By Emily Townsend
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Memorial Day weekend means the onset of summer, and with it comes BBQs, Kalamazoo College finals, swim suits, summer jobs and, for many college students, music festivals. Some students will be dropping a couple hundred dollars on more mainstream festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella, ACL, Ultra, Lollapalooza and Electric Daisy Carnival, while others are look for local, cheaper and smaller festivals.
Sophomore Faith Taylor attended Chicago-based Lollapalooza last summer. She says it was her first big music festival.
“I didn’t regret it, but I don’t think I would do it again. It was a lot of money,” she said. Taylor recommends it for people who can afford it. Lollapalooza 2011 increased their ticket price to $215 and their ticket capacity to 95,000 people for three days
This summer Taylor plans to attend Blissfest in Bliss, Mich. for the third time. She says there’s an age demographic difference between the two festivals.
“Everyone at Lollapalooza is college-aged. Blissfest ranges from little hippie kids to grandparents. Everyone is sitting on a hill, outside, just camping and listening to folk music. The best part is a drum circle around a bonfire,” Taylor said.
Sophomore James Kirschner will also be attending a camping-oriented music festival, called Summer Camp. Kirschner agrees camping creates more of a community vibe. He is excited about the music, as well as the festival activities.
“I know they have yoga in the morning. I’m going to go at least two mornings,” Kirschner said. Summer Camp happens during Memorial Day weekend in Chillicothe, Ill.
“There’s definitely a way to do it [attending festivals] right, and to do it wrong. Be safe and take into consideration small details,” he said. He reminded the fool hearty college students to use common sense and not to forget water, cash, or food. “Be prepared in time of peace; be prepared in time of war.”
Kirschner will be volunteering, so his festival ticket is free. This year’s Summer Camp features Umphreys McGee, MOE, Bassnectar and other bluegrass jam bands.
Sophomore Nikki Stern is excited about going to the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, also during memorial weekend. “
This will be my third year in a row going to DEMF,” said Stern. “I guess I love it so much because everyone’s crazy. You can wear whatever you want and dance however you want. You’re there just to have fun and dance to the music.”
Taylor also prefers small and crazy grassroots festivals. “I think it’s more exciting to find unknown random festivals, instead of the mainstreams ones,” she said.