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Find Your Festival: Your Guide to Music Festivals in 2016 

Wednesday, Mar 2 2016
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Welcome to the golden age of music festivals. The Sixties may have had Woodstock, but it also had Altamont. Aside from real security, we have countless more options to choose from — not to mention better venues, more food options, and festival attractions beyond music to boot. In 2014 alone, 32 million people attended at least one music festival in America, according to Nielsen Music. Almost half of them (14.7 million) were millennials – yes, that includes you, girl with the fitted cap and choker necklace.

As a result, music festivals are multiplying at a freakish rate. But with so many festival options available, picking one is harder now more than ever. Do you want to hear one genre of music or a multitude of styles? How far are you willing to travel? Do you want to swill whiskey while you line dance, or pop a Xanax and chill? Do you want to camp or rent a room? Do you want to don your stunner shades or a flower wreath? In short: What kind of music festival are you?

This is where we come in. We're presenting five of the biggest (and dare we say, best) music festivals that will be taking place in California this year — and we've typecasted these festivals by their most stereotypical attendee. With this summary categorization, our goal is to help you, dear reader, figure out with whom you identify and find your festie (because we know how hard it is to make a decision, and we'd hate for you to miss out on creating some of the best memories of your life with 10,000 of your closest friends).

After all, isn't that why people go to these things in the first place?


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