I've been going to shows since an early age, but it wasn't until I was 14 that I went to my first festival. I hate to admit it, but I could barely sleep the night before because I was going to see some of my favorite bands and my friends had been telling me all about how awesome this festival was the year before. That festival was the Warped Tour. Only a few years later, at the age of 16, I was on my way to a much different festival. In two years I went from the Warped Tour to Hellfest. Hellfest used to be in New York and New Jersey and from what I can remember it was a pretty cool festival. All I can really remember about that festival was some band turned a set of bleachers over, and threw a cow skull into the crowd. By the time I was in my ending teen years and early twenties I was going to a lot of hardcore and punk festivals all around the east coast. Pointless Fest, This Is Hardcore Festival, and a bunch of others.

Today, I know there are a bunch of festivals happening all over the country and some happening right here in Chicago. Riot Fest, Tomorrow Never Knows, Lollapalooza, and plenty of others. Even ten years after going to Warped, I still love going to festivals and seeing dozens of bands in one day. I tend to be worried about finding shade and not getting hit by people these days, but I remember when a little sunburn and stage dives were the best part of the day. There are still festivals I've never been to that I'd love to find the time to go to, so hopefully now that I'm done with school I can make my way to the West Coast and even the South.