With Hopscotch right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how your weekend will pan out. Though you’ll have a ton of fun regardless, just a bit of planning can take your Hopscotch to the next level. I’m here to give you a few things to think about as you take a look at this year’s schedule. Though this will be my first Hopscotch, I have been to Bonnaroo the last two years as well as the BUKU festival in New Orleans earlier this year. Hopefully you can learn a little from my past music festival successes and mistakes.
- Make a list of Must-sees and a list of want-to-sees
There’s probably a few names that jump out at you on the schedule as shows that you need to see. Make these shows must-sees. Then, make a list of other shows that you would like to see. It’s good to have these tiers in case one of your friends wants to see a different show at the same time. You can see how much each person really cares about seeing that band and make a decision based off of that.
2. Don’t follow your schedule too closely
Though it’s good to have a basic schedule of shows you want to see, don’t be afraid to branch out. Some of my favorite festival shows were spur-of-the-moment decisions inspired by the musical tastes of new friends. It’s also a great way to discover new music. Even if you don’t know the band now, they could be your favorite band in a year based off of a fantastic show.
3. Don’t get too drunk early in the day
There’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks at shows if you’re of age. Just be sure you’re not wasted at 7 o’clock. By 12 you’ll be in no state to go to any shows, let alone enjoy them. If you’re going to drink, start later in the night or pace yourself. You don’t want to be the guy passed out in an alley outside the venue.
4. Fight through the pain
At some point in the festival, it’ll be late at night and you and all of your friends will be dead tired. Someone will suggest you skip this one show and go back to the hotel or apartment because “Do we really need to see this band?” I know it’s tough but try to resist! When you think back to your weekend, are you going to remember that killer show or that extra hour of sleep? You can sleep when you’re dead. Hopscotch only comes around once a year. Make the most of it.
5. Enjoy yourself!
You’re at a music festival! Your job for the next few days is to have fun and see a lot of cool live music. Regardless of what happens, you’re going to have an unforgettable time. You’ll grow closer to old friends and meet new friends from across the state and country. You’ll see some of your favorite bands and discover some new ones. There’s nothing like it. Have a blast.