The days are getting hotter and the nights are getting longer…you know what that means: festival season is back!
Country music festivals are fun-filled weekends like no other where the music is blaring and the people are dancing. From the sandy shores to the dirt-covered farm fields, fans from all across the country travel to catch a glimpse of their favorite artists as they get down under the burning summer sun. But no matter which festival suits your fancy, you’re bound to run into some familiar faces time and time again that always show up in full stride.
Here are ten things you will always see at any country music festival you attend, whether you expect it or not:
- The ‘Murica Crowd
People sure do love to show the pride they have for their country whenever they hear the sounds of artists like Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton. Whether they be clad in red, white and blue bikinis or boasting a patriotic hat atop their heads, you know these people are the ones who want to start the whole ‘U-S-A’ chant.
- Squad Goals
Team work makes the dream work. Ain’t nobody messing with a clique wearing matching tank tops and high-waist cutoffs. Besides, it’s all about a matching uniform to get the girls to stick together, literally and figuratively.
- The Lucky Ones
A VIP ticket is just like that of a Willy Wonka Golden Ticket: it’s magical and nothing will ever beat the true excitement of having all of your wildest dreams come true. Envy doesn’t even compare to the feelings one has when they see someone else with the ultimate meet-and-greet package.
- I Saw the Sign…
Attention all comics, your calling is needed at any country festival. Although some attendees go with the classics saying, ‘I love you,’ or ‘I’m your biggest fan,’ it’s the cleverly witted signs that take the cake for getting an artists’ attention. Pro tip to all of those creative types: puns do save and change lives.
- Chill Zone USA
Ain’t nobody got time for those hammock haters at festivals. Those without a vibey hangout spot are probably just jealous they didn’t think of something so laidback themselves. Grab a cold one and chill along with the good vibes of the festival.
- Hula that Hoop
No, festivals aren’t for the rejects of America’s Got Talent, but some people bring their A-game when it comes to their secret talents to get other attendees’ attention away from the stages. Hula hoops reign supreme at making jaws drop, but never underestimate the power of a good tumbling routine or a magic trick.
- Sunset Daze
Nothing beats the pure beauty of a summer sunset. Enough said. (Don’t forget to document every gorgeous second of it on your Instagram story, as a quick reminder.)
- Straw Hats Aplenty
Look to the left—straw hat. Look to the right—more straw hats. Useful and somewhat adorable, straw hats tend to turn out as the No. 1 accessory at any outdoor fest. Come on, how could you not incorporate the country trend into your look in order to avoid that painful tomato face?
- Not Regular Parents, ‘Cool’ Parents
Shout out to all the moms and dads out there that take their kids to festivals throughout the hotter months. They are the true MVPs for raising kids up right…by that, we mean atop their sunkissed shoulders for a better view of Kenny Chesney playing all of his hits.
- The Ladies’ Man
Can I get your number? Classic line from all those playboys trying to land a little kiss at the end of the night underneath the summer stars. While their pick-up lines may not be as suave as they think they are in their head, the charm is inevitable during a warm night listening to your favorite artists and swaying along to the headliners.
One festival fans should add to their bucket list is the 2017 Tortuga Music Festival, kicking off the beginning of the season on Friday, April 7, to Sunday, April 9 on the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The three-day event will feature headliners Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton and Kenny Chesney, as well as Brett Eldredge, Darius Rucker, Alan Jackson, Dustin Lynch, Old Dominion, Maren Morris, Granger Smith, Kane Brown, and many more.