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So What Is A Music Festival Exactly?
A Music Festival is a festival oriented towards music which is sometimes presented with a theme such as musical genre, nationality or locality of musicians, or holiday. They are commonly held outdoors, and are often inclusive of other attractions such as food and merchandise vending machines, performance art and social activities. The Pythian Games at Delphi included musical performances, and may be one of the earliest festivals known.[During the Middle Ages, festivals were often held as competitions.
Many festivals are annual, or repeat at some other interval. Some, including many rock festivals are held only once. Some festivals are organized as "for-profit" concerts and others are benefits for a specific cause.
Another type of music festival is the educative type, organised annually in local communities, regionally or nationally, for the benefit of amateur musicians of all ages and grades of achievement. While entrants perform prepared pieces in the presence of an audience which includes competitors, the essential feature of this type of festival is that each participant receives verbal and written feedback, there and then, from a highly qualified, professional adjudicator — someone who they might never meet in any other way. They also usually receive a certificate, classified according to merit, and some may win trophies. The competitive element is often played down, however, as the important aspect is that participants can learn from one another. Such festivals aim to provide a friendly and supportive platform for musicians to share in the excitement of making music. For many they provide a bridge between lessons & examinations and performing confidently in public.
The world's largest music festival is Summerfest, which is held for eleven days every year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Each year, it attracts anywhere between 800,000 and 1,000,000 spectators. For more information on the Summerfest Festival, please visit the Official Website at: www.summerfest.com/
Basic Tips For Attending A Music Festival
This is a guide for anyone who is either new to attending festivals, casual attendees or have been going to festivals for that long, your life literally depends on it! There are different types of music festivals that take place all year around, everywhere in the world.
Some may run for a few hours whereas others can run for more than a week.
In most multiple day festivals, you may finding yourself having to camp overnight and sharing space with thousands of other people!
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About the FestivalRecords.info creator
My name is Adam and I currently reside on the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland on the eastern side Australia. I have been attending music gigs and festivals since the age of 11 but didn't start attending them more frequently until I was 17.
The first live show I ever attended was for a 1980's Puerto Rican boy-band called Menudo when I was four year's old.
The show was in Manila, the Philippines, and unbeknownst to me at the time, featured a very young Ricky Martin! (pic: bottom left) Not one of my fondest memories but I guess we all have some skeletons in our closet don't we?
When I was ten years old, our parents took us to see American singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond. Without knowing quite what to expect, I thoroughly enjoyed the show, and I feel lucky to have seen someone who I consider a pioneer for rock 'n' roll music.
Since that night, I still find it amazing just how many great songs Neil had written back in the day. These songs included classic tracks such as "Cherry, Cherry", "Solitary Man",
(which has been covered by the late Johnny Cash) and "I'm A Believer" which was a worldwide hit for pop-rock quartet The Monkees.
My brother and I were brought up on The Beatles "Red and Blue Album" by my father.
I have great memories of taking long car trips out of town and having a cassette tape of
The Beatles biggest hits being played for hours on end.
My half-sister was actually named after the mainly Paul McCartney penned "Michelle".
Our mother brought us up on artists such as Michael Jackson, The Bee Gees and Motown.
The first song I remember hearing as a child would have to have been "Ebony and Ivory" by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.
It certainly wasn't the greatest song ever written but I have to say, that there's not many other artists that any child of the 80's, would want to have singing as their most earliest memory.
The first music video clip I remember seeing at a very early age (and frightened the life out of me!) was Michael Jackson's epic short-film "Thriller".
The first single I ever bought was Bon Jovi's "Always" (right) at the start of 1995.
My filipino uncle is a huge fan and I remember him showing me a copy of a Bon Jovi concert ticket from 1993, just as their new single, "Always" was playing on
the music channel. The show that my uncle attended was on September 29th, 1993 at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City in the Phillipines. My first thoughts of the band from memory would have been, "I'm glad I'm not stupid enough to even attempt to copy their hairstyles!"
From there, I was mainly interested in what was going on in the Australian music charts, seeing new artists come and go, each and every week. As I look back at
the early-1990's period today, I have to say that I was completely oblivious to what was happening in the "Seattle Music Scene". The emergence of bands such as Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana, whom helped popularize the Grunge genre, was something I didn't discover or appreciate until I was well out of my teens.
When I was fourteen years of age, the first group that really stuck out for me was Manchester band Oasis (left).
Maybe it was my father playing those two Beatles albums over and over again that made it easier for me to get into their music, but the fact that even my closest mates liked them, convinced me that they were worth learning more about. They were the first band that I remember playing their albums repeatedly. I would also buy their singles the first day they came out, as well as purchasing magazines with articles of them and I would also keep an eye & ear out for any interviews of the band.
By listening to all the songs that Noel Gallagher had written for Oasis very early on in their career, it was plain to see that they were more than just a band who were influenced by The Beatles. Bands like The Rolling Stones, The Jam, The Smiths, The Sex Pistols and The Kinks, all made up parts of Oasis' sound. There's no denying that it is becoming increasingly more difficult for bands nowadays to be regarded as "original". But even though Oasis weren't the most original band ever, they were able to take a few sounds from previous era's of music, and successsully make them sound modern.
Being an Oasis fan in the mid-90's as well as being one of many swept up in the whole "Britpop" era, led me to discover other popular British bands. The first few that my best mate from high school had told me about was the Stereophonics and the Manic Street Preachers from Wales, Ash from Northern Ireland and English three-piece Supergrass. I liked Blur as well, but I really only saw them as more of a "chart singles" type band. Over time I have learned to appreciate their music a lot more.
During Oasis' first tour of Australia, a three piece band from Sydney (now a four-piece), You Am I (right), were their support. Ever since seeing them for the first time in March of 1998, they have easily been my favourite Australian artist. I've seen them more than 25 times live since and they are still regarded as one of the best live bands in Australia. They have had the priviledge of
touring with other recognized artsists, which include
The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Strokes and Soundgarden.
Some of Australia's biggest bands in recent memory have regarded You Am I as a major influence. The Likes of Wolfmother , Jet and The Vines have all at some time mentioned You Am I as being a big influence on each of their respective sounds and reason for starting a band.
My interest in British bands continued at the turn of the century, with Scottish band Travis and British Alternative rock band Coldplay coming to my attention.
My love for Travis was very short-lived, with Coldplay's debut album "Parachutes", instantly making me a fan.
In the Australian Summer of 2001, Coldplay toured for the very first time in Australia, as part of the Big Day Out line-up.
Whilst in the city of Adelaide, I was fortunate enough to meet the band at a signing tent that the venue had put on for the festival. I remember their being a queue to see Coldplay and another queue for Powderfinger (who were arguably Australia's most popular band at the time), which was three times as long as Coldplay's! They were nice down to earth guys and I'm pretty certain that nothing could prepare them for how popular they were destined to become on a global scale, especially once their sophmore album hit the music store shelves a year later. (See my picture with Chris Martin and Johnny Buckland here.)
One of the best debut albums I've ever had the pleasure of hearing very early on was by New York rock band The Strokes.
Apart from the Foo Fighters, Everclear and The Offspring to an extent, I really wasn't interested in that many American bands when The Strokes appeared on the music scene.
Their debut, "Is This It", released in October of 2001 was recently hailed by Britain's NME Magazine as their "Album Of The Decade". I knew very little about The Strokes when they played support act for You Am I (to promote their debut album), back in July of 2001. From what I remember that night, half the people in attendance at The Arena in Brisbane flocked to the mosh pit floor once the house lights went down. They stampeded to the front as if it were the headlining act that was preparing to take to the stage, not a support act.
Such was the hype around The Strokes at the time, their short melodic garage rock tunes had me grinning with delight from start to finish. I stood there amazed as five well-dressed blokes from Manhattan ploughed through an astonishing forty minute set. It seemed that this style of music was going to kick off the new millenium, the same way the Seattle music scene had started the nineties.
More and more bands from all corners of the globe seemed to be rapidly growing their fanbases thanks to an explosion of interest in the garage rock music scene. The White Stripes & The Von Bondies from Detroit, The Hives from Sweden
and The Vines from Sydney, Australia all gained popularity during a period that
led music media to describe these bands as "the saviours of rock".
This wave carried on through to the halfway point of the decade, with another group of bands emerging into the spotlight.
These bands came from eitherside of the Atlantic, as well as Australia and New Zealand. Bands including The Killers, The Libertines, The Darkness, Bloc Party and Scottish quartet Franz Ferdinand, all had a "dance-rock" vibe about the music they were releasing.
From Australia, the AC/DC influenced Jet, had one of the highest selling albums locally, Get Born, in 2004. And across the Tasman Sea in New Zealand,
The Datsons and The D4 were creating their own noise at music festivals around the world.
The Killers Hot Fuss and Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut were on high rotation in my CD player in 2004 (I didn't have an I-pod yet!).
I immediately appreciated The Killers (right) music very early on and it wasn't a real surprise to me when I read that both the lead singer and lead guitarist were big fans of Oasis.
Surprisingly though, their music is more influenced by popular eighties artists like New Order, Depeche Mode & The Cure.
By 2006, the Arctic Monkeys were the only new British band that I took any interest in, especially since their debut album,
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not had become the fastest selling British debut album of all time.
It was around about this time that I stopped taking much interest in any current music, and began listening to artists that were popular back when my parents were young.
Legendary artists such as The Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Stevie Wonder, Buddy Holly, The Four Seasons, The Bee Gees, Crowded House, Elton John, Phil Collins and Van Morrison, are who I've been listening to more of in recent years. There are certain artists I believe, that one should really try and see live before they call it a day.
Seeing Stevie Wonder (left) in 2008 was certainly a highlight in my gig attending career, as was Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson, despite seeing what the affects of fame had done to his state of health.
And I feel fortunate to have seen the late Michael Jackson way back in 1996 as part of his "History - World Tour".
These kinds of memories stay with you forever..
I've tried to diversify the artists and gigs that I have attended. Seeing iconic eighties band The Bangles was surprisingly good, and music-parody genius Weird Al Yankovic, was as entertaining live as his music video clips are. I may have missed the boat to see the Rolling Stones, but any chance of seeing Sir Paul McCartney in concert are certainly high on the wish list..
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