My first festival was Lollapalooza 1995. I had to go because my favorite band, Sonic Youth, was headlining (they’re still my favorite band). I lived in Houston and the festival was in Austin but I was too young to drive so my mom made the two hour trip so that I could attend with two friends. A transcendental 20+ minute performance of “The Diamond Sea” was the highlight of the whole festival. Also playing that year were Moby (way before he hit it big with his album Play), Cypress Hill, Blonde Redhead, Built to Spill, Mike Watt, The Roots, and Yo La Tengo.
At Last.fm we know from experience that many of the best music memories happen when you’re rocking out in a field with thousands of other sunburnt/soaking wet compatriots. So today we are excited to launch Last.fm Festivals, your personalized guide to festivals around the world. For the first time you can easily browse upcoming festivals in your town, your country or beyond, based on your personal music profile. Choose your location and sort the results either by date or by compatibility.
Once you’ve found your perfect festival, check out the festival page where Last.fm looks at the line-up for the festival and compares it to your Last.fm profile to generate a personal line-up recommendation list so you can be sure you don’t miss a thing. You can also browse the line-up by genre to see the artists that you might like but aren’t part of your Last.fm profile yet. Plus you can start a festival radio station to listen to all the artists playing.
Check it out: http://www.last.fm/festivals
This is just the beginning. Over the next month we’ll be rolling out additional features to help you find up and coming artists you should check out (so you can say you saw them before they were big), find festival buddies and easily share your festival picks.
Read more about all the new features on the forum post and let us know what you think.