- Posted by Stephen Whiteley
- On 12/07/2018
The summer season is here, which for many people means the start of three long months of vacations. While there are many, many activities you could do to pass your holidays, for music fans there is only one option: music festivals. Getting together with your friends and other music enthusiasts from around the world, even if you don’t understand a word they say (that’s what translators from translator agencies are for) to enjoy live performances from your favorite bands, all gathering under one roof, or rather a piece of sky.
Camping out in the open ground just so you don’t miss any performances from your favorite bands the next day, queuing up in long lines to get a photograph from your favorite singer; this is what it’s all about. Music festivals have surged in popularity over the years, with many being held now over the globe then they were ever before, but there are some that truly stand head and shoulders above the rest of the crowd.
Milwaukee Summerfest is the world’s largest music festival. Period. If you were to visit one, just one, music festival in your lifetime, you would be smart to choose this one. Held annually in the Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, it has followed a tradition of starting towards the end of June and continuing till the first of week of July. Since it features multiple stages and has so much time, it has managed to squeeze in about 800 acts and a thousand performances annually over the last years.
Suffice to say; if you chose to go to the Milwaukee Summerfest, there is absolutely no way you would get bored.
When compared to the Milwaukee Summerfest, HARD is certainly a smaller festival, lasting only a couple of days each year, and featuring a smaller number of performances. However, the HARD festival is exclusively for those who appreciate the emerging genre of electronic and alternative music.
In fact, it was started specifically to give these forms of music a better footing against the other already well-established genres and has succeeded in doing so to a very large extent, with each event being bigger and more amazing than the one before it. It’s certainly worth checking out if you enjoy the genre.
Aspen Music Festival and School
Much like the HARD festival, the Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS for short) is geared towards people who like a specific type of music, though unlike HARD, the AMFS feature only classical music exclusively. From solo violin performances to huge orchestrated concerts, this festival is like a dream come true for those who have a more “refined” palate when it comes to music. What’s even more inspiring is the fact that most performances are by the students studying at the Aspen Music School, which means you’re witnessing talent in the making.
Often called Milwaukee Summerfest’s only rival, the British Summertime (BST) music festival is one of the largest, if not THE largest, music festivals east of the Atlantic Ocean. Similar to the Summerfest, the BST features performances from an astoundingly large number of artists and lasts longer than a week, though at a smaller scale than the Summerfest of course.
However, the BST does have one thing going for it: it’s held annually in Hyde Park in London, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Which means those who opt for the BST this year have the whole of London to enjoy once they’re done satisfying their “musical needs.”