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web dev, Society 6 creator, Udemy teacher, traveler, podcastaholic & IFPA-certified pilates lover

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Music Festivals

I was never a big music lover until I went to my first music festival: Bonnaroo in 2012. There was something about the experience of coming together with people from all around the world to celebrate incredible artists that hooked me. Planning routes to the venues, packing my pickup truck with camping gear, setting up a tent next to two new sets of friends…I truly believe it’s an experience everyone needs to try at least once.

Since 2012, I have been all across the world with old friends and new, sleeping in tents and RVs, sharing watermelons with neighbors, discovering new artists and on and on…

What to bring to a music festival?

Being prepared for a music festival does require a bit of planning. When I hit the road, here’s what I make sure to bring:

My Music Festival Packing List

Concerts I’ve been to:

  • Bonnaroo (Manchester, TN- early June) DONE 2012 & 2013 & 2014 & 2015
  • Dayglow (all over US, year-round) DONE 2012
  • Electric Zoo Festival (Randall’s Island Park, New York City, Aug 31-Sep 1) DONE 2013
  • Shambala Festival (Northamptonshire, UK, Aug 23-27)
  • Burning Man (Nevada- Aug 27-Sept 3) DONE 2012
  • CounterPoint (Atlanta, GA- Sept 27-29 2012 and April 25-27 2014) DONE 2012 and 2014
  • Mad Decent Block Party (Various) DONE SUMMER 2014
  • Tomorrow World (Atlanta, GA- September 27-29) DONE 2013
  • Basslights (Miami, FL- Nov 18-19) DONE 2013
  • Mysteryland (Bethel, NY, May 23-25) DONE MAY 2014
  • Bonnaroo (Manchester, TN, June 12-15) DONE JUNE 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Holy Ship!! (Dubstep/EDM Cruise to Bahamas, January & February sailings) DONE February 2015
  • Euphoria (Carson Creek Ranch outside Austin, TX, April 10-12) DONE APRIL 2015
  • Tomorrowland (EDM, Boom Belgium) DONE JULY 2015
  • Okeechobee Music Festival (Okeechobee, FL) DONE MARCH 2016

Concerts I want to go to:

  • Simple Man Cruise
  • Gasperilla (Tampa, FL- end of January)
  • SXSW (Austin, TX- Mid March)
  • Ultra (Miami, FL- end of march)
  • Coachella (California- April)
  • Sasquatch (Washington, May 25-28)
  • Wakarusa (Arkansas, June 4-7)
  • Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, others, June 8-10)
  • Austin City Limits (Texas, Mid October)
  • CityArts Fest (Seattle, Oct 17-20)
  • Voodoo Experience (City Park, New Orleans, Oct 26-28)
  • Fantasy Fest (Key West, FL- end of Oct)
  • Lights All Night (Dallas, TX, End of Dec)
  • Electric Forest (Michigan, June 27-30)
  • Rombello (Reggae Cruise to Bahamas) Maybe next time…
  • Summerjam (Kohl, Germany- first week of July)
  • Camp Bisco (New York, July 12-14)
  • Hardfest (LA, California, Aug 3-4)
  • Lollapalooza (Chicago, Illinois, Aug 3-5)
  • Outside Lands (San Francisco, California, Aug 10-12)
  • Hardfest (Los Angeles, CA- August 3-4)
  • Bestival (Isle of Wight, Sept 6-9)
  • Nocturnal Wonderland (Southern California, Sept 21-22)

Dates are approximate!! Check the official sites to confirm!