I got lucky.
Nicole had an extra ticket to Music Midtown, an annual music festival in Atlanta (Piedmont Park, to be exact), and she was nice enough to let me tag along. This may or may not shock you, but large crowds of people aren’t usually my thing. Also, I’m not typically a fan of musicians, but rather, certain songs (and it’s not just stuff you hear on the radio, either). Butch Walker would probably be the exception. However, I can appreciate a good show, and I had confidence that I’d have fun with a great friend.
It was difficult to pick between the shows, but we made our choices and I think we made the right decisions:
Iggy Azalea (for a minute)
Lorde (for a minute)
Third Eye Blind
B.o.B. (for a minute)
Fitz and the Tantrums
Lana del Ray
By far, Fitz and the Tantrums was my favorite. They put on such a good show! I was a little hesitant to see Jack White instead of John Mayer (I had a John Mayer hater with me), but Jack White put on an awesome show, too.
This whole experience was new for me. Obviously, someone like Helene would be able to tell you exactly what to do at, where/bring to a music festival, but I figured I could share what my n00b, crowd-hating self learned at Music Midtown anyway!
Closed toe shoes are a good idea. I know wearing strappy sandals are the thing to do, but with the amount of traffic in the park, if there is any moisture on the ground (and I hear the lack of available bathrooms made this an issue last year), it will get really gross really quickly. Do you really want all that squishing in between your toes? I don’t. I wore Toms.
If your hair is really long, you should keep it to yourself. Because the crowd is a little close together and if you flip it around while you’re dancing or trying to cool off your neck, it will end up in someone’s mouth, and I can’t guarantee that person won’t be disgusting.
Bring your own toilet paper. Just go ahead and stuff it in whatever bag you managed to bring (you should bring a bag), and save it for later when there’s no more in the porta potties. I know you want to make friends while you’re in line, but don’t share it. You’ll need it.
For goodness’ sake, wear cotton. It will absorb the sweat better than your bandeau bra. But hey, if looking like a ’90s flower child is more important than comfort, by all means…
It’s cool if you want to sit on the ground, but there are a few things you shouldn’t put on the ground. Mostly your hands, your phone, your full drink, your nachos, and your purse. Because all of those things will be stepped on and the person who did it will not only feel like a jerk, but have nacho cheese between their toes because they didn’t follow my first piece of advice.
You might want to meet up with your friends, but you won’t be able to send a text. Or a snapchat. Or instagram. Because there are too many people in one place trying to do all of those things. This is also the reason that I took a wrong turn while trying to walk home and ended up near Georgia Tech instead. Whoooops. Good thing I have a Tim to call.
Have you ever been to a music festival? Tell me if you had the same kind of experiences I did!