Before we get going with this link, let me remind you that the place to get all your China festival news is China Music Radar. So check it out.
So. I don't really like festivals. They are shit for seeing live music and the other aspect - the experience / hang out - rarely comes together as it should for many reasons.
But, instead of ranting about it, I'm going to link this amazing AV Club discussion (text) on it that just came out:
Here's the opening:
Every summer I face the same no-win situation: Do I man up and set aside my instinctual aversion to outdoor music festivals, which I've come to associate with overstuffed and B.O.-heavy crowds, wallet-killing concessions, poor sound, and even worse sightlines? Or do I surrender to sanity and stay home, which will inevitably make me feel like I'm missing something, especially after I read all the reviews online about how "mind-blowing" and "awe-inspiring" such-and-such band was. Really? You really thought it was that good after standing in flip-flops in the punishing sun for eight hours in a sea of awful, inconsiderate drunks? Is it possible that I actually hate live music?