Hi, I don't post on .org much anymore, but here I am.
My opinion on this is as follows:
First, the whole setup for live music needs change, serious change. Ordinary shows need to be cheaper, cities need proper transit, and regular folks need to be able to take time off. All of this stuff is currently structured around rentseeking, and it's murdering cities' live music.
This is the first thing, fix this, and festivals would be cheaper, too.
Second? Some of the proper communes are the closest I've been to a real festival. Well, one. There was this propensity to just shows up in the woods when the time was right, and that's something I think is most enviable - these major festivals have their thing, but the idea of festivals which utilize a space both for that sort of performance and for more freeform performance seems much more intriguing to me. I like the idea of something like a permanent festival, or at least something which lasts a long time - never stopping, somewhere artists can organize, cut their teeth, and arrange whatever it is they do into a massive setup, a total synthesis of human artistic spirit from its roots to its peaks. I like that idea a lot. >>8146
Already exists, tbh the problem isn't a lack of leftism in raves, it's that raves (in the US at least) aren't what they used to be, and what exists is often very expensive.