The Future. Power Trip, a heavy metal and hard rock music festival featuring bands like Metallica, AC/DC, and Guns N’ Roses, rocked Indio, California (the home of Coachella and Stagecoach) earlier this month. By many accounts, it was a hit — both musically and logistically. With recent festival disasters clogging up the headlines, no-drama weekends like Power Trip could rewrite the narrative of how big production festivals should function.
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- Power Trip counted 80,000 guests, with tickets priced between $600 and $4,000.
- According to Air Mail’s Jill Kargman, it was way more chill than the typical festival, thanks to the mostly Gen X crowd and seamless festival organization (all powered by a scannable wristband).
- And the amenities were no Fyre Festival, with enclosed and air-conditioned bars (that featured whiskey tastings) and fancy food selections (poke bowls in the desert? yep).
While mainstream festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza will always dominate the headlines, the rise of nostalgia festivals is creating more niche options for fans to enjoy and artists to headline. It’s not as much a fracturing of culture as a catering to the superfans who have stayed loyal (both in love and money) throughout the decades.
In other words, every audience needs their own music mecca.