I make $15-20k a year but am still able to travel for several months and do multiple fests. I'm 26, unmarried, have no debt, do not want children, and don't want to buy a house. Since I'm living just for me it makes things much easier.
I am a test subject for druq companies and haven't had to work in over four years. I choose when I do studies which means I'm able to be free when I want to be. I never know what studies I'll do until a month or two beforehand. Sometimes I plan on doing a fest but find a good study and cancel my plans if there's enough money to be made. I had tickets for Sasquatch this year but ended up selling them because of that. The unpredictability is a definite downside.
I live within my means, save money, and travel very cheap. I don't have a credit card or ever spend money I don't have. I found a small, cheap apartment and have been driving the same car for over seven years. It is very fuel efficient and until it explodes it will be my car. I use the library and internet for my media intake. I own very little and put all my money into experiences instead of things.
I sleep in my car or with family and friends and never get hotels. I traveled about four months this year and based a lot of that around festivals or seeing my sister in Portland. I maximize the experience by doing things along the way like finding places to stop and hike at on my route. This way when I vacation I am doing more than just music. If you research a bit you can find tons of free or cheap things to do that are awesome. I don't mean being forced to go to a dog parade as your entertainment option. I only do stuff I really like and generally am able to do it for almost nothing.
At fests I bring my own food and booze so I don't have to be overspending. I really only spend for my ticket and the cost of getting there. I don't spend money on merch, lodging, etc. In Minneapolis I am within walking distance to all the music venues so do that instead of taxis or driving and then paying to park. I see multiple shows a month. I generally like to be sober for a show but if I decide to drink I just do it on the way there so I'm not spending on drinks.
Live music is really important to me and it's what I spend virtually all my money on. Jimmy John's get the second most from me haha. I guess I've just made fests/concerts a priority for me, and much like what many of you are saying, live my life accordingly so it can happen.
I think i know why i look so young..im told i look atleast 16....and theyve been sayin this for over 17 years....at 15 i dont know if he was a REAL vampire or not..but i was bitten by him...shoved into the center of a pentragram, was forced to repeat every spell, and generally got sick at 21....at 25 my teeth fell out and the stubs got pulled, at 33 on march 3rd my whole body went into shut down mode .i swear i may be a vampire, a ghoul, a familiar or a warewol