Music Festivals 101

I spent last weekend at Stagecoach in Indio, California with my best friend. 20130430-193520.jpgThis may have been one of the greatest weekends of my life. Cowboys, country music and beer – can’t get much better than that. I think I may be having stagecoach withdrawals; I’ve been listening to Toby Keith all day.

Some people have no common courtesy, and I definitely didn’t realize I needed to bring SO MANY things for a successful weekend. Since the summer will be full of awesome music festivals (Outside Lands, Bonnaroo to name a few) here’s what you should and should not do, for the benefit of yourself and others.

Wear Sunscreen: Sunburns hurt and no one wants to look like a cherry tomato halfway through the first day. When it’s over 100 degrees and there is minimal shade, reapply all day long.


Bring Chairs and blankets: I don’t care how “uncool” you think that is. Chairs and blankets save you a nice spot on the main stage AND give you somewhere to sit and relax between sets. Sometimes you need a mid day nap.

Stay Hydrated: Water is your friend. So is beer. Please Please Please don’t be that guy that is drunk before noon. Don’t get too rowdy. Everyone else at the festival doesn’t want to deal with your nonsense.

Snacks: hide snacks everywhere possible in your bag. Food is expensive, especially if you want to eat all day like I do. The stingy security team will make you throw everything out- I’m still a little bitter.

Misters! I wish I had one of these. They also sell them at the event. It’s amazing how good the cold water feels when it’s so hot you’re melting.

Makeup: don’t wear any. Or at least don’t cake it on. It is going to be hot. You are going to sweat. Your makeup will drip down your face. Everyone is hot and sweating. Don’t worry, you will survive without makeup for a few days and you will still look your best.

Can’t wait to go back next year. I need some more Florida Georgia Line in my life. A few more cowboys won’t hurt either.


Lose your kid? No problem.

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