10 bands on the time they met their musical idol

tales from backstage

photo by photo by harper smith

When you're in a band, one of the coolest things about playing a festival is mingling in the artists' area with other musicans you admire. Especially for lesser-known acts, the chance to rub shoulders with their musical heroes can count as a major perk in a job that's otherwise a non-stop touring grind.

To gain some insight into what these moments are like, we asked ten up-and-coming acts to tell us about their close encounters with their favorite artists.