Post by quartermass on Mar 20, 2008 15:39:50 GMT -5
1. since we're about eight hours away, can we show up the night before? i read on the camping message board yesterday that you could, but i'm a bit confused. is it free? where would you purchase the additional night? do you have to clear the campground immediately after the final act? and what time was that last year?
You can come the night before (Friday night), and pay for the single night at the gate. It isn't free, but will be the same as a regular night. So if you buy the three day pass (all they have for sale), you would come Friday and pay for Friday, and your pass gives you Sat, Sun and Mon nights. The festival will end around Midnight-1am on Monday, and you can sleep there and leave Tuesday in the morning-ish (Anyone know when they kick you out?)
2. does anyone have any general camping advice? i tried to get my friends to splurge for the premium, but it was a no-go (we're volunteers with americorps, so i guess i understand). is it just a giant party all day and night?
General camping is not as bad as some (me) have made it out to be. Just make sure to bring earplugs and maybe some Tylenol PM to sleep. Party will be insane on the Friday night, but dies out as the days go on. Premiere camping sold out the first day.
3. how closely are you inspected when you get into the music area? since there's no re-entry, should we bring packs with food/drink/clothes? is there a place to leave packs without getting them swiped? are the drinks inspected to be ensured they are alcohol free? do people even care that much?
Inspections differ by lineup. Someone on this board said to look for the quick moving line with a younger person, as the inspections are less intense. Definitely bring a pack (include at least: a warm sweater for night as it can get fucking cold, rain poncho).
If they see you in the inspection with an "opened" bottle, you will have to pour it out, so I think that is what you mean. Last year I smuggled in tonnes of beer, but your results may vary. It is pretty laid back (people are drinking all day all around the venue), but I've seen people kicked out (mostly for pot infractions), and I've seen a few of the security staff act anything but laid back. So: it depends).
4. do vendors take credit cards?
I am pretty sure that some of them do, but not all. They have ATM's there if you run out of $$$.
5. do you have any suggestions of what to bring besides the obvious?
Post by quartermass on Mar 17, 2008 9:36:46 GMT -5
Untill we have a proper FAQ, please use this thread for general questions you have about your first time going to Sasquatch. Also, if it isn't your first time, try and answer as many questions as you can!
Post by quartermass on Feb 24, 2008 12:41:27 GMT -5
Hey Fellow Calgarian!
- Some tips: Go through the Cranbrook boarder crossing, and not the one at Coutts. We did Coutts last year because one in our party was "concerned" about being able to cross the boarder (which turned out to be a non-issue), and Coutts is a lot closer in case we had to turn back. Turns out it added like 6 hours to the trip because the highways across Montana are BRUTAL.
- Pony up for the Premiere camping. It is worth the money.
- Come dressed for the following range in temperatures: -50C to +50C. That is exaggerating a little, but in 2005 people were fainting from heat; 2006 people were soaking because of the rain; Last year on Sunday it was Hot in the morning (so everyone was dressed for Summer) but the afternoon turned violently windy and people everywhere were very, very cold.
- If you do Premiere camping, it is easier to smuggle in your own beer. The one thing I remember them selling are those Mini-kegs of Heineken's, which can be purchased anywhere along the way for 1/4 of what they sell them for at the show. Once you have purchased one, you are free to walk anywhere with it (no Beer gardens), so it is easy to pull one out of your bag and blend in.
- If you get a spot on the rockface (you will know what I am talking about when you see it), lay out some towels and that is your spot for the day!
- The stages are really close together - you can get from one to the next in less than five minutes. There are going to be three stages - Yeti (smallest, crappiest sounding) - Wookie (midsized, pretty good) - and the Main stage (which is amazing, giant screens, beautiful backdrop). There is also going to be a Comedy tent, though not sure where that is going to be).
- On your way back, all the Calgarians stop at the Humptys in Cranbrook. Fun!
Post by quartermass on Feb 13, 2008 18:25:50 GMT -5
I was debating on bringing my 9 year old son this year, but I decided against it because - a) night time can get a little wild b) I still remember sitting next to a couple who brought a 6 year old and an 8 year old, and throughout the day it became clear that both the parents and the children were miserable. I think they may have been the only kids I saw the whole festival (other than "Drunk kid" - a 10 year old kid who looked soooo dirty, and who was completely drunk and "battle rapping" people, who had formed a circle around him yelling "DRUNK KID! DRUNK KID!").