Have you noticed more scientists at music festivals these days? Here’s why they’re there.

Starting in the late 80s/early 90s, music festivals really began to blossom into multi-media affairs that offered far more than just live music. She was at a music festival, and later that day, The Flaming Lips were taking the stage. As she paced the stage, trying to explain the intricacies of the microbiome to the audience, guitars and drum kits warmed up behind her, forcing her to raise her voice to be heard. “[Festivals are] an experiment in an alternative lifestyle,” says Jesse Shannon, marketing director of DoLab, the company that founded and organizes Lightning in a Bottle. It wasn’t that long ago that going to a music festival consisted of standing in a field watching a band on a makeshift stage. Wait: science? “So that creates opportunities for conversation, considering new ideas.”
This is fascinating. When they finished their set, you sat down in the mud until the next band came up. This is from TheWeek.com
Sheena Cruickshank stood in front of a crowd of millennials in flower crowns and harem pants. Not any more. In May, the FORM festival in Arizona hosted panels on technology alongside musical performances by Skrillex and Fleet Foxes. A few months earlier, the Lightning in a Bottle festival in California had more than 30 presenters speak on science-related topics over the four-day event. Keep reading. As researchers seek new audiences for their findings, they’re busting out of basement laboratories and stuffy hotel ballrooms and infiltrating the playgrounds where today’s curious, creative minds gather: music festivals. Yes. The immunology professor wasn’t speaking in her usual venue at the University of Manchester, after all. Cruickshank was just one of dozens of scientists who presented in July at Bluedot, a festival in the U.K. And now, festivals are featuring more and more science. And here’s why.
Here’s why they’re there. Have you noticed more scientists at music festivals these days?