It ain’t a place just to hangout. You are going there to enjoy every wee-bit of it and revel in the tunes that resonate in the air, touch your heart and make you swing your hips and pump it louder. You know you will want to throw your hands in the air, wanting more. You are not there by accident, but by design.
Here are the dozen rules that you need to bear in mind before getting there.
1. Is it pocket-friendly?
This is obviously based on how much you’re willing to shell out. Note that tickets may come in different tiers, and only some packages include everything. For everything else, you don’t get anything more than entry to the main stage, plus the freebies they give you. Generally the more expensive tickets cover everything. Basically, if you go too cheap, you’ll end up having to pay for almost all the activities included. So considering all that, take your pick wisely.
Check if there is any EMI offer? Being an early birdie is always better, if you are cocksure you are going.
2. Find a home away from home!
Locations and living expenses.
Most fests do offer accommodation. But again, unless you take the higher-end packages, you will have to find your own accommodation, which is not much fun. If you consider all this, the golden and VIP packages may end up way cheaper. Coz, otherwise, you’d end up spending large sums of money, apart from your ticket anyway.
If you’re still going to be frugal, then you better start booking a hotel room near the venue. Also while each activity, like a stage or a special night, individually is not that expensive, if you’ll be there for, say, three days, it does come down to the premium package prices, not counting your hotel/motel bills and alcohol expenses (they’re not free unless you buy them).
3. Rhythms of life.
Genres and Live acts.
You always need to check on this, unless you’re a try-sexual. While you like jazz, you may not like pop. Sometime you have to pay for some acts, and they let you choose. Then you’ll have to know what you’re going in for.
The only exception is when the performers list is full of super famous people.
4. Don’t get sloshed.
Don’t be that kid who keeps asking everyone if he or she has a peg or whatever.
Go with your gang. Carry/buy your own stuff. Do not tag chicks with your goods, unless she shows an interest in hanging out with you first.
Please know your limits; this will be a cool event, and people will hear about stuff. So mind it, friend.
5. Find your consort!
Look decent. No one will want to hook up with a guy who can’t talk (in English) properly or is so drunk that he can’t stand, or for that matter so ill-mannered you think he ran away from prison. Unless she feels that he is, like, super hot or cute; if she thinks you’re not, please don’t give dialogues.
Be a gentleman. Ask the lady, don’t grope her or pounce on her without permission, or kiss her just ‘coz you think she’s high enough to not fight back. And it’s totally cool to say,” hey I think you’re totally hot, do you wanna spend the night with me/make out for a bit/have a quickie?”
If she says no, please don’t make a scene or be a spoil sport. Everyone’s here to have fun.
Bring your girlfriend. She probably is the only person who might be willing to hook up with you.
Please don’t try anything if you’re too high; we don’t want you to vomit all over the place.
No ménage-a-trois or gang bangs, unless EVERY MEMBER who will be involved has consented explicitly; and use a safety word, otherwise you’ll end up going to prison.
6. Dress up for the gig.
Dance floor etiquette.
The dance floor is not a place to grope people. Please, please, please, Practice before you get here; no one wants to see dad or aunty moves. While skimpy clothes are okay, please do not feel the need to come topless or in a getup that might give your co-dancers easy access. Shoes: don’t wear anything you cannot dance like a pro in. Perfumes are a necessity, not a luxury. Overuse is safer than smelliness. No smelly feet please. Do whatever you need to do. Don’t come there drunk enough to decorate the floor with puke or something else.
7. There’s no placebo around, take care!
Know how much you can consume, or you run the risk of getting giddy (really loud heart-thumping music) or short of breath. Asthma and other people with ENT issues, come prepared with inhalers and stuff, and keep them on you always. No heels, unless you’re a veteran. There are loos everywhere, if worse comes to worse, and letting it out is better than keeping it in. Come earlier and know where what is, at the location. Loos, chill zones, food stalls, etc.
8. Paint the musical note.
Activities and projects.
Most extended music fests tend to offer stuff other than the usual music and drinks. Some will have really cool activities too. Like art and craft works, or live contests and dance offs for new talent and regulars, or fashion shows. Literary and tech or geek events may be on the list too. They might not be free. So come prepared.
Some packages offer two-three free activities. The same goes for drinks and food. The dance floors are generally included in all packages, but make sure you know what you get for your cash.
Who can you take along?
No one under 18, and 18 to 20 with an older member, in fact, 21 and above would be more appropriate. No one over 60; the loud music is a killer.
10. Eat right
Stocking up on supplies.
You generally have to pay, like it was mentioned earlier. They might offer free snacks but don’t depend on that.
11. Be Casual
For the rich and famous.
There will be cops on call, but to be safe, take at least two bodyguards in mufti with you (a head); people will try to touch you and shit, like you’re Jesus. So be prepared for stupid stuff. On the plus side, the younger generations will be well behaved around you. The organizers will be more than willing to give you escorts to help you out, but still, keep the two guards also.
12. Don’t nag that celeb
What to do when you see someone famous?
Asking for autographs is not cool unless they explicitly host a session, by announcing it, and stuff. They’re here to have fun too, so please don’t mess things up. There is absolutely no need for a Kendal Jenner fiasco. Please do not feel the need to confess your love, or cuss at them when they are given more attention. They are well-deserving of that attention. Please be civil.
They’re not leprechauns, touching them will not give you good luck or a pot of gold, nor is it decent behavior. Also, you will be kicked off the premises if you do that. Or sued if a CCTV cam catches you. Do not grope them. Refer to the point above. Do not engage in conversation with them unless they start it. There is no need to accent your speech with slang when you talk to them.
So hopefully this extensive list will help you prepare for the onslaught.