Musical Merrymaking

Emily Wendlandt, Reporter

     From Summerfest to Coachella, Lollapalooza to Electric Daisy Carnival, Summer radiates not only sun but some of the best music festivals for everyone to enjoy. Every year a new lineup, a new experience, and new music. Although festival season is closing its doors until next summer, we still have the memories to look back on as the colder months set in.

     One of the largest music festivals in the world, is thankfully close to home. Milwaukee Summerfest takes place over 11 days, holding over 800,000 music goers a year. “It’s such a fun experience and the atmosphere gets you really pumped,” said Virgil Munyemana(18’).  Each new season, 800 acts perform over the course of the 11 days, giving small, unknown bands a chance as well as bringing on some of the biggest music names to the stage. Some very big names performed this year, like the festival’s main headliner: The Red Hot Chili Peppers.   

     “Summerfest is cool because you get to meet so many people and listen to music you all have an interest in. Seeing Flume was by far one of my favorite concerts,” said Christopher Winters(18’).

     The diverse lineups for Summerfest gives everyone chance to get a taste of what they love to hear while also giving them an opportunity to experience a new genre.

     Summer in the Windy City is also home to one of the top U.S annual festivals. Lollapalooza is a three day festival in Grant park. The festival attracts over 300,000 fans over the weekend long event and over a hundred artists play on the eight stages. The lineup for this year held some of the largest names in music to date. Artists and bands like Cage The Elephant, Blink-182, and Chance The Rapper all took to main stages this year. A Chicago tradition since 2005, Lollapalooza blends music with fun and is on the top of the festival list.

     One festival not so close to home takes place in the California Deserts. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and art experience. Taking place over two weeks, the festival is truly an art-form in itself. Larger than life objects and art pieces surround the desert grounds. Some of this years headliners were Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar. Acoustic by day, EDM by night, Coachella’s never without wondrous sound and visuals.

     Music in itself is a universal way to connect. Hearing the music you know and love, as well as discovering new sounds live is a summer experience you can never forget.