13 Reasons Why You Should Attend A Music Festival Once In Your Life

13 Reasons Why You Should Attend A Music Festival Once In Your Life

Don't just take it from me, learn from the festival goers that live for these moments.

From Bonnaroo to Governor's Ball, Firefly to Lollapalooza, Coachella to Austin City Limits, the long list of music festivals around the United States seems to never end. And in every music festival there are hidden treasures, unforgettable memories, and unbelievable artists that festival goers get the amazing opportunity to experience.

But these festivals are much more than a killer lineup or an outstanding headliner. For some people, this is their precious home away from home, their happy place, or the one thing they look forward to each and every year.

Whether you're a music fanatic or someone just looking for a new form of vacation, a music festival is something everyone should witness and experience at least once in their life because the atmosphere, people, and positive vibes are sometimes indescribable.

To help paint the picture of special music festival experiences I talked to some festival goers from a couple of different festivals to show how it's much more than just a giant concert, it's a life-changing atmosphere.

1. Danielle Vega: Fourth Festival

"You should experience a festival at least once in your life because of the atmosphere, the care free spirits everywhere. Even the people who are working are happy to be there and help you. Your [camping] neighbors will become your friends. You will see shows so spectacular that you wouldn't be able to just by going to a concert. There is a sense of family that is found in festival life and it's uplifting, it's something to look forward to."

"My girlfriend and I walked around with this on Friday at Firefly and the amount of love we received was so heart warming and the people who wanted to share their stories. It felt so welcoming."

2. KiKi Kay: Third Firefly Festival

"Everyone should experience a music festival because when you walk through the gates, it feels like you're coming home. The vibe is just perfect and you feel free."

3. Jim Margist:

"Me and my son go to festivals to get away from the daily distractions that consume our lives and just be friends and live in the music weather. It's him standing next to me at Tom Petty realizing he knew every song, or when we go and see Run The Jewels and go crazy in the pit. For those few short days it's not about what type of music you like it's just about living in the music."

4. Michael Simons:

"Because you need to either get over your fear of crowds... or develop such a fear!"

5. Adam Collins: Sixth Year at Bonnaroo

"All of life's problems seem to disappear while I'm at Bonnaroo."

6. Matthew Halliwell: Firefly

"The best reason I could give is that my entire life, I've never 'understood' techno, or EDM music at all. I've been strictly a rock/alternative fan. Prior to coming to Firefly this year, I listened to some of Porter Robinson's music, and although I thought it was better than most other EDM music, I still had no interest in seeing him. My friends talked me into going to his set, and within the first 5 minutes I 'got it.' It all clicked to me why people love this kind of music. I felt emotion while listening and watching everyone. Still to this day when I hear his songs, I get the chills. It was truly a fantastic experience and changed the way I will view music for the rest of my life."

7. Paige Ringger: First Year Electric Forest

"Going to sleep after the sun rose and waking up in a 90 degree tent was the cherry on top of the sundae called Electric Forest. I was amazed when I first walked into Sherwood Forest. The beautiful architecture and decor that paints the forest is wondrous. There are so many things to do, and so many people to meet. Everyone is happy and the energy is unmatched to any other music festival I've been to. The food is amazing and the multiple stages always provide something to dance your heart out to. You think it can't get any better, and then night falls. The Forest at night is a whole new world that I could not have imagined. The same beautiful architecture and decor transforms with lights and sounds to blow your mind and teleport you to a whole different place."

8. Von Hendrick: Fifth Year at Bonnaroo

"It is that feeling of peace. The only time it feels like that everyone is attending a festival and looking out for one another. No fights or arguments, just everyone spreading and radiating positivity. Bonnaroo is that one time a year, that you feel like you belong and your support group is every single person with you on the Farm."

9. Kyle Bindas: First Bonnaroo Experience

"Just the bonds in general with random people. Like our camping neighbors at Bonnaroo for example, we hit it off instantly. Like literally while we were unpacking our cars we started talking. Every day we'd talk about what bands we were going to see and our thoughts about the festival. I don't remember hhow we left our phone numbers, I think we left a note telling them they were cool neighbors, but later in the week we got a really long text from them telling us to stay positive in the world and take Bonnaroo vibes with us wherever we go. Overall, just be nice to random people and maybe the world can be more like Bonnaroo."

10. Lelia Cotton: Third Year at Bonnaroo

"The 359 days that I am not at Bonnaroo are spent thinking about Bonnaroo. Music is a universal language that has the ability to trigger physiological changes in the body. I can dance fearlessly while witnessing musical acts that physically make my cheeks warm and skin tingle. In its various forms, music unites humans in a unique way because 90,000 strangers suddenly feel like family and I can let every facet of my personality be present without judgment. It's that brief break from my corporate costume that I need to get through the rest of the year."

11. Tayler Doubblestein: Okeechobee Festival

"What I say to people when they ask me what my favorite part is I usually say, it's a once in a lifetime experience each festival you go to. There's always new things to experience and it really is like a huge family atmosphere. You meet some of the most amazing people you probably wouldn't meet anywhere else. And you get to listen to some pretty awesome music at the same time. It's definitely an experience hard to explain but once you experience it, it all makes sense, and you'll wonder why it took you so long to do so!"

12. Michelle Urbano: First Bonnaroo Experience

"My first year at Bonnaroo, I experienced what it felt like (for the first time in my entire life) to have peace of mind. I did not feel judged and I did not judge myself. On the Saturday morning I realized that the voice in my head had finally quieted itself. It had nothing negative left to say. I came into myself and accepted myself and loved myself and it changed my life forever."

13. Jenelle Gondek: Austin City Limits

"Austin City Limits is usually a non-traditional lineup if you're looking to explore some new bands or discover something you've never heard before. It was incredible because I got to see some bands I would have never been able to see, and the city of Austin is awesome. Out of all the festivals I've been to, this one is different. It's more than just the music. It's the art, the environment, and the tons of flags everyone carries around and waves around from stage to stage. It's something you just have to experience to believe."

Whether you're looking for an escape or a new home, new music or new best friends, a music festival isn't just another thing on a bucket list, it is good vibe that just cannot be described or experienced anywhere else.

Share with friends, tell your own festival stories, and keep the good vibes of music festivals flowing everywhere you go.

Cover Image Credit: Lelia Cotton

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22 Post Malone ‘beerbongs & bentleys’ Lyrics College Kids Will Use As Insta Captions This Summer

It's here, and it's fire.

If you didn't know, I am really not sure how you wouldn't know, but it's fine, Post Malone's new album FINALLY came out! Posty has time and time again proven that he's a trailblazer in the music industry. His genre is a mix of everything, from rap to acoustic guitar, and he sounds like he's at home in both settings.

Here it is, a list of Post Malone lyrics you'll use or see as Instagram captions. I can already feel it, this summer is Posty's summer –– a summer for "beerbongs & bentleys."

1. "Spoil My Night" - "Won't you come spoil my night?"

2. "Spoil My Night" - "Feelings come into play and I'm thinkin' this happens every time"

3. "Spoil My Night" - "Yeah, when I walk up in a party, they all act like they know me"

4. "Zack and Codeine" - "Been livin' fast, no I can't take it slowly"

5. "Zack and Codeine" - "But it don't mean nothing without all my people"

6. "Zack and Codeine" - "Pour that drink 'cause we ain't sleepin' tonight"

7. "Takin Shots" - "Heard that there's a party, I might pay a visit"

8. "Takin Shots" - "Baby, just for the night, you my soulmate"

9. "Over Now" - "I'ma turn the tables, promise you will not forget it"

10. "Stay" - "Damn, who are we right now?"

11. "Blame It On Me" - "These hurricanes inside of my brain"

12. "Same Bitches" - "Bottles on deck, and my drink full"

13. "Same Bitches" - "Population four million, how I see the same bitches?"

14. "Jonestown" - "It happens every time"

15. "92 Explorer" - "She in the front seat head bangin'"

16. "Sugar Wraith" - "And then I went and changed my life"

17. "Sugar Wraith" - "I take the lead, they just follow"

18. "Rockstar" - "Sayin, 'I'm with the band'"

19. "Rockstar" - "Livin’ like a Rockstar, I’m livin’ like a Rockstar"

20. "Rockstar" - "Sweeter than a Pop-Tart”

21. "Psycho" - "Can’t really trust nobody with all this jewelry on you"

22. "Psycho" - "I got homies, let it go"

Cover Image Credit: Post Malone // Instagram

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25. Stove

There is no massive pot of potato stew when she returns.

Instead, the living room is filled with barrels.

26. Smug

She used be so smug when she was younger, back when everything was perfect.

God, she wants to punch that brat.

27. Emotion

Her first emotion, when the boy with the steadfast gaze offers her a shower at his house, is fear.

28. Chin

The boy with the steadfast gaze, she learns upon closer inspection, has dimples when he smiles, as well as a small mole on his chin.

The mole fascinates her.

How must it feel to have such a perfect life that even something as insignificant as a mole sits perfectly equidistant from either side of his face?

29. Winter

When she’s not shivering, dirty, and sitting beneath the shadow of a leafless tree, she can appreciate the beauty. The view from his bathroom is positively gorgeous. The world, powdered with white and covered in icicles, is a winter wonderland.

With this comfortably sheltered view through the window frame, it’s hard to believe that such beauty could be so deadly.

30. Knots

The clothes that adorn her body are clean and warm. The air smells deliciously salty, wonderfully sweet, and perfectly spicy. For a moment, she can almost believe she’s somewhere else - somewhere where the view is vast and blue in the best possible way, the wind tangles tangles her hair, and she feels her father’s hand on her own.

“Dad, how fast are we going?” she had yelled.

“Twenty-three knots!” he’d screamed back.

“Don’t yell,” her mother had reprimanded.

But when she had glanced behind at her mother, she had seen that her mother was smiling, too.

31. Stay

“Thank you for everything,” she says to the mother of the boy with the steadfast gaze. “I’ll return the clothes tomorrow.”

“Oh, honey,” the mother says, “Wouldn’t you like to stay? I’ve made you tomato soup. My son says it’s your favorite.”

She would love to stay if not only for the tomato soup, but her mother had once told her to never, at all costs, leave herself indebted to another. “Oh, um - “

“I insist.”

But then again, her mother spends most of her time unconscious on the apartment’s puke-filled couch.

32. Rarest

The rarest feeling in the world, she decides, is that of genuine belonging.

33. Describe

“What’s the world’s most impossible task?” he asks her one windy morning.

Her shoulders lift into a shrug.

“Describing a color to a blind person.”

34. Surrounds

She learns quickly that silence is one thing that he cannot tolerate for long. As a result, the space between them is often filled to the brim with random trivia facts.

She doesn’t mind. To her, it’s a welcome distraction from everything else that surrounds her.

35. Step

She takes a step towards him and stumbles.

She’s righted before she ever had the chance to fall.

36. Eyes

His gaze still speaks of steadfast loyalty.

She no longer wants to punch him.

37. Know

“Did you know that vodka is made from potatoes?”

“Nope,” she replies breezily before feeling the full impact of their words. She pauses.

The potatoes. The massive pot. The barrels.

Oh, no.

She’s off before he can utter another word.

38. Can

She can make it home before the officers arrive.

She can make it home before the officers arrive.

She must.

39. Tasteless

His mother sets a bowl of steaming tomato soup down in front of her.

Her stomach churns.

The soup is red, bright red. It’s the exact shade of the ugly red tape that had been hastily applied in a severe “X” across the front door of the apartment: the one that read: RESTRICTED AREA: AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY.

Her mother was arrested. The apartment was locked up.

All remnants of her previous life is gone.

And it took her four days to realize.

Briefly, she wonders why she has yet to be pulled aside by the school and placed in a community home. She wonders if, when her mother told the police that she was childless, her mother had been thinking of her daughter, for once, or if her mother had simply forgotten about the existence of her daughter.

Bitterly, she concludes that it was the latter.

His mother frowns at the untouched bowl. “Eat up. You’ll need your strength.”

The soup is tasteless.

40. Aimless

She aches from the sudden detachedness from her previous life. And yet, her release relieves her.

She thinks of everything. She thinks of nothing.

She doesn’t know what to do.

41. Weary

When he smiles, she’s too weary to smile back.

42. Tentatively

It’s a few days before the sky finally decides to reflect her the state of her soul.

He has kept quiet for the past few days. Their silences aren’t tense like they once were, but they haven’t been comfortable, either. She can feel his pressing curiosity, threatening to crush their delicate silence. She knows she should tell him before he asks, as he’s bound to find out either way. And yet, she can’t find the words.

“So, uh,” he says, tentatively.

His voice wavers slightly.

He’s also scared, she realizes with amazement. Of what, she doesn’t know. But she can guess.

“I didn’t realize that -” she breaks off abruptly, temporarily shocked by the sound of her voice. After a brief glance at him, she catches sight of the encouraging smile tugging at his lips. She continues. “I didn’t realize that my mother had been making vodka until you told me that bit of trivia, the one about vodka and potatoes.”

“You didn’t realize?” he asked, astonishment written all over his face. “But, wouldn’t you notice if your apartment started smelling like alcohol?”

Has she really not told him?

“It always smells like alcohol.”

43. Remembers

For the first time in years, she gets tucked into bed, complete with a kiss on her forehead.

Tears slide silently down her cheeks as she thinks of her father.

44. Signature

“Did you know,” she says, testing his signature phrase on her lips, “that one time, a crack junkie complained to the police about the cocaine he bought being of subpar quality?”

His head is back and he’s laughing, laughing, laughing.

She can’t process anything, she can’t process nothing, not when that jovial sound is cascading freely though his mouth. Her heart has stopped beating. She stops breathing. Her eyes are wide. She watches, and watches, and watches, and -

“W-well?” he asks, still wheezing and still giggling. “What h-happened t-to him?”

She’s caught completely off guard. Her heart is still in her throat. “Um. Oh. Right, er, uh - arrested. Obviously. He got arrested.”

He roars into laughter once again.

After a few seconds, she stops watching.

She joins him.

45. Intelligent

She never has the the guts to say it herself, but she’s grateful for his presence in her life. He always knows what to say, what not to say, and when to say nothing at all.

She’s glad to have met someone as intelligent as him.

46. Notice

It takes her a while, but finally, she visits her mother.

Her mother doesn’t even seem to notice her presence.

It takes her much, much longer, but eventually, she realizes that it’s okay that her mother cannot recognize her, much less pay her any attention. There are better people that can.

47. Strong

Once upon a time, she thought she was strong.

Fate has confirmed that.

48. Home

Over a bowl of ripe raspberries, in a blanket fort, they do silly, memorable things in the way that friends do. They talk of unimportant things and make unspoken promises. It takes her some time, but finally, it registers that she has inadvertently found herself a home with the boy with eyes that speak of steadfast loyalty.

She might as well make herself at home.

49. Carve

“What's your name?”

He smiles broadly. “I thought you'd never ask.”

She takes his name and carves it onto her heart.

50. Everything

The world is a broken record. History is a pattern that repeats itself.

Without chaos, everything remains.

Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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