Ah, music festivals. Where human beings go to turn feral for a couple of days before returning to society to work their office jobs. Truly, music festivals, like Lolapallooza, Coachella, and Glastonbury, famous for festival goers and festival fashion even more so than the music, are an indispensable part of our lives as a society. That's exactly why we decided to cover some of the most iconic, hilarious, tragic, and sometimes downright weird festival moments and experiences out there on the web. Scroll through this article to check them out!
Festival Attire Gone Wrong
Look, we'll be the first to admit that we aren't some kind of shoe experts, but we are pretty sure that this isn't how normal people wear shoes. we're pretty sure that the shoes are supposed to be the the thing that keeps your feet or socks from not touching the ground. Truth be told, we're not even sure how this even happened. Honestly, we've seen a shoe get torn apart before.
But we've never seen somebody tear a foot-sized hole in the sole like that. The way this guy's leg just skewered through the shoe is definitely a sight to behold.
You're Going to Need A Bigger Tent, Pal
We're not sure what this face-only tent is trying to achieve, but we'll give it the benefit of the doubt and assume that whatever goal it was trying to accomplish, it managed to do so. Like, this tent certainly wasn't made for housing a fully-grown human being. Heck, it couldn't even handle a toddler. It probably doesn't even have enough space to fit a baby in there. Why, then, would somebody make this?
We do have an inkling as to what this tent's original purpose could be. Perhaps, and this is just our theory, this tent was originally meant for a small pet.
Stranded at TomorrowWorld Festival
TomorrowWorld is one of the most popular music festivals in the world. That prestigious title, however, apparently doesn't guarantee a pleasant experience. If you don't believe us, you could ask one of these unlucky festival-goers who were forced to sleep in the open, under the great sky when the festival ran out of space for people to set up tents and other makeshift living spaces. Not the worst festival experience.
But it still doesn't seem like a pleasant thing to have to go through. By the looks of the people in the picture, though, they do seem to be making the most of a bad situation.
A Gourmet Meal at the Luxurious Fyre Festival
Ahh, yes. The Fyre Festival. Where do we even start with this one. This festival is definitely the stuff of legends. Truly one that will go down in history as one of the funniest and most surprising festivals to have ever ocurred. Promoted as an incredibly luxurious festival, the actual event turned out to be an absolute logistic disaster. Take this photograph, for example. The festival promised luxurious gourmet food.
This, however, is what the poor festival-goers actually got instead. You shouldn't feel too bad for them, though. The event was tailored specifically for the ultra-rich, after all. Good riddance.
Someone Got Ahead of Themselved
Festivals are exciting. That much we know for certain. In fact, the days before the festivals are sometimes just as enjoyable as the actual festival itself. The excitement in the air, the butterflies in the stomach, they're all part of the experience. Some people, however, tend to get a little bit too excited. This woman, for instance, seems to have gotten prematurely drunk and actually broke down before the festival even began.
Now, there's nothing wrong with getting wasted at a festival. Getting blackout drunk and throwing up is totally part of the experience. Just make sure you wait until the actual festival grounds before you go about doing that.
Bottles! Bottles Everywhere!
Unfortunately, most music festivals tend to be somewhat of an environmental hazard, despite the fact that many of the actual festival organizers and the people who tend to go to these festivals are sometimes quite environmentally conscious themselves. These festivals just tend to leave a massive heap of plastic junk in their wake, which is understandable given just how much water people need to drink when going hard at concerts.
Unfortunately, that does leave somebody with the unpleasant task of cleaning up after everyone. But all those bottles are generally just thrown away into a bigger heap of junk outside of the city.
Breaking Loose at Coachella
Coachella is one of the biggest music festivals in the world. It's also one of the festivals most famous for weird occurrences and unwanted interruptions and whatnot. Take this picture, for instance, depicting a moment gone wrong, in which some guy was tackled trying to run up onto the festival stage. These kinds of minuscule incidents are definitely part of the festival experience at this point in music festival history.
In fact, if we were to go to a festival and something like this didn't happen, we would be kind of disappointed. It sounds dumb, but that's just us being honest.
The Insensitive Costumes Are Burning Our Eyes
We've all been there. You go to a music festival with your friends. You're ready to go wild. Everyone's having a good time, when some random guy with a costume that he wouldn't dare wear out there, in the real world outside the music festival, comes up to you and starts regurgitating a bunch of unfunny stereotypes. The thing is that these guys are never funny, either, They're just kind of weird.
That being said, you definitely shouldn't be that kind of guy. If you do plan on dressing up for a music festival, you may want to get a second opinion on your costume selection.
So This What Akon Meant When He Wrote "Locked Up"
The 2014 Peace One Day festival was held in Congo. A fun and off-kilter location for a festival to be held turned into somewhat of a stressful mess as the ebola virus tore through the continent of Africa. Akon, not wanting to cancel his show, decided that he would perform inside a plastic bubble. While the fans do seem to be having fun, Akon himself was tossed all across the plastic bubble.
The sight was surreal, to say the least. It's not every day that you see such a unique performance. We wonder what Akon was thinking at the time. Who knows.
Who Said Cops Can't Party?
Everyone gets lit at music festivals, and when we say everyone, we surely do mean everyone. Yeah, that also includes the police. Even they know how to have a little bit of fun at music festivals. Who knew the cops could get down like that? We guess that's just how music festivals are. There's just some sort of contagious fun vibe there. It's hard to be down at a music festival.
Well, that actually isn't true. It might be more accurate to say that the festival experience tends to be filled with high-highs and low-lows. That sounds a bit more true to reality.
Lovely English Festival Weather
Whose bright idea was it to hold a music festival in England? Seriously, have they ever been there? Don't they know what the weather's like down there? Well, they sure found out. This festival was held in Glastonbury, England. It was 2005 when the waterworks went off in the sky and the entire festival was flooded by extreme rain showers. This just goes to show that you should never hold a music festival in England.
Just look at all those tents, barely managing to stay upright as the water level rises. It's truly a miracle that they didn't succumb to the flood. An English miracle.
Fyre Festival - The Ultimate Let Down
The story of Fyre Festival is definitely worth telling. It would be hard, however, to sum it up in such a way that does the story justice in such a short space. The promotion budget for this festival was out of this world. All the richest and most influential influencers had promoted the festival as a luxurious, once-in-a-lifetime experience for the ultra rich. The festival, however, turned out to be anything but.
The living spaces, for example, turned out to be huge white tents instead of the luxurious yurts that were promised throughout the myriad campaigns which advertised the festival. It was so wrong that it was actually funny.
Is Ketchup Cosplaying Going to Be A Thing Now?
The singer and songwriter Tierra Whack is definitely an eccentric personality. That much we already know. What we didn't know, however, was that she was going to dress up as a bottle of ketchup for Coachella. That's exactly what she did, and it seems as though people are taking it relatively well and in good stride. All this begs the question: Are people going to start dressing up as condiments now?
Are we going to see Nike collab with Heinz for their new Airforce Mayos? We would hate for this new culinary wave of dressing-up to become the next big thing.
This Guy Went Out of His Way for This Festival
There's just a certian point at which investing and putting effort into a costume of an animal turns creepy. We can't help it. We didn't make this rule up, it just seems to be a natural law of the universe. For whatever reason, any animal costume that seems just a little bit too polished gives off this weird, kind of perverted vibe to it. We're sure we're not the only ones to pick up on it.
Like seriously, dude, don't you think that you may just be going a little bit too far with the whole cage thing? We'll give you a pass on the hyper-realistic mask, but the cage is too much.
Banana Costumes: Cool-Ish or Foolish?
Speaking about the new wave of culinary fashion, this is truly a classic, as far as dressing up as pieces of nourishment can constitute a classic. There is no costume more recognizable than the banana costume. We're not quite sure what's so funny about dressing up as a banana, but we can't deny just how comically potent the costume is. It's just a tried and true piece of goofiness at this point.
As pleased as this guy must have been with himself, we can't imagine this being a comfortable festival look. But that's just us!
Lights Out at Fyre Festival
If we were tell you every single thing that went wrong with Fyre Festival, that would probably take up this entire article, and we would be here all day. So while we won't name every single mishap, we'll just pick out our personal favorites. This image of the power shut off at the festival grounds, leaving all the rich attendees in the dark, completely secluded from the rest of reality, is priceless.
To this day the are still quite a few videos online of the atmosphere down there. People were hysterical. Nobody knew what was going on. It was pretty hilarious if we do say so ourselves.
A Horse Atop of A Horse? That's A First
Damn, we'd never thought we'd ever say this: but we're really into this horse-on-horse action right here. We're not sure who in their right mind would bring a living, breathing horse to a music festival (that just seems like an accident waiting to happen), but we can't say that we're not impressed. We're probably not the only ones, either; this horse guy was pretty popular with the festival-goers, as well.
Like, just look at this picture. Look at the guy trying desperately to catch this on camera. It seems that pretty much everyone at the festival grounds gathered around to try to get a picture of the horsed-horseman.
If Only We Were as Committed as This Guy
Festivals are sometimes the site of a deadly combination: bad weather and a lot of trash. These are the two things that we as a society do our utmost best to keep away from us. We have an elaborate system for getting rid of the unreal amounts of trash, and we have roofs over our heads in order to fend off the bad weather. None of those exist at festivals.
That didn't stop this guy, however. When the whole festival grounds were completely flooded, he decided to keep on going. He soldiered on where lesser people would have already thrown up their hands in defeat.
No! Not the Kicks!
This is a sneakerhead's worst nightmare, and probably one reason that many fashionistas seem to despise festivals. Let's face it, you're going to get a little dirty at a music festival. There's just no getting around that. Truth be told, letting loose a bit and forgetting your inhibition is part of what makes music festivals so enjoyable in the first place. This, however, does make us cringe, if only just a little.
There's no worse feeling than having your new white sneakers completely tarnished by some kind of dirt. There's a lesson to be learned here: don't take your sneakers with you to a festival.
We've Heard Horror Stories About Festival Mud People
Every music festival has at least one person completely covered head-to-toe in mud for absolutely no reason, going around just making small talk with strangers as if he weren't completely deranged and covered in dirt. We're not sure why this guy exists in every single music festival, but he does. Perhaps it's the exact same guy that just frequents all these festivals annually, or maybe there's some kind of secret club for these guys.
Luckily, however, these people are often harmless. They're just kind of weird. We wonder what they're like outside the festival grounds. It'd be strange if they were just completely unremarkable members of society.
Don't Mind Steve. Steve's Just Taking A Nap
In every crew of festival attendees, there's always that one friend that just goes completely ham way too early in the festival effectively taking him out of the equation for the rest of the festival. It seems as though this guy did just that going by the way he looks out cold. Nevertheless, we can't say that we blame him. That's just what some people go to festivals for.
What is kind of sad is how his tent pretty much collapsed on top of him. That, however, didn't stop this guy from getting some much-needed rest. Nothing wrong with that.
Jurassic Park Meets Coachella
Watching people totally dressed up as something weird do even weirder things seems to be an important part of the festival culture (that is, going by just how frequently that sort of thing tends to happen at music festivals). This dinosaur going through the trash for who knows what reason, is a fine example of just that. What impelled this person to do this, you may ask? We have absolutely no idea.
It's all in good fun, though. Going to a music festival means that you're going to have a run-in with the absurd. Unexplainable goofy things just happen there for some reason.
You Couldn't Pay Us Enough to Participate in a Mud Fight
Okay, so these two people are taking the whole getting a little dirty thing a bit too far. There is just absolutely no way these guys didn't regret this, like, twenty minutes after they had finished their little mud fight. Look at them, completely covered in mud. Their clothes are muddy. Their shoes are muddy. Their hands are muddy. Their face is muddy. Their hair is muddy. Why do this?
Guess that this is just how some people like to enjoy festivals. Truth be told, we're not exactly sure what's supposed to be fun about this, but that just means mud fights probably aren't for us.
Quite the Pickle If We Do Say So Ourselves
There comes a point in life where oyu truly have to wonder: how did I get into this situation? That surely must have been the question going through this young man's mind as he sat there (or did he stand there? Scratch that, this could actually be some deformed version of lying down) taped to a tree in the middle of the woods. Hopefully he took a good hard look at his life.
And then made some appropriate adjustments. It's hard to gauge just what rock bottom looks like from an external point of view, but we're pretty sure this was it for this guy.
Someone Had to Be the Voice of Reason
Festivals are often held outdoors. This is usually great. Sometimes, however, that means the entire event may be called off if mother nature decides to throw us a little plot twist. This photograph is of an American festival called TomorrowWorld, which was shut down due to, well, there being too much mud. This happened in 2015, and it was a total disaster for the festival-goers and organizers alike. Everyone was disappointed.
Still, safety always comes first, no matter just how poignant the disappointment gets. There's always next year. Nothing is worth risking your life, especially not a music festival, no matter how you spin it.
What are the odds of the cameraman taking a photo at the exact moment some unsuspecting festival attendee got a faceful of green slime (or whatever that horrendous liquid is) straight to the nose? We're going to go out on a limb here and guess that the odds of this happening are pretty slim. Still, it's a great picture and one that will immortalize this young woman's festival experience forever.
Needless to say, her friends probably joked about this for quite a while, because that's what good friends do: make fun of you forever. In a good way, of course.
Hudson Project? More Like: Mudson Project
Speaking about festivals that were closed due to poor weather conditions, that's exactly what went down at 2014's Hudson Project. Online articles described the festival as a "hellish nightmare of mud and mess". Ouch, that definitely isn't a piece of good PR. But it's certainly these kinds of things that festival organizers should take into consideration when picking a location for their festivals. These are the mistakes one should learn from!
Some people may be down with getting a bit dirty in the mud at a festival, but that definitely isn't everyone's idea of fun. Most people like to stay relatively clean, you know?Lo
Definitely Not What Most People Mean When They Say They Love "The Clash"
If you were to tell us that you were going to see The Clash live, we would be mildly jealous. What's not to like about a classic punk band? This person, however, probably would have had something completely different on his mind. He's more of a Clash of Clans guy than he is a fan of the iconic punk band. Just look at him on his phone while everyone else is having a blast.
The contrast between him and pretty much everyone else at the show is actually kind of hilarious. Everyone's just so into the concert, while he's busy clashing clans or whatever you do on Clash of Clans (we haven't played the game).
Waiting in Lines Is a Lifestyle Nowadays
Look, we get it. There are a lot of people in the world these days, and a large majority of those people tend to have similar interests. This is usually a good thing, but it does make for long, long lines. So we get lining up for an hour or two sometimes. What we don't get is waiting to get into a festival for half a day, maybe even more.
That's exactly what we're seeing in this picture right here. These are all waiting to get into the festival. While they were at it, they set up their camp in the line. That's kind of sad.
Can't Be Too Careful
Sheesh, this guy may just be on to something. Anybody who's ever had the misfortune of having to use a portable toilet like the ones they have at these festivals knows exactly how disgusting these can get. The funniest thing about these is just how quickly they turn from a neutral-smelling bathroom that has this weird (but clean) chemical smell to a complete warzone foul enough to make anyone gag at least once.
Seriously, whatever the people who make these use to sterilize them are definitely not using enough of it, given just how terrible the stench can get in these bad boys.
Sometimes You Dumpster Dive. Other Times, the Dumpster Dives Into You
This person definitely wouldn't be the first human being in the world to wake up and find himself hungover on the cold ground, all dirty, at the bottom of a pile of paper dishes and napkins. Oh, wait, scratch that, he may actually be the first. Like, we've never even heard a story of something close to this. It's just such a weird and eccentric experience to have. Good for him, we guess?
We bet this guy is going to have one heck of a morning. Wonder if he'll ever find out just how this happened because there's no way he remembers anything of the night before.
Festival Organizers Are Corny as Heck Sometimes
Look, we know that festival organizers have to sell their events somehow. They need people to show up, and there's nothing better to advertise your event than making people think that they're going to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience at your festival. Oftentimes, that turns out to be true. This little tree message, however, may just be doing a bit too much. Like, it really is on the verge of being corny.
We don't need a tree telling us how to feel. What if we're not feeling free right now? Let us be who we are, tree. Stop interfering with our mood.
The Tragedy of Astroworld
Astroworld is definitely one of the most tragic events in festival history. What's even worse is just how recent this tragedy occurred. Due to miscalculations on the organizing team's behalf, a lack of concert security, an ambigious and suspicious communication breakdown between the fans, the venue staff, and Travis Scott, a staggering number of fans were killed during Scott's show. The show went on, despite many voices in the crowd screaming for help.
In the aftermath of the event, Travis Scott faced several ongoing lawsuits. The concert was regarded as a national tragedy. Festival organizers should strive to do anything to keep this from happening again.
Pretty Sure That Tent Wasn't Built by A Licensed Professional
Yeah, there's no way the guy who built this tent knew what he was doing. Heck, we'd be surprised if he knew anything about tents, the way his tent is looking. We get it - tents are never perfect. They'll never be like your actual apartment in terms of comfort and the level of construction, but still, it wouldn't kill you to put a little bit of effort, would it?
There is, after all, quite the difference between camping in a poorly made tent and sleeping in a well-built tent. Not a huge difference, admittedly, but a difference nevertheless.
Who Said Festival Shows Weren't Intimate Enough?
When people think of festivals, they often think of huge stages, hundreds of thousands of people crowding to see their favorite artists, giant firework displays, loud noises, and so on. Now, while that may certainly be true of most big festivals these days, there are still some underground festivals that are a bit smaller in scale. Take this concert, for example. Now, that's what we call an intimate festival if we've ever seen one.
This isn't to rip on anybody, though. It seems as though pretty much everyone involved in this photograph is enjoying him or herself. The band is having fun, the crowd is having fun; nothing to hate on here.