Artists I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing: 1. Azealia Banks 2. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs 3. Sigur Ros 4. The xx 5. Empire of the Sun 6. Toro Y Moi 7. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 8. DIIV 9. Bloc Party 10. EARL
Repeat offenders: 1. Japandroids 2. Grimes 3. Tame Impala 4. Vampire Weekend 5. Built to Spill
I had another dream a few nights ago: I ran into Rihanna at the Bigfoot stage and we started dancing and having a good time. She followed me back to my camp, and we hid in my tent, drank and smoked weed (her body guard waited patiently outside). When my friends arrived back at camp, she hid in a sleeping bag as one of them poked their head in the tent, but nobody asked about the bodyguard. Then Chris Brown calls her, she freaks and just takes off. Later, I see her performing with some dj guys at a different campsite.
General camping FOREVER! This year will be my fifth and I am a huge bitch when it comes to order, cleanliness, quiet time, etc. The first year I went I was 17 and only had a ticket for Sunday, but we went down and camped the whole festival and it was awesome. At the time I didn't drink or do drugs and it was still the best time. I did premium my second year and it wasn't worth it, the shower line was so ridiculous that I resorted to wet wipes and cooler water. I can't see Wildhorse being worth it for younger people/sasquatch virgins based on: A. Cost: you're probably going to need all the money you can muster B. Ins and Outs: chances are someone is going to forget something, whether it be underestimating how freezing it gets when the sun goes down, snacks (which you won't be able to afford if you squander your precious dollars on expensive camping), whatever. the walk between the gorge and general camping might be more convenient than waiting for the shuttles. C. General camping is, as someone said earlier, only as nuts as you want it to be. You don't like your spot? Neighbors too loud? You can relocate as you see fit. My team ended up doing that our first year.
I'll never understand the complete hatred people have for Wild Horse on here. Has anyone besides Drew and I actually camped there? Having done both, the experience is almost completely the same but Wild Horse has a few minor perks. To respond to two of these points though:
A. If you have 4 people in your group, Wild Horse costs like 30 bucks a person. It's a bit extra but it's really not going to break the bank.
B. One of the benefits of Wild Horse is that you can leave the campground with your car and come back whenever you want. If ins and outs is something you're really worried about, you could actually drive to the festival and leave stuff in your car. This would make it even easier to pop out to grab a jacket and a few drinks than walking back to the campground would.
Wouldn't you have to pay for parking though? That just seems like a waste of gas.