With festival season basically HERE, I’m going to make a public service announcement: Don’t be a d*uche bag or a raging b*tch at a festival. To make this piece a little more PG 13, I’m just going to substitute the DB word and B word with the word meanie; because we all know that boys and girls can all be meanies. Tisk Tisk.
So here are some bullet points to watch out for!
- Don’t Push Through a Crowd
We have all see those trailers for festivals where there's a sea of people jumping up and down to the beat of the music under an array of light. So it makes sense to wanna get up in that action. Well if it’s a tight squeeze and you’re all the way in the back, please DON’T PUSH YOUR WAY UP! It’s seriously annoying when I’m trying to enjoy the moment and I get pushed out of my zone because some of someone’s greedy need to be in the front! You know what also makes you look more like an a-hole? When you stick an elbow out in front of you as you tear through the crowd. D*ck move. And I see you girl with her hand over her mouth pretending to throw up. You don’t really expect me to believe you’re throwing up when you’re moving up to the stage while holding someones hand. If you really need to move through (the now angry people) at a festival, just say excuse me or move around them; don’t just bulldoze through!
Do you have to get in the festival before everyone else? Well, we all got up early to stand in line. Just because you don’t feel like getting in line like a normal person, please don’t cut the line. Who’s that you’re waving to in the front? Is that a long lost friend that you haven’t seen in awhile so you have to get in line with them? Oh never mind, you were just waving to blank space to move up. Tisk tisk. I hope you fall down when you hop those railings. JK. Not really.
- Respect Each Other
Everyone is at a festival to have fun, so respect each other. No one is better than another person. Well, unless you’re Hitler or some kind of –ist, be kind to the people around you. It’s sad to see a group of people put down another group or another person. There are no freaks or weridos at a festival. The same can be said for bros and party girls. Try to learn from one another, walk in someone else's shoes. Life is much better when we all understand and respect each other. You can’t judge a book by its cover. Don’t start fights! This is pretty simple, but I think people forget sometimes. You’re at a festival that promotes peace and love, so don’t be that guy or girl. I’ve seen people get jump and dudes getting into fights for the stupidest of reasons. If you’re gonna get into a fight, do us all a favor and stay at home and listen to the livestream. Fists belong in the air, not on someone else's face.
- Sharing is Caring
Whether it’s gum or water, share it. Of course don’t give out everything and be a pushover, but if someone is in need of water or if that someone you're talking has breath That's kicking, then share some water or gum. I’ve only been to a few shows where my friends have been denied access to water. You could potentially be saving someones life. And girls, I know you like to dress to impress with your rave booty, but get a backpack or fanny pack to carry water or your wallet. I have a fanny pack at every festival, it’s not uncool.
- Don’t Steal!
It’s easy to pick up a near by sweater or take money out of a fallen wallet. Don’t do it. If you find something that’s not yours, turn it into the lost and found. It will all come back around.
- Don’t Vandalize
If a venue invited you to their home to party, do them a favor and not trash the place. Put those sharpies away, no one can read your crappy tagging anyways. Respect the venue so future events can happen again.
- Help Others
This is quite simple but people also forget about this. If someone needs help due to their inability to walk up and down stairs or it just looks like they're having a bad time, help them out. Lend a helping hand. Don’t forget about other peoples happiness when you’re trying to achieve your own. Also dudes, don’t use this as an excuse to creep. And girls, not all dudes are trying to creep. Let’s make sure that everyone is having fun.
It seems like what I’m laying out there is simple, but some people tend to forget about basic humane conduct at a festival. I know sometimes we get caught up with our own fun that we forget about respect and other people. I guess I could just preach PLUR, but this idea is not just restricted to EDM events. So play nice and don't be a meanie; or simply, don’t be a d. bag out there.
I graduated with a degree in College at SFSU. When I'm not writing for iHeartRaves, I'm scribbling away at Schulz Army and The Scene Is Dead. I'm just trying to navigate life one adventure at a time, all while trying to document a piece of my life for y'all with just the right amount of crazy. #SorryAsianParents