Top 5 Craziest Things That Happened at A Festival

Music festivals pretty much guarantee a few things, things like:

  1. Tens and thousands of sweaty individuals.
  2. The longest bathroom lines
  3. Tonnes of Alcohol
  4. Amazing Music
  5. More craziness than a room full of 100 raging pit bulls.

If you happen to be attending a music festival, there are at least 19 things you’ll make you go “Okay, that was not normal” because essentially, that’s what festivals are supposed to be. A time where boundaries and borders of the outside world are thrown to the kerb. A place where standards of normality are pushed to the limit. Here is a list of 5 things that happened at music festivals that’ll make you go “oh, that’s a bit weird innit?”.


#1 Madonna plants a deadly one on Drake

Coachella 2015.

Drake is known to be one of the first rappers to discover something unusual in rap music: “We can talk about feelings and not be labelled a wuss”. Rappers are hardcore, that’s pretty much written in stone but Drake walked down the road less taken, and chose to sing and rap about the emotional side of things. We are pretty sure he must’ve at least written a song about this particular episode from Coachella 2011, because, boy does his face look like the life had been sucked out of it.

So during Drake’s set, while performing his hit song “Madonna” off of “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”, Drake brought on stage the titular Madonna to sing a medley or two in the middle. What he didn’t expect was that Madonna was gonna plant one right on his lips towards the end of the performance.

History was made that night and the internet exploded, coming up with countless memes of the incident, forever cementing the moment as one of the craziest things to happen at a festival.

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#2 Arcade Fire drops balls of light

Arcade Fire

Coachella 2011

Another appearance for Coachella on the list, what is it with weirdly wonderful moments and Coachella?

Arcade Fire is great, that’s a fact. There is no debate on that topic whatsoever, what forever etched that fact onto Plymouth Rock was their performance of an encore of “Wake Up” during their Coachella 2011 set.

Arcade Fire had recently picked up a surprise Grammy win for Album of The Year in 2011 and suddenly the world came to know of this amazing Canadian indie band that was winning hearts wherever they played at. Their performance at Coachella proved that Arcade Fire was a band that was here to stay.

During their performance, thousands of huge illuminated balls fell from the sky onto the audience, giving the show a completely ethereal feel to it. Fans did not expect such an incredible interactive experience, thus making it one of the most memorable things to happen at a festival.


#3 Jay-Z brings out Michael Jackson


Hot 97’s SummerJam 2001.

Jay-Z is the most successful rap icon in the history of hip-hop and rap. There is absolutely no one in the world that can dispute that claim. Jay-Z now owns his own clothing label, sports agency, record label, streaming service and the list goes on till forever. Jay-Z has ALL of the money. You know money, right? Well, Jay-Z has ALL OF IT.

However, there was once a time when Jay-Z was still new on the scene and was still well-known and popular enough to headline Hot 97’s Summer Jam. A festival that is famous for showcasing hip hop’s best talents in the world. Jay-Z went through his set as usual and with the routine swagger that made him such a legend.

However, audiences were in for a Thriller as Jay-Z brought to the stage the King of Pop, the icon, Michael Jackson. Audiences collectively lost their minds as they saw the legendary pop artist make his way to the stage. Jackson hadn’t toured in quite a while so the world went into a frenzy when he appeared on the stage alongside Jay-Z.


#4 Bob Marley performs live 2 days after assassination attempt

Bob Marley

Bob Marley is one of the most influential artists to ever grace the stage, his music, his lyrics, his outlook on life resonated with everyone that sat down and listened to him. Marley became an icon in the eyes of the people of Jamaica, his home country and in every country in the world.

The power of music was so strong that nearly 80,000 Jamaicans flocked to the Smile Jamaica festival to watch the legendary Bob Marley perform live in his home country. However, when news broke out that Marley and his wife were severely wounded in an assassination attempt of the Rasta legend.

But Bob Marley being Bob Marley couldn’t let that hold him back, and within two days of the incident, he showed up to the festival for the 80,000 in attendance. He sent a message all across the world, with these now iconic lines:

“The people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off, how can I?”


#5 The Tupac hologram

Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur. A man who single-handedly changed the way people looked at rap music. A man who didn’t use his environment as a crutch and rose above it to become one of music’s greatest legends.

Tupac is still considered one of rap’s most important artists and someone who’s work has now achieved gospel-like status. He was well-known for painting very vivid pictures of street life with his words. Many dubbing him the “street poet” because his music was exactly that, poetry that birthed from the deathly world on the streets.

Surrounded by criminal gang activity throughout his life, Tupac broke through every wall and became a legend among men. One of Pac’s best friends in the business who himself is a legend of the business: Dr Dre. Dre and Pac remained great friends throught their lives and as a fitting tribute to his friend, Dr Dre showed up to stage in 2012 with a rather surprising individual.

On the stage, was Tupac. Long after his death, Pac was still alive and kickin in hologram form at Coachella 2012 as Dre along with best friend Snoop Dogg gave the audience the experience of a lifetine. This became one of the most iconic moments in music history.