While music festivals have been drawing crowds for ages, it’s perhaps never been more fashionable to attend one before than it is today. Much of this can be attributed to the fact that you don’t have to be on stage to be a star, as social media and the prevalence of smartphones have made simply being in attendance an opportunity for viral fame.
This exposure over social media has been a boon for some festivals, as celebrities are known to comingle alongside college students in hippie garb at events like the recent Coachella Music and Arts Festival, held annually in California. This isn’t always the case, however, as the recent Fyre Festival debacle showed that organizers can’t get away with cutting corners in the age of social media. But even that incident shows the power of shared media in raising a high profile, for both the event and those aspiring Instagram or Twitter stars in attendance.
Assuming your experience is more enjoyable than it was for those stranded at the Fyre Festival, you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss a beat when it comes to recording not just your favorite performance, but all of the interesting characters walking the grounds at the festivals you attend.
LINK, the storage and connectivity powerhouse, is the perfect accessory for anyone hoping to see and be seen at one of these gatherings. With its unique blend of share-ability and customizable security protocols, users can create, share and store content throughout the show, with the option to fire up an LTE hotspot when the Wi-Fi lets them down. And, it’s built to survive the harshest of conditions, so it can keep your freshest memories alive even if your phone bites the dust in the rush of the crowd.
If you didn’t make it to Coachella or one of the other successful festivals that kicked off the summer season, don’t fret: Some of the best shows with the biggest names are still selling tickets. Here’s a rundown of some of the concerts we’re most excited about in the coming months.
- Boston Calling – This increasingly popular festival is expanding for 2017, with more musical acts, an arts component and even a recently announced comedy series featuring standout standups like Hannibal Buress and Tig Notaro. The event takes place May 26-28 with acts like Chance the Rapper, Mumford & Sons and Bon Iver headlining.
- The Telluride Bluegrass Festival – This decidedly low-key gathering has been the go-to festival for lovers of bluegrass for years, combining not just easy listening but also an unparalleled natural setting. The event coincides with the Summer Solstice, taking place June 15-18 in the storied mountain city.
- Lollapalooza – From August 3-6, big-name artists including Arcade Fire, The Killers and Blink-182 will be taking over Chicago’s Bryant Park, making this year’s Lollapalooza, as always, one of the hottest tickets around. Four day passes are still on sale for those willing to ride out the whole show!