The AP Poll
Here at AP, we like to talk about Warped Tour as if it's the end all be all for music festivals. And while the tour is the premier music festival in AP's neck of the woods, it's definitely not the only one. The Fest, Riot Fest, South By Southwest, South By So What?!, Skate And Surf, Bunbury, Rock On The Range--the list goes on. What were once rare commodities are now a dime a dozen. Now that every person with an iPhone and a thousand Facebook friends can start a festival, the very notion of a music festival feels a little less special, a little less unique. Some music festivals have gotten so large that they're not even about the music anymore but rather the culture surrounding the festival. It's become more about who you know and what you wear and less about what cool new band you just heard. And while a festival may offer you more bang for your buck (five bands for the price of one!), if your only option is seeing your favorite band play a 30-minute set in 80-degree heat with 300 of your closest friends because that band decided it made more sense for them to play several festivals in a one-month span rather than plan an entire three-month tour, have you really won in the end? If anything, you're settling on seeing your favorite band in a less than stellar atmosphere because it's better than not seeing them at all. There are definitely positives to the influx of music festivals--the exposure to new music, the ability to see several of your favorite bands in one place, greater opportunities for smaller artists to play larger crowds--but when is enough enough?
Are there too many music festivals?
It's the latest AP Poll, and we want to know what you think. Who knows--you could see your response in the July issue of AP!