It’s not that music festivals aren’t fun anymore. It’s just that they’re not really about music.
Sure, you’ll get to watch your favorite band over 150,000 screaming iPhones. But if you’re there to see music, get up-close and personal with it and appreciate it, festivals are deeply disappointing. They might be great for super fans of a specific band, but for music lovers, they’re lacking.
But in rural Australia, one large festival still provides the intimate, immersive experience that other festivals once did. Though it’s not exactly close, and won’t always draw big names, it’s authentic, genuine, and infinitely entertaining.
The Tamworth Country Music Festival in New South Wales is the kind of experience that reminds you why people love live music. Yes, it’s got a huge sponsorship with Toyota, but beyond those logos, nothing about the festival feels corporate. It’s a place you may well see next year’s big summer festival draw playing a tiny stage in a dingy bar with people aged 18 to 85 dancing right in front of the stage.