While the main event of most music festivals is, of course, the music, art is often a substantial part of the overall experience. Many festivals even have “music and art” in their names, creating an atmosphere in which various types of creativity can be appreciated. The art installations also provide a pretty awesome backdrop for your festival pics!
Whether it be giant sculptures, interactive art installments, poster art, or live paintings, there are many types of art you may encounter at a music festival.
Here are some of our favorite music festival art installations from the past year:
Voodoo: The Cemetery
The cemetery-inspired art cultivated the creepiest of vibes at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. This large-scale decorative archway made the festival grounds appear hauntingly like a real cemetery.
Coachella: Lamp Beside the Golden Door
This intricate art piece’s purpose is to “reflect and relocate” each person in their true environment. Look into one of the many mirrors and see yourself within the epic Coachella festival landscape background.
Bonnaroo: The Fountain
The Fountain is a Bonnaroo staple but gets an exciting new paint job each year. This year’s vibrant animal-themed design provided an awesome backdrop for playtime in the spraying water.
Lollapalooza: Website Design
Sometimes the site design can be just as awesome as the actual installations at a festival. The 2017 Lolla design depicts a trippy version of the city of Chicago, setting a cool otherworldly tone for the festival.
Tickets are still available on the Official Lollapalooza Ticket Exchange!
Felipe Pantone's first public #W3Dimensional lives in Downtown Las Vegas. Curated by @justkidsofficial for #LifeisBeautifulFest in 2016! Reposted @felipepantone … Felipe Pantone (Argentina) – Felipe Pantone is an Argentinian- born artist, active in the fields of kinetic art, installations, graffiti and design. His style is characterized by the use of bold colors, geometrical patterns and Op Art elements. Straddling conventional graffiti, typography and abstraction, his work fuses bold elements of graphic design with highly evolved geometric shapes to create an ultra- modern aesthetic which complements and reacts with the stark modernity of our cityscapes. Pantone’s street work enabled him to travel the world – his painted walls are now visible in Tokyo, London, Osaka, Paris and other major cities.
Life is Beautiful: Mural
Downtown Las Vegas gets an artistic makeover during Life is Beautiful festival, with murals and art installations left and right. This geometric mural by Felipe Pantone combines many different patterns into one congruent, fascinating design.
Nocturnal Wonderland: Caterpillar
Nocturnal Wonderland’s giant neon caterpillar kept the party going with its hilarious grumpy face and vivid design, its eyes and antennas flashing colors as it floated throughout the crowd.
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This LED cave provided an unbelievable 360-degree experience at SnowGlobe music festival. You could even change the colors of the stained glass for your own personalized experience within the magical enclosure.
Electric Forest: Floating Umbrellas
This path of floating, colorful umbrellas brightened everyone’s walk through the trees each day at Electric Forest.
Burning Man: Pulse Portal
This striking archway made of sharp corners of reflective glass was a picturesque spot at Burning Man. At night the portal illuminated as the lights reflected off of disco balls inside the structure.
Outside Lands: Live Painting
The surrounding fences of Outside Lands are as awesome as they can get. The festival is lined with a collection of murals, many of which are painted live each day. The vibrant colors and awe-inspiring designs are perfect backdrops for your festival pictures!
Grace, our Marketing Promotions summer intern, is a rising senior at the University of Michigan who attends as many music festivals as her obligations permit. To read more, check out her page on EDM Identity.