Music festival mayhem


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Popular festivals in Texas are SXSW, ACL and FPSF. Tickets range from $50-200.

Music flows from every stage in the venue. Voices, rhythms and notes overlap to form a wall of noise that follows her wherever she goes. She has looked forward to this day for months now, and it is finally here. It is everything she has been dreaming of.

Music festivals go back decades, from Woodstock to Warped Tour, and are attended by thousands of people every year. Free Press Summer Festival, Rockstar Mayhem, and multiple other festivals put down roots in select cities for a day or a weekend so that music lovers from all around can enjoy the performances.

“There’s so many different types of people and bands you get to listen to and the whole atmosphere is so energized,” junior Naomi Tousha said. “Plus, you get to meet people who have a common interest with you so it’s easy to talk to them.”

Music festivals are year-round, but many are during the summer, and there are some things to keep in mind before driving an hour (or eight) only to find out that something was left behind. Several things are required to ensure that a music festival go-er has a good experience.

“I bought a Camel backpack, which was great to keep my stuff in and keep me hydrated,” Tousha said. “Bring shoes that you don’t really care about because the mud and dirt will ruin them. Also wash your face really well when you get home no matter how tired you are.”

In addition to supplies, gas and souvenirs, there is also the festival ticket to worry about. Prices range from $50 to over $200, depending on factors such as which festival it is, what bands are playing, the venue and how many stages there are.

“A lot of times the price deters me,” math teacher Raymond Brown said. “A lot of times I think it is overpriced, but when I do go, I agree with the price.”

According to those who have attended, music festivals are memorable. The sights, the music and the people are all things that will be remembered for decades after.

“My favorite part was when my favorite band stopped for a break while they were performing,” senior Brandon Benson said. “During the break the lead guitarist played a 10 minute guitar solo.”