I love music festivals. I do. So many of my friends say they’re too old to go, or there are too many festivals, or the people who go are “unsavoury”. For me it’s about a big group of people loving music, loving life and having a good time.
This weekend is Groovin the Moo in Bunbury. Groovin the Moo is a regionally touring festival and brings together an awesome bunch of people. Each year there’s a couple of huge head liners and they always manage to ensure that the dance buffs, metal heads and indie kids are catered for.
Going to a regional event always presents some challenges so here is my step by step guide to making sure you have the time!
- I’ll get one when I’m there.
Don’t leave getting your ticket to the last minute and don’t buy off a scout down there. It’s a waste of time and money. There are usually tickets online until the day before and if you’re lost head to Gumtree. If you get there any you can’t get in, it’s not like you can just head home. You’re stuck in a regional part of Aus, and you know you’re already too pissed to drive home.
- Who needs to sleep?
There is nothing worse than getting to the end of the day realising you can’t find somewhere to sleep. I booked my accommodation for GTM this year on the day the dates were released. There is now no accommodation in Bunbury. I know I’ll be able to sleep in a comfortable bed, meaning I’ll be OK sitting in traffic for a couple of hours trying to get out of Bunbury. If you haven’t slept, you’ll feel much, much worse. Oh – and sleeping in your car is not an OK option.
- Where am I going?
This might seem like another no brainer but you need to know these things. If where you’re staying is too far to walk back to, you need to know if there are cabs in the town, and if so, how many. Bunbury for example has very very limited taxis but I know I can walk back to my accommodation. Breakfast the next day will also be make or break. Work out where’s good, where you want to eat and make sure you get there early enough to beat the rush. Or late enough that everyone has left to head home for the day.
Different towns are also lenient or harsh with different things. In some places having a drink while you walk to the venue won’t land you in trouble, in other places it might mean that you miss your new favourite hipster band that no one’s heard of. Just be aware that things can be different. I’ve almost been fined for jaywalking in small towns before. You don’t want a $200 fine on your way to loose your shit to Disclosure.
- Rain? But it’s a festival.
GTM is amazing, but it’s held at a different time of year to the main festivals. THINK ABOUT THIS. For example, there’s a 60% chance of rain on Saturday. Check the weather first and then dress for it. There’s nothing more depressing than seeing a drenched, drunk tween, shivering as she waits for a cab that doesn’t exist.
- Pre drinks?
Everyone loves a pre drink. I mean, who doesn’t want to smash back some voon before they head off to throw some shapes in a rainy dance pit? But don’t ruin your day, or your friends’ day because you smashed back too many before you left the house. Also, vomiting on someone is not cool.
Please don’t be a dick. You’re in someone else’s sleepy regional paradise. Please don’t dick around.
Remember, everyone else is there because they want to see all of these amazing bands, just like you. Just don’t be a dick.
Oh and dudes, keep your shirts on. No one wants to feel your damp skin rubbing against them in the most pit.
Follow these simple rules and you and all around will have a sweet, sweet time. See you in Bunners bitches!