10 Things to Know Before Setting Foot in a Music Festival

Going to any music festival is an adventure. Thousands of people gather to see dozens of the hottest artists playing several different stages at the same time. Here at clubZone, many of us have learned the hard way how NOT being prepared for a music festival sucks, and we don’t want you to suffer like we did. Here are 10 tips to help you  avoid the pitfalls and be ready to have an amazing time.

#10 Comfortable shoes are a must. You’re going to walk. A lot. From the minute you park your car (possibly miles and miles away from the campsite) it is going to be nonstop walking: jumping from stage to stage, grabbing drinks, heading for the bathroom. And it can always rain, so wear shoes that will protect you from the mud (and that you don’t mind getting a little dirty).

#9 Going to the bathroom is a marathon. Chemical bathrooms (portable toilets) are a piece of work. No matter how many they put in the venue, there will never be enough. Expect long lines, no toilet paper in sight, sticky floors (with who knows what on them), and a not-so-pleasant smell. (It always makes you wonder about whether or not you should have the next beer). Pro tip: Avoid the lines by going before the next big act goes on, or five minutes before your artist is set to end their performance.

#8 You’re going to lose your friends. This usually happens when you’re out to get a drink at the bar, or hurrying to the bathroom thinking, “I’ll be right back.” No, you won’t. And you probably won’t see your friends until the next artist comes onstage, if you’re lucky. These places are usually far, far away from the madness you and you’re friends are, and it’s not easy to spot a familiar face with thousands of people jumping up and down in front of you, especially after that third drink. Pro tip: Make sure you always bring one friend along to join you in any of these excursions, so you’ll at least have each other until you meet back up with your group.

#7 You will make new friends. Festivals open up a whole new world, making it very easy to make friends with random people. Maybe you walk and stumble upon them…you spill a drink, apologize, and BAM–the conversation starts flowing. Or you wait in line for a drink for 20 (long) minutes, and you click over how hard it is to get served in this place (“I know, right?”) Or you freak out about how awesome that DJ is, and the person right next to you is their no. 1 fan, too. There are endless possibilities.

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#6 It’s essential to bring a backpack. You’re going to spend the day (or longer) partying hard. Pack your bag with the essentials: a tent, shirt, towel, bottle of water, SUNSCREEN, and toilet paper. If you have no idea where to begin, ask your experienced friends what they usually bring with them. We can’t stress enough how essential is to check the rules for each event before you leave. Sometimes, you can carry a small bottle of water and a few snacks, while other times these items get confiscated. So check their website beforehand. Pro tip: Pack light, because you’re going to be carrying this weight everywhere with you.

#5 Mind your booze ingestion. There’s nothing worse than getting drunk to the point of missing all the fun–or being the party pooper and ruining everyone else’s. Drink moderately, and be sure to have plenty of water in between.

#4 Get the early-birds. The ticket prices increase absurdly as it comes closer to the event, so nab the tickets as soon as they go on sale. That way, you can spend the rest of your money on all the overpriced beer to keep you pumped. Pro tip: Check to see if you can grab pre-sale tickets; you’ll save even more usually.

#3 Read about the event before going. Again, these places are huge, and there are several artists playing at the same time on different stages that are far away from each other. Decide which performances you want to attend before you get there. This will make your life so much easier. Also, there’ll be plenty of other activities taking place onsite. Many of them have hidden gems, such as promotional areas, massage parlors, relaxing lounges, and art expositions. Go explore!

#2 Leave the headliners earlier. Yeah we know who you’re coming to see, and that you struggled 40 minutes just to get THIS close to the stage. But so will everyone else around you. And when the main act finishes the last song, everyone will want to leave at the same time. The result? CHAOS. People pushing you, stumping on your feet… and if you haven’t lost your friends by now, you will at this point. If they’re the last performance, the exit queue will be even worse. So be smart and leave before the sky falls down and you lose your cool.

#1 Put away your phone. Don’t be the douche putting your arms up and disturbing everyone behind you with your phone or tablet every five seconds. Taking a few pictures every once in a while is cool, but don’t make this your priority. Keep in mind the best experiences aren’t captured on film–live in the moment. Music festivals are liberating experiences when done right, so  enjoy your time!

Carolina Galli

Snapchat Launches New ‘Our Story’ Feature At Electric Daisy Carnival This Weekend

If you’re a big fan of sharing your best party moments with your friends on social media, you’re going to love this brand new event-based feature on Snapchat.

Last October, the app unveiled ‘Snapchat Stories’, a feature that allowed users to share snaps with anyone they’re connected to on the app for 24-hours. ‘Your Story’ was a huge success and now they’re stepping up their game for music lovers and concertgoers.

While these stories have always been shared on a personal level – you would send your snaps only to your own personal contacts, this new feature allows several users that are in the same location to share the snaps collectively and publicly. Much like a twitter hashtag.

Snapchat is testing this new feature this weekend. It will be one big story that will collect video and photo memories from everyone who’s attending Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas this weekend. Snapchatters will be able to share their moments with ‘Our EDC Story’ – which will become one large story available to anyone who’s added the EDCLive Snapchat account.

According to their blog, It’s a way to experience the event even if you’re not there. “We built Our Story so that Snapchatters who are at the same event location can contribute Snaps to the same Story. If you can’t make it to an event, watching Our Story makes you feel like you’re right there!”. And, yes, Snapchat is providing free wi-fi during the event to make it happen.

This could be the next big thing for the app, as it might eventually allow users to check the events happening nearby and which stories they’d like to take part in – and therefore attract more and more Snapchatters in the future.

– Carolina Galli

Fatboy Slim Gives Brazil World Cup A Proper Soundtrack

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup kick-off less than 24 hours away, it’s time to choose the appropriate soundtrack. By now, you must have heard the official anthem – the unfortunate collaboration between J-Lo, Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte ‘We Are One (Ole Ola)’. The song has disappointed many, who claim it has a very generic sound and lack of Brazilian soul.

FIFA’s general secretary Jerome Valcke was specially outspoken about the inclusion of Claudia Leitte in the song, even though she only sings a couple of lines in the end of it. “In my many visits to this country I’ve seen and heard a lot about the great Brazilian music tradition and it gives me great pleasure to see a Brazilian artist at the heart of the song,” he said in January, during the official announcement.

We’re not convinced.

In case you’re one of those who are not very happy with this anthem, Fatboy Slim has come to save the day. The Brit has done his homework and curated a compilation in honor of the event with much more personality. “Given my love of Brazilian music, parties and football it is no surprise that with World Cup happening this year I want to share that love by providing a soundtrack for the summer, based on Brazilian music!”, claimed the artist.

Fatboy Slim Presents “Bem Brasil”, roughly translated as ‘Very Brazil’, gathers exclusive new productions plus remixes and edits from the likes of Nervo, Felguk and John Digweed. The artists work on some classic Brazilian songs from iconic Brazilian artists such as Gilberto Gil, Elis Regina and João Bosco, giving them a electronic touch.

“I believe Elis Regina is back to life in this remix. Her singing is so emotional. It was a lot of work because we couldn’t get some acapellas, but still, it was the best voice of them all”, Fatboy Slim told a Brazilian publication.

You can grab Fatboy Slim Presents ‘Bem Brasil’ album HERE and see for yourself who did a better job portraying Brazil.

Carolina Galli

Avicii Crowned Spotify’s Top Artist Under 25

If you had any doubts that EDM artists are the rock stars of the modern music industry, Spotify is here to shine a light on this matter again. The digital music streaming service has released their very first Top Artists Under 25 chart, listing the top 25 most-streamed young musicians on the website.

That does not come as a big surprise as the 24-year-old Swedish has broken almost as many records as he has spun. After braking  Spotify analised at hits that reached the number 1 spot, the volume and growth of streams and shares, and also viral charts success from 2013 to get the results.

There’s no doubt Avicii is a serial hit-maker. Ever since his blood-pumping hit “Lev7es” took over the world by storm and launched him into the mainstream music scene, he’s been unstoppable. His latest country-inspired anthem “Wake Me Up” stole the spotlight once again and was the most streamed song in all Spotify history. Avicii is also the first artist under 25 to reach the remarkable one billion streams on Spotify.

Completing the list are the expected popular pop stars: New Zealand singer-songwriter prodigy Lorde (2nd), the racy tongue-wagging American singer Miley Cyrus (3rd), British boy-wonders One Direction (4th) and willing-to-give-love-a-chance Taylor Swift (5th).

Check out the complete list with the #1 hit from each artist:

– Carolina Galli