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It's More Than Just Music

My name is Maddy Perkins and I recently joined The Festival Babes team. I have been attending music festivals since before I was able to walk. My mom is a huge hippie: I'm talking tapestries, crystals, incense burning, jam band posters on the wall, and everything you could think of. As a child I was traveling every week to a different festival, concert, or event, and we would have local bands play in our backyard sometimes! My childhood was very different from most but I'm grateful that I got to experience the music festival life at a young age. I didn't understand it at the time, but it molded me to be the person I am today.

I went to my first festival alone when I was only 17 years old in 2018. When the Hard Summer lineup was released, I decided that I had to be there and spent my last dollar on a ticket. I didn't have a place to stay, plane ticket, or friends going, but I was determined to go, so I did. I flew across the country to California and went to the festival completely solo. I didn't realize there was an age restriction of 18+ so I cried my way in, lol. I thankfully got in and It ended up being one of my all time favorite festivals! I also got to meet so many amazing friends during the weekend! I recommend for everyone to go to a festival solo at least once! My experience at Hard Summer lit a fire my soul, and after that I made it my mission to attend as many festivals as I possibly could.

Fast forward to 2022 and I've been to countless festivals. I am also currently following my dreams to pursue a career in the music industry. It's more than just music to me, it gives me purpose. There is nothing in this world that I am more passionate about than music and traveling. I wake up every day and immediately put my headphones in, and get my day going. It's rare to see me sitting in silence. I have never felt more alive, connected, and myself than I do at a festival. I once lost my battle to depression and I went through my phone to see all the memories from the festivals and it truly saved my life. I've met hundreds of like- minded individuals that I would never have had the opportunity to connect with in my everyday life. The friends I've met in this community will be my lifelong friends that I consider family.

I met Kat, The founder of The Festival Babes, in 2018 after a Bonnie X Clyde show shortly after my first festival. We ended up staying up super late talking aimlessly for hours about life and formed a good friendship. We then started going to a bunch of the same festivals and got super close. We've both always been on the same page of hopping on a plane to go to any opportunity given to us. The amount of “Hey, want to go to Cancun tomorrow?” texts in our thread is hilarious. Kat launched The Festival Babes and I actually was the first influencer to be posted on the account. Years in the making, and the festival babes grew exponentially. We were in Cancun together, on a girls getaway, and Kat and I came up with the idea that I should join her on the team, so here I am! I'm so honored to be a part of The Festival Babes and I can't wait to see what the future holds!

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