Let there be songs to fill the air
March 3, 2017
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For Cathedral Catholic High School student Megan Bugg ’19, the thought of missing the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is out of the question.
“I have never been to Coachella, but I’m going this year,” Bugg said. “I heard from a lot of people that is was really fun last year, so that made me want to go this year.”
Once again, the music festival season lingers on the horizon like a college admissions letter coming in the mail, giving music lovers of all genres the opportunity to revel in their favorite artists’ performances and to discover new sounds, all while they embrace the fashion and aura of notorious festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Governor’s Ball, and Outside Lands.
“I go to a lot of festivals,” Cathedral Catholic High School student Tate Keeney ‘18 said. “I’d say that my favorite one is Coachella.”
Coachella is a six-day music festival in Coachella Valley, California that spans across two separate weekends in April. With headliners including Radiohead, Lady Gaga, and Kendrick Lamar, this year’s event expects to attract approximately 99,000 visitors per day.
Music festivals provide attendees with new music in the purest form of live entertainment.
“Some of my favorite artists are Rebelution and Slightly Stoopid,” CCHS student Kila Steward ‘17 said. “But my all time favorite is Jack Johnson.”
Outside Lands, a festival that takes place in San Francisco in August, ranks as another favorite event among concertgoers. While the official 2017 lineup has not been revealed, fans of the festival eagerly anticipate what they can expect this year.
“Outside Lands is my favorite of all the festivals I have been to,” CCHS Hunter Csathy ‘18 said. “It brings such a diverse group of people together who have a common love for music.
“Outside Lands reminded me of Woodstock if we had that today.”
In 2016, the festival featured artists like Radiohead, Lionel Richie, Lana Del Rey, and LCD Soundsystem.
The artists who perform at music festivals impact students by influencing their musical tastes, friendships, and appreciation for the arts.
“My favorite band is The 1975,” CCHS student Sophia Gilmore ‘18 said in reference to the band that took the stage at last year’s Coachella festival. “They’re all so genuine and talented, and their music expresses a lot of deep emotions that I can relate to.”
However, music festivals are not the only source for finding and appreciating music. Students also take to music sharing applications to locate new tracks when attending a music festival is not accessible.
“I usually find all my music on Spotify and assemble playlists there,” Gilmore said.
Applications like Spotify, Soundcloud, and Apple Music contribute to how students access and stream music.
“I use Soundcloud and Apple Music a lot,” CCHS student Bella Oliff ‘20 said. “I like being able to share music with my friends and compare what we’re listening to with each other.”
Earlier this winter, Snowglobe attracted many members of the CCHS community to participate in the event that took place in Lake Tahoe.
“Snowglobe is my favorite,” CCHS student Nate Bizzack ‘18 said. “I found out about a lot of artists by going to the different stages they had at Snowglobe.”
Although Snowglobe has already passed, festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands loom on the horizon, giving students more to look forward to than the refreshing spring and summer weather.
Students, get ready to rock.