Ever since my first music festival, Bonnaroo 2013 (where I saw Paul McCartney, and yeah, I cried), I’ve been waiting for another chance to live the festival life. Somehow, I got lucky. This May, I got to attend two different music festivals in two different cities for two weekends back-to-back.
If it sounds insane, it was. Especially considering the fact that during the second music festival, I lost my voice completely and had to write notes to my brother on a tiny green notepad I got from the Walgreens in downtown Atlanta. But overall, I had a great time and was able to see some of the best bands around.
First, my best friend graciously bought my ticket for the last day of Beale Street Music Festival, a central part of the annual celebration Memphis in May. The lineup is usually diverse and pop-centric at Beale Street Music Festival, with this year’s acts including Lenny Kravitz, The Flaming Lips, Paramore, John Fogerty, Hozier, and Ed Sheeran, just to name a few. My friends and I took to Memphis on Sunday, the last day of the festival, to catch the Kaiser Chiefs, Hozier, and Ed Sheeran.
Then my brother and I embarked on a road trip down to Atlanta, GA, for Shaky Knees Music Festival. As a fairly new festival, Shaky Knees has done an amazing job at securing quality artists. This year’s lineup was one we absolutely could not pass up: The Strokes, the Pixies, Mac Demarco, the Avett Brothers, Interpol, Neutral Milk Hotel, Wilco, Ryan Adams, and Tame Impala.
My next few posts will detail some of the best performances I had the opportunity to witness, as well as my experiences as a now three-time musical festival goer. A word of encouragement to concert-goers: get out there and enjoy a festival while you can.