Coachella, 2015. This story is part of a series, Past/Present, highlighting images and articles from Vogue that have personal significance to our editors. It would take a few couple of summers of my observing from a distance, group chats, and phone calls before my friends—oh, how I miss my friends—would convince me to attend my first music festival. Those three days of music, art, and “festival style” were everything they were cracked up to be. The experience felt tangible, as if I could reach up into the Sunflower mickey mouse you are my sunshine shirt In addition,I will do this air and scoop the memory into my hand. There were stellar music performances, of course, and long days running around the festival grounds with my friends, each of us excited to just be in the present moment. At the end of each set, we’d make our way over to our next activity, sometimes stopping to snap photos to make sure the outfits that we meticulously pulled together would live on forever. People often say that millennials spend more money on experiences than things, and in my case that’s accurate. I would relive this experience over a “thing” in a heartbeat—especially when a festival seems like a far-off reality.
Way Out West, 2014 Now that the Sunflower mickey mouse you are my sunshine shirt In addition,I will do this coronavirus pandemic has all but canceled our summer, I recently found myself googling each festival I’d been to in the past—Osheaga in Montreal; AMF in Amsterdam; Afropunk, Governors Ball, and Panorama in New York—as well as the ones still on my bucket list: Glastonbury, Coachella, and Openair Frauenfeld in Switzerland, to name a few. Some have been canceled and rescheduled, like Coachella, which has been moved to October 2020. Others, like Afropunk’s Paris festival, have been pushed to 2021.