Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Roving Reporter Robyn Graves here...

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Helloooo old friends & future friends!
Welcome to Robyn's ramblings :D
On Friday September 11th I got to attend my first Riot Fest in Chicago! Music Festivals were one of my biggest fears for years (sunshine, walking, mud, huge terrifying crowds, #gothgirlproblems) but now I have found my comfort zone in the one day experience. Lollapalooza 2012 I learned how to battle the sun with spf 100 & big floppy hats and how to drink just enough that the crowds don't seem so bad. Lollapalooza 2013 I embraced the mud & spent most of my day barefoot. Now, this year at Riot Fest I learned Friday might be the best day to attend a festival because the porta potties are not completely destroyed yet.
I will definitely be attending again next year! The tickets are cheaper than Lollapalooza & the stages were such a nice little distance apart I managed to make it to all of them & see NINE different bands. That's right NINE! The Eagles of Death Metal, Coheed, White Mystery, Prayers, Alkaline, Faith No More, NoDoubt, Motorhead, & Ice Cube. Never in my life did I think I would see Gwen, Lemmy, & Ice Cube in the same day. Fittingly we ended the night with "Today was a good day".
I know festival season (&summer) is now coming to an end but while it's still fresh on my mind here's a few more tips if you're scared to let loose & leave the comforts of live streaming from youtube on your couch like I was.
  • Fanny pack. Bags are a pain in the butt & everyone you go with will have something they need you to carry, don't be the pack mule be the cool dude rocking a fanny pack.
  • Sunblock. Sunblock. Sunblock.
  • Drink lots of water. (ok, mom.)
  • Plan a meet up spot. If you bring Wandering Wanda with you make sure to plan a meet up spot. Someone is going to get lost & that someone always seems to have a dead phone. If you don't want to waste your day waiting around or looking for someone plan to meet at the end of the night.
  • Give the small stages a shot too!
  • Leave the camera at home. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but you probably won't be close enough to get a good picture. But who cares?! you spent good money to be there, dance your butt off and with those looooong beer lines  you should probably be double fisting cans of tasy cold beer. So HEY check it out! no hands for taking pictures anyway!
  • But don't drink too much. No one wants to be the person passed out in the grass under a tree alone because their friends came to have a good time & decided they'd just come back for you later.
  • Ladies: if you must carry a bag put some pocket tissues in there, good chance by the end of the night you will end up in a porta potty without toilet paper.
  • Clear your schedule the following day, you might need to recoup.

Well, this is the longest thing I've written since school. Thanks for making it this far.

Do you have a crazy funny festival story?! I love funny stories!
(Not naming names or anything..... buuuut someone I was with peed their pants during NIN in 2013.)

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