Music Festivals: Expectations vs. Reality

Music Festivals: Expectations vs. Reality

Expectation

You’ll walk into the festival looking like a real cool kid. No lines, just looks of admiration.

Reality

Very, very long lines. It feels like it’s never ending and you are hoping against hope that you aren’t going to miss your favorite artist.

Expectation

You’ll be in a crowd of fellow music-lovers. The crowd and you will be one and you will slowly glide your way to the front of the stage.

Reality

Either you are the only one that listens to this type of music or it’s so crowded and rowdy that you can barely see the person on stage. Instead, you get an elbow here, a kick there, a hand planted to the face, and a major headache.

Expectation

Dressing outrageously and a little out there is just the new thing. Fellow festival-goers will aspire to look as cool as you.

Reality

You’ll have people staring at you and wondering where in the world you got the idea that what you are wearing is great for a festival, let alone practical. Maybe the feathers weren’t a good idea. Never again.

Expectation

You’ll meet some really cool people. You guys will hit it off and be lifetime friends.

Reality

You meet the weirdest people you have ever seen. They toss their heads in weird ways that don’t even meet the rhythm of the music. Or they jump up and down and you wonder for a moment if they’re having a medical episode. Should you call 911?

Expectation

You are going to have a few drinks and have the time of your life with your best friends in the entire world. These are your people!

Reality

The drinks are so outrageously priced you’ll be stuck chugging water trying to pretend it’s something stronger.

Expectation

The scenery around you is breathtaking. It’s like a vacation and festival at the same time.

Reality

It’s dirty. There’s trash everywhere. You see people walking barefoot and worry for their sanity. Who knows what they might step in? And don’t even get me started on the port-a-potties.

Expectation

You’ll make memories you’ll cherish forever.

Reality

You know you had some good memories but the only thing you can really remember is that you are now broke. You wonder how many paychecks it will take you to get back on track. 

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