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The clash: Can Chicago ever have too many summer music festivals?

May 30, 2012|RedEye

The just-announced Wood Star Music Festival represents roughly the 4,567th bash of the sort in Chicago this summer.

Would there ever reach a point at which it feels like overkill and the events seem less special, or will live music during Chicago summers always be the more the merrier?

The more the merrier

Know what’s annoying? The same people decrying that Chicago gets passed over for big festivals and tours are now bellyaching that there’s now too many fests. What do you want, exactly? I can understand if people are tired of the same 4 cover bands playing all the street fests (I certainly am), but come on, man. Oh wahh, there’s TOO MANY MUSIC FESTIVALS. Stop kvetching and enjoy yourself. -- Ernest Wilkins,

Make it stop

As someone who has never and will never go to Pitchfork or Lolla or North Coast, I have to say it: Enough. How many overpriced music fests does Chicago need to host in one summer? Groups of sweaty people pressed up against one another sipping $8 beer and plugging up port-o-pottys in the blazing Chicago summer heat is not my idea of fun. I’ll be hanging out in air conditioning, listening to good versions of songs on Spotify, thankyouverymuch.-- Jessica Cantarelli,

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