I'll be honest with you. I have an ulterior motive for publishing my annual guide to outdoor music festivals with a classic rock influence. Oh, sure, I want you to have the information about who's playing where. You might even be lucky enough to be planning a trip to one or more festivals. But as I look outside my office window and see no leaves on the trees, no sunshine, and nothing to compel a person to go outside when the high for the day is going to be in the 30s, I need an escape -- something to remind me that it won't always be gloomy and cold outside.
Music festivals have come a long way since the days of Woodstock, Monterey, Altamont, and the original Isle of Wight festival. Imagine if there had been live streams, dedicated YouTube channels, and real-time social media coverage back then. Today, we can come pretty close to the actual experience, even if we aren't able to be there in the flesh.
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