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Music Festival Survival Guide
  • April 18, 2012 : 10:04
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We’ve trained for this all winter. Parked on the couch with one hand on our iPods the other on the keyboard of our laptops, the best season is upon us: music festival season. We’ve read every ‘most anticipated of 2012’ list, listened to hundreds of playlists, scanned every music critic blog and have re-subscribed to all of our favorite music magazines to prep for the best plan of attack when it comes to festival line-ups. We’re ready to hit the ground running and make this the best festival year of our lives.

Even if you’re the best partier, music connoisseur or ‘woo’ girl the festival grounds will ever see, there are a few things you have to remember to bring with you. If not, you’re fun day in the sun can go from amazing to the worst. We don’t want to see anyone hauled to the medic area during the festival season, so we asked a few bands taking part in upcoming festivals what every fan should bring.

Keep It Clean

Zedd, a world renowned producer/DJ, may be getting ready to tour with Lady Gaga during her Asian leg of the “Born This Way Ball” tour, but for now he’s revving up for the second weekend of Coachella. After wandering the festival grounds, Zedd told us that the best thing you could bring would be, “razors and shaving foam." I guess he saw enough Dan Auerbach look-alikes to last him a lifetime. Good luck sneaking a razor past security though, and if you’re just going for a day festival, there wouldn’t be much of a point to stock up on Gillette’s.

Be Prepared

Mickey Avalon ran off a colorful list of things you must bring if you intend on looking good and hooking up. “If one is going to a music festival, it is very important to make sure to bring protection. Condoms, dental dam, saran wrap, tin foil, etc... But not to worry, if you forget, make sure you have a pharmacist friend that can load you up with antibiotics. You should also bring comfortable clothes, i.e. short shorts; and if you are going to wear short shorts, you should bring some Nair. And, if you dare wear short shorts, Nair for short shorts! But that can burn, so bring some aloe vera. And better than aloe vera in the bottle, is the real thing. It's good for your skin and can also be used for a laxative. You can swallow it, or rub it all over your body. Or both!?!”

DJ Destructo, founder of HARD festival, had another view on festival promiscuity. “If you have a significant other, bring them. They might keep you out of trouble.”

Look Your Best

The French boys from Housse de Racket focused on three very important items fans usually forget. “Sunglasses, because you always look cool with sunglasses and you can watch girls without being seen, a Housse de Racket T-Shirt: Because you'll be even cooler with an ‘I'm-the-only-one-to-know-them’ t-shirt and a bottle of water because drinking is important! Yes, we mean water! Or you can throw it away and scream ‘WOOHOO’ with your cool t-shirt and sunglasses.”

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