Summerfest, World’s Largest Festival, Kicks Off Thursday

Summerfest crowd
Summerfest, a 12-day long extravaganza featuring literally every band ever created (actually, only featuring 700 bands, but still crazy) kicked off Thursday in beautiful Milwaukee, with the Avett Brothers and Violent Femmes headlining for the evening, and featuring the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gavin Degraw, and Diplo, among others.  Throughout the duration of the festival, overweight Milwaukeeans and music-lovers from all over the US will gorge themselves on shitty beer, cigarettes, and those turkey legs you always find at festivals, and will hear artists from Tom Petty, to Cake, to Pretty Lights.

The festival, which began in 1968, is now the world’s largest, confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records every year since 1999, and brings in almost 1,000,000 attendees each year.  Since its inception–at the same venue it’s still held at today–Summerfest’s headliners have featured classics like The Beach Boys and Eric Clapton, legends like Whitney Houston and Bon Jovi, and country favorites like Rascall Flats and Shania Twain (remember, it’s Wisconsin).  Continue reading “Summerfest, World’s Largest Festival, Kicks Off Thursday”