Music Festival Review: Coachella hype and other festivals



Winter has long left Florida, but the rest of the country is just beginning to step out onto their porches after weeks of hiding from the biting cold. As a continuation from last weekend, people from all parts of the country are gathering in the picturesque California valley for Coachella’s second weekend line-up. The first weekend of the festival featured many artists who performed new music live for the first time and posh celebrities lounging around with a verve most other events aspire to facilitate.

coachella weekend one


I spoke to Lindsay Theirl, a Southern Californian native, about the music festival hype and the polar vortex. Hey! Okay, first let me ask: are you planning on attending any festivals this year?
Lindsay Theirl: I was planning on attending Outside Lands, but the lineup was disappointing so I decided to hold out for FYF instead. It has turned into a mini Coachella, so there’s usually good bands. 

Why not go to Coachella then? As a local, do you roll your eyes at the hype or is the hype real?
Coachella used to be cool when I was in high school. You could get a one day ticket for $90 and just drive there and back in the same day. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a car, but I feel like the glory days of Coachella are over and now it’s more about being seen and planning outfits than actually seeing bands or acts you care about. Some other big festivals around the country seem cool, but, also, the heat is an issue. That’s why Outside Lands is cool; it’s a festival where you need a coat. 

(I guess when you grow up in perennial heat, the scorching climate of summer music festivals aren’t too appealing.)

How much would be willing to pay for a festival.
For a free day festival, $200 is my ideal price.



You grew up in California but lived in Boston these past two years. Did the harsh winters create any ill will towards the cold?
Being from the greater Los Angeles area, I was definitely not equipped to deal with the weather. I feel like the first nine months I lived there I barely left my dorm room because it was so cold. So, in a way, it’s disappointing because I missed out on stuff because I hated being outside. I got used to it eventually, but I’m so happy being in LA now and not worrying about the cold. Snow is beautiful at first but walking in -9 degrees wind chill to the subway sucks. I’ll keep my palm trees, thank you very much. 

2015 has a lot of anticipated album releases, which means new tours. Who are you looking forward to seeing on a festival  stage?
The Strokes would be awesome. Seeing Julian Casablancas + the Voidz wasn’t what I thought it would be. I’d also like to see Lana on a festival stage. Drake. Death Grips apparently reunited, so I’m waiting to see them. LA has a lot of good local bands like FIDLAR that are pretty famous now, so just seeing those guys is fun. 


Although everyone has their own music festival preferences, not everyone has the funds to fly out across the country for a weekend. For the crowd stuck in the southeastern part of the continental US, the following is a list of local music festivals, more or less–all of which are happening in May 2015!

Sunfest Music Festival

  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • April 28-May 3, 2015
  • Waterfront venue
  • Tickets are priced between $40-$80.
  • Considered a family friendly event.
  • Headlining artists include Fall Out Boy, Lenny Kravitz, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Hozier, and more..
  • Besides musical talents, there are food trucks, a 5k race, and an art show.
photo by Stacey Kizer via flickr

photo by Stacey Kizer via flickr

Shaky Knees Music Festival

  • Atlanta, GA
  • May 8-10, 2015
  • Located near the heart of Atlanta, in Central Park.
  • Ticket prices include single day, three-day pass and various VIP options.
  • Kick off party and late night shows.  After the festival ends for the night, a handful of artists are hitting local venues to play more shows. Requires an additional ticket.
  • Headlining artists include The Strokes, Interpol, Best Coast, Tame Impala, Panda Bear, Mac DeMarco,  Neutral Milk Hotel, Viet Cong and more.

Big Guava Music Festival

  • Tampa, FL
  • May 8-9, 2015
  • Multi-stage festival
  • Various ticket options; VIP and GA. The ticket for the first day of the festival is cheaper due to shorter line up.
  • Carnival rides are free for ticket holders.
  • Meet and Greet opportunity–additional ticket required.
  • Headlining artists include The Strokes, Pixies, Hozier, Banks, Jenny Lewis, TV on the Radio, James Blake, Passion Pit and more.


Hangout Music Festival

  • Gulf Shores, AL
  • May 15-17, 2015
  • Beachfront venue
  • Tickets start at $249 for general admission and go upwards in price.
  • Thursday kick off party, $40, separate from festival ticket price.
  • Six stages of music near the beach. Over 70 performers scheduled.
  • Shuttle service available.
  • No single day passes. Sad face.
  • Headlining artists include Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket, Father John Misty and more.

Last minute road trip plans, anyone?

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