Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Why I Never Attend Music Festivals

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Clubmasters | Dress: H&M* | Sneakers: Adidas Gazelle*

I am a huge music fan. I love live music and summer concerts. However, when it comes to music festivals, I have to admit that they’re not really for me. In fact, I’ve never been to one either. That tends to come as a shock to some as music festivals are a pretty big deal where I’m from. Every cool kid goes to the annual, infamous Roskilde Festival just outside of Copenhagen.

Granted, music festivals look and sound amazing. Who wouldn’t enjoy music, fun, and good company in the sun?! As I keep asking myself that particular question, I have admit that I have a hard time believing that the festivals can live up to the fairytale image which is being sold to hopeful festivalgoers.

I believe that music festivals are a worldly phenomenon that has become a rite of passage for my generation. If you want to be “someone” or want to maintain a cool image, it's a given that you should be attending music festivals. While I, in theory, could be just another common festivalgoer I've decided not to because I don’t believe in that mindset when people think they're above the average millennial just because they associate themselves with a random youth subculture. There’s no way in hell I’ll ever go to a music festival just be a cool and edgy millennial and let me tell you why...

#1. The Hygiene

The first thing I have to highlight is, in my case, plays a crucial part in my opinion of music festivals;  the hygiene and ESPECIALLY the toilet facilities. That’s just a big fat NO from me. I can't wrap my head around the fact that you are sleeping in an overheated tent in a pool of mud and other people's bodily fluids. I panic just by the thought of waking up to the sound of someone vomiting on my tent which, according to my festival obsessed friends, happens quite often. Because the hygiene becomes such a huge issue, I've heard about people getting a eye infections from the evaporation of urine (because people don't want to use the toilets). I don't blame people for not using the toilets though. I wouldn't want to use a dirty, portable toilet either when the chances of someone tipping it over is that high.

#2. My Overshadowing and Totally Realistic Fear of Dying

I remember back in 2000, a few people were stomped to death at a Pearl Jam concert at Roskilde Festival. Although I would expect the safety to have been improved since that incident, the massive crows at music festivals are always going to be there. Everyone is there to listen to the same band, and everyone wants a spot where they can see. Sometimes, people behave like animals when alcohol and their favorite band is involved and I'm not ready to die just yet.

#3. The Inaccessible and Overpriced Food

You're in line for ages while you're incredibly hungover and then, to top it all off, you're being totally overcharged for a bottle of water and an average hot meal. Sometimes, you reach the end of the line you're told that they're out of that one specific meal that you have been craving all morning. I'm wiping nervous sweat of my forehead as I'm writing this. In all fairness, the price point at festivals are kind of a given as it is with any event... YAY, capitalism!!

These are the three reasons as to why I don't attend music festivals. Of course I know that the pros outweigh the cons in the long run, but I just really like to complain about stuff. If you choose to go to any music festivals bearing all of this in mind, I applaud you!

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