Friday, May 23, 2014

Can you smell the sweat and sunscreen?

I know I can! So many concert and festival lineups have been announced recently that its making me get really excited for summer... and I guess nice weather too.

Here are some of the festivals that I will be attending this year:
Get The Ball Rolling, Summer Never EndsRiot Fest (Toronto), Edgefest 2, and Chill On The Hill. With a maybe on Rockfest in Quebec.

I always love the atmosphere at these festivals, everyone is there to listen to awesome bands/artists and have a good time. You will meet many awesome people that are there for the whole experience, like last year my friends and I had a campsite beside a couple from Norway. They saw the lineup on Facebook and thought it would be cool to attend so they planned a tour of Canada around it.
Get ready to experience some of the greasiest and best food, if you don't mind the half hour - an hour wait in line. Also, if you are looking for shade after being out in the sun for a few hours, good luck finding some without it just filled with people.

If you are a concert goer, you already have an idea of what to prepare for at these types of events. But, if you are new to this, here are some simple and kinda obvious things to bring with you. 

Sunscreen – It took me longer to learn this than I am proud of to admit, and if you think you won't get a sunburn, you will be that extremely burnt person.

Dress for the weather – I don't know how people can wear jeans and black shirts all day at these shows without passing out. My recommended clothing is tank top, shorts, and a decent pair of shoes that you won't care if they get ruined.

What if it rains? I honestly still don't know how to prepare for rain.

Sunglasses – The sun is bright.

Water – The usual bottle of water is around $5 at these show, so bring your own.

Money – Chances are you are going to be there all day and the food at these concerts is unreal and can be kinda expensive.

Mosh Pit Etiquette:
If you find yourself near or in a mosh pit, here are some simple, unspoken rules:
1. Be prepared to be pushed , shoved, and tossed. Don't go in expecting those things aren't going to happen, that would be bad.
2. If someone falls you pick them up, everyones there to have fun and not to get hurt.
Don't pull, push, or drag someone into the pit if they don't want to. If they wanted to be in, they would already have joined.
4. No cheap shots.
5. Just be aware of your surroundings, be smart, and you might survive.
(Also keep in mind that a mosh pit can start up anywhere, not just at the front of the crowd.)

If the festival is a multi-day event and you are camping at a campsite, 
I highly suggest you bring (Besides the obvious necessities like a tent, some food, drinks etc.):

Toilet Paper –  Why? Portable Toilets. Have you seen these things after a couple hours? They are disgusting, and even worse because they have been cooked all day. Plus they are probably out of the tissue paper they call toilet paper.
Body Spray/Cleaning Supplies – This is a good idea if you don't have access to a shower or proper bathroom.

Air Mattress
–  After a day of being in a crowd of thousands of people, the hard ground just doesn't seem comfy, and your body will thank you.

Games – You will probably have to wait for a shuttle to the venue, so why not pass the time by playing cards, or playing catch.

Those are just some of the things I've learned from going, but the only way to truly learn is by experiencing it for yourself!