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jayce
02-09-2007, 10:15 AM
Some of you Americans should consider making the trip up to British Columbia, Canada for Shambhala Music Festival this summer. It's awesome.

Favourite part of this festival was dancing on top of a tree stump at the Fractal Forest Stage until seven in the morning.

http://www.shambhalamusicfestival.com/

What are some of your favourite festivals?

bballarl
02-09-2007, 10:26 AM
Coachella.

DeltaSigChi4
02-09-2007, 10:27 AM
Coachella.

Someone doesn't read instructions very well.

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Tylerdurden31
02-09-2007, 10:28 AM
Lollapalooza is decent. I'm hoping the High Line Festival that David Bowie's putting together in NYC is awesome.

psychic friend
02-09-2007, 10:29 AM
wow, Shpongle is playing, cool. is it a psytrance fest?

FromTheColonyOfBirchmen
02-09-2007, 10:29 AM
The High Sierra Music Festival.

mozabilly54
02-09-2007, 10:30 AM
Vegoose is okay.

Hannahrain
02-09-2007, 10:30 AM
http://www.visitlanecounty.org/images/db/static/Member%20Logos/Oregon%20Country%20Fair%20logo%20copy.jpg

19 years and counting.

tessalasset
02-09-2007, 10:32 AM
That actually looks like so much fun.

I've never been to a festival other than Coachella.

I would be very interested in going to:
Glastonbury
Austin City Limits
Sasquatch
Bonnaroo
Lollapalooza
Roskilde
and that one in Ireland that I can't think of right now but starts with a P.

york707
02-09-2007, 10:37 AM
Austin City Limits.The best part is, when the festival is over each night, many of the bands then play club sets... In the past, I've seen (or missed by 5 seconds due to delays getting from the fest to sixth street): Arcade Fire, Wilco, Modest Mouse, The Shins, Drive by Truckers, Buit to Spill after the fest

tango
02-09-2007, 10:39 AM
definatly stickin in a plug for Shambhala. i'm from BC too. except they got rid of the jungle pit a couple of years ago. :(

invisiblerobots
02-09-2007, 10:54 AM
Sasquatch & Bumbershoot are my other favorite festivals.

Courtney
02-09-2007, 10:59 AM
SXSW. I just wish that it was cheaper.

york707
02-09-2007, 11:00 AM
I wouldn't really consider SXSW a festival in the sense that Coachella/ACL/Lolla/Bumbershoot are. Same thing for CMJ.

Courtney
02-09-2007, 11:01 AM
True, it's definitely not the same thing. I was wondering if SXSW would even count for this thread, but it calls itself a festival, so that's good enough for me.

hawkingvsreeve
02-09-2007, 11:04 AM
I enjoy Street Scene when the lineup is good.

jayce
02-09-2007, 11:05 AM
wow, Shpongle is playing, cool. is it a psytrance fest?

It's a huge hippy fest. There was a mushroom fairy walking around all festival carrying a basket of belgian chocolate covered mushrooms on her head.

Shpongle was last summer.

There are about four main stages. One of them has a lot of psytrance, yes. :P

A lot of electro, house, drum and bass, funk, dub on the beach stage in the morning. Bassnectar and Malente killed it last year.

:D

Courtney
02-09-2007, 11:05 AM
You can't beat Pitchfork or Siren when it comes to price.

ciaoq
02-09-2007, 11:08 AM
and that one in Ireland that I can't think of right now but starts with a P.

electric picnic?

Whatup
02-09-2007, 11:17 AM
Local Swap-Meet.

jayce
02-09-2007, 11:23 AM
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/96/237382924_be8aafb1bf.jpg?v=0

^ ewok village

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/25/217465469_a874114d65.jpg?v=0

^
bridge leading into one of the stages

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/93/236170905_773120eaa2.jpg?v=0

^ the forest

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/87/222266637_91287d60dd.jpg?v=0

^ i think that's the beach stage

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/73/217805845_4ced9f9f59.jpg?v=0

^ fun in the river during the day

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/74/217805846_7289b8e78a.jpg?v=1155837220

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/66/217442729_0e25406835.jpg?v=0

^ friend drinking sangria and listening to the music coming from the beach stage

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/88/217437427_2c5b681bc6.jpg?v=0

Tylerdurden31
02-09-2007, 11:26 AM
I'm not usually down with that kinda stuff...but I've always wanted to hang out in an ewok village

tessalasset
02-09-2007, 11:31 AM
that festival looks awesome, seriously.


electric picnic?YES thank you.

jayce
02-09-2007, 11:42 AM
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/69/216185340_42d6bcee79.jpg?v=0

^ setting up the ewok village

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/86/215711214_97d6b339e2.jpg?v=0

^ breakdancing carebear!

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/87/215514908_76b429c053.jpg?v=0

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/67/215514778_1facafb637.jpg?v=0

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/58/215515418_c9c1223c56.jpg?v=0

k, i think i'm done.
you guys should come this year.
=p

jayce
02-09-2007, 11:44 AM
that festival looks awesome, seriously.


It is.
When hippies and raver unite. Heh.

amyzzz
02-09-2007, 11:46 AM
wow, Shpongle is playing, cool. is it a psytrance fest?

Wait WAIT! Where is Shpongle playing? My husband absolutely ADORES them.

J~$$$
02-09-2007, 11:46 AM
Godamn that line-up neato....JACK, GLITCH MOB!!!!!!!

jayce
02-09-2007, 11:48 AM
Wait WAIT! Where is Shpongle playing? My husband absolutely ADORES them.

At Shambhala last summer. (the link is in my first post) They haven't released this year's lineup yet.

amyzzz
02-09-2007, 11:51 AM
I probably couldn't travel to Cananda anyway. I think you need a passport now (which I don't have), and I would also need the money (which I don't have). Thanks for clarifying.

TomAz
02-09-2007, 11:51 AM
It's so unfair.

Boourns
02-09-2007, 11:52 AM
http://www.juggalogathering.com/splash/splash.jpg

hangthedj112
02-09-2007, 11:52 AM
San Diego Street Scene, only due to the fact it's 5 minuts from my house.

lindseyb
02-09-2007, 11:55 AM
has anyone ever been to burning man? if so, i'd like stories/pictures.

amyzzz
02-09-2007, 11:58 AM
The only current festival I regularly attend is Coachella, although I did go to Street Scene in 05. Out of all I've been to, I'd probably still choose Coachella, but V99 was pretty good, and I did like a couple of the Lilith Fairs.

summerkid
02-09-2007, 12:05 PM
I would like to go to Bonaroo one of these days when i have enough money to make the trip. Ditto to Glasto (but it seems like Glasto is getting shittier and shittier by the year). I have no interest in Lolla from what I've seen I don't like the set up and plus its not a real festival. Its just a bigger version of Street Scene.

dorkfish
02-09-2007, 12:09 PM
Gilroy Garlic Festival. They had a falconer in 1995.

Courtney
02-09-2007, 12:12 PM
I would like to go to Bonaroo one of these days when i have enough money to make the trip. Ditto to Glasto (but it seems like Glasto is getting shittier and shittier by the year). I have no interest in Lolla from what I've seen I don't like the set up and plus its not a real festival. Its just a bigger version of Street Scene.

Me too. So many festivals to attend, so little time.

SometimesNJ
02-09-2007, 12:15 PM
I would like to go to Bonaroo one of these days when i have enough money to make the trip. Ditto to Glasto (but it seems like Glasto is getting shittier and shittier by the year). I have no interest in Lolla from what I've seen I don't like the set up and plus its not a real festival. Its just a bigger version of Street Scene.

yeah, the atmosphere at lolla seems really lame. other than coachella, im gonna try to do ACL this year. had a blast at bonnaroo last year.

deadguy
02-09-2007, 12:32 PM
We get some of the Coachella headliners/reunions up at Bumbershoot and Sasquatch here in Seattle - New Order, Bauhaus, Pixies, Stooges, NIN...

Last year at Bumbershoot I caught Blondie, Spoon, New Pornographers, Cloud Cult, Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings, Lady Sov, The Thermals and Deerhoof. It was a goood weekend :)

One thing I like about Coachella is the dance stage. I hadn't been to an electronic festival as big as the Sahara tent in Coachella. It's cool.

TomAz
02-09-2007, 12:42 PM
ACL
Pros: clean place, nice layout, well behaved attendees, music can be good
Cons: music's never great. insane food lines. can be incredibly sticky-hot. buses in/out.

Bonnaroo
Pros: quaint location, very good music, interesting setup
Cons: disorganized, the place is a fucking pigsty and the people are fucking pigs

SXSW
Pros: lots and lots and lots of music. something for everyone
Cons: lotsa luck getting into a good club at 11 pm. choice is not really what it seems. weather can be very iffy.

Coachella:
Pros: great venue, very well organized, music can be great. water's only $2!
Cons: beer pens. music can be shallow. parochial socal crowd. weather can be ungodly hot.


McDowell Mountain Music Fest
Pros: conveniently located
Cons: most of the music sucks.

tessalasset
02-09-2007, 12:51 PM
oh shit i forgot about burning man. one day i will work up enough courage to do that.

mountmccabe
02-09-2007, 03:01 PM
McDowell Mountain Music Fest
Pros: conveniently located
Cons: most of the music sucks.
Bob Weir & Rat Dog and Los Lonely Boys are the headliners this year!

I've been to Bumbershoot in Seattle once but it felt like an overgrown county fair. It's not really a music festival but rather a festival/fair that has a lot of good music.

I've been to Sunset Junction in Silverlake once... but, again, it's just a street fair that has two or three stages and sometimes a really good lineup.

Pitchfork Music Festival worked very well last summer; it was small (<20,000 people, 3 stages) and cheap and had a great vibe.

If I lived near Chicago I would almost certainly go every year and probably almost never go to Coachella and I'd probably be OK with that. I'm also OK with the current situation of living near Coachella and going every year.

DanMonk
02-09-2007, 03:55 PM
i like sasquatch... you can't beat the venue and the camping is so much fun cause its a free for all.... but all in all coachella has better weather and the lineup is better/ easier

amyzzz
02-09-2007, 04:11 PM
oh shit i forgot about burning man. one day i will work up enough courage to do that.
I have that week off this year in the hopes I will gather up the courage to go. Not sure if I should bring the kids though.

smilingdownward
02-09-2007, 04:53 PM
Sasquatch & Bumbershoot are my other favorite festivals.

my vote too. sasquatch over bumbershoot though bumbershoot is cheap. where else can you see iggy and the stooges, mudhoney, and the New york dolls play, eat some cheeze fries and drink a mocha for under 15 bucks.

Balthazar B
02-09-2007, 06:13 PM
The Big Day Out...

in Australia & New Zealand.

Balthazar B
02-09-2007, 06:14 PM
The Falls Festival...

also held in Australia, held concurrently in two locations (Lorne, Victoria & Marion Bay, Tasmania) over two days.

Noice.

woogie846
02-10-2007, 08:22 AM
http://www.juggalogathering.com/splash/splash.jpg

Just that name makes me laugh every time.

I've only been to Coachella, so maybe next year I'll check out Detour and Street Scene for what they're worth.

Sally Cinnamon
02-10-2007, 09:14 AM
Electric Picnic, the last festival of the summer. Always a perfect weekend away.
check out pics in the gallery

www.electricpicnic.ie

its like a minature glastonbury

its sooo much fun

kroqken
02-10-2007, 10:47 AM
Does KROQ's Inland Invasion, Weenie Roast and Almost Acoustic Christmas count as a festival?

frankl
02-11-2007, 11:41 AM
I've been to the Vancouver Jazz festival a few times, I think it's the best one in N. America. It usually culminates with the Canada day celebrations July 1. Here is last year's schedule (http://www.coastaljazz.ca/index.cfm?page_id=62).

suprefan
02-11-2007, 01:49 PM
Does KROQ's Inland Invasion, Weenie Roast and Almost Acoustic Christmas count as a festival?

No they do not...


I want to hit up all the european fests some day. And Japan and Austrailia too.


Reading/Leeds
Pinkpop
Glastonbury
T In The Park
V Festival (the original in England)
Download(yeah its metal but we all need to rock out sometimes)
Benicassim
Eurokeeness
Isle of Wright
Creamfields
Fuji Rock
Big Day Out

Proadict
02-11-2007, 01:50 PM
street scene and warped, i can travel so much but i want to go to leed and reading, glastonburry ,ozzfest,austin city limits, bambozleft (i think i write rigth), vegoose(its rigth writed) and BOONAROO

smokealotapotamus
02-11-2007, 01:59 PM
I havnt been yet, but I would love to go to Reggae on the river.

nothingman00
02-11-2007, 02:22 PM
I will count SXSW as a festival, albeit a different sort of festival, and will say that it ranks as my favorite. Yes, some of the more hyped shows can be difficult to get into, but I say splurge for VIP passes. Last year's lineup was fantastic and there weren't as many conflicts as you'd think.
You just kinda bounce around, catching 45 minute sets, though it does help to be familiar with the city. If there's an off day, you can just hit up The Elephant Room for great jazz...

Only been to Lolla once (last year) but it was great. Loved the weather
(compared to ACL and Coachella) and just love Chicago, the city, itself.

As for ACL... As much as I love my hometown, the organizers really, really need to consider changing the dates. The weather in 2005 was the worst (dust-bowl due to Hurricane Rita sucking all of the moisture out of the air). It was tough to breathe and even tougher to see. In 2004 and 2006, it was just plain hot. I mean, really fukking hot. You can cool off in Barton Springs, but 95 degree heat with 60% humidity is the norm. I prefer Coachella's hotter but drier environment. That said, I will never miss an ACL or SXSW festival (as long as I live anywhere near Austin).

As for international, I've only been to Werchter festival (in 2000) but getting to see Elliott Smith live was the shiz.

ahab117
02-11-2007, 02:25 PM
OZZFEST!! which is actually free this year!

york707
02-11-2007, 02:31 PM
ACL in '05:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/64/190339952_d9dad323ff_o.jpg

nothingman00
02-11-2007, 02:41 PM
Good picture, York. Do you remember which day that was taken (and do you remember how your lungs felt the next morning???) I think the first day was the worst. I remember trying to see night sets from Bloc Party and then Oasis and couldn't even see the stage. At one point, during Bloc Party's set, I went to make a beer run, leaving my wife and friend sitting down. I actually counted the steps to the beer stand, then bought my beers, turned around, walked the smae number of steps in approximately the same direction i had come from, and ended up getting lost for over 15 minutes. Finally, I just went back over to the beer stand and waited for them to come find me (which they did). You literally couldn't see 5 feet in front of you by that time of night. Then Oasis came on and it became even worse. There was a mass exodus that just kicked up more dust and we basically just sat there and rode it out. Only benefit was that the cops couldn't see anyone smoking bud.

roberto73
02-11-2007, 03:36 PM
For overall experience: T in the Park.

For the endless comedic possibilities offered by the multitude of dirty hippies and crappy local bands: Joshua Tree Music Festival.