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I am currently the reigning Lord Commander of Struggle Town. I'm on day two of my hangover, my voice is hoarse, have random bruises all over my body, a sunburnt face and the arches of my feet feel like they're shattered and scream in pain every step that I take. Somehow I need to make it through the day at work, but I had a fucking wicked weekend at Groovin The Moo!

As I've gotten older I care less about the music and more about the good times and bonding that go along with festivals. This is our third or forth GTM in a row and each time it's been with great people and just had a fantastic atmosphere throughout.

I smuggled in half a litre of 80% hooch despite the police presence, bag searching, pat downs and shirt lifting at the front gate. The trick is to assess the situation and get in the line for the guy who doesn't give a single fuck about his job, avoiding the ones that go on power trips by touching your dick and confiscating your happy-juice. Going in the bags line without a bag and playing dumb by giving your ID/ticket to any security that looks at you sideways always helps too.

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/snarl

I was wearing my kickass purple dragon onesie which pretty much lets you get away with murder when stomping through crowds and pushing your way to the front, but also seems to get you a shit load of attention from people wanting to get a photo with Spyro *groan*. I had people jump-tackling and striking up conversations with me throughout the night too which was a different experience than people giving me a wide berth. We also had a giraffe and cow oneies in our group of ~13 people which made it a bit easier to find out of a crowd.

Some cunt also lifted by sunnies which made me furiously smash my fist into my recently bought nachos, spraying everyone around me with sour cream and melted cheese. Dragon suit probably saved my ass there as I just stormed off and cleaned up. Stacey found me some hippy-ass glasses on a drink fountain that I'm now wearing until I can buy some more Ray Bans duty free in a month. I'm not sure if I look like Elton John or Leon The Professional in them, but I don't really care either way.

Illy completely dominating his set with hit after hit around lunch time, but Dizzee Rascal had the entire festival busting out and singing along with his high-energy-and-chav-accent-man. BO BO BO BO BO BO BONKERS DAANANANANANANNANANANA. Goddamn. But it was Parkway Drive that destroyed me. I was in the middle of the mosh pit for the whole set, a huge hulking purple dinosaur flailing his limbs around like a goddamn crazy person. At the end of it I was drenched in sweat, doubled over and panting like a dog, feeling invigorated and with a renewed love for metal.

Saw Willy (the Twelvian, not the gentials) there too which was good to catch up, what were your highlights mate?

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In about a month I'll be at Glastonbury in Europe which should be fucking amazing. The Full Lineup just got released with Metallica, Fatboy Slim, Massive Attack and a gajizzilion other acts.


What about you?

Been to any gigs or festivals lately?

Planning for any in the future?

Getting too old for this shit?

Goddamn kids and their doof doof music?
Fork
willy wrote:
This happened on the weekend.

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Heh nice, today I realised I didn't take a single fucking photo all weekend.

Note: Sorry Pete, lost your post in the dumbass forum mod tools while moving some shit around.
Darkshaunz
Nice picture, looks like you lads had fun.

I don't know much about festivals, but I imagine people drink lots of alcohol, rock out to music and then pass out from having too much of a good time.

Also, I'm pretty sure there's always "That one idiot" that takes it all too far and his face explodes from doing drugs whilst chugging alcohol.

The closest thing I've been to would be an animu convention, where people don't drink alcohol, don't rock out, but pass out from the stench of unwashed neckbeards.
Spoon
Darkshaunz wrote:
Also, I'm pretty sure there's always "That one idiot" that takes it all too far and his face explodes from doing drugs whilst chugging alcohol.

90% of the people at festivals are that one idiot
Fork
Bah, you just gotta go with the flow.

I did see some guy get repeatedly punched in the head within 5 minutes of walking through the gate though which was pretty hilarious, moreso the fact that it occurred right out the front of the First Aid tent which seemed appropriate.
Neifelheim
Darkshaunz wrote:
Nice picture, looks like you lads had fun.

I don't know much about festivals, but I imagine people drink lots of alcohol, rock out to music and then pass out from having too much of a good time.

Also, I'm pretty sure there's always "That one idiot" that takes it all too far and his face explodes from doing drugs whilst chugging alcohol.

The closest thing I've been to would be an animu convention, where people don't drink alcohol, don't rock out, but pass out from the stench of unwashed neckbeards.


My experience is that it's incredibly hard to get drunk at concerts/festivals as to obtain sufficient quantities of alcohol you face a number of challenges,

1. Only mid strength alcohol is served - Really XXXX or Tooheys Red is not going to get you drunk any time soon.

2. Massive Fucking lines....you sober up while waiting in the 30 deep line and miss 1/2 your favorite act.

3. 2 Drinks per person at a time. Mays well skull it while she hands you your change and return to the back of the line and sip on your other drink till you can you make your 2 drinks per person purchase again.

4. Plastic cups makes you feel like your at a fucking 3 year old b'day party.


Those factors alone are a pretty strong incentive to drop some colourful pills if you want to get off your face.
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Neifelheim wrote:
Darkshaunz wrote:
Nice picture, looks like you lads had fun.

I don't know much about festivals, but I imagine people drink lots of alcohol, rock out to music and then pass out from having too much of a good time.

Also, I'm pretty sure there's always "That one idiot" that takes it all too far and his face explodes from doing drugs whilst chugging alcohol.

The closest thing I've been to would be an animu convention, where people don't drink alcohol, don't rock out, but pass out from the stench of unwashed neckbeards.


My experience is that it's incredibly hard to get drunk at concerts/festivals as to obtain sufficient quantities of alcohol you face a number of challenges,

1. Only mid strength alcohol is served - Really XXXX or Tooheys Red is not going to get you drunk any time soon.

2. Massive Fucking lines....you sober up while waiting in the 30 deep line and miss 1/2 your favorite act.

3. 2 Drinks per person at a time. Mays well skull it while she hands you your change and return to the back of the line and sip on your other drink till you can you make your 2 drinks per person purchase again.

4. Plastic cups makes you feel like your at a fucking 3 year old b'day party.


Those factors alone are a pretty strong incentive to drop some colourful pills if you want to get off your face.


It's not quite that bad over here, but if you were to get drunk and stay drunk legally you would need a drinks budget in excess of $200 per person. On top of the already ridiculous ~$200 ticket and food/merchandise/accommodation/petrol, that's one fucking expensive day/weekend.

Smuggling additional booze or drugs in is really the only way to go if you don't want to be sober. In before someone preaches "you don't need to be fucked to have fun"..

Another annoying thing is these days you don't buy the booze with cash. You buy different coloured tickets with cash at one tent, then redeem the tickets for booze at a different one. I guess this is to speed the purchases up, but it's annoying as you need to line up twice to get a drink the first time. Usually if you walk an extra 10 meters you'll find 'bartenders' with no lines at all, while the sheep are flocked 15 people deep near the entrances. Retards.

It was $11 for a purple ticket which got you a can of Captain Morgan, Bulleit Bourbon or J+B with an appropriate mixer. Each clocked in at 1.5 standard drinks so it wasn't too bad. I still bought a fair amount of drinks, but add a bit extra so they're super potent and you can nurse it for a while with your buzz/shitface on.

If you return your can you get $1 cash back or trade a bunch in for another ticket, so there's scabs running all over the place with garbage bags that must be making a killer profit. Two girls in our group ended up spending less than $20 each in total for the whole day because they were collecting a bunch of cans every now and then. Not really a bad way to go, but I'd prefer to focus on other things than being a garbage man.
Hunterbob
Another reason why Groezrock is still the best festival I've been to.

Not only is it the biggest (and probably most organised) punk rock festival in Europe, you can bring your own booze to the campsite, which is pretty close by unless you have a campervan, which then, is only a 10 minute walk. People take trolleys with them to bring in a few slabs (48, not 24), as well as their camping gear of course.

I haven't been to a gig in a long fucking time and I think it might have even been last years Groezrock (March 2013). I'm in a bit of a boring patch at the moment and have had to get my feet back under me in terms of funds/stability and I'm hanging out for some good gigs to come. I'm glad Melbourne gets good bands touring too!
Melg
I love festivals but never go to them often enough due to lack of people to go with. I dont really have any friends in Melbourne anymore so finding people to come to festivals with me is tough. Ive been to Future this year which was amazing but ended up going alone. Its just not the same as going with a bunch of amazing friends.

Ive got a ticket for Stereosonic which Im going to go to alone again if I dont end up finding anyone. I find EDM festivals are okay by yourself because I just get a few drinks and get lost dancing to the music.

Although I agree with Neif about trying to get drunk off the stuff they provide for purchase, its a pretty big mission. But Im not savvy enough to sneak anything in, youll have to give me some tips Simon.

I would love to experience Falls and Splendour at least once and Glastonbury and Coachella are definitely high on my bucket list.
willy
Fork you were pretty drunk. I drank all day but didn't achieve your level of frivolity. I made $95 on can returns though!!
Spoon
I still find it so strange that this popular comedic actor went into a [successful] rap career but he certainly seems to be an entertaining performer. I would definitely go see him live
Fun
Had a friend see him recently and said it was probably the best live performance he's ever seen, and he's seen a lot. I figured that while his recorded stuff is pretty good, he wouldn't kill it live.

Appears I am very wrong.
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