Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Festival Circuit: Take A Once Around With UI

What makes a festival a festival? Most definitions will tell you that it’s some combination of feasting, celebration, and general revelry. When it comes to music festivals, the celebration and revelry are sort of a given. But what about the feasting? Well, my nom de plum (fatkidslovecake) may allude to the fact that I just generally love to indulge, so if I can apply that concept to something other than food, music is definitely one of my top choices. The following festivals are veritable musical feasts that cater to everyone - from the person who loves to sit at the all-you-can-eat buffet to sample a little of everything to the finicky foodie who has a craving for something specific and knows exactly where to get it. 10 Links a Day would like to thank UI for today's incredible posting. Enjoy!

Today's 10 Links a Day: Music festivals from around the world

1. After The Jump

If a picture says a thousand words, then a video should at least double that.

2. All Points West

For all the haters out there avoiding a trip into New Jersey, if there were ever a good reason to go out to there, this might be it. C’mon now. Radiohead and a waterfront view of New York City? Dirty Jerz never looked so good.

3. Bonaroo

Just south of the Mason-Dixon line is festival that will answer the questions of “What” and “Which” with “This”, “That”, and the “Other” – stages that is. And did you know that bonnaroo is a Cajun slang word meaning “a really good time”?

4. Bumbershoot

Ah, the Emerald City. It’s normally a soggy, dreary sort of place, but it’s nothing a rip-roaring music festival couldn’t counter. Actually, Seattle is beautiful in the summer months, so what better way to wrap up your summer than by spending Labor Day weekend with the sunshine and your favorite artists?

5. Coachella

Coachella has seen a line-up of musicians that could likely match every CD in any given individual’s music collection from year to year. It’s just massive…and massively hot. Indio is basically in the middle of the desert.

6. Glastonbury

Let’s take a trip across the pond to one of the world’s largest music events. The UK, though small in size, has a BIG musical personality (It’ll always be home of the Beatles after all). Glastonbury is a prime example of this. This is one country where I would say to go for the music, not the food.

7. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

I can’t think of a city that deserves a little bit of love and attention more that New Orleans. And if it’s going to be recognized for anything, it would have to be for its parties, its food, or its music. Though the festival title would suggest that jazz is the order of the day, you can also find almost any other musical style that is associated with the city and state.

8. Rock The Bells

No, it’s not Christmas time yet. However, fans of hip-hop may consider this festival as Christmas come early in the form of a music festival that can boast uniting legendary acts such as Wu-Tang Clan on its stages.

9. Siren Music Festival

Coney Island isn’t just for the Nathan’s hotdogs fiends. Every year, the Village Voice runs a free music festival for those who flock there craving indie and experimental rock as well.

10. South By Southwest (SXSW)

They say that everything is bigger in Texas, so why not have one of the US’s biggest music, interactive, and film festivals there? It’d be impossible to sum up the festival in just a few sentences, so we’ll try to do in with several dozens of interview clips compliments of UI .

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