Bring the summer music festival home
August 07, 2009
If you didn't make it to Lollapolloza this year, Glastonbury was just too far away and you missed tickets for the Pitchfork festival, hold your own home festival to see out the summer with a bang.
Everyone likes learning about new music so encourage guests to bring one new artist they've enjoyed this year, either on their imp3 player or a CD. Play the music in rotation throughout the event as if each new musician is starting up a new set. This works well indoors and can complement outdoor parties.
Encourage budding musicians to bring over their guitar, keyboards or other equipment and set up a small stage area where they can perform. This need not be any more elaborate than a cleared-out corner in the living room, or a rug placed outside on the grass. Check with neighbors to make sure they're cool with a bit of noise.
A barbecue and beer tent really reminds some of their music festival experiences, so set up a buffet-style area with a grill and some easy to eat sides. Finger foods like sandwiches and small apps are great so guests can watch the music and chat without having to carve up complicated foods. Remember to provide plenty of sodas and water for thirsty friends.