As we settle into the indie rock splendor of this three-day festival, we want to provide you with a helpful list of what not to do at outdoor rock shows.
1. Don’t listen to your iPod.
You’d be amazed how many folks we see with their earbuds plugged in at this festival. Why pay for the ticket and travel expenses if you’re not even going to listen to any of the bands?
2. Don’t wear too much clothing.
Summer festivals take place in the summer. The summer is usually hot. You look great in a turtleneck and scarf, but you should leave them at home.
3. Don’t wear too little clothing.
…because there are some things that, no matter how hard you try, you can’t forget seeing.
4. Buy, buy, buy
Don’t buy anything you don’t want to carry around until the end of the day. I always break this rule due to my impulsiveness and the record sale.
5. Do you take requests?
The band probably can’t hear you when you yell for your favorite song. Yelling it in my ear doesn’t help much, either.
6. Water, water everywhere….
Don’t allow yourself to get dehydrated. Whether you fill up your own water bottle for free or pay $10 for your dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) on site, make sure you give your body what it needs to make it through a long day at the festival.
7. Don’t forget why you’re here.
Festivals are fun! Don’t expect everything to be perfect and don’t let little things ruin a good day. Live music shared with thousands of people who are as tired and sweaty as you are is a great experience. Enjoy it!
….and don’t spend too much time blogging about your experiences. I’ll check back in after I catch up with George and see a few more acts today.