Warmer weather arriving means many things, including a slew of major music festivals around the globe. At the same time, the higher temps and festival ticket prices are igniting an age-old debate: Is it worth the cost of the trip or is it more fun to watch online from your couch with your dog and a beer?
Music Festivals - The Early Glory Days
Cultural festivals featuring music stretch back to Ancient Greece, but the origin of today's festival format can actually be traced to the 18th century. Religious gatherings like the Three Choirs Festival brought classical music fans to church to hear Beethoven and Mozart.
Meanwhile, the Second Great Awakening developed the idea of musical retreats, where the faithful would camp out and sing hymns together. It was like Woodstock, minus the sex and drugs.
By 1954, jazz had developed a serious foothold in America. The first Newport Jazz Festival brought more than 11,000 people together to enjoy the sweet sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and many others. Not only was this the first jazz festival in America, but it was the first time that such an eclectic crowd got together to enjoy non-religious tunes. At Newport, quality live music was the draw. This revolutionary concept also laid the groundwork for massive rock festivals like Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock in the late 1960s.
Now, just imagine 400,000 people making a pilgrimage to Woodstock, NY in 1969 to hear Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and so many other legendary artists. Only 10,000 people were expected to show up, but it turned into a festival like no other. Music lovers converged on the small New York farm town with peace signs outstretched and the smell of patchouli in the air. So many people came that the festival founders decided to make admission free to the public. It became a real bonding experience for rock and folk fans, who witnessed cutting-edge artists in the prime of their careers. Did we mention it turns 50 this year?
Then and Now
In the time since Woodstock, music festivals have spread around the globe like wild-Fyre (yes, we went there).
Some are focused on the latest up-and-coming acts, while others mix it up with established superstars and newer bands.
Anyway you slice it, online media, streaming, and social platforms have made music festivals a viral phenomenon.
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
But, not everyone wants to necessarily make a pilgrimage for three days of non-stop music. Some of us would simply rather get the experience at home. Many festivals stream their shows live globally.
For those who can't make it to a festival this season, we have some suggestions for alternatives where you'll get the concert-going experience without the potential for sunburn, bug bites, and general griminess:
Klipsch Groove: Even if you do decide to head out to a festival, why not prep with a playlist from your favorite band on the bill? The Klipsch Groove® Bluetooth® portable speaker offers concert-quality audio for your road trip and tailgate.
R-51PM or R-41PM speakers: If the temps are too hot or rain is in the forecast, chances are good you're going to skip out on an all-day festival. Why not tune into the stream using powered speakers? No amplified needed, the R-51PM or R-41PM are also perfect for listening to vinyl - no matter the weather!
Home Theater Systems: You can relive the glory of your favorite festival or stream the next big get-together in true concert fashion with a Klipsch home theater system. Create as close to the live show experience as possible in the comfort of your home.
Share your festival-going experiences with us in the comments! Best live performance? Worst? Best festival ever?
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