A great music festival is three or four days of forgetting all your daily worries. The young can be wild and reckless and the old(er) can be erm, wild and reckless....or not.... its up to you, this is the magic of the music festival.
Music festivals are also good for you, listening to music helps our mental well being and can improve our health. Scientists say that music releases a feel good hormone called dopamine in our brain especially when we hear our favourite songs. It also decreases the stress hormone, cortisol. Treble that when you listen to live music in a space where everyone, from across the world, has gathered for the same purpose. To play an instrument or sing along to music has a similar affect with scientists saying it can greatly boost your immune system. So dance and sing along to the top of your voices and if the festival has a drum circle, get stuck in. Some people turn to illicit drugs to 'boost' their mind but live pumping and pulsating music, in a beautiful environment with other beautiful people, is all the 'boost' that you need.
Most festivals happen in a large field or park with possibly some seating but mostly standing room. More effort tends to go into the audience experience with bold branding, ambient lighting and possibly glow-sticks for when it gets dark. Whether young or old(er) there is something bonding and electric when you are in this atmosphere surrounded by mostly people you don't know all jostling, touching and feeling the vibes of the music. An adrenaline rush like no other. On occasions your eyes may meet and although you are complete strangers you smile and you move in harmony with the connection of being in the right place at the right time to enjoy a never to be repeated experience. You will not see that artiste in this space again, this is happening right now, in this place, at this time - music festivals are all about living in the moment.
Unlike attending a regular concert at music festivals you are more likely to see acts and hear music unfamiliar to you. To really enjoy it you must throw to one side all expectations and go with the flow, be open to experiencing something new. Witnessing a live act is nothing like listening to a song on the radio (or in your car, or on your laptop or phone) even if its music that is not to your usual taste. The passion of the artiste will have you mesmerized and before you know it you will be totally immersed. Go beyond your boundaries, enjoy the whole experience and embrace the unexpected.
What is particularly good about music festivals is that it can give local or new talent an opportunity to play in front of a large global, mostly perceptive, audience. As an attendee you may witness an artiste at the start of their musical career. What a thrill if they go on to world domination, you saw them at their rawest. A music festival is also an opportunity for new artistes to rub shoulders with more seasoned ones, who knows where that can lead. At the Pure Grenada Music Festival Joss Stone was so impressed with local Grenada artiste, Sabrina Francis that she has promised to collaborate with her at some point in the future. How exciting!
Dress up, dress down, wear rags or wear a gown! It really doesn't matter. The freedom of what you wear at a music festival is what entices some people to it. If you are a fashion designer it is the perfect space to showcase your way-out-there designs. Rope in a few friends and you have your own, impromptu, fashion show.
Some music festivals - that are way too popular - can be over-priced, over-crowded and over muddy. Aren't you lucky that with so many festivals happening across the world you have the pick of the bunch! I suggest you by pass by the super huge ones and attend a lesser known one, or a completely new one like Pure Grenada Music Festival, where you can see international acts for a fraction of what you would pay to see them anywhere else. Food and drink prices will not only be reasonable but will offer your palette something new. No chance of being squashed to the edge of your life and there will be the added bonus of exploring a new city or country.