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Have You Ever Been to a Music Festival?

GMR 2012/03/26 19:23:46
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Coachella, officially the biggest music festival in the country, is just a couple of weeks away. It's gotten so big that organizers decided to do the festival two weekends in a row this year. The first will take place on April 13-15 and the second on April 20-22, and if all goes well, both weekends will feature roughly the same lineup -- Radiohead, The Black Keys, Dr. Dre, Bon Iver, At the Drive-In, and tons more.

But it's certainly not the only festival in town. Bonnaroo will go off in June, and Lollapalooza lands in early August. It's not always easy to find the perfect lineup within a reasonable distance, but if you keep your eyes peeled there's bound to be a festival out there that can whet your musical appetite. And if you simply can't make it, digital streaming is becoming more widely available, so you can witness the magic on your own terms, in your own living room.

When you have a moment, make sure to take our 10-question music festival Quick Poll and fill us in on your festival-going preferences. We'd love to hear from you!
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  • Harley Quinn 2012/03/27 02:20:31
    I go every year
    Harley Quinn
    +4
    Irish Fest (well, I try to go every year). And I've been to Summer Fest once (I saw Joan Jett and Ray Davies from the Kinks).

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  • Tom Hom 2012/04/02 21:10:32
    Yes, just once
    Tom Hom
    The 'David Arvedon Is A Mental Case' festival in Providence, R.I., was very well attended, and several bands played there. Wilson Pickett was there, and I believe this was his last show because he died two days later.
  • harley oldman 2012/04/01 21:32:34
    Yes, more than 10 times
    harley oldman
    YEP...!
  • Sarah 2012/03/31 19:12:52
    No, but I plan to
    Sarah
    WARPED- totally goin' someday
  • vdehl 2012/03/31 03:38:35
    Yes, more than 10 times
    vdehl
    I used to go often when I was younger. Sun Fest West Palm Beach
  • Seemore 2012/03/30 22:26:00
    I go every year
    Seemore
    More than once a year!
  • BUCKY-- SKYNYRD 2012/03/28 22:09:20 (edited)
    I go every year
    BUCKY-- SKYNYRD
    http://www.summerfest.com/mus...

    i won't go near the place this year the day common is there.....cop killers should be executed
  • Queen Anne's Revenge 2012/03/28 18:49:30
    Yes, 2-3 times
    Queen Anne's Revenge
    Yep :)
  • King Anti-Christ 666 2012/03/28 14:35:26
  • Aksana 2012/03/28 12:40:31
    No, and I don’t plan to
    Aksana
    nope
  • LadyIron 2012/03/28 10:26:36
    I go every year
    LadyIron
    i go every year! no wonder im deaf lol but thats the price i pay for good music :]
  • 001 2012/03/28 10:22:05
    Yes, 4-10 times
    001
    Maybe more, I'm not sure. Most of them were either free or pretty small (or both).
  • Miss UT 2012/03/28 05:36:13
    No, and I don’t plan to
    Miss UT
    My son lives in Austin TX and they have the SXSW (South by Southwest) music festival every year in early March. The last 4=5 years, he has hosted, in his home, bands from Iceland, and Belgium. He remains friends with them. He even visited the band in Belgium and traveled with them for a few days. He loves the festival and it caters to many types of music....all music! http://sxsw.com/
  • southofcloud9 2012/03/28 04:12:32
    Yes, 2-3 times
    southofcloud9
    Lollapalooza, US Festival, and Montreux Jazz festival
  • starguide 2012/03/28 03:57:38
    Yes, just once
    starguide
    woodstock 69..... does fillmore east count with 3 different groups a night?
  • zack 2012/03/28 03:24:19
    I go every year
    zack
    I go to warped almost every year mostly because I have a summer job at one of the venues it stopes at every year but its still an awesome festival.
  • Missa Monstrosity 2012/03/28 02:46:13
    No, but I plan to
    Missa Monstrosity
    I plan on going to warped this year!
  • jkistner1 2012/03/27 22:35:50
    Yes, 2-3 times
    jkistner1
    But, the ones I went to were classical music, such as the Salzburg music festival in Austria.
  • laydeelapis 2012/03/27 21:59:33
    No, and I don’t plan to
    laydeelapis
    It doesn't sound like something I'd like. All the fans look a little crazy haha xD And I generally don't like loud music and idk, something about crowds packed together like that makes me feel tight-chested and headachy lol
  • SEA Jay 2012/03/27 21:35:53
    Yes, 2-3 times
    SEA Jay
    +1
    Biggest Festival I saw was one or two weeks before the 1st and original Woodstock Festival and it was called The Atlantic City Pop Festival. It had some of the same artists as Woodstock. Sure can't remember three days of music acts over 40 years ago. Janis Joplin's new band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Iron Butterfly, Chambers Brothers, Santana, Chicago Transit Authority, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills, Nash (not w/Neil Young), B.B. King, Canned Heat, The Byrds, Little Richard, Procol Harum, and so many others. A great local Philley local band, The American Dream. No, Jimi Hendrix was not there. I've been to lots of smaller one day festivals
  • fooley177 2012/03/27 21:34:49
    Yes, just once
    fooley177
    Last year I went to the 'David Arvedon Is A Mental Case' festival in Providence R.I. Todd Voestral and The Nostril played there, along with David Arvedon and The Psychopaths, of course. I believe the other performers were Wilson Pickett and Johny Neuberg and The Lobsters. This was a hell of a show.
  • cin 2012/03/27 20:48:02
    I go every year
    cin
    I go to 5 or 6 a year. EDC in Vegas....I wanna go to ultra in miami next year (:
  • addie 2012/03/27 19:24:13
    Yes, just once
    addie
    +1
    ChicagoFest 1982.
  • t.eliot, topbard 2012/03/27 18:40:08
    Yes, 2-3 times
    t.eliot, topbard
    +2
    Philly Folk Festival in the 60's and 70's.
  • Headhun... t.eliot... 2012/03/29 20:09:24
    Headhunter 13
    Great series. I even did security there a coup,e of years. Hey you give me that joint, wow this is pretty good stuff
  • t.eliot... Headhun... 2012/03/29 21:11:33
    t.eliot, topbard
    +1
    5 friends and I with all our gear, crammed into my VW beetle. Those were the days. Maybe I did give you that joint.
  • t.eliot... t.eliot... 2012/03/29 21:09:37
    t.eliot, topbard
    +1
    In a different vein, I attended numerous Bach Festivals @ Lehigh Univ. in Bethlhem, Pa. My parents sang in the choir. I have also attended the Bach Festival in Eugene, Or.
  • Headhun... t.eliot... 2012/03/29 22:23:18
    Headhunter 13
    Love the Bethelhem Music Fest
  • Anna E 2012/03/27 18:19:24
    I go every year
    Anna E
    I catch 2 local ones every year and whenever I can I catch 1 in the valley I used to live in.
  • Brian Noel Jr 2012/03/27 18:07:08
    Yes, just once
    Brian Noel Jr
    +1
    Going back too mayhem fest this year and im going to waken at least once in my life
  • Emmaly Elliot 2012/03/27 17:43:26
  • Brian 2012/03/27 17:12:40
  • Bocephus 2012/03/27 17:02:03
  • addie Bocephus 2012/03/27 19:27:01
    addie
    +1
    I would go to country music festivals if I lived near where any were held!
  • jacktown kid 2012/03/27 16:38:01
    No, but I plan to
    jacktown kid
    Hopefully 1 time
  • Lucy Sparkles :3 2012/03/27 16:15:48
    I go every year
    Lucy Sparkles :3
    +1
    Burning Man, baby! :D
  • Chris - The Rowdy One! #187 2012/03/27 15:07:30
  • SEA Jay Chris -... 2012/03/27 21:46:47
    SEA Jay
    +1
    MerriWeather Post Pavillion is a great outdoor venue to see bands. I saw Led Zeppelin open for The Who there. That's no joke, that's a fact. I saw Pink Floyd there with 360 degree sound, Speakers from behind and from all sides, another fact. By the way, from your poster, KIX was a band that really Rocked!
  • Chris -... SEA Jay 2012/03/28 10:47:40
  • bluelady 2012/03/27 14:52:19
    I go every year
    bluelady
    Grassroots festival...Trumansburg New York..in July> my brother is a mandolin and keyboard player for 2 groups and I go to help him as he has health issues
  • Molinda 2012/03/27 14:44:42
    No, but I plan to
    Molinda
    :)

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