Okay but my #hottake on the Fyre Festival thing is…….. how much clearer can it be that the music festival phenomenon has absolutely nothing to do with experiencing live music and everything to do with projecting a certain (affluent, trendy, eminently instagrammable) image of yourself? This “festival” still had “TBD” spots on their lineup on the day it was supposed to start! Some of the headliners had dropped out because it was such a mess! And yet they still managed to convince a bunch of rich instagram kids to fly out to this island on the off chance they would get to take a selfie with a supermodel lmao.
And I don’t think this phenomenon is limited to this clusterfuck of a festival either. Having lived in southern California for four years I’d estimate that upwards of 80% of the people who shell out hundreds of dollars to traipse around in Indio for a weekend are more interested in their outfits and the slim chance they’ll get a glimpse of Kendylie Jenner than the music. All these festivals are livestreamed nowadays; if you’re mostly in it for the music you might as well listen at home and not drive 100+ miles just to risk a lung infection and heatstroke from camping in the desert for three days lol. You do it to be able to say you were there, and to project a certain aesthetic on social media, and because you wanna breathe the same air as some famous people, not because you’re into the music.