It's Festival Season Y'all!

Now that we’re knee deep in springtime, it’s Festival Week on the A&M blog! As you eagerly waited for the clock to strike ticket-time or hunted for the best resale bargain on Stub Hub, you probably didn't think about the impact that event logistics and design have on your experience at festivals. It’s both a blessing and a curse, but we dissect these components of events. What was done well? What could be done differently? Which aspects were pure genius? Here are our takes on this summer’s best music festivals in the Southeast:

Paul McCartney is in there somewhere!

Paul McCartney is in there somewhere!

Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN:  Bonnaroo is both the largest festival on our list and the closest to Nashville. Due to the shear size, the grounds can be challenging to navigate and a great deal of pre-festival preparation is necessary since the site is isolated. For campers who want to slim down the extensive prep, they do offer on-site tent rentals. Bonnaroo recently added a day pass option as well as shuttles from LP Field for those who would rather skip the overnight camping. The planners are forward-thinking and adaptable, so the experience is elevated from year to year. 

Layout:  3 out of 5

Logistics:  4 out of 5

Accessibility:  3 out of 5

Overall Experience:  4 out of 5

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Hangout in Gulf Shores, AL:  It’s hard to beat a festival that’s right on the beach, but we’ll do our best to be impartial. Beyond the great setting, the layout and logistics of the festival are on point. The stages are positioned in a cluster, so music lovers can easily migrate between performances. Event coordinators and festival goers alike can appreciate the smooth event flow. Book a hotel or house within walking distance to avoid the traffic.

Layout:  5 out of 5

Logistics:  5 out of 5

Accessibility:  3 out of 5

Overall Experience:  5 out of 5

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Forecastle in Louisville, KY:  The smallest festival in our feature, Forecastle is set in the heart of Louisville in the Waterfront Park. The festival is integrated in the city, but all necessary conveniences are also on-site. Beat the heat with a break under the bridge or a cold bourbon cocktail, a Kentucky staple. The festival doesn’t have all of the amenities of Bonnaroo or Hangout, but the proximity to downtown and residential areas makes up for any downsides.

Layout:  5 out of 5

Logistics:  4 out of 5

Accessibility:  4 out of 5

Overall Experience:  4 out of 5