Music Festival Guide: Top 10 Unique Fests

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

A few of the interesting characters to meet at Cave-In-Rock.

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

Photo Credit: Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

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.

3. Nerdapolooza
Where: Orlando, Florida
When: July (unconfirmed)

The Protomen came from the future to rock the past at Nerdapalooza 2011.

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.”

Born during a sweaty, backstage, Bonnaroo downpour, the Chief Festival Junkie's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to every great festival that this wide world has to offer. While his identity remains a mystery, you may have already met him, probably when he helped himself to your party favors.

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