Going To A Music Festival By Yourself Is Not As Scary As It Seems

Going To A Music Festival By Yourself Is Not As Scary As It Seems

Your festie bestie should ALWAYS be yourself.


This year I attended my first Camp Flog Gnaw, a music festival done in Los Angeles and one that I have always been dying to go to since it began in 2012. I treated myself this time around to go since it would be on the same weekend as my 21st birthday.

I bought passes months before the lineup came out so I took my chances to wait and when the lineup came out, I was happy with my choice of purchasing them that early.


The moment when I saw the lineup, I was in utter awe because it was so many of my favorite artists that I have been dying to see such as BROCKHAMPTON, Kali Uchis, A$AP Rocky, Flatbush Zombies, and Kids See Ghosts.

I counted down the days until the festival and I was experiencing a whirlwind of emotions since I was gonna see a lot of my favorite artists but it was gonna be the first music festival that I would attend by myself.

Last year, I attended Lollapalooza, which is a music festival done in Chicago's famous Grant Park and I went with my sister. It was a lot of fun but dealing with her, got annoying since she didn't like some of the artists I was dying to see. Despite being my annoying sister, I'm glad to have experienced my first music festival with her.

I was feeling a plethora of emotions coming into Camp Flog Gnaw since I would be going by myself and had to completely rely on public transportation and ride-sharing getting to Dodger Stadium and back to Westwood.

It was not cheap whatsoever but I tried to find the cheapest options to save myself a few dollars and by the end of each night, I was beyond exhausted as I didn't get very much sleep, enduring an obnoxious amount of mosh pits, and just standing most of the festival.

Although there were a few unfavorable experiences, the festival was beyond fun since I love live music so much as it is one of my passions. I got to see a lot of my favorite artists and got to spend my 21st birthday weekend singing, dancing, and even crying along to their performances.

I made a few friends that I am still speaking to since they also came to the festival all by themselves which was nice that the people I met were so nice and welcoming.

I don't know if I would go to another festival by myself again since I did wish I could spend it with friends since it got kind of lonely. I've been to a concert by myself before and it did not feel as lonely as the festival did. I think since I saw people around me with their friends, it made me feel like that is what I was missing that weekend. It was definitely still fun and I did not have to rely on myself rather than on other people to choose certain sets over others. I would definitely not give up going to a festival if it meant going by myself though so it is a there is a possibility I would do it again.

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Board Games Are More Important Than You Think They Are

They've become a defining part of my family.


Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

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