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Best Music Festivals

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Cams_Anthem, May 4, 2004.

  1. There are many great music festivals around. Lets hear what ones are your favorite and why. Ill Go first

    1)International Music and Blues Festival 2003
    Where? Melbourne Australia
    Why? Over three days is saw. Bob Dylan, Wilson Picket, The Waifs (Aussie Folk Band), Thorpe (Aussie Rock Icon), Ani Difranco, Beth Orton and Ray Charles (plus many more)

    2) The Falls 2003-2004 newyears
    Where: Lorne Australia
    Why? Three days camping and seeing bands, great atmosphere, really freindly vibe. I saw the likes of Micheal Franti and Spearhead, Reel Big Fish, Ozomatli, Pennywise, The Waifs, Xavier Rudd (aussie folk man, slide guitars and didgeridoo at the same time!) plus many more, and comedy.

    So that my favorites, i still want to head up to sydney for byron bay music festival and still to do to the big day out.

    So lets hear your best top 1,2 or 3...
  2. Of all the people on this thing, no ones been to any festivals? you guys are missing out :)
  3. :)

    i am going to dynamo open air, it is a dutch metal show, first time I'll be there (im not THAT much of a metalhead, im going there with my band).

    it the 5th of june, lineup: nightwish (NICE!), dimmu borgir, children of bodom, slayer w/ dave lombardo, after forever (GREAT! their new album rocks), deceit, life of agony, soulfly, il nino, mastodon, and OOMPH.

    I am especially looking forward to seeing Nightwish and After Forever. Stratovarius would come too, but theyve cancelled :( Slayer and dimmu borgir are nice too (their music isnt really my style, but theyre good bands and im looking forward to seeing them play).
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well, there's the Brighton Festival, from 1-23 May - although it's a general arts festival - there's lots of music!

    And the band I'm in, is playing as part of this, on 14 May!! :)

    You can find details at :

  5. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    My favorite place in the world is the Kerrville Folk Festival.

    It's on a ranch about nine or ten miles outside Kerrville, Texas. For eighteen days there is music to be heard, played, and jammed along with for about 20 out of 24 hours a day. May 27 to June 13, this year.

    If you like folk music ( or reggae, or bluegrass, or alternative, or pretty much anything that can be done with an acoustic guitar) then you have got to hear some of the people there. I try to volunteer every year. The atmosphere is very laid back. The crowd is multi-generational. Some of the coolest people I have met there have had white beards. Some had yet to grow body hair. Usually, around home if I get to talking about the music I like, I quickly get WAAAAAAAAAAY too obscure for most of the people I see, even the other musicians. Not there. I told someone I liked Sun Ra and Fela Kuti(Cuti? However you spell it.) In stead of saying 'Who?' He aid 'Oh then you need to hear Malathini!' He was right.

    This year they will have:
    Ian Moore, Jimmy LaFave, Willis Alan Ramsey, The Subdudes, DaVincis Notebook, Limpopo, Abi Tapia, Tish Hinojosa, Terri Hendrix...and a bunch of others. :hyper:
  6. The one, the only, yes Glastonbury is THE music festival that I would recommend - if you don't know about it Glasto is the just about the most varied, invigorating, lively, diverse music and alternative lifestyle event anywhere in Europe.

    People regularly slag it off for either being too much of a hippie fest or having sold out from its roots but it really is the nuts. So many events these days either get swamped with commecialism or there is an element of exploitation - i.e. say Reading music festival you are NOT allowed to take drinks (even water) in to the arena - making it virtually impossible not to spend money in there - the bands are usually good but when you've seen ten in a row your ears need a break.

    Glasto has a million other things like theatre, comedy, art, discussion, amazing food - you can even get married there! Plus there's a tonne of alternative therapy stuff happening - plus the music itself covers about every genre going - the only thing that completely unermines my whole rant is that the tickets have all gone for this year and you'll have to wait until next year for a hope of getting in - plus it will probably be a mud-bath this year anyway!

    Peace out

    More info here:
  7. dirtgroove


    Jan 10, 2003
    Taipei, Taiwan
    Womad- Well the only one's I've been to have been in the UK (reading) but for an overall festival spirit it wins hands down. A big plus for me is the fact that it isn't overrun by scousers with knives. :mad:

    Apologies to anyone from Liverpool who doesn't own a knife- obviously I'm not referring to you.

    Glastonbury used to be good. I haven't wanted to go back there since 1999 though. It seemes to be just as commercially driven as the others.
  8. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Bonnaroo, Memphis in May. Couldn't go to either this year :meh: . I really wanted to see Claypool do his thing at Bonnaroo and PFunk do their's at Memphis in May, oh well
  9. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    My personal faves are Rockygrass (Bluegrass fest) and Kinfolk Fest (Yonder Mountain String Band), both just down the road from me in Lyons, Colorado.

    I had press passes to last year's Rockygrass and got to meet and hang out with David Grisman, Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs and a whole bunch of others. What a blast!

    Shameless, self-promotional pic attached (I'm on the left, beside Grisman). :D
  10. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    How about that Coachella thing? Indie bands galore.
  11. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has to be my favorite. It lasts for a week and there are bands at the fairgrounds during the day and at clubs and other venues at night. There's jazz, blues, rock, dixieland, zydeco, country, gospel, soul, funk, R & B, brass bands, and alot more. There's also great cajun and creole food and I have never been in a long beer or bathroom line, which is very important at a festival.

    Most importantly, it is in New Orleans, which is one big party anytime of year. The city has a great music scene too. Do yourself a favor and go if you have never been.
  12. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    Anyone know about the lineup of the Newport Jazz Fest this year?
  13. I've been to Reading twice- 2001 (worth it to see one of The Cult's last ever UK appearances) and 2002. probably never again though- the last time I spent £15 on just 3 portions of pretty dodgy food alone.
    plus £42 on the gate for a day ticket, and god knows how much on drinks.
    all for the privilege of experiencing bad live sound in a muddy field. :rolleyes:
  14. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    Summerfest is one of the greatest festivals I have ever been to. I was fotunate enough to play it a few times.
  15. Which stage(s) have you played at?

    Found out the other day we're playing the first Saturday at 5PM. Talk about a good slot!!
  16. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    It was one of the main stages. Played it two years in a row. I think it was called the "Lazer" stage. Don't remember exactly, but it was whatever the local rock station's stage was....

    I remember running to the other side of the grounds after we finished to catch some of Ziggy Marley's set. Damn that place is huge!! .....it felt like it took forever! :)

    I also remember watching Doug Wimbish playing with his band "JungleFunk" durring the middle of the day at one of the summerfest shows.

    I also played the same grounds for some radio festivals. It was nice being on the lake....
  17. Muzique Fann

    Muzique Fann Howzit brah

    Dec 8, 2003
    Kauai, HI
    I know a chick that went to Jazzfest this year and they got rained out 1 whole day - boo.
    There's Bonnaroo in TN (which is already going downhill since the first one IMO), and there's a plethora of others - my personal favorite is the High Sierra Music Fest. They get so many awesome bands and it's almost 24 hours of music for 4 days. It's up in Quincy, CA over the fourth of July weekend (hot as hell). If you're in Kaleefornea I highly suggest you get there this year. Check out the lineup and start drooling...