So…it was good. But I think there are some things:
- VIP isn’t worth it unless you’re with someone who pees a lot. Knowing you don’t have to wait in the line for the bathroom at a busy event is a nice luxury. The A/C lounge had it been actually hot all three days might have been useful too. But for the way I do festivals — that is to say, barely — it wasn’t as useful.
- Don’t show up late on Day 1 like I did, because they’ll fuck up your pass and end up giving you the wrong one, so you don’t even get into the VIP deal. If you can’t take the time to go for most of it, don’t bother or else, you miss out.
- The venue was cool enough and it was a good excuse for me to get to check it out.
- Many of the artists are bands that I’d have liked to see in a smaller venue. I’m just a smaller venue kind of guy, this just confirmed it. Plus, a lot of them I’d seen already.
- Festivals by yourself in a place that isn’t conducive to meeting new people just isn’t the best look. I felt like a surly old man for a good part of it & it’s because being at the event just compounded how much I’m sort of sick of being by myself in these new places.
I left Wyoming to go someplace familiar and it just so happened I had someone there waiting for me. That didn’t work out, of course, but…I left because I actually had an opportunity to do other things. In retrospect, I think probably should’ve been less skittish about getting “something” when I took this and should’ve been more discerning because there were other possibilities and places I’d have liked more.
My friends were right about some observations they made prior to this and now I’m doing it and wondering what the hell I should do next.
Rock and roll man, so many feels.