Which music festival documentaries are worth the watch? If you’re the curious type, you probably spend some time at music festivals wondering what goes on behind the scenes. As attendees, we only see the two or three-day product of what is sometimes a year’s worth of planning. In some cases, what seems like tireless groundwork may even result in nothing (there’s a documentary for that one, too).

These music festival documentaries offer insight into how your favorite festivals came about, who is behind their success, and the broader impact they’ve made on the world. Covering all genres and eras, this list will definitely have you binge-watching and will change your perspective on the music industry forever.

1. Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (2019)

You probably already saw this one coming. This meme-worthy documentary highlighted the disturbing truth behind Fyre Festival which was even endorsed by celebs, and as the title suggests, a total scam that never actually happened.

Where to watch: Netflix

2. Coachella: 20 Years In The Desert (2020)

Coachella is a glamorous, celebrity-stricken festival that almost seems elusive to those who have never attended. This documentary shares a different side of the festival–the intimacy, the failures, and the faces who built it up from the ground.

Where to watch: YouTube

3. Woodstock: Three Days That Defined A Generation (2019)

This wouldn’t be the first attempt at a Woodstock documentary, and probably not the last. This contemporary rendition of Woodstock’s legacy features never-before-seen footage and takes viewers right back to 1969.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV

4. This Was Tomorrow: Tomorrowland (2015)

For those who haven’t attended, Tomorrowland almost feels like a mythical world that’s always slightly out of reach. A tenth-anniversary celebration of the festival, This Was Tomorrow, gives viewers a glimpse into the party in Belgium every July.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Apple TV

5. Spark: A Burning Man Story (2014)

This film takes a brave look at the ever-elusive Burning Man festival that brings over 70,000 people to Nevada’s Black Rock City each year. Spark does an incredible job of giving outsiders a look into another world and highlights how the festival is fueled not only by music but by culture.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV

6. Made In America (2013)

Appropriately named after the festival itself, Made in America sheds like on music, culture, and the American dream. Founded by hip-hop star Jay-Z, the festival celebrates music genres with roots in American culture. The documentary includes exclusive interviews and a sneak peek into what goes on behind the scenes at this highly sought-after Philadelphia festival.

Where to watch: YouTube, Vudu

7. Under The Electric Sky (2014)

This documentary tells the epic story of Electric Daisy Carnival’s monstrous success, which it owes to the power of music and human connection. It’s an excellent resource for the festival’s history and continued triumph, but it’s also a heartwarming story that will put this Las Vegas festival at the top of your list.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Apple TV, Vudu

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