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Friday Night at Mempho Music Festival

Coming from Chicago, going to music festivals has been a part of my summers since I was in high school. Lollapalooza and Pitchfork were the highlights of every Chicago summer. Upon hearing about Mempho Music Festival, I was excited to see how Memphis did music festivals.


I was able to get a pair of free tickets through the awesome organization that is Teach901 and it served as a great motivator to finish my last week before fall break strong and push forward for that 4:30pm dismissal on Friday. I was only able to attend Friday because of my flight home to Chicago Saturday evening (yes, I finally went HOME!) but I had a great time Friday night.

I love how they took advantage of the space at Shelby Farms Park, it was actually my very first time over there. The way the stages and vendors were organized was perfect, as well as the size of the crowd. I honestly haven’t been to Lollapalooza since I went in 2014 because of how awful crowds have gotten. You could not pay me to have that experience these days, high school me would revel in that mess but 7 years of those sweaty three days in August are way past me. Unless I had a VIP pass; that’s a different story.

I’m really excited to see next year’s lineup and take advantage of going the whole weekend. It really felt like I was at Lollapalooza or Pitchfork before crowds got way too out of control. Everyone was really all about taking in the music and having a good time with friends. It reminded me of music festivals back home without the obnoxious people that have overrun them. Mempho, you’ve stolen my heart!

What else am I up to? Keep up with my Year One adventures here.

What is Year One? Go here to read more.

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