The summer music festival circuit is dominated by familiar names like Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Lollapalooza, monolithic events that are different on the micro level, but in many other ways are largely indistinguishable from one another. They're held for tens of thousands of revelers in expansive fields with mainly interchangeable lineups. But the world is a big place, and people have eclectic tastes, so music festivals catering to all sorts of subcultures and people with adventurous spirits have been popping up all around the globe, providing us with an antidote to the corporate overlords that tend to dominate the scene. Below are some of the best.
Kerrville Folk Festival
Your average music festival lasts about a weekend. Not Kerrville. In fact, this folk-tinged marathon, taking place annually since 1972, runs for an astonishing 18 consecutive days at Quiet Valley Ranch near the town of Kerrville, Texas. Many patrons camp and die-hards stay for the entirety. As one Yelp user bluntly puts it: "It's two and a half weeks of beautiful music." Sounds good to us.