The 5 Best Music Festivals Offering Free Live Streams
Sun on your face, the smell of salty food drifting through the wind, laughter and chatter in the air. Physically attending a multi day music festival inspires a sense of camaraderie that you can’t replace virtually. Nevertheless, viewing and hearing a live concert from afar allows remote viewers to share a special experience, providing a superior alternative to missing the festival altogether. In some cases, live streaming can even provide better views or sound quality. Moreover, live streams of music festivals can be free or cheaper than a physical ticket. This provides a new and huge incentive for fans that are unable to attend the festival in person (check out our blog on how festivals can increase attendance 23% by streaming). Here are some of the best music festivals offering free live streams for viewers:
Lollapalooza (Chicago, Illinois)
Lollapalooza 2017 is coming up in a couple days, August 3-6. Among the headliners are Chance the Rapper, the Killers, and Muse.
Mark your calendars for 3:30 PDT on August 3rd to watch the live stream on Red Bull TV. You won’t regret it!
ULTRA Music Festival (Miami, Florida)
Like it’s name, ULTRA has done something revolutionary for live broadcasting. During their 2017 electronic music festival, ULTRA live streamed Dutch EDM superstar Hardwell’s set in 360°. Live viewers could scroll panoramically around the stage, as if they were really there in the crowd.
Don’t miss the March 23-25, 2018 festival live stream on Ultra’s website!
Coachella (Indio, California)
Coachella has been live streaming its festival since 2011, hosting the videos on the live page of its website. To see videos, interviews, and more from the 2017 festival, visit Coachella’s YouTube channel.
Coachella 2018 runs from April 13-22. Check out Coachella’s website for more information and updates!
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (Manchester, Tennessee)
Red Bull TV streamed the 2017 festival, which included artists such as the Weeknd, Lorde, Flume, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Glass Animals, and more!
The 2018 festival dates are here: June 7-10. It’s guaranteed to be a great event so check out Bonnaroo’s website for more information!
Firefly Music Festival (Dover, Delaware)
A truly unique festival, Firefly focuses on sustainability and offers its attendees the opportunity to camp in the middle of the woods of Delaware. Catch the 2017 highlights here at Yahoo Music.
Check out Firefly to learn more and don’t miss next year’s live stream from June 14-18, 2018!
It’s clear that some of the biggest names in music have jumped on the live stream train, realizing that live streaming exclusive content counterintuitively brings more viewers to a live concert. As more people understand that offering a live stream alongside a live show leads to success, the number of festival live streams will certainly grow. Until then, mark your calendars for next years festivals and keep an eye out for their live streams!