There exists those music festivals which defy any easy definition and refuse to be categorized. While the next ten festivals have vastly different crowds and music, they all share the defining characteristics of a passionate fan base and one-of-a-kind twists.
1. Gathering of the Juggalos
Where: Cave-In-Rock, Illinois
When: August 7-11, 2013
When most of the music industry wrote off The Insane Clown Posse over a decade ago, they didn’t just fade away. Instead, ICP went underground and tapped into the Internet to bring fans closer together. Now without any middlemen to deal with, ICP boasts a rabid fan base that gorges on anything the band puts out. Case in point: The Juggalo Gathering — a three day twisted carnival themed festival that has become a mecca for ICP fans around the world.
2. Water Hill Music Festival
Where: Ann Arbor, Michigan
When: May 5, 2013
You probably haven’t heard of the Water Hill Music Festival because there’s no corporate sponsors, no headliners, and no venue. Water Hill is that rare experiment which actually pulls a community closer together. So who’s in the lineup? Anybody in the neighborhood who wants to perform on their porch or lawn.
Where: Orlando, Florida
When: July (unconfirmed)
If nerdcore hip hop, chiptunes, comedy rock, video game music, and VG remixes sound like a foreign concept, you’re not alone — except at Nerdapolooza. Traditionally held in an Orlando Marriott, Nerdaplooza proudly states that “Tonight, the nerds will rock.”