Here's the deal here. This festival has revolutionized the way in which festivals conduct their business.
#1 : they do not charge for water... you can bring in your own water bottles!!!! yeah that's right coachella, and this isn't even the friggin desert.
#2 : the festival is on the beach with entry and re-entry privileges in downtown gulf shores ::: bars... Hooters... seafood restaurants.. all with regular priced drinks and food at your fingertips... no 7 dollar beers and limited crappy sojo drinks. I can't really explain how awesome this is. i couldn't get over it the entire festival.
#3 : There are condos and beach houses surrounding the entire festival that allows for walking access straight from your hotel or beach party. The beach erupts with life and afterparty festivities that allowed for the best time of my life...
#4 : did i say you're on a beautiful white sanded beach with The Flaming Lips.... Shpongle... and The Red Hot Chili Peppers with no pat-downs or obscene security procedures with the ability to bring your own water, and purchase a large variety of drinks, cocktails and food at regular prices with in and out priveleges... its too good. this sets the bar despite who is playing. Alabama is also dirt cheap. just go and thank me later.