Festival season is approaching, and although your social feeds will undoubtedly be humming with summer feelings, festivals are completely overrated. We’re so not ready for the same Snapchat stories we see every year, where a bunch of drunk people dance to deafening music, dressed in whatever counts as #festivalready this time around.
Ugh, the hate is real – here’s why.
The dreaded underage music festival
The worst are underage punters. They’re loud, pushy and try way too hard to convince themselves that they’re having a totally baller time.
When you enter any all-ages festival, you’ll pass underage kids sculling cruisers, stupidly close to the entry where the cops are stationed. Yet they’ll manage to slip in completely inebriated. And that déjà vu will be genuine when they take over your front-row seat for your favorite band’s performance. They’ll pretend to be “sorry” while stealing the ground from under you. The precise area where you gave up 30 minutes to avoid going to the toilet or queuing up to purchase nachos. Typical.
There are many wonderful individuals that attend festivals, but there is always that one idiot who wrecks it for everyone, even managing to irritate the musicians.
They’re usually found scaling the scaffolding to lunge a VB can at the bass player’s head. Perhaps they’re the one yelling for the next performer to come on while your favorites are performing.
They’re also the person who decides to tear off every inch of toilet paper and throw it on the wet floor of the port-a-loo. Nevertheless, it is more probable that they are the ones elbowing people in the back and attempting to cause a death pit while some nerdy British indie band performs.
Food is hella expensive
Even the most basic items are exorbitantly priced. How can cheese and chips masquerade as nachos for $10? And the saddest thing is, after a few hours you realise that you’re couped up like a caged chicken and you’ll have to settle for the mediocre grub because you can’t take the hunger anymore.
That means lining up for someone to pass you something that looks suspiciously pre-prepared while you miss another cool band onstage. Don’t get get us started on the portion size – it’s one that only fine dining establishments can get away with.
The lonely-drifter sitch
If you and your friends favor different music, you’re likely to spend the event alone. Since festival organizers aim to destroy our lives, they often put on the finest two performers, forcing us to choose between them. This implies there will be some frantic negotiating amongst your team, which will most likely fail once you arrive.
Then you’ll be left to meet up after the concert, with neither party knowing where to meet. Queue the flashbacks of being abandoned in the supermarket by your ‘rents when you were little.
Those people who need drugs to have a good time
Since the dawn of Woodstock there’s been ‘fakers’, who have no idea who’s playing but take festivals as their queue to get majorly smashed. They often make festivals seem a little terrifying, particularly when it gets dark and they’re on an aggressive mission to get to the stage.
If you can’t enjoy the festival without drugs or huge quantities of booze, and intend to become drunk enough to be belligerent, you’re the reason why so many of us have given up on festivals for good.
Festivals may seem spectacular at first glance, but they are not worth the hype. Unlike remaining in bed and drinking copious amounts of coffee to watch Jessica Jones. It seems like a fantastic night.
Are music festivals worth it?
It all depends on what you are really passionate about. If you’re just attending because all of your pals are, it may not be worth it. But if you daydream about the Coachella lineup when you should be working, then it might be an experience worth splurging on.
Is 27 too old for music festivals?
You’ll undoubtedly feel like you’re too old to go to a music festival at some time. Secondly, allow me to speak for a sizable proportion of those reading this when I exclaim, “Quarter-life crisis?!” Indeed, you are not too old to attend music festivals. That said, you’re never too young to feel old.
How much waste does a music festival produce?
Coachella, for example, may create up to 212,000 pounds of waste every day. With dozens of music festivals held worldwide each year, the quantity of garbage created by the industry may be immense. Yet, organizers may take essential efforts to limit their trash impact.
What are the negative impacts of festivals?
Numerous bodies of water are polluted by paint, harmful synthetic compounds, and carelessly discarded plastic garbage. Every year during festivals like Diwali or even during private celebrations and ceremonies, firecrackers are burned, leading to the release of toxic gases and severe air pollution.