Why I Love Music Festivals
There isn’t enough here for a very long post, but it’s a little something I’d scribbled down after attending Lollapalooza in Chicago for the 3rd time. It’s just a cute little reflection I forgot I’d written. I still wanted to share it with you because when I discovered it, it made me smile.
I love music festivals.
This past weekend, I went to Lollapalooza with my cousin. I’d gone twice before but it was the first time I’d gone for all four days. For those who don’t know, Lolla is a huge music festival in Chicago’s Grant Park. This year saw the likes of Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Post Malone, and even Luke Combs! (It’s definitely not a country music festival, so that was a very pleasant surprise.)
I obviously love the music and the boozing and the eternal party weekend that is Lolla, but for me it, goes much deeper than that. To me, music festivals represent what humanity ought to be. For four days, people from all over the world with different backgrounds came together peacefully to have a great time. How amazing would the world be if we could always act this way?
Music has the power to bring out the best in us, and it’s just another reason why I want to be in this industry, despite its many challenges. We can create incredible moments for people, and more importantly, we create moments that prove life can be good if we just let it.
As I’ve grown up, some of my best memories have been at music festivals and concerts. When I hear live music, I feel young, vibrant, and alive. These kinds of moments are priceless. Those songs will always take you back to those memories, you’ll look back at those photos in your 90s and reminisce about the “good old days” with your future grandchildren. You don’t get that when you drop five hundred dollars on a fancy watch or a designer purse (I’ve never understood why people would waste money on a purse, you’re literally spending money on a sack you can put your wallet, with now significantly less money, in. Makes no sense.)
My point is, these are experiences worth investing in. With one crazy thing going on in the world after another, sometimes you need to be reminded how amazing life can be too. Sometimes you need to spend four days bopping through a drunken, glittery, sea of humanity to recharge in order to face reality. I never feel freer or happier than when I’m at a music festival, except of course when I’m making my own music. How full circle would it be if I played at Lolla one day?