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How You Can Enjoy a Virtual Music Festival this Summer

By Stacey Ramirez
Web Content Contributor

If you’re like me, you probably spend a lot of time daydreaming about when your next concert or festival will be. This year, so many events have been canceled, like graduations, but I think hearing about festivals such as Austin City Limits getting canceled was just as difficult to accept. 

But it wasn’t just ACL that was postponed this year. Many festivals all over the world have canceled or rescheduled their events until next year. Since we’re only halfway through 2020 right now, even that seems like forever.  

Luckily, you won’t technically have to go this year without a music festival. Some have opted to go a new route and host a virtual festival. 

There are pros and cons to virtual music festivals. The obvious con is that it won’t feel the same. You won’t feel the same energy of the crowd or the artist on a screen. But one benefit to this is you won’t have to sprint to another stage to try to get a bit of each set. Instead, they come to you.  

Another reason is that going to a live music festival can be very expensive. It’s the reason why a lot of people say they don’t go. Now you can go without having to book a flight, a hotel, or worry about packing and food.

So, if you have never been to a music festival, this technically might be your year. These are two festivals that decided they were going virtual this year!

Tomorrowland 

Tomorrowland is an electronic dance music festival held in Boom, Belgium that takes place every summer. This year would mark the festival’s 15th anniversary. 

Instead of canceling the festival all together, 60 electronic dance music artists from around the world will be streaming their sets online for nine hours a day. Depending on your time zone, there are reruns available too.

This digital festival will take place from July 25-26. A full line up can be found here.

Tomorrowland’s digital festival does require a ticket purchase, and you can purchase ticket packages that include real physical memorabilia such as t-shirts that are mailed to your home. 

It won’t be your usual live streaming video: the festival has been preparing to use the most advanced technology to create a 3D experience. The festival plans to be back and celebrate its 16th anniversary next summer 2021 in Belgium.

Lolla2020

The original Lollapalooza music festival is held annually and takes place in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. The festival is known for headlining artists in rock, pop and other genres. It’s also branched out and now hosts festivals around the world including Berlin, Buenos Aires, Santiago, São Paulo, Stockholm and Paris.

This year the festival will be going digital from July 30 to August 2. The weekend-long virtual event will have performances from artists from Chicago and some from around the world. 

They will also be streaming archived performances, not to mention they’ll also be releasing never before seen footage from Lollapalooza’s early days in the 90’s. Lollapalooza plans to also return to its live festival in 2021 to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Featured image by Stacey Ramirez.

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