Music festivals are fun because of three things: 1) They take place outdoors, usually in a beautiful location and usually in the summer when the weather is great, 2) They bring together a wide range of music fans from young to old, and 3) It’s live music so the unfolding of events is utterly and completely unpredictable. During festival season, these three elements are married together to create one unforgettable experience. This month, Bamboozle Festival is taking place in New Jersey from May 18th-20th and that same weekend, Hangout Music Fest is happening in Alabama. In anticipation for all the exciting festival experiences you’ll have this summer, we put together 5 of the most outrageous and unpredictable festival moments EVER. Enjoy!
5. Arcade Fire’s Light-Up Globes At Coachella 2011
This indie rock band is known for their fun and audience-involved live performances. That reputation coupled with the sheer scale of the audience at Coachella made their light-up globe-ball-things a beautiful sight to behold. How did they get them to synchronize with the music?!
4. Iggy Pop Brings Fans Onstage At Lollapalooza 2007
What would you do if the godfather of punk, still hard-rocking well into his 60′s, invited you up on stage to take part in his performance? That’s exactly what some lucky fans experienced at Lollapalooza in 2007 and the video proves it was utter chaos — in the best way possible.
3. Jay-Z Headlines Glastonbury 2008
Leave it to Jay to make a scene. After comments by Oasis’ Noel Gallagher that a hip-hop artist headlining Glasto was “wrong” and that they should keep it a “guitar festival,” Jay-Z took the stage with a guitar that he pretended to strum while he performed (or rather intentionally butchered) a cheeky cover of “Wonderwall.”
2. Queen’s Stunning Performance At Live Aid 1985
Among most Queen fans, the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985 is considered their greatest and when you watch the video, it’s not hard to see why. Freddie Mercury’s absolutely riveting stage presence and acrobatic vocal skills coupled with the rest of the band rocking out hard on their instruments makes this performance totally mesmerizing and legendary.
1. Jimi Hendrix Sets His Guitar On Fire At the Monterey Pop Festival 1967
In a moment that will live on forever in infamy, Jimi Hendrix, psychedelic rock god, doused his guitar in lighter fluid and lit it ablaze after a 45 minute set. That’s all you really need to know. Case closed.