Jam Band Festivals
Written by DeepJams on January 12, 2015
Advice for Attending Jam Band Festivals
For those who have never attended a musical event in general, let alone a multiple day festival, jam band festivals might seem a bit intimidating. With some of the most dedicated fans, these festivals are quite an experience. Usually including three nights of unrivaled concert experience, and these events are what people look forward to, and never want to end. Although the focus of these concerts is the music, there is an opportunity for the culture of jam bands and their fans to come front and center.
With talents like Gov’t Mule, The Dead, Phil and Friends, Allman Bros Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dave Mathews Band, Widespread Panic, The String Cheese Incident, and KDog Band bringing fans closer together, it is no wonder that campgrounds at these festivals often feel like tightly-knit communities. There are; however, a few things to remember when it comes to attending these events:
-Bring toilet paper! Being awake into the wee hours of the morning means using the bathroom at odd times. Chances are the portable bathrooms have not been restocked with toilet paper before 9am. Having a personal roll or two of toilet paper could make you a hero amongst your friends, and even help you make some new friends throughout the campground.
-Bring a tarp! If the weather suddenly becomes an issue, a tarp can easily be used to cover a tent from the rain and keep whoever and whatever is inside dry and warm. Tarps can also be strung from trees in order to create a shaded or dry area if the conditions are unfriendly.
-Pack plenty of water and extra food! There are vendors at most festivals selling water and assorted foods, but they usually close at fairly normal business hours. It is crucial to bring a good amount of water as dehydration is a main cause of injury at music festivals in general.
With these tips in mind, remember that the most important part of jam band festivals is to have fun and appreciate the talent of those performing. There are plenty of opportunities to experience jam band festivals first hand, including some large scale events such as Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Govt Mule’s Island Exodus, High Sierra Music Festival, Jam Cruise, Winter Wondergrass, California Roots Festival, Summer Camp, Lock’n Festival, and the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. With so many chances, it may be time to experience a festival atmosphere by starting a new annual tradition, or continuing an old one by making a trek to one of these shows.
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