A History of Music Festivals
Music festivals are nothing new, but the popularity of events like Bonnaroo and Glastonbury has grown even larger in recent years. The alternative, countercultural spirit of festivals has evolved into more mainstream, all-encompassing events. And although 1969's Woodstock may be the most talked-about music festival in history, it wasn't the first of its kind.
Pinpointing the origins of these events depends largely on your definition of "music festival," but we're taking a look at some of the most popular, history-making festivals from the past century. Just in time for Coachella's kickoff this weekend, take a look at this brief timeline of music festivals through the years.