The Strokes Fans’ Most Memorable Experiences At Music Festivals (UPDPATED)

by Eric Van Dril · 6 comments

UPDATE: Katharine writes: “My most memorable experience would be my first time at a festival, watching the best set I’ve ever seen (having never seen the Strokes live yet). It was Muse at this years Glastonbury, when the Edge came on and played Where the Streets Have No Name with them. I am a massive U2 fan and was heartbroken when they couldn’t play, so for them to do that when I didn’t think I was going to get anything U2-related was absolutely amazing.”

I loved the video from this performance. Muse are one of the biggest bands in the world and it looked as if they were thinking ‘Holy shit, we’re actually playing with The Edge in front of 70k people.’ I love moments like that.


Last Thursday’s post asking you, the readers, to answer five questions has been awesome. They have been fun to read and very helpful, especially when dealing with drug use, proper hydration and timing your push to the front row.

Today, it’s time to post all the answers to question one, which was asking for your most memorable experience at a music festival.


1. My most memorable experience was without a doubt last Sunday night at Oxegen when Julian pointed at the flag i had decorated for him, smiled, bowed and mouthed thank you. Mind blowingly amazing.

The 9 other submissions can be found after the jump…Napaloo:

most memorable experience: Jerry Garcia’s Funeral. memorial show in ’94 at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco…like a member of the family had died. i was 12. mom & dad were deadheads, grew up “Grateful” at over a hundred shows (many, like Eugene, Or. every year were camping shows, good times! great way to grow up, but makes it a challenge-you become a musician/music nazi that doesn’t suffer fools gladly from a very young age). B Real (Cypress Hill), Branford Marsalis, Leo Kotke and Dave Grisman (Jazz/Bluegrass legends) played the song “Scarlet Begonias” w/a couple of the guys from Rancid and David Hidalgo (Los Lobos). so beautiful. Saw my Dad cry for the very first time.


I’ve only been to one festival, and it was last years awesome Bonnaroo. 2009. Honestly, absolutely everything about it was perfect, from smoking a j in every state on the way (including the hotel room in Georgia), to Getting there and setting up, to getting drunk as hell before the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy, it was perfection in a music experience.


*trying to survive the crowd smashing me while I was standing at the front (not such a good one)

*sitting on the grass chatting/interacting with other people ** nice strangers =)  – that is why festivals are so great…everybody is happy and friendly!


Rockness this year!


the strokes at rockness

Lisa C

Most memorable experience has to be the drunk vegan that wanted to eat my friends hot dog before The Hives at Where The Action Is (a Swedish festival), or when Julian joined the crowd at Peace and love and we were soo close, or when he spoke his mind about last nite (“last nite? I don’t even play that shit with The Strokes”).

Michala, who has been to the last two years of Lollapalooza, but can’t go this year.

1.Ok it’s a tie: One: happened seeing John Butler Trio at Memphis in May- I crowdsurfed for the first (and probably only) time in my life. It was super fun.
Second: Rage Against the Machine at Lolla in ’08. holy crap. I don’t think i’ve been closer to dying in all my life.. really think i may have broken a rib. worth it though!!


Lolla 2009, friday-mud fight in the rain -AMAZING.

Miss Hanan

1. My first festival was my very first concert. I knew then, that I was in love with music, and everything associated with it. Had my first kiss that day–made out with a stranger who said my lips smelled good. Ah, youth.

Thank you for your submissions, everyone. The way I’ll end this post is the way I’ll end each post in this series…


If you’d like to meet up for Lollapalooza to hang out with fellow hardcore Strokes fans and  push our way to the front of the Budweiser Stage on Friday, email your number to me at I’ll send then send you a text and then we’ll be in contact in the days leading up to the concert.

I already know of six people who are interested in meeting up, which might be a scary proposition at first thought. But given the importance to most people who read this site to make it to the front to see The Strokes, I think this might be the best and safest bet. Plus, it’ll be fun. Promise.

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