The first weekend of Coachella just ended and went off with a bang. I guess if you’ve got Beyonce headlining then things are bound to get crazy. Beyonce sang hit after hit and Coachella attendees even saw the much anticipated Destiny’s Child reunion. #beychella
It use to be easy to hide and pretend that people weren’t having fun without you. Just stay in your house and open up a good book or pop in a movie and pretend that the outside world doesn’t exist. Nowadays though, with social media, it’s hard to ignore and not feel a bit of FOMO.
So sure, Coachella is definitely on my bucket list. But because I’m not a celebrity nor am I rolling in money, I have to look for alternatives to fulfill my music kick. Good thing Coachella’s not the only music phenomenon out there. It may be the biggest, but in this situation, bigger doesn’t always mean better. Here are five Coachella alternatives.
GENRE SPECIFIC & COAST CENTRAL MUSIC FESTIVALS
One reason going to Coachella is astronomically expensive is because of the vast amount of music listeners it caters to. You’ve got your wild EDM DJs like Illenium and Odeza, but you’ve also got your coffeehouse indie artists like Alvvays and Priests gracing your stage. Plus, Coachella prides itself in drawing in the biggest headliners possible in the music industry. And you can bet Lady Gaga and Beyonce do not come cheap.
If you do enjoy the variety that Coachella brings but don’t live near California, there are plenty of other options all around the country. Just as big as Coachella. Just as many high-profile artists. But with a lower price point.
Some common ones are:
Rock – Warped Tour
BROADWAY – ElsieFest
TV Show Concert Series
These are great ways to catch your favorite artists. Most talk shows like Jimmy Fallon or TODAY bring a music artist on to perform on each show and if you’re lucky to snag a (free) ticket, you may be able to see your favorite artist perform live. Granted, they only perform one or two songs so you won’t be catching a show from them.
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However, during the summer, these shows host a summer concert series where you can catch some pretty great performances, free of charge. For most of these, you’ll have to either wait hours in line or be really lucky at getting a free ticket through a lottery system. Each TV Show does things a little bit differently so be sure to hop online to their website for specifics. You don’t want to waste a trip into the city or miss out on something because of ‘wrong assumptions’.
My go to site for free tickets is usually 1Iota and I like using sites like DoNYC or social media to scout out free concerts. Here’s one happening next month!
Artists’ Individual Tours
I admit, as a fangirl, I probably care more about individual bands and artists than I do the entire music genre. Sometimes, festivals can be frustrating when your favorite artists get assigned a smaller set or two artists’ set times overlap and you’re forced to choose who to see. Also, when you’re at a festival like Coachella, it is HUGE! So even with different set times, you may not catch your favorites perform if you have to go from one side to the other.
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That’s why I sometimes like to
stan follow specific artists to see if they’re touring this summer and catch them on tour instead. This way, you’re guaranteed a seat and you’re guaranteed at least an hour of live singing from them. Plus, whoever they’ve invited to open for them, you know will be right up your alley, since they’re usually in the same genre.
There are a lot of concerts that hold the festival feel but without the art installations, food trucks, and vendors. Therefore, they’re a lot cheaper but you’ll be able to catch multiple artists just like at music festivals. SummerStage is a specific string of concerts held in Central Park, NYC but each city has their own version.
Each venue is different. Some may be standing room only while others you’ll be asked to purchase a seat, just as you would at a concert or sports game.
As the weather warms up and summer gets nearer, the number of concerts will jump by the tenfold and this is where your social media skills will come in handy. Don’t have any? Don’t worry, I’ll help you out in future posts. So make sure you subscribe and sign up for Fandom University.
Local Music Venues
Of course, let’s not forget about the local music venues. These are great places to support your local musicians and hey, everyone gets their start somewhere. Tickets are usually at most $30 and there’s new music every night. Also, sometimes a more well-known musician may grace the stage for the more intimate feel. Because at the core of every musician is the need to connect with others and share their stories. I know sometimes musicians enjoy touring through smaller venues rather than hold a stadium-style tour.
Simple Plan is a great example. They usually perform at ‘local famous’ venues, performing to only a couple of thousands, for that more intimate feeling.
Most recently, Brendon Urie did something similar with his pre-Pray for the Wicked tour. Only releasing venue information the day of, Panic! at the Disco performed to around 700 people at the Stone Pony and other similar small venues.
For music junkies, going to concerts and festivals can get expensive fast. So despite the appeal, Coachella sometimes just isn’t worth it. But that doesn’t mean we have to swear off music festivals forever. We just learned about five other Coachella alternatives. We’ll talk about where to look and
cheap cheaper ways to grab tickets to these Coachella alternatives in a couple later posts.