Surviving Music Festivals

Random photo of me and Montreal's Honheehonhee

Canadian Music Week was keeping me busy last week, hence the lack of blog posts. This year, I didn’t want to bother any of my Toronto friends with crashing on their couches so I commuted back and forth. I was kind of like Cinderella, disappearing to catch the last bus at 1:20am. I’m pretty exhausted but here is how I survived the past week.

Wear Comfortable Shoes
I may be wear cute outfits sometimes to concerts, but I’m keeping my running shoes on. I walked all across town each night and I think the only reason I am still able to walk is thanks to my shoes. Girls, those heels may be sexy, but you’ll regret it by the end of the night.

Bring Water and Snacks
Sometimes when you’re running around, there isn’t time to eat a great meal (or it’s too expensive). Snacks can help keep you fueled. I had granola bars, water, Reese Puffs cereal. The entire time at CMW, I was only asked to throw away my water once (at Lee’s Palace). It’s pretty important to stay hydrated.

Do Your Research
Know what bands you want to see and when they are playing. Having an idea of where you are going to be, and having back up plans make things run so much smoother. You end up covering a lot of ground instead of wasting time the night of figuring out where to go. If it’s a festival like CMW, plan venues that are easy to get to or at least, how you are going to get to one farther away. Will you do half sets? etc. Also, research who the band is. I made the mistake of seeing completely random bands without research and one of them ended up being a guy pressing play in iTunes.

Make Friends
I go to a ton of shows by myself, but I don’t mind. There is always friendly people and some that recognize me from twitter. Chances are, they are a music lover or a fan of the same band so chatting and connecting is pretty easy!

Bring a Book
Well, this is optional but as a commuter, I had some downtime with nothing to do between meetings and when concerts started.

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