You can’t call yourself a True Music Fan until you’ve been to an outdoor festival. The festival experience is a unique rite of passage, and once you’ve been to one you’ll want to do it again every year.
My brother and I used to make the trek to Warped Tour in Toronto and/or Buffalo to see screamo/emo/synthpop/Christcore acts entertain us for half hour sets while we baked in the sun (or one year, got drenched in the rain). You’re on your feet for hours, and inevitably get a throbbing headache. (We refused to wear earplugs, because, well…Dad suggested them and they weren’t cool. Who cares if I’m hard of hearing now! *KIDDING* Definitely wear earplugs unless you want to be a 20-something yelling “WHAT?!” like a grandpa with an earhorn.)
It was worth it, and we always had a great time. But one thing still stands out as a negative: the water situation. You weren’t allowed to bring your own water (they’d confiscate it if you did). No big, you could buy water inside – if you could spare $4 for a 500mL bottle. After paying for the tickets, food, merch, and transportation, $4 is a lot. Too much.
Buy a peanut, get a FREE bottle of water. Everyone’s happy, everyone’s hydrated, the system has once again been beaten. Power to the people.
[Image via Metro UK.]