Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas

  

Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas

Commonly known as EDC, Electric Daisy Carnival is an annual electronic dance music festival held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although the event incorporates all kinds of electronic music, the event mainly features electronic dance producers and DJs the likes of Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Yellow Claw, and Tiesto.

Ever since EDC made its debut, it has been a hit, which have prompted its expansion to other venues in the United States and abroad, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, the UK, Brazil, Japan, and India. In 2011, EDC went from being a two-day to a three-day event, that attracted 230,000 people. This figure nearly doubled in 2015, attracting over 400,000 attendees over three days.
Its success continued all up until 2017 when EDC won the Festival of the Year award at the Electronic Music Awards. Today, EDM is a carnival of neon decor and walkabout performers that keeps pulling in a record attendance every year. 2018 headliners included Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, and Eric Prydz.
“Under the Electric Sky, we come together to celebrate life, love, art, and music,” the organisers stated. “From the stages and the sound to the pyrotechnics and the performers, so many unique elements go into bringing this world to life. We invite you to wander, explore, interact, and connect. Imagination and positive energy are the currency of this place.”
The official website also explains the event's stages and art cars. “Each area contained within EDC represents a distinct union of technology and nature, where elements mix to ignite the senses and inspire the imagination.”
The festival spans over 8 stages: The first one is kineticFIELD, which is described as “always in motion, forever evolving, this sacred space has known homes across the globe, continually transforming itself as much as it has those who experience it. What grand new form will it take this year? Search your heart, for in love lies the answer.”
A second stage is named cosmicMEADOW: “Long known for its lush greenery, stellar views, and bold musical experimentation, this majestic meadow will be transformed into a holy site for enchanted ritual, performed each day in the opening ceremonies of EDC.” A third stage is called circuitGROUNDS: “As much as we worship the night sky, we are rooted to the land on which we dance. We are connected, one to another, to the past and to the future, and to the energy all around us. Look to circuitGROUNDS to spark your passion for epic melodies.”
The next stage is called neonGARDEN: “Here, we grow together, under the glowing light of the crystal moon. Music is our nourishment. The beats are the soil and the soul, as the deepest forms of techno and house take root. Reach for the sky, and let your flowers bloom.” The fifth stage is called bassPOD: “Something massive this way comes. A primal frequency rumbles beneath the foundation of EDC, a harbinger of unforeseen forces that approach. Prepare to be shaken by the purest forms of dubstep, trap, and drum & bass.”
The sixth stage is called wasteLAND: “A savage sound has ravaged this land, laying waste to everything in its path. Do you have the fortitude to survive another onslaught? The harder styles of dance music live here. Come test your mettle.” The seventh stage is called quantumVALLEY: “A new world is about to unfurl - one where the sky has no limits. Welcome to our utopia, where ethereal beats and timeless trances melodies transport you to a higher state of consciousness. This is your destination.”
The last stage is called stereoBLOOM: “Insomniac Records curates a wide array of established and emerging talent on a brand-new stage that brings a club atmosphere to the heart of the desert. Get in on the ground floor of this new music movement.”
The website exposes what they believe in, which is “our values represent the cornerstones of our culture. Rooted in a rich history and future-focused, we are led by principles that define our decisions and inspire us day after day.” They also state that their beliefs are fueled by positivity. “We create unforgettable experiences driven by imagination and positivity, where music and art can inspire transformative moments around every corner.”
The website also stresses the importance of love, care and connection. “Everything we do comes from a place of love, striving to create safe spaces where people can connect on and off the dancefloor.” EDC also cares about inclusivity. “Our community stands for unity, celebrating and welcoming everyone. No matter you shape, size or colour - All Are Welcome Here.”
The event also emphasizes the importance of creativity as the cornerstone of the whole festival. “From the stages to the art, we ignite the senses with relentless creativity. We see no boundaries in what we can create, and neither should you [...] We don't chase trends, we create culture. We push the envelope to make things you've never experienced before.”

 

Paraglide over Maui

  

Paraglide over Maui

Second largest Hawaiian island, Maui is famous for its top-class beaches, the sacred Iao Valley, migrating whales, and ethereal sunrise and sunset from Haleakala. Also known as “The Valley Isle,” this Hawaiian island has been voted “Best Island in the U.S.” by Conde Nast Traveler readers for over 20 years.

Maui is home to the world's largest dormant volcano, Haleakala, which towers over the island of Maui and is visible from any point. At 10,023, this volcano is the setting of magnificent landscapes and skyscapes.
The name of Haleakala stems from the Hawaiian language and it means “house of the sun.” The name stems from a legend that tells that the demigod Maui diverted the sun from its journey across the sky as he stood on the volcano's summit, and therefore it slowed its descent and made the day last longer.
The Haleakala Visitor Centre attracts numerous visitors who flock to the volcano to watch what many have referred to as the most spectacular sunrise on earth. As the sun starts to appear over the horizon, a range of colours and light dance across the sky, which was described by Mark Twain as “the most sublime spectacle I have ever witnessed.”
Although the sunrise and sunset are a good reason to visit Haleakala, visitors also flock to the volcano to admire the otherworldly landscapes that range from deserts to rock gardens near the summit to lush waterfalls and streams in the park's coastal Kipahulu section, near Hana and the beautiful Pools of Oheo.
There's no better to explore this magnificent volcano than by paragliding off its slopes. Proflyght Paragliding has daily flights taking off from the slopes of Haleakala, which at 10,000 feet is the highest peak on Maui. You don't have to start with the highest peak, but begin with the shorter 1,000-foot descent. Those more experienced can try the 3,000-foot option features up to 15 minutes of airtime over the island's lush tropical landscape and lavender farms.
Proflyght Paragliding is owned and operated by Advanced Tandem Instructor Dexter Binder. All of their instructors are certified by the United States Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association. They are the oldest and only full-time paragliding school in Hawaii.
Located on the lee side of Mt. Haleakala, Polipoli Flight Park is protected from the trade winds and is flyable around 330 days a year. Its unique geography allows pilots to fly for about two to three hours in the morning until the clouds begin to appear.
The “Ferns” launch consists of 3,000 feet descent to landing zone. On good days, you will have the chance to launch two to three times from Ferns before the clouds shut down the launch. On these flights you can expect to get lift at 300 fpm to 600 fpm.
“Echoes” launch is 1,000 feet to landing zone. “Echoes is simply the top of our training hill,” organisers state on Proflyght website. “With a thousand feet of grass, and numerous top-landing spots, it is the perfect pace to hone your skills. Cloud base is usually above the launch, so it's possible to get multiple flights in one morning!”
There are also other Maui flying sites are maintained by local hang gliding and paragliding pilots, but they are not affiliated with Proflyght Paragliding.

 

Waterfall rappelling through The White Mountains

  

Waterfall rappelling through The White Mountains

You don't have to visit an exotic place to go waterfall rappelling. Climbing outfitter Northeast Mountaineering offers the opportunity to try in in New England, in The White Mountains. Covering a quarter of the state of New Hampshire and a small portion of western Main, the White Mountains are the most rugged mountains in New England.

Waterfall rappelling through New Hampshire's White Mountains has often been described as the best extreme outdoor adventure in America. Here you'll have the chance to rappel the Ripley Falls, one of New Hampshire's magnificent, 100+ foot waterfalls with the spectacular scenery of the White Mountains surrounding you.
You will have the opportunity to enjoy a short hike into the falls before you hike up to the top and rappel back down. During this adventure, you can skip any rappels that you are not comfortable with, and if you feel like sitting the whole experience out, there is an option to walk back down. There are mountain guides guarding all rappels, so this experience is the safest it can be.
You will meet your guides at the Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering in Bartlett, NH at your designated time. The operator will take 30 minutes to outfit you with any rental gear, watch an introduction video and learn to rappel at the Bunkhouse. If you are cliff rappelling instead, you will meet your guides at the Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering in Bartlett, NH at 10am.
“The Hike to Ripley Falls is 0.5 miles and usually take approximately 20-30 minutes. The trail is classified as Easy/Moderate by White Mountain standards. These standards may differ from the ratings you are used to. It is uphill the entire way and there any many roots, rocks, mud, and loose footing. The last 0.1 mile of the trail to the top of the waterfall is particularly steep and requires care. This adventure also requires an easy river crossing. Participants need to be able to walk on rough, rugged trails, have a solid sense of balance, and be in reasonable physical shape.”
You should wear synthetic materials that will dry out quicker than cotton, including wool, polyester, or techwich. “For Waterfall Rappelling, please bring sneakers, water shoes, strap-on sandals or hiking boots that can get soaked as you will be standing in water at times. You will appreciate having a towel and a dry shirt for after the fun has ended. A small backpack to carry these items plus some food and water is recommended. For Cliff Rappelling, please wear comfortable activewear. We recommend that you wear a t-shirt and shorts because you will be wearing a harness.” They also recommend you should bring a small backpack to carry these items as well as some food and water.

 

Fastest and longest zip line in the USA

  

New York Zipline usa

New York Zipline boasts the largest zipline canopy tour in North America and second largest in the world, you'll be whizzing with 600 feet above ground just under the highway speed limit along a 3,200-foot cable. There's also a milder option for beginners which is the 650-food-long midmountain tour, which also traverses rope bridgs and a rappel.

New York Zipline is located just two hours north of NYC, at Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl. They run three family friendly adventures, which are the SkyRider, Mid Mountain Canopy Tour and the Adventure Tower. On the operator's website, the organisers state ‘as a leader in the industry with over 30 years' experience, Canopy Tours adheres to the strictest safety and construction guidelines in the industry.”
New York Zipline also has a sister local which is Jamaica Zipline Adventure. They claim that their outdoor activities are designed as challenged-by-choice and are known for “our professionally trained and enthusiastic guide staff that combine entertainment with our superior safety standards.”
Before you book your ride, you need to meet certain requirements. Given the gravity-fed nature of these ziplines and to keep your speed and zipline arrivals safe, there are weight and height requirements. For the adventure tower, you need to be at least 4'2'' tall. For Mid Mountain & Night Zipline Tour, you need to weigh between 60 and 250 pounds, and should be no taller than 6'5''. For the SkyRider Tour you need to weight between 110 and 260 pounds and be no taller than 6'5''.
New York Zipline Canopy Tours features a family friendly tour which is the Mid Mountain Tour. this adventure sweeps you off your feet and into the tree canopy with a variety of activities. This adventure is particularly recommended for first timers, and it also suits any thrill seeker. The ride rewards you with wonderful views of the spectacular backdrop of the Catskill Mountains.
The Night Zip Tour takes place on the Mid Mountain Tour. This is an adventure that is family friendly and is accompanied by the moon and the stars of the night. There are bight tree platforms, topped off by stargazing and nocturnal animal sightings. This adventure features six ziplines and four suspension bridges, along with nine illuminated tree platforms.
The Skyrider tour is the longest, fastest and highest ziplines in North America, which begins with a scenic chairlift or off-road ride to the Summit Lodge. Attend Zipline Pilot training school so you can get a safety briefing and to maximize your skills. This is the most extreme attraction and it lasts three hours.
The Adventure Tower is located at the base of Hunter Mountain and is suitable for all ages. Guests must overcome nine different obstacles as they spiral up the tower.

 

Canyons in Utah

  

Canyons in Utah

Located in Easter Utah, USA, Moab is the country seat and largest city Grand County. The city attracts a large number of visitors each year. Most tourists head to Arches and Canyonlands national parks. Known for its world-class mountain biking, Moab also boasts incredible canyoneering routes that take you from carved sandstone slot canyons to ancient ruins and water-filled pools.

There are many outfitters serving the area, but you might want to consider booking with Red River Adventures, who offer guided canyoneering routes, including the moderately easy Ephedra's Grotto and Chamisa Canyon, both of which feature hiking, scrambling and a couple of rappels each. You can pair canyoneering with rafting down the Colorado.
The landscape surrounding Moab, Utah, has many surprises in stores for explorers, such as beautiful water carved canyons you can only reach with the right skills. “Since 2004,” states Red River Adventures' official website, “our professional AMGA certified SPI's have been introducing people to these amazing Moab Canyoneering routes. We back up every rappel on a separate safety system so these trips are for anyone with a bit of fitness and a sense of adventure.”
The most popular adventure is Morning Glory (also known as Ephedra's Grotto). “This 3 mile adventure is only made possible by doing two of the areas best rappels and a bit of scrambling. A step up from your typical hike, yet doable by almost anyone with the help of our incredible guides.” This adventure is rated from easy to moderate difficulty, it lasts from one to two days, it spans over three miles, it has two rappels, and you need to be at least 8 years old to join.
Guides favourite is Chamisa Canyon, which is tight and technical: “this route has potholes, some easy scrambling, rappelling, lots of wading and sometimes a short swim thrown in for fun. This trip is a favourite of our guides. Exploring this water carved sandstone slot canyon is a “cool” thing to do for summer fun.” The level of difficulty is easy to moderate, it lasts from one to two days, the length is 2.5 miles, there are two rappels, you need to be at least 8 years old to join.
The longest route, spanning 5 miles, is called Rock of Ages. “Moab Canyoneering at its best, this route features three rappels a tight ‘slot', potholes, some easy scrambling, views of seldom seen arches, ancient ruins and pictographs. A hike through this route will leave memories that will last a lifetime.” The level of difficulty is from moderate to heard, it takes four to six hours to complete, it has three rappels, and you need to be at least 12 years old to join.
You can also pair canyoneering with rafting, a Red River exclusive. “Spend an unforgettable day with Moab's best guides by combining an AM Morning Glory canyoneering trip with an afternoon of rafting the beautiful Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River.” The difficulty is from easy to moderate, class varies from II to III during May and June. After hiking for three miles, you get to raft for seven miles.

 

Climb Yosemite El Capitan

  

Climb Yosemite El Capitan

Located in the western Sierra Nevada of California, Yosemite National Park is a United States national park known as one of the best rock-climbing destinations in the world. Covering an area of 747,956 acres, the park is internationally celebrated for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, meadows, glaciers, and biological diversity.

Listed as a World Heritage Site in 1984, the park is one of the largest and least fragmented habitat blocks in the Sierra Nevada, supporting a diversity of plants and animals. In fact, nearly 95 percent of the park is designated wilderness. With an elevation range from 2,127 to 13,114 feet, the park houses five major vegetation zones: chaparral and oak woodland, lower montane forest, upper montane forest, subalpine zone, and alpine.
While California is home to 7,000 plant species, 50 percent of this figure occur in the Sierra Nevada and more than 20 percent within Yosemite. The park provides a suitable habitat for more than 160 rare plants in the park, with rare local geologic formations and unique soils characterizing the restricted ranges many of these plants occupy.
Yosemite Park attracts nearly 4 million visitors every year, and in 2016 it set a record by surpassing 5 million visitors for the first time in its history. The park takes its name from the Miwok language, meaning “killer”. This refers to the name of a renegade tribe which was driven out of the area (and possibly annihilated) by the Mariposa Battalion. Before that happened, the area was called “Ahwahnee” by indigenous people, which means “big mouth”.
The park is home to the shockingly sheer 3,000-foot Dawn Wall of 7,569-foot El Capitan, the popular 8,839-foot-tall Half Dome, and easier summits such as Washington Column, with its 1,000-foot rout.
If you want to climb the summits, booking a tour with the Yosemite Mountaineering School & Guide Service is your best bet. Ever since the late 1960s, the Yosemite Mountaineering School has guided tens of thousands of climbers, ranging from novice to experts. “Our guides are the only ones authorized to lead and teach climbing at Yosemite National Park. They're passionate climbers, patient teachers and know Yosemite's cliffs better than anyone. Every guide is a wilderness First Responder or holds a Wilderness EMT certification,” states the school's official website.
You need to call the Mountaineering school to make a reservation. Classes are generally seven and a half hours long and start at 8.30am at the Mountaineering School in Half Dome Village or in Tuolumne Meadows.
Lessons options vary from beginners to intermediate and expert levels. The beginner lesson option is called Welcome to the Rock and it costs $172.00. “Designed for beginners, you'll learn the basics, as you begin climbing and repelling at heights up to 60 feet. Our expert guides make it a fun and memorable experience, with safety as the first priority.”
Intermediate lessons are known as Crack Climbing, and they cost $175.00. “The second class in our series focuses on different climbing techniques, expanding on what you learned in the first class. You'll learn the basics of crack climbing, protection techniques and simple anchors. Throughout the day, you'll be climbing and repelling under the watchful eye of our expert guides.”
Another intermediate lesson is called Anchoring and is also priced at $175.00. “The third class in our series is essential for anyone who someday hopes to climb on their own. It's also excellent for helping you assess your partner's abilities and confidence. This intensive class focuses on anchoring techniques, covering top-rope and more advanced anchors. Anchoring is the most fundamental and essential skill for climbing safety.”
The advanced lesson, Leading/Multi-Pitch Climbing, is priced at $215.00, and “will cover leading and multi-pitch climbing. Your expert instructor will teach you the techniques used to get the rope up and continue past one rope length. Once you learn to lead, you'll be the one responsible for orchestrating the pitch, protecting for the follower, aiding moves and leading strategies. It's critical that anyone who hopes to climb without an instructor takes this course.”

 

Pitchfork Music Festival

  

Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork Music Festival is organised by independently focused music source Pitchfork Media, hence the name. This three day event caters to music lovers of every genre, from rock, hip-hop, electronic, jazz, punk, among others. The event is a cultural delight, featuring an exciting fair, food, art, and beverages from local and national vendors. Union Park, Chicago. July 19–21, 2019.

2018 headliners include Tame Impala, Fleet Foxes and Lauryn Hill. Apart from the headliners, the lineup is varied and out of this world, featuring local as well as international artists: Alex Cameron, Courtney Barnett, Mount Kimble, Big Thief, Earl Sweatshirt, Syd, Julien Baker, Saba, Open Mike Eagle, Julie Byrne, Joshua Abrams & Natural, Information Society, Lucy Dacus, Melkbelly, The Curls, The War on Drugs, Blood Orange, Raphael Saadlq, This is Not This Heat, Moses Sumney, Girlpool, Kaitlyn Aurella Smith, Circuit des Yeux, Zola Jesus, berhana, Paul Cherry, Chaka Khan, DRAM, Noname, Japandroids, (Sandy) Alex G, Smino, Japanese Breakfast, Kelly Lee Owens, Ravyn Lenae, Kweku Collins, Irreversible Entanglements, among others.
2018 marks the festival's 13th anniversary, and to celebrate “the internationally recognized Pitchfork Music Festival presents 40+ acts over the course of three days each summer in Chicago's Union Park. The festival highlights the best in new and emerging music. Since 2006, this independently run festival has consistently proven to be one of the most welcoming, comfortable, reasonably priced, and rewarding weekends of music around,” is written on the festival's website.
“Hosting 60,000 attendees of all ages from 45 states and 26 countries, Pitchfork Music Festival offers a wide array of activities beyond the music. With 50 individual vendors, as well as specialty record and craft fairs, the festival works to support local business while promoting the Chicago arts and food communities as a whole. We maintain a commitment to keeping ticket prices low, providing new and useful amenities, and working with the city's best local vendors each year. Stay tuned for more line-up and festival feature updates.”
The main gate for the event is located on Ashland Avenue, on the west side of Union Park. For all festival attendees, the secondary gate is at Washington Blvd. and Ogden Ave., on the east side of Union Park. Gates open at 12pm, as well as the Box Office, which remains open until 7pm before the festival, and from 11am until 9pm during the festival.
If you are wondering how to get to the festival, here is some advice you should consider. If you are planning on getting there by car, beware that the festival does not provide any parking for festival goers. There are no sanctioned parking lots for public use either in the Union Park area associated with the festival
If you opt for getting there by train, the Ashland stop on the Green and Pink lines is at the northwest corner of the park. If you decide to take a bus instead, the Ashland number 9 bus runs north/south and stops right on the western edge of Union Park. The Madison number 20 bus runs east/west and runs just south of the park, it also runs directly from Ogilvie station and is a short walk from Union Station downtown.
One of the best ways to the festival is by biking as organisers have a spacious and secure bike parking available located near the north gate of the festival.
As Pitchfork Music wants to remain a welcoming summer festival and community, they have a strict code of conduct that runs along the lines of common sense. As an attendee, you are expected to create an enjoyable and accepting environment for your fellow attendees, which includes the duty of speaking out when you see unacceptable behaviour.
The website states, “Pitchfork has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment or discrimination of any kind, including but not limited to: race, colour, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, and disability status.”
The website also lists what they consider offensive behaviour, which include but is not limited to: “acts of physical assault or battery; verbal abuse' racial or ethnic slurs; groping, sexual assault, or unwanted sexual remarks; stalking; and threatening language.” If any attendee incurs in one of these offenses, they will be removed from the festival.

 

Lollapalooza

  

Lollapalooza new usa

Featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop and electronic music, Lollapalooza a very diversified music festival held every summer in Chicago, at Grant Park. Apart from being a multi-genre delight, Lollapalooza also features dance and comedy performances, alongside with craft booths. The festival also serves as a platform for political and non-profit artists and groups.

Ever since its creation in 1991 by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for his band, this internationally-known festival is often the cornerstone many artists' careers. Lollapalooza is broadcast live and globally on Red Bull TV.
In 2010, it was announced that Lollapalooza would make its debut outside American soil, that is how a branch of the festival was staged in Chile's capital Santiago. 2011 saw the birth of a Brazilian version of the event, and then an Argentinian version made its appearance in 2013. In 2014, the first European Lollapalooza took place in Berlin.
The festival takes place in the course of thee days, hosting more than 160,000 people, and featuring a diverse range of bands and artists, the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West, Jane's Addiction, Lana del Rey, Wiz Khalifa, The Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, Eminem, MGMT, Coldplay, Stone Temple Pilots, Depeche Mode, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ministry, Pearl Jam, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Atlas Genius, Dev, Rollins Band, Kid Cudi, Imagine Dragons, Babes in Toyland, Beastie Boys, Kings of Leon, Foster the People, The Cure, Of Monsters and Men, Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Killer, The National, Living Colour, Rage Against the Machine, We the Kings, Paramore, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, X Japan, Audioslave, Soundgarden, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Cage the Elephant, Alice in Chains, Lorde, Tool, The Black Keys, deadmau5, Hole, Body Count, Ice-T, Queens of the Stone Age, Cupcake, The Drums, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Thenewno2, Fishbone, Lady Gaga, Lucius, Betty Who, Butthole Surfers, Grouplove, Marina And the Diamonds, Haley Reinhart, Scramble Campbell, Zara Larsson, and Radiohead.
2018 features impressive headliners, including Arctic Monkeys, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd and Jack White. The lineup boasts a long list of famous artists, the likes of Travis Scott, Khalid, Chvrches, Galantis, Franz Ferdinand, DJ Taye, Larkin Poe, London on da Track, The National, Post Malone, Tyler, The Creator, Walk the Moon, James Bay, Vampire Weekend, Logic, St. Vincent, Zedd, Perry Farrell's Kind Heaven Catfish and the Bottlemen, Lil Pimp, Bones, Odesza, Lil Uzi Vert, Portugal, the Man, Excision, Gucci Mane, Chromeo, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Manchester Orchestra, The Vaccines, Chris Lake, and many more.
The festival's name originated towards the end of the 19th century as an American idiomatic phrase, which is defined by the dictionary as “an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.” The term also came to be used to refer to a massive lollipop. Upon hearing the word used in a Three Stooges short film, Farrell decided to adopt it to name the festival, as a homage to the term's double meaning, and thus a character in the festival's original logo holds one of the lollipops.
Lollapalooza as an experience goes beyond the music, although everything revolves around it, like they state on their website: “Music is our DNA. With 8 stages, and 170+ bands from all over the world, every Lolla lineup makes hands wave, heads nod, and crowds holler.”
The event also features delicious food that Chicago offers. “Chow Town offers the most delicious festival good, drinks and sweets from the Windy City's favourite restaurants. We offer our patrons much more than the typical ‘carnival' type fare, with an emphasis on fresh, reasonably priced items from the Chicago area.”
Lollapalooza also features an art market, sweet photogenic spots, and tons of merch to swag out with. The event also caters for children, with a mini-fest for the kiddos.
And the fun continues even after the festiva. The event includes aftershows, so you can see even more from your favourite artists at the fest. 2018 aftershows include over 55 performances featuring over 110 artists. “From Metro to House of Blues, these legendary rooms will host the ultimate Lolla parties from Tuesday, July 31st through Sunday, August 5th.”

 

South by South West

  

South by South West

Partially a music festival, partially a film festival and partially a conferences and partially an exhibit hall for people with interesting and unique ideas they'd like to share with the world, SXSW attracts people music lovers and cinephiles alike, from fans to media. Held annually mid-March in Austin, Texas, SXWS is a showcase of music, film and interactive highlights that take form in the shame of performances, exhibits, talks, screenings and more.

Hanson and James Blunt were discovered in SXSW, which earned the festival the reputation as the ultimate trend-setter and launcher of careers. Ever since it was founded in 1987, it has continued to grow in both scope and size every year. According to its website, “showcases are curated by record labels, booking agencies, management and PR firms, export offices, publishers, media outlets, lifestyle brands, festivals, and more, drawing on a pool of artists looking to enhance their careers by reaching new audiences.”
Artists that partake in the SXSW Music Festival perform in bars, clubs, parks, churches, hotels, and more. As its website states, “Not limited in genre or regional focus, audiences can enjoy a variety of musical styles at SXSW. At the 2018 edition, new, developing, and established Showcasing Artists from 65 countries were represented amongst the 2,000-plus official performers. To discover the 2000+ acts that performed at SXSW 2018, stream our Spotify Playlists, read our Music Bloggers Guide to SXSW 2018, surf our YouTube Music Video playlist, and tune into SXSWfm.”
SXSM also hosts a film festival. For nine days in March, creatives of all stripes gather for the acclaimed SXSM Film program to celebrate “raw innovation and emerging talent from both behind and in front of the camera. Featuring provocative dramas, documentaries, comedies, genre standouts, and more, the festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences.”
As the SXSW Film Festival runs alongside SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music, “attendees have the opportunity to connect with tech and music industry experts, making the SXSW Film Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation.”
The event also includes The SXSW Interactive Festival, which provides a variety of compelling evening networking experiences that run smoothly alongside the many learning opportunities the SXSW Conference provides.
According to its website, “the evening networking events that make up the SXSW Interactive Festival range from parties to award presentations - and almost everything in between.” The festival holds an Interactive Festival Opening Party to inaugurate the conference, which provides attendees with a great opportunity to make valuable connections that will serve them for the rest of the festival.
The event also features an award ceremony that honours some of the industry's most important innovators. These events include te Interactive Innovation Awards, Accelerator Awards, Release It Awards, and Community Service Awards.
To conclude the Interactive Festival portion of SXSW, there is a massive party called Interactive Festival Bash.
This massive event also hosts a Comedy Festival, which presents uniquely diverse programming that highlights exception emerging and established talent. According to its website, “SXSW Comedy features a diverse line-up of rising stars, established greats, and surprise guests. All badges, Film and Music Wristbands are welcomed to all SXSW Comedy events.” The event is full of performances, showcases and events.
Some of the comedy festival participants have included Adam Lustick, Adam Pally, Aparna Nancherla, Baron Vaughn, Berth Stelling, Betsy Sodaro, Bill Hader, Chris Garcia, Conner O'Malley, Dave Anthony, Dave Hill, David Gborie, Dick Cavett, Doug Benson, Gareth Reynolds, Godfrey, Horatio Sanz, Ian Abramson, Ian Karmel, Jake Weisman, James Adomian, James Davis, Jermaine Fowler, Joe Pera, Lauren Lapkus, Martha Kelly, Matt Besser, Nick Thune, Robin Thede, Vanessa Gonzalez, Willie Barcena, and many more.
If you plan on attending SXSW, SXSW “is the official communications hub for SXSW registrants. Once you have registered to attend SXSW, you can log in to keep contact information up to date, communicate with the SXSW Housing Desk, and upload your badge photo. SXSW registrants can search for and message other attendees, build a bio, tag their profile with interests, and add links to places where other users can learn more about projects, interests, or ways to connect. SXSW registrants can also add links to Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms, as well as build their own personal schedule.”

 

Electric Forest Festival

  

Electric Forest Festival

Held in Rothbury, Michigan, at the Double JJ Resort, Electric Forest Festival is an annual eight-day event that centers on electronic and jam band genres. The festival was formerly called Rothbury Festival, with a focus on rock and jam bands, and first debuted in 2008.

Long has passed since then, and 2015 event drew an estimated 45,000 attendees, and in 2017, it was nominated for Festival of the Year at the Electronic Music Awards. The event is an alternative to the field-only and conventional festivals we are used to, as it fuses bands with electronic DJ's and festival attendees are immersed in the colours of the nature surrounding them, as thumping sounds follow them around from stage to stage.
The 2018 lineup included The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Griz Live Band, Galantis, Zhu, Green Velvet, Bonobo, Chromeo, Thundercat, Washed Out, San Holo, Marian Hill, Keys N Krates, Marshmello and Testpilot, among other great acts.
If you have any queries, you might want to read the most frequently asked questions:
Can I bring a grill or have a fire pit, tiki torches, or candles? According to the festival's website, “No. Only small, coleman-style propane or butane cook stoves are allowed. No other open flame is permitted.”
If I am staying off site, can I leave and come back? “Yes. If you are staying off site, you will be able to come and go throughout the weekend.”
How long can I leave my car in Day Parking before it is towed? “If your car remains in day parking an hour after music has ended each night, it may be towed at your expense.”
Will you be posting set times in advance? Where can I find exact set times? “Set times will be posted as a print-at-home schedule on this website as the festival date approaches.
How hot will it get in the day and how cold will it get at night? “Historically, the town of Rothbury receives very little rain during the months of June and July, and temperatures hover around 65-80 degrees fahrenheit during the day and 55-65 degrees fahrenheit at night. Please come prepared for all kinds of weather.”
I am not a photographer but would like to bring my own camera. What are the specs on the cameras allowed? “Small handheld/point and shoot cameras without additional lenses are acceptable within the festival venue. Yes, you can bring your GoPro.”
Are you hiring people to work or volunteer at the event? “Stay tuned for opportunities to work in the Forest!”
Can I pass out flyers in the venue or outside the venue on the festival grounds? “No, there is no unauthorized solicitation on the grounds o in any of the parking lots/camping areas.”
Will there be an information booth/area? “Yes, there will be several information booths near the venue entrance and inside the festival grounds. They will be listed on the map. In the campgrounds, please visit your closest Neighbourhood Pod once you have set up camp to get oriented to your local hub! Neighbourhood Pods will have 24 hour information and medical staff, showers, ice, and more.
Will there be first aid onsite? “Definitely. Inside the festival grounds, there will be several medical booths. They will be listed on the map. In the campgrounds, please visit your closest Neighbourhood Pod once you have set up camp to get oriented to your local hub! Neighbourhood Pods will have 24 hour information and medical staff, showers, ice, and more.
Will there be drinking fountains? And/or how much is water? “There will be free water refill stations throughout the campgrounds and within the festival venue. Water will also be available at very reasonable prices from food and beverage vendors throughout the grounds as well.”
Will there be sunglasses/visitors or hats/sunscreen sold? “These items will be available at the General Store near the Venue Entrance. Please check the map upon arrival for exact location of the General Store. Event merchandise will also be available at Official Forest Goods locations.”
Will there be flushable toilets and sinks available? “There will be hand-washing stations in select areas in the campground and venue, and flushable toilets in The Good Life areas only.

 

  
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