Sure, the music’s great, but what would festivals be without the design? We’re taking a look at the logo designs of the world’s most popular summer music festivals today and when they first started.
- Glastonbury - Pilton, Somerset, England; 1970 - present
Now: The design of the 2015 festival takes on an outer space, modern theme.
Then: Glastonbury “Fayre,” as it was called, definitely took a ‘70s rock-n-roll approach to its 1979 banner design.
2. Bonnaroo - Manchester, Tennessee, USA; 2002 - present
Now: This beautifully-designed banner for the 2015 festival utilizes the 3d look to the fullest, making the logo look like it’s popping out of a 3d, colorful, geometric landscape.
Then: The festival seems to have maintained its logo for the most part, except for adding the third circle to the end, although the background design and additional features are much more simplistic and retro here in 2002. Excuse the size, it was difficult to find this oldie in large!
3. Coachella - Indio, California, USA; 1999 - present
Now: This year, Coachella implemented a day-to-night website design (changes as the day goes on) while sticking to its traditional font and mountain backdrop logo design.
Then: 1999’s festival banner set the tone for the next 16 year’s design - cool, classic, and Californian.
4. Lollapalooza - Chicago, Illinois, USA; 1991 - present
Now: 2015’s festival implements a much more animated, 2d design than its famous festival counterparts, but its funky font, cool color scheme, and classic chicago cityscape backdrop make for a really cool design.
Then: While the “Lollapalooza” font has been rather constant in recent years, it started out in 1991 much differently, from a Mayan-like t-shirt look, which we love, to a retro-ball and simple-font poster design, which is very much of it's time.
5. Rock al Parque - Bogotá, Colombia; 1995 - present
Now: From the cool, hip font to the edgy illustrations of guitar picks, microphones, etc., the yellow, red, and black design of the Rock al Parque banner this year is very visually appealing. It manages to “rock” without chaos, maintain class without losing its edge.
Then: Simpler is the key word when comparing the 1995 design to that of recent years’. Monochromatic and featuring one illustration, this design does manage to convey a sense of rock-n-roll, but lacks the stylistic elements of later designs.
6. Pukkelpop - Hasselt, Belgium; 1985 - present
Now: It’s strange to find a festival that uses two different design schemes for the same year. Though the two don’t seem to mesh well, they’re great designs on their own. The top logo is actually a screenshot from the festival’s website, where the logo is constantly moving, distorting, and other really cool animations. (Check it out!) The second logo (which has been used for the past several festivals) is similar to Bonnaroo’s design, but accomplishes a much flatter-looking, cartoon 3d design with neat, colored cubes and good contrast between the title and backdrop.
Then: The 1990 design looks much more like a flyer than a music festival design with its monochromatic, simplistic theme.
Which music festival design is your favourite? Which design transformation shocked you the most?