Talking Like a Jerk: #0003 – Music Festivals
What happened to the music festival?
What was once a pastoral escape has now become a bloated corporate opportunity for profit, more commonly marketed towards wealthy high schoolers than engaged music fans.
For us music die-hards who still attend festivals, every year becomes more of a struggle to find meaning and defend our decisions…
This episode, Bryce Rudow, Corinne Osnos, Justin McCarthy, and I take up the apologist’s stump once again to discuss this year’s exciting vs. disappointing lineups, experiential music festivals vs. the cookie-cutters, and the expectation vs. reality of festival weekends.
We also propose a few solutions, so if you know anyone at Live Nation or AEG:
- “Bonnaroo, You’re Perfect, Oh Please Don’t Change a Thing” by Bryce Rudow, Random Nerds
- “Some Songs Considered #048: A mathematic formula to determine if Bonnaroo 2016 is ‘worth it'” by Lindsay Hogan, Random Nerds
- “How America’s Luxury-Obsessed Festival Industry Made the Fyre Festival Debacle Possible” by Ron Knox, Slate
- “Shipping Out” by David Foster Wallace, Harper’s Magazine (From “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again”)
- “The Mastermind Behind Coachella” by John Seabrook, The New Yorker
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