay more for
VIP passes, or hosting a tent and flying private planes, and renting mansions and throwing parties or whatever.. than other people. The music is a cursory thing..
 
2017-04-17 02:51:14 AM  
Depends on where you live, and the music that you like, I guess.

Never been to a music festival, like they're talking about.  Until last year, I hadn't been to a live concert in over 20 years, but in 2016 two of my favorite bands came to town, in a small venue of about 100-150 people.  But I'm guessing they don't consider St. Louis a good venue for metal acts, considering we don't even have a metal radio station.
 
2017-04-17 03:00:41 AM  

Alphax: Depends on where you live, and the music that you like, I guess.

Never been to a music festival, like they're talking about.  Until last year, I hadn't been to a live concert in over 20 years, but in 2016 two of my favorite bands came to town, in a small venue of about 100-150 people.  But I'm guessing they don't consider St. Louis a good venue for metal acts, considering we don't even have a metal radio station.


The only "festival" I've ever been to was the Concert for Free Tibet in San Francisco, 1996. Though with only two stages and no corporate branding that I can remember it doesn't seem much like the current ones.

Still, got to see The Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Sonic Youth, Beck and Björk. So a good time was had by all. Except for the people who came out of the Rage mosh pit covered in blood two songs into their set...
 
2017-04-17 04:14:45 AM  
There are more festivals because there are more types of music, and there are more people who have differing tastes.

And then there's Coachella, the basic biatch of festivals.
 
2017-04-17 04:46:40 AM  
Music festivals are for young people without mortgages and have trust funds or daddy sends them money every week. I miss those concerts, though. I had scholarships and grants out the wazoo, so I used that money. Those were fun days, even the miserable concerts, like when I went to HORDE in the middle of July in Phoenix. It was hot as hell, but there was also very little clothing.

Nowadays, the noise and the screaming throngs of sardines packed together and jumping around makes me feel claustrophobic. And now that I understand the greedy capitalist pillars that these festivals are built on, I wouldn't want to give a dime unless an honest-to-god living legend singer or band was going to be there.

My lawn. Off it! Even though it's brown and full of weeds.
 
2017-04-17 04:58:10 AM  

jaylectricity: Next one I go to will probably be ICP. Not because I identify with them. Just because it will be f*cking amazing.


I'd go see ICP before a LOT of A-List bands these days....
 
2017-04-17 05:01:00 AM  

natewill: "I don't mind," said one festival-goer, "since I know it helps keep ticket prices reasonably low."

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So, when do the reasonably low prices start?


Sadly, that is what's considered reasonably low these days.
 
2017-04-17 05:03:37 AM  

Mr. Shabooboo: At this point, the music is just background noise for a lot of rich kids and movie people.


because only they can afford drugs?
 
2017-04-17 05:15:04 AM  

CarnySaur: natewill: "I don't mind," said one festival-goer, "since I know it helps keep ticket prices reasonably low."

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So, when do the reasonably low prices start?

Sadly, that is what's considered reasonably low these days.


A festivals goer can probably see what about 6-8 bands per day? That's not a bad price.
 
2017-04-17 05:29:10 AM  
I don't know about music festivals but there are too many half marathons.
 
2017-04-17 05:45:05 AM  
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2017-04-17 05:49:44 AM  

max_pooper: CarnySaur: natewill: "I don't mind," said one festival-goer, "since I know it helps keep ticket prices reasonably low."

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So, when do the reasonably low prices start?

Sadly, that is what's considered reasonably low these days.

A festivals goer can probably see what about 6-8 bands per day? That's not a bad price.


$350 + fees. So, maybe fees come to another $50? Let's make it $100, so your entry price is $450. For 4 days, so $112.50 per day. Let's assume you'll cope with 8 hours of performance per day - 1-2 hours in the afternoon, 3-4 hours in the evening night, and 1-2 hours late. So, $112.50/8 = just over $14 per hour of live music. Sounds OK to me. Even at 4 hours of performance/day you pay $28/hour. Still Ok to me.

Fair enough, you've got food + booze on top of that, and you'll easily exceed $112.50/day in food and drink, but we're talking about the music, no?
 
2017-04-17 06:02:06 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Music festivals are for young people without mortgages and have trust funds or daddy sends them money every week. I miss those concerts, though. I had scholarships and grants out the wazoo, so I used that money. Those were fun days, even the miserable concerts, like when I went to HORDE in the middle of July in Phoenix. It was hot as hell, but there was also very little clothing.

Nowadays, the noise and the screaming throngs of sardines packed together and jumping around makes me feel claustrophobic. And now that I understand the greedy capitalist pillars that these festivals are built on, I wouldn't want to give a dime unless an honest-to-god living legend singer or band was going to be there.

My lawn. Off it! Even though it's brown and full of weeds.


https://woodfordfolkfestival.com/

It's unpleasantly hot at Woodford, but clothing is... interesting.. and there's lots of living legends come to perform, as well as some seriously talented up-and-coming artists.

Bonus - it's nearby and I might be convinced to entertain farkers if they come to visit.

Last years' program:
http://woodfordia.realviewtechnologies.com/?xml=Woodfordia_Folk_Festi​v​alV3&iid=147358#folio=1

Keith Potger (The Seekers), Paul Kelly, Amanda Palmer, to name a few.
 
2017-04-17 06:13:53 AM  
Are you forced to attend all these festivals subby? Is there no mechanism which allows you to stay home from those that offend you?
 
2017-04-17 06:44:29 AM  
guess who
 
2017-04-17 06:51:16 AM  
I shall go to my local festival in my village, like I usually do, and not bother with any others.

It would be rude not to, because it's Download (formerly 'Monsters of Rock') at the world-famous (Castle) Donington.
 
2017-04-17 07:19:48 AM  

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Slappy Squirrel is my spirit animal.
 
amb
2017-04-17 08:19:37 AM  
Summerfest in Milwaukee. Last time I went, single day admission was $10 or you could buy a Summerfest Pin that gave you multiday admission for not much more.  Headliners needed extra ticket but they gave out free general admission for the early birds.

Great festival, has a lot of most musical genres going. Kinda something for everyone.
 
2017-04-17 08:27:50 AM  

natewill: "I don't mind," said one festival-goer, "since I know it helps keep ticket prices reasonably low."

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So, when do the reasonably low prices start?


The only "festival" I've been to was Phish's millennium show in Big Cypress, FL.  It was $175 for three days of music and camping.  There was a midway and tons of home made food to for cheap.  I suppose prices have doubled in twenty years, you can't get a GA ticket to a normal A-list concert for less than $60 now.  Roger Waters tickets were north of $100 and they weren't the best seats in the house.  Although I did get Petty tickets and those were about $60 for GA after the value added fees.
 
2017-04-17 08:31:24 AM  

Ishkur: And then there's Coachella, the basic biatch of festivals.


Just looking at pictures of the crowd was enough for me to know I wouldn't want to go to that. It looks like a massive AW festival full of wannabes.

I'm not much of a festival goer though. Lat one I went to was Ozzfest in 1998 (which was really just a day long concert), and Woodstock '94 before that. I can't afford, nor would I want to drop off the radar for three days.
 
2017-04-17 08:32:44 AM  
I've only ever been to a few festivals (Warped Tour '05, Mayhem Fest 2013 and Wacken 2015) but they were all a great time.  Though the music wasn't entirely mainstream, so you had people there who were genuinely there for the music rather than to be seen.

The number of EDM festivals that come through here is shockingly high though.  Those seem to be more about "going to said I went" rather than "oh man, I can't wait to see <band names here>".  I just don't understand it.
 
2017-04-17 08:42:59 AM  

Fisty Bum: I've only ever been to a few festivals (Warped Tour '05, Mayhem Fest 2013 and Wacken 2015) but they were all a great time.  Though the music wasn't entirely mainstream, so you had people there who were genuinely there for the music rather than to be seen.

The number of EDM festivals that come through here is shockingly high though.  Those seem to be more about "going to said I went" rather than "oh man, I can't wait to see <band names here>".  I just don't understand it.


because there's no bands, just one guy pushing button "steal sample" "play"
 
2017-04-17 08:44:31 AM  
I enjoy watching the live videostream of the Austin City Limits festival from my living room big screen.   No  lines, impeccable beer selection, accessible clean bathrooms, perfect climate and you can't beat the prices.
 
2017-04-17 09:07:54 AM  
No. There's no real "music" to festival.
 
2017-04-17 09:12:21 AM  

unfarkingbelievable: No. There's no real "music" to festival.


BINGo.

Now go get me a tee shirt and a coke.
 
2017-04-17 09:15:46 AM  

rgGolf4: The only "festival" I've been to was Phish's millennium show in Big Cypress, FL.  It was $175 for three days of music and camping.


Too bad there wasn't a band. Of musicians. That know how to play music. And sing.
 
2017-04-17 09:16:26 AM  

vudukungfu: unfarkingbelievable: No. There's no real "music" to festival.

BINGo.

Now go get me a tee shirt and a coke.


And an $11 "Peace Pie" from the Dominoes kiosk. That was the thing about Woodstock 94 that pissed me off.
 
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2017-04-17 09:32:52 AM  
The only one I've been to was Reading in 2012, camped out for the entire weekend and enjoyed the hell out of it.  Worth it.
 
2017-04-17 10:35:42 AM  
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest can stay. The rest of you can GTFO.
 
2017-04-17 11:05:59 AM  
People that complain about how other people like to experience music are hilarious.
 
2017-04-17 11:27:49 AM  

amb: Summerfest in Milwaukee. Last time I went, single day admission was $10 or you could buy a Summerfest Pin that gave you multiday admission for not much more.  Headliners needed extra ticket but they gave out free general admission for the early birds.

Great festival, has a lot of most musical genres going. Kinda something for everyone.


That and every now and then random local businesses have free tickets, or daily promotions like food donations to get in free.

Unless it has changed much in the last decade, there seems to be less people during the day.  Which is nice.. because sometimes you can randomly find a decent local band, or for a $1, play the bongos with the guy next to the lake, or say find a non sober Lewis Black in the comedy tent at 2 in the afternoon.

I haven't been able to go during the daytime as of late. At night, though, it is getting annoying to navigate around the people going just for the overpriced beer and bus ride.  Or, I'm just getting older and bitter.
 
2017-04-17 11:41:01 AM  
Haven't been to a music festival since the first bumper shoot.  The costs of these festivals are insane.
Nothing like paying a shiat load of money to watch a show through your 4" iphone screen.
 
2017-04-17 11:44:33 AM  

fusillade762: Alphax: Depends on where you live, and the music that you like, I guess.

Never been to a music festival, like they're talking about.  Until last year, I hadn't been to a live concert in over 20 years, but in 2016 two of my favorite bands came to town, in a small venue of about 100-150 people.  But I'm guessing they don't consider St. Louis a good venue for metal acts, considering we don't even have a metal radio station.

The only "festival" I've ever been to was the Concert for Free Tibet in San Francisco, 1996. Though with only two stages and no corporate branding that I can remember it doesn't seem much like the current ones.

Still, got to see The Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Sonic Youth, Beck and Björk. So a good time was had by all. Except for the people who came out of the Rage mosh pit covered in blood two songs into their set...


Hey! It was you guys who liberated Tibet? Thanks!

I get a kick seeing Rage Against the Machine tickets brought by Ticketmaster. F'n hypocrites.
 
2017-04-17 12:04:07 PM  

natewill: "I don't mind," said one festival-goer, "since I know it helps keep ticket prices reasonably low."

[img.fark.net image 737x398]

So, when do the reasonably low prices start?


Came to say exactly this. Ticket prices may be reasonably low because of this but only scalpers and their software purchasing scripts benefit.
 
2017-04-17 12:10:27 PM  
why must crunchy college white kids pay to go to Coachella to hear Kendrick Lamar?

/  i simply dont get it.
 
2017-04-17 12:49:33 PM  

Fisty Bum: The number of EDM festivals that come through here is shockingly high though. Those seem to be more about "going to said I went" rather than "oh man, I can't wait to see <band names here>". I just don't understand it.


That's because you don't really go to electronic music festivals to watch music. That's just silly.
 
2017-04-17 12:58:38 PM  

Ishkur: Fisty Bum: The number of EDM festivals that come through here is shockingly high though. Those seem to be more about "going to said I went" rather than "oh man, I can't wait to see <band names here>". I just don't understand it.

That's because you don't really go to electronic music festivals to watch music. That's just silly.


I've been to a lot of concerts in my time, and one thing I can say for sure is that the people that are absolutely having the most fun dancing around are either at a punk rock show, or an EDM show.

/Love them both
 
2017-04-17 01:02:15 PM  

fusillade762: Still, got to see The Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Sonic Youth, Beck and Björk. So a good time was had by all. Except for the people who came out of the Rage mosh pit covered in blood two songs into their set...


I've worked at a musical festival every year for the last 25. You list those bands and my brain immediately says "That cost about 8 million dollars on the acts alone".
 
2017-04-17 01:17:25 PM  
And even in music-obsessed Portland, Oregon, last year's turnout at the Sasquatch! festival dropped by half.

I mean, sure, the festival is close-ish to Portland, but not only is it in WA state, the site is far closer to Seattle than it is to Portland.

Might as well reference Calgary when discussing the Pemberton Music Festival instead of Vancouver.
 
2017-04-17 02:07:41 PM  
Ticket pricing is a scam and has been for decades.  Once the ticketing was taken out of the hands of each venue  and turned over to the likes of ticketmaster, the prices rose exponentially.
 
2017-04-17 02:19:56 PM  
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Best festival ever.  In addition to Doobie Brothers we got Journey, Atlanta Rhythm Section, and Van Halen.  15 year old me was in heaven
 
2017-04-17 03:03:17 PM  
 
2017-04-17 03:45:57 PM  
One day you wake up and you are old. I'm only 51 mind you but this shiat just doesn't seem fun to me. You'd kind of have to pay me to go to a festival these days... and I mean like a grand a day. Thus, there's not much a chance of me being at a big music festival these days. I suppose this is just a long way of saying that I would not go to the festivals mentioned even if tix were free so I reckon I don't care how expensive the tickets are.
 
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