It takes a lot to stay cool at Jazz Fest.
The sand is wafting into your eyes. The sun is so bright you can barely see where you’re going. You spot a palm tree in the distance. Is there shade over there? And will you even make it in this heat? When was it last this hot? Yesterday, right… If only you had something to drink, something to cool you off for another trek across the dunes…
New Orleans is a swamp most of the year. But seven days at Jazz Fest can give anyone a genuine taste of life in the desert. Staying hydrated and unburned sometimes takes precedence over making it to see a particular headliner—at least if you’re planning on doing this all over again tomorrow.
How cool is Jazz Fest anyway? OffBeat finds out, adding up the numbers.