The Festivals Are Calling
Stereotype: broke college student. Mission: spend our money on what we love, while we can still make the statement, “I’m a broke college student!” What better way to do that than by attending music festivals? Though they may be expensive at first glance, you are saving money by seeing a bunch of artists that you love in one place. Before you make the trek to a festival, make sure you know all of the details. For example, most festivals sell their tickets in multiple price levels, so you may not have to scrape up every last penny to pay for a ticket sold by a faceless StubHub patron. Here is the basic information you need to know about a few of the coolest music festivals along the east coast:
Some info: Camp Bisco is a rain or shine, 3-day outdoor festival.
Location: Pattersonville, New York, outside of Albany.
When: July 11-13, 2013.
Cost: When you buy tickets for Camp Bisco, you are there for all three days. The general admission tickets on sale right now are going for $185, with the last minute prices being $199 (not including fees).
Genre of Festival: Mostly EDM (electronic dance music), with a few other alternative sub-genres mixed in like Passion Pit, Umphrey’s McGee, Animal Collective, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. If you are planning on Camp Bisco, plan on dancing for three days straight.
Headliners: The Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, Passion Pit, STS9, Animal Collective, Umphrey’s McGee, Flux Pavilion, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lotus, Wolfgang Gartner, Boys Noize, Squarepusher, Tommy Trash, and Dillon Francis.
Other Details: If camping at Camp Bisco does not suit your fancy, there are hotel packages provided by the festival, but they come at a steep price. There are shuttles to the show available from Albany, Baltimore, Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia. If you want to drive, there is a necessary $25 parking pass.
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Some info: This 4-day festival is the best four days of your life according to Bonnaroo’s website and their ‘happy campers’ won’t say anything different. When Daniel Tosh announced 2013’s lineup, he said “I know hanging out with 80,000 dirty hippies sounds awful, but what makes it worth the trip are the amazing artists.”
Location: Manchester, Tennessee.
When: June 13-16, 2013.
Cost: Just like Camp Bisco, when you buy a ticket, you buy it for four days. Tickets have been on sale for a while and are now in Level 4, costing $269.50 (plus fees).
Genre of festival: Bonnaroo is a very diverse festival and there is a lot of overlap with popular Coachella. You will hear everything from classic rock to new-age alternative, from R&B to folk, comedy acts, and everything in between (short of Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj). Among your favorites, you will also hear a lot of bands that are not on everyone’s spectrum, but should be.
Headliners: Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Björk, Wilco, Pretty Lights, R.Kelly, Wu-Tang Clan, Daniel Tosh, The National, The Lumineers, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Passion Pit, The xx, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, and Of Monsters and Men.
Other Details: Like Camp Bisco, there are hotel packages, but they are still expensive. It is also important to know that Bonnaroo has a very specific code of conduct. Some rules include: “Don’t be ‘that guy,’ radiate positivity, and be prepared. Most importantly, tell all your friends what a great time you had at Bonnaroo!”
Some info: This newly introduced one or two day festival is taking place right here in Boston, and it’s looking to be killer.
Location: City Hall Plaza, in Boston, Massachusetts.
When: May 25-26, 2013.
Cost: For this festival, you can buy passes for either one or two days. One day costs $75; the weekend costs $130. Tickets went on sale this week, so you may still be able to catch the worm with the $120 early bird weekend passes!
Genre of festival: Since this is the first year of Boston Calling, it is difficult to tell what kind of vibe you will pick up. However, the lineup has a lot of successful bands from 2012 and some up and coming artists
Saturday Lineup: Fun., The Shins, Marina and the Diamonds, Matt & Kim, Portugal. The Man, Cults, MS MR, St. Lucia, and Bad Rabbits.
Sunday Lineup: The National, Of Monsters and Men, Young the Giant, Andrew Bird, Dirty Projectors, Ra Ra Riot, The Walkmen, Youth Lagoon, and Caspian.
Other Details: This is at City Hall Plaza, also known as Government Center. There are also VIP weekend passes for $350 and single-day passes for $185 available.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind for any festival you attend:
- Stay healthy and hydrated! Though there may be medical tents, you do not want to pass out from not eating or drinking enough, dancing too much, and ultimately end up missing the entire festival.
- Act fast! Though it seems like summer is a lifetime away, tickets for summer shows sell fast.
- No matter what festival you go to, make sure to take lots of pictures and videos! Not only will you want to remember your favorite moments to deal with post-festival depression, but you will want to make your friends jealous.