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Rock Hall to celebrate music festivals, asks fans to vote for all-time best

Music Festival Moments
Music Festival Moments
John Patrick Gatta

A celebration of music festivals’ past and present takes place with an upcoming exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.

“Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience,” which opens on April 25, will offer a look at the outdoor scene not only for its memorable performances but as a community experience.

Spanning two floors of the Museum, it will bring together the sights and sounds of fests from around the world including iconic events (Newport, Monterey, Woodstock, Wattstax) and some of the most popular stops today (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury).

The first level takes visitors through the music festival history, while the second level becomes an immersive experience that will use the space to mimic a performance tent at a festival and then screen a 20-minute cinematic mash up of a day in the life at such an event.

Prior to the opening, fans can vote for the Top 10 music festival performance moments of all-time at

Options range from Bob Dylan’s 1965 Newport Folk Festival set and Queen at Live Aid to the Jimi Hendrix Experience at Montrey International Pop Festival, Nirvana at Woodstock and Daft Punk at Coachella.

Voting will close on at 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, April 2.

The Top 10 festival moments of all-time, as voted by fans, will be revealed on April 23 on the Rock Hall’s website and then presented in a video montage at the entrance of the exhibit.

For more information on “Common Ground,” visit

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