Music fans enjoy the show at a music festival.
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Hangout At South’s Most Popular Music Festivals

Music festivals are among the most highly anticipated events in the South. Although there are festivals in nearly every state in the South, people travel for hours to attend certain events. 

One that has gained a following in recent years is the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama on the sandy beach. Many renowned pop artists perform annually. 

Probably the most well-known music festival in the South is Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee. Unique because of its outdoor camping experience, most Bonnaroo attendees spend the weekend camping on a 650-acre farm in RVs or tents. They leave the comfort of hotel rooms and apartments behind, share communal showers and sleep under the stars.

Bonnaroo features many music genres. You’ll hear everything from alternative rock, indie musicians and pop artists. 

Glen Rollins, who has attended Bonnaroo for a decade, said the event is special “because it is a wholesome, fun experience in which people camp out with friends and family and listen to amazing music outdoors.”

In recent years, Rollins has purchased VIP tickets, granting him access to exclusive music viewing areas and a VIP campground.

The sun sets on a music festival.
In addition to Gulf Shores and Manchester, Atlanta hosts several music festivals. Music Midtown is one of the larger festivals. First held in 1994,  according to musicmidtown.com, it has attracted more than 300,000 people in the past. Held in Piedmont Park, the weekend festival is located in Midtown Atlanta. Each year, the park is packed with people, and many local companies set up tents and food trucks. Other Atlanta music festivals include the Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats festivals. These are in the same location, but on different weekends, and with different music. Shaky Knees was created in 2013 and features a variety of alternative rock artists. It became so popular, they created another festival like it, Shaky Beats, in 2016. Shaky Beats is held the weekend after Shaky Knees annually and is similar, except it features electronic dance music artists. These festivals take place in Centennial Olympic Park and have grown significantly.
The Hangout music festival.
A new music festival that has been well-attended since it began is the Electric Daisy Carnival in Orlando, Florida. It originated in Las Vegas, but has spread to Orlando. It features electronic dance music and is known for massive stages that resemble glowing castles, amazing LED light displays, and performers. People travel from all over the South and the country to attend this festival because it offers a unique and otherworldly experience. According to orlando.electricdaisycarnival.com, it features full-size carnival rides and circus performers. Many music festivals originated in the North, including Summerfest in Milwaukee in 1968 and Woodstock in New York in 1969. Jazz Fest in New Orleans was launched in 1970. Enjoyed by many generations, Southerners will never grow tired of them.
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