Students anticipate summer music festivals

By Jessica Wang

Music festival season is among us, which means festival-goers across state lines are gearing up with a superfluous amount of flower crowns and bohemian crop tops.

From the electronic dance scene with modern greats to the rock ‘n’ roll scene with iconic legends, below are some upcoming music festivals this season ” equipped with student anecdotes.

FYF Fest

A two-day festival held from Aug. 27-28 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena & Exposition Park FYF features genres such as rock, independent, hip-hop and electronic dance. Notable performers this year include Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Beach House and LCD Soundsystem.

Electronic Daisy Carnival

Held in Las Vegas June 17-19, EDC will be celebrating its 20th anniversary of electronic dance music. Notable performers include Adventure Club, Krewella and Carnage. In related subcontinent news, founder Pasquale Rotella recently confirmed plans to bring the festival to India. Pass the naan, please.

“The best thing [about festivals] is definitely the people and the PLUR ” peace, love, unity and respect ” vibe that you can only get at a festival,” said Shivam Shah, a third-year computer information systems student.

Outside Lands

Held at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco from Aug. 5-7, Outside Lands features indie and alternative rock, hip-hop and electronica. The festival also includes art, food vendors and designated food zones (i.e., Wine Lands). Performers include Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, Lionel Richie, Chance the Rapper and more.

HARD Summer

Held at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana this year from July 30-31, HARD Summer features electronic and hip-hop genres. Notable performers include AlunaGeorge, Ice Cube, Flosstradamus and Travis Scott.

I witnessed RL Grime perform for the first time. I had no clue who he was, but his music just made me fall in love with him. It didn’t hurt that I was dancing with a girl who was dressed up as Jasmine from Aladdin.

I witnessed RL Grime perform for the first time. I had no clue who he was, but his music just made me fall in love with him. It didn’t hurt that I was dancing with a girl who was dressed up as Jasmine from Aladdin.

“[My most memorable festival experience] was during 2014 HARD. We went up front and witnessed RL Grime perform for the first time,” said Phillip Stokely, a fourth-year accounting student. “I had no clue who he was, but his music made me fall in love with him. It [also] didn’t hurt that I was dancing with a girl dressed as Jasmine from Aladdin.”

Austin City Limits

Held at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas over two three-day weekends between Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9, Austin City Limits features rock, country, folk, electronic and hip hop. Performers include Mumford & Sons, Flume, Kendrick Lamar, Young the Giant, Two Door Cinema Club and more.

Life is Beautiful

Held in Downtown Las Vegas from Sept. 23-25, Life is Beautiful features hip-hop, indie, experimental, alternative rock and electronic dance. The festival also quadruples as a culinary, art and education festival. Notable performers include the incomparable Leon Bridges, The Lumineers, J. Cole and Jimmy Eat World for those feeling nostalgic.

Desert Trip

A two-weekend festival between Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 14-16 that has been dubbed “Oldchella,” Desert Trip features iconic artists the Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young and Roger Waters at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Mom and pops are no doubt fangirling as you read this.

Jeffrey Li, a sixth-year management and human resources student, reflected on both the best and worst aspects of festivals.

“The best thing about festivals is being able to see a bunch of your favorite DJsat one event, as well as the people at the event,” said Li.

“The worst thing is a lot of people that go to festivals ” it’s theirfirst time and they’re on some sort of substance andjust go toofar,” added Li. “All the recent deathsassociated with music festivalsare unfortunate, because that’s not what music festival are about.”

The most universal piece of advice from each festival-goer? Stay hydrated. So, remember to pack those water bottles before hitting the road this festival season.

Electric Daisy Carnival

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