The Audiotree Music Festival is a music festival based in Downtown Kalamazoo that has been an annual event since 2013, making this year the event’s fifth anniversary.
The event lacks the organization of its acts that larger festivals, such as Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza, contain allowing them to run smoothly.
The Audiotree Music Festival has a lot going for it including: food, drinks and venue. However, the continuity of the genres of the music at the festival is not one of those things.
More specifically although the festival has had some great, and very diverse artists, the issue remains that none of them connect to the others, making the mood transition a bit odd.
This year the festival had Kyle, an incredibly popular rapper, as its headlining artist. Seeing as Kyle is both the artist used to promote the event and marginally more popular than the other acts, this could lead some going to the event to believe that the music at the festival might be more mainstream and rap orientated, when that just wasn’t the case.
One of the other artists featured in the lineup this year was an Australian band known as King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard. This band’s genre is considered to be psychedelic rock, which differs greatly from the headlining artists.
Other acts in the event featured genres like instrumental, country, old-school rock and even more beyond those; and, while none of the acts were necessarily bad in their own rights, they share no connection with one another whatsoever.
While diversity is definitely important in order to keep the acts interesting and refreshing, this level of obscurity is just unwelcomed since none of the genres really complimented each other.
Seeing as how the cohesion of the acts isn’t really there, for that reason, this festival just doesn’t approach the quality of other musical gatherings. Given that that is the case, this festival is a no-go. Just save the money so it can be put towards a better experience, like Lollapalooza.