It's not an awful thing to want free music. More importantly, it's not awful to find ways of going to some of the summer festivals without paying triple digits for a three-day pass that doesn't take into consideration weather. Outside of press passes and jumping a fence, there is one pretty reasonable option available to all broke music fans: volunteering.
Choosing the volunteer life just to hear "Ignition (Remix)" live was WORTH IT
This past weekend at the Pitchfork Music Festival, I embarked on my second year as a volunteer. Not only did Chicago's Union Park become our playground, but our time helped provide a donation from the festival to a local not-for-profit. This year, my friends and I chose Girls Rock! Chicago which helps empower girls through music.
Choosing the Friday and Saturday evening shifts, which meant free entry Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday, here's what three days of free labor and free music can teach you:More »