Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza – add in travel, hotel/camping expenses, food and the actual ticket price and these summer music festivals are easily out of budget for this midwest girl. But hey, I don’t have to fly to California to get my groove on as long as I have Spotify.
Yeah, I know, it’s not the SAME THING. OKAY. I get it. Sorry. There’s an experience and value to actually seeing and feeling the music, the people around you, and letting yourself feel FREE.
However, even if you DO attend these festivals, you’ll probably want to pump yourself up prior to the show by listening to music from the artists you’re spending beaucoup bucks on.
It’s also a great way to enjoy the music at minimal cost. You should know that I pay $9.99/mo for Premium Spotify – this means I listen to music all day long with no ads, no limit to how much I listen and I get access to the mobile app, which I use all the time.
I wish I had a playlist for MojoStock, a festival happening this weekend at Sleepybear Campground in Noblesville, but so much of the talent is local and not listen on Spotify that it seems awkward to create something only to listen to a handful of artists. I attended on Friday to watch John DJ in the EDM tent and to catch other local favs like Brad Real, Steady B and Brian Summers.
Not all of these festivals have “official” playlists created by the event organizers, and these are just a few that I’ve recently started listening to. Please add to the list in the comments!
All Good Festival 2012 by Danielle Look, local Indy festival-goer and Music Editor for IndyMojo.com – this one is packed with jam band goodness like The Alman Brothers Band, The Flaming Lips, and Yonder Mountain String Band with full albums.
Digster Bonnaroo 2012 is a great compilation of singles from platinum artists like Radiohead and Ludacris to emerging artists like Childish Gambino and Mac Miller.
Coachella 2012 Lineup created by SpotifyUSA has over 3K subscribers and was the first Spotify playlist I subscribed to. Definitely worth a listen.
Electric Zoo 2012 by Drazen Doutlik is all electronic with artists like Brodinski, Pretty Lights, Flux Pavillion and David Guetta.
Movement Detroit by Spotify User 1218045155 (someone who didn’t set their username) is also primarily electronic and is a great mix of national and lesser-known talent.
Electric Daisy Carnival 2012 by Will Cohen – this one I discovered after watching a documentary on the festival. Not only do they spend money on the musical talent, but this production involves thousands of people dressed up to dance and provide the ultimate carnival experience.