The Summer Music Festival 2012 season is almost here. And with so many of the biggest music festivals -- Bonnaroo, Coachella, The Hangout -- setting record high ticket prices, you might be second guessing yourself on how much you are willing to spend.
With most music extravaganzas going for at least three days straight, the typical trend among ticket companies is to sell a three day general admission pass. Some of these passes can cost concert-goers between $250 and $300 -- and that's just for your ticket!
When factoring in all of the necessities needed for an adventure of such magnitude, you might start to cringe at how much all of it is going to cost you. Tickets, gas, food, camping supplies, tools and other essentials -- they all cost money. At the end of the day, it just might be more than you were looking to spend.
As of late, festivals and travel companies have become privy to the fact that people are looking to save wherever possible. That's why, aside from general admissions passes, companies are now offering complete packages that will take care of your entire experience.
The goal? To provide you with a one-stop-shop that now only saves you time, but money when traveling to see a concert. Travel packages offer services that can include hotel stays at some of the nation's nicest hotels and resorts, luxury bus rentals to and from area events, on site amenities, VIP access to viewing areas, pre-show gatherings and even some pretty fancy cocktail parties.
With so much involved, you might be surprised to find that these packages may end up saving you money. So check out some the best travel packages for the most raved-about festivals of the season!
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (June 7 - 10)
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (www.facebook.com/bonnaroo)
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, is one of the most talked about festivals of the whole season. With this year's lineup repping big name headliners such as Radiohead, Phish, The Beach Boys, Foster The People, Skrillex, Ben Folds Five and Umphrey's McGee among tons of other acts, it's no surprise that the festivals website is reporting regular three day general admissions passes to be sold out. On the other hand, there are plenty of travel packages left. Check out this great package being offered by Bonnaroo.
Select Inn's Express Hotel & Shuttle Package - Murfreesboro, TN
- 4 night hotel accomodations at the Select Inn's Express in Murfreesboro
- Roundtrip airport transfers
- Complimentary continental breakfast
- Daliy roundup shuttle to/from Bonnaroo
For rates and more packages, visit www.bonnaroo.com
Coachella Music & Arts Festival (April 13 - 22)
Coachella Music & Arts Festival (http://www.facebook.com/coachella)
This year's Coachella is huge! In fact, with this year's performers including include almost every major act from the past year in rock, hip-hop and electronica -- The Black Keys, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Bon Iver, LMFAO, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris, No Doubt, Dr. Dre and Snopp Dogg -- festival passes are pretty much sold out. The next best thing? Some of the great travel packages include the 3-day General Admission Pass.
Coachella Weekend Packages Include:
- 3 Nights at the Hotel of your choice
- A 3-day General Admission Pass or a 3-day VIP Pass for Coachella Weekend 1 or 2 based on your selection
- Shuttle Transportation all weekend between the hotel and festival site
For rates and more packages, visit www.Coachella.com
The Hangout Music Festival (May 18 - 20)
The Hangout Music Festival (http://www.facebook.com/hangoutmusic)
Located in Gulf Shore, AL, this year's Hangout includes big name performers like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, Dispatch, Chris Cornell, Skrillex, Dave Matthews Band, Mac Miller and many more. With such a ridiculous lineup, it's no surprise that the festivals website is reporting tickets to be sold out. But with some Hangout travel packages including three-day general admissions passes, they are the best way to gain access to the Gulf Shore music fest.
Beach Club Travel Package includes:
- A 3-Day General Admission or VIP pass to the Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival
- 3 Nights at the The Beach Club in Gulf Shores, AL (Check in: May 18th, Check out: May 21st)
- Limited Edition Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival 2012 Poster
- Transportation between the Condo and Festival during the weekend
For rates and more packages, visit www.hangoutmusicfest.com
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 27 - May 6)
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (http://www.facebook.com/JazzFest)
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is hailing some of the biggest names in music for its 2012 celebration. With headliners such as The Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band, Foo Fighters, Bon Iver, John Mayer and Eddie Vedder, to name a few, this NOLA party is one that you're going to want to be as comfortable as possible for.
Jazz Fest Weekend Travel Packages include:
- 2 or 4 General Admissions passes to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
- Accommodations for Two (2) or Four (4) people at the JW Marriott or the Hampton Inn Downtown
- Shuttle Transportation to and from the festival grounds each day
- Packages include one hotel room
For rates and more packages, visit www.nojazzfest.com
My name is Carey Vanderborg and I'm a journalist working in New York City. I love food, travel, craft beer, live music and writing about all of the above.