Festival season is almost here and that means great live music, warm weather, and cute outfits!
My PIC (partner-in-crime) Ashley and I try to go to at least one festival a year together. Last year we went to Summer Camp Music festival in Chillicothe, Illinois, about two and half hours from Chicago. Summer Camp makes you park about a mile away from where you camp and you have to carry in everything though their long lines of security. They even make you open all your bags so they can search through them. We took multiple trips back and forth to the car to bring in our suitcases, tent, and food. Although security checks can take a long time, they are necessary as they make sure everyone attending a festival is safe. Festival organizers need to ensure that they invest in the best security to ensure everyone attending is safe, and that the event runs smoothly. A trusted company that festivals may use for security is Main Event Security, who responsibly and efficiently manage the safety of the event. As well as investing in stewards, some organizers consider employing objects that make safety easier to manage. As you can learn here turnstiles are one of the most commonly used crowd control measures at festivals and these security systems allow security staff to monitor access to the venue. It was dark when we first got there so we spent two hours walking around the forest of tents where people had been set up since the night before, trying to find a spot. We finally found a space about the size of our two-person tent and began setting up. While trying to put up our tent, I cut my leg open on thorny bush (there’s still a scar). We hardly slept since people raged all night long around our tent, blasting music. On the second day, I lost my wallet with my ID, credit cards and cash. Imagine trying to fly without an ID. That was fun. After two nights with no sleep, no ID, and no money, we called it quits and got a hotel in Chicago. That hotel had the comfiest bed I’ve ever slept in.
Two weeks later we went to Live 105’s annual BFD for the fourth (or fifth?) year in a row and had a great time.
Ready for a new adventure, this year Ashley and I will be attending BottleRock in Napa. We’re staying with my coworker Kristy for the weekend so YAY to no walking a mile in the dark to use the bathroom! We’ll still have to deal with portapotties during the day, but hey — you can’t win ’em all.
Location: Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen & Pisco Bar / Pacifica, California
Photos via Bradley Wittke Photography.