Students Mark Calendars for Summer Music Festivals

Outdoor concert season is quickly approaching, and the release of festival line-ups is a common topic among students.

On Jan. 17, the 2015 Firefly Music Festival lineup was finally unveiled. The festival occurs annually at The Woodlands in Dover, DE and will take place over from June 18 to 21. Headliners include Kings of Leon, The Killers, Snoop Dogg, Foster The People, Hozier, Kid Cudi, Steve Aoki, Cage The Elephant and Walk The Moon.

Junior Jordan Groff said, “I love this line up because there are so many options.” However, the performers are not the only attractions at Firefly. There are other activities for attendees to try, including the Hammock Hangout, which is the perfect place for tired festival goers to get a break from the non-stop rush of the concerts and catch up on a little sleep.

The Market, which has over 10 different shops for people to purchase their higher-end festival goods, also includes a locker rental service so you do not have to be stuck carrying around heavy items all day. The Thicket, one of Firefly’s most popular attractions, is a concert in the woods where fans hear the whole show through headphones.

Junior Anna Dolce said, “There’s so much to do at Firefly, and I think it would be a really cool experience.”

The Sweetlife music festival, sponsored by the organic restaurant and company Sweetgreen, added some new changes to the program this year. For the first time the festival will span over two days, May 30-31, which resulted in a ticket price increase that caused a bit of controversy. What did not change was the location; the festival will once again be held at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. The concert line up includes Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris, The Weeknd, Billy Idol, Marina and The Diamonds and Bleachers.

Due to the location being so close to Mt. Hebron, students are looking forward to attending. Sophomore Bella Dutra said, “I think the line up is a lot better than last year’s. And the tickets are more expensive, but it evens out because now it’s two days long.”

“The line up is so good, and I’m dying to see so many of the people in it,” freshman Alysa Mallin agreed.

However, the ticket price increase has caused a lack of interest for some, like Junior Jordan Stevens. “The price is ridiculous,” he said.

Dolce was also unattracted to the price increase and said, “I feel like it’s not worth spending that much money on a ticket to see artists I’m not that passionate about. I’d rather go to Firefly.”

On a less local level, the renowned and immensely popular Coachella Music Festival will occur over the two-weekend span of April 10-12 and 17-19 in Indio, CA. Headliners from both weekends include AC/DC, Drake, Florence and the Machine, Hozier, Marina and The Diamonds, St. Lucia and Vance Joy.

The Coachella experience includes endless games of corn hole, water balloon tosses, relay races, pinball, pie eating contests, limbo, ping-pong and tons of dance parties. Food can be found in a variety of farmers markets and food trucks, and clothing and souvenirs can be found in many boutiques. The experience would not be complete without a ride on the famous Coachella Ferris Wheel.

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will take place in Manchester, TN from June 11 to 14. The lineup consists of a variety of artists including Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Twenty One Pilots, Tove Lo, G-Eazy, Childish Gambino and many more. Activities include a silent disco, a poster art exhibit, Comedy Theater, a Bonnaroo salon, Positivity Park and a 5K run called “Roo Run.”

Each festival will take place rain or shine. For more information and ticket purchasing, check out the self-titled websites for each of the concerts.

Categories: Features

Tagged as: