Rounding up the best music festival posters involves so much more than just the officially released versions. There are the VIP posters, announcement posters. event posters, commemorative posters, downstream treatments and much more. Running music festivals is a big business, but the festival poster is the mother of all promotional tools. All of these were included in our round up.
Just like the up and down (and down) year it was, most of the 2016 music festival posters were quite varied. Still we were able to see three main trends emerging. One was a very simple design usually used for lineup posters, often including illustrations of indigenous trees of the festival’s locations. The next was an vintage Old Western-inspired design. This trend also included several illustrations of animals, most often wolves and bears, with a few turtles and birds thrown in for good measure. Nature featured prominently in many of the best music festival posters in 2016. Lastly, a futuristic type element was often embraced. From modern typography, geometric design and AI/robots, the Future theme proved strong and was even combined, as seen in the Pemberton festival poster.
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