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Music Festival Survival Guide
  • April 18, 2012 : 10:04
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Find Your Pink Palace

Wolf Gang may be hitting the road to open for mega band Coldplay after performing the two weekend behemoth that is Coachella, but they also know a thing or two about roughing it at a festival like us normal people. “Don't rely on anyone else for your survival. Lasse once had to sleep under the van all night in the pouring rain because someone forgot to bring his tent and sleeping bag. Speaking of tents, buy the biggest, brightest and most obnoxious tent you can. We take the 'Pink Palace' with us whenever camping. It was the last tent we could find before Glastonbury. It's so offensive, no-one else would buy it. However, we had the last laugh when we were the only ones to find our tent at the end of the night! Oh yeah, and don’t take the milk.”

Keep Your Sneakers Clean

Alain Macklovitch aka A-Trak aka Duck Sauce will be playing I Love this City later in May, and has been playing shows since he was fourteen. “Charge your phone FULLY before you go, because if your phone dies you’re screwed. Drink a lot of water, you might not realize you’re getting dehydrated which is always bad news. You probably will lose your friends at one point so it’s in your best interest to have a meeting point and the most important sensible tip of all is don’t wear shoes or sneakers that you actually like because you’re going to ruin them. No one is going to judge you on your footwear so just go ahead and wear an old pair of vans or something.” If A-Trak says he won’t judge you on your footwear, we’re going to start doing this.

The Cold Hard Truth

Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes reminded us of the harsh reality of attending festivals nowadays with his wise words, “Bring binoculars. How often my eyes drift toward the big screens makes me feel like I might as well be watching from home. I like making sure I'm watching the actual players, not the camera edits the whole time.” Taylor and fellow band mates are destroying the festival circuit this summer, and will be performing almost every festival being held this year. How they’re pulling this off, we don’t know.

Screw It

Shoegaze princess Laura Lloyd of No Joy came off a bit terrified by the thought of attending a music festival this summer. When asked about what to bring, she simply said, "Don't go unless you have all access passes.” She does have a point, at least for Coachella. Instead of trekking all the way to California, hook up your computer to your television and stream the festival. If you’re still unhappy you’re not attending, take comfort in the fact that you can buy beer for a fraction of the price and only have to deal with people you like.

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