Things To Know Before Going To A Music Festival

Whether you’re a festival veteran or you are going to your first one, it is important to be more than prepared. Here are some tips to get you through the long, fun day.

Drink a lot of water before you go

It important to stay hydrated, and that is before you even get to the festival grounds. Drink a lot of water for a few days before the actual festival to be prepared.

Only bring the essentials

Theft can happen. Also, you will be out all day and don’t want to be carrying a heavy load. Only bring what you need for the day

  • Sealed water bottles, but also a refillable water bottle, preferably one you wear on the wrist.
  • Bring a packable raincoat or poncho
  • Wetwipes and hand sanitizer-The porta potties will run out of toilet paper and hand sanitizer before the end of the night. Avoid these awkward moments by bring your own backup.
  • Phone charger-Your battery dies quicker because it is going to be constantly searching for services in the crowded area. Have a portable charger that can at least charge your phone once.
  • ID, $20 cash and Debit/Credit Card-Some things are cash only, but you don’t want too much that you lose something you can’t replace.

When buying merchandise, opt for the sweatshirt

You probably aren’t going to wear a t-shirt again; the sizing is weird and sometimes logos don’t integrate well into your wardrobe. You can wear a sweatshirt during the cool night sets, and you’re most likely to wear a sweatshirt to lounge around or keep cozy for quite some time after the festival.

Have paper schedule or screenshot on phone

While most festivals have an app, it will be hard to check during the festival do the the bad service. Screenshot the schedule and have it as your phone background, or carry around the paper schedule

For a big show, head over early

For huge acts, some people will be camping near the stage all day. Head over 30 minutes before for a good view

For the best view, side of stage or back of the crowd are the best places

A lot of people will be front and center, but the side of the stage will be less crowded and you could be relatively close to the stage. Another great view is in the back. You can see the whole stage, the screen and it is less crowded.

Do you have any tips to have a successful festival experience?


Smino Tweets That His Hoodie Can Protect Your Hair While Napping, Sells Out Within Hours

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Smino just released new merchandise last week, but he tweeted today the reason behind the satin in his Zero Fatigue hoodie:

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>i made dese satin for ppl w/ hair who like napping in hoodies . <a href=”″></a&gt; (the last pic how happy u gone look wen u wake up like Beyonc√©) <a href=””></a></p>&mdash; Smi (@smino) <a href=””>April 2, 2018</a></blockquote>

Twitter responded well to this, with many users saying this was a great idea. It definitely fit into his brand; his 2017 blkswn featured the song, “Silk Pillows” and he is known for wearing durags to protect his hair.

Hours after Smino’s tweet, the hoodie sold out.

I think Smino really struck a cord with the hair protecting hoodie since protecting the integrity of your style while sleeping can be quite difficult. I hope he restocks the hoodie and also make a version of it using the “Wild Irish Roses” artwork.

Smino Commemorates The Release of the “Wild Irish Roses” With New Zero Fatigue Merchandise


Smino released what he called the final video from blkswn, “Wild Irish Roses.” Soon after, he released new Zero Fatigue merchandise, including a long sleeve Wild Irish Roses long sleeve shirt.

Wild Irish Roses is probably my favorite song off blkswn so I’m glad it is immortalized on merchandise. You can check out the visual below.


Four Female Acts To Check Out At Lollapalooza 2018


Lollapalooza caught a lot of flack this year by not having any female headliners (the first female’s name, St. Vincent, doesn’t appear until the fourth line of the poster). However, while many people will flock to see female acts like Camila Cabello and Dua Lipa, there are some other female acts further down the poster that should definitely be checked out.

Sabrina Claudio

I spoke about Sabrina Claudio earlier in Acts Should Do A Lollapalooza After Show. I think she is going to be one of those acts that will be big and you wish you were at her Lolla set before other’s put you on to her. This is probably one of the sets I’m most excited for.

Lykke Li

Okay, I admit I’m not super cool and I first heard about Lykke Li after Drake sampled her on “Little Bit” on So Far Gone. But I have since heard other songs from her and I think she will have an edgy set that will differentiate herself from a lot of the pop and rock acts that are playing the festival.

Alina Baraz

I had only heard of Alina Baraz after someone told me that they were excited to see her at Lolla. After checking her out, she’s definitely the brand of drowsy, moody R&B that I love and will be great for chilling during an afternoon set.

Jessie Reyez

Jessie Reyez is one of the unsung heroes in the music industry; she cowrote many of the songs on Calvin Harris’ “Funk Wav Bounces Vol 1.” I loved her solo song “Hard To Love” that closed out the album, so I’m very much looking forward to her set.


Acts That Should Do A Lollapalooza 2018 After Show


Lollapalooza released its lineup for the 2018 festival. While many are complaining about the high price of the ticket, which usually sell out before the line-up is announced (not this year though), you can still get your Lolla fix for a cheaper cost with their after shows around the city. Below are five acts that would be a great fit for an after show.

Sabrina Claudio

Her brand of R&B and sultry voice would be a great fit or a smaller venue at night. The acoustic version of “Tell Me” shows an intimate set would be fantastic. Also, her only previous tour was being an opening act for 6lack’s “Free 6lack” tour.

Both of her projects “Confidently Lost” and About Time, shows me that I would love to vibe out at an after show starring her.


I know his set is going to be so crowded and full of people who just want to listen to “Location.” But can we have an intimate set with the full album and all his features and moan about exes and star crossed loves?


Special request: Silent disco with Zedd. In air-conditioning. 21+ so know suburban high-school kids tripping on drugs.

Daniel Caesar

I feel like his set will be a very chill vibe, which would be great during the day at Lolla, but also a way to turn down after a long day at the festival.


I think Goldlink would be a great late night set to party to, maybe on a Thursday or earlier in the week while energy is still high.

Lollapalooza Gives Clues To Its 2018 Lineup with Lolla Train


In celebration of Lollapalooza tickets going sale today, there was a Lolla Train going along the Orange line track this afternoon in Chicago. Lollapolooza tweeted that the train might offer clues who will be on this year’s lineup, which has yet to be release. Tweets from Lolla Train riders said artists that were being played included:

Bruno Mars

Cardi B



Playboi Carti


Bebe Rexha

Lil Pump

Quinn XCII

Vampire Weekend

Tyler The Creator

Walk The Moon

Rex Orange County


Portugal. The Man



Pale Waves


Twitter user @nicoleeooo made this playlist below of songs that were played during the train ride.

Does this make you more excited about Lollapalooza? Have you bought tickets yet or waiting for the official lineup?

Mo Pop 2018 Festival Lineup

Mo Pop, a Detroit music festival, announced its lineup.  With an electric mix of indie, R&B and rap including acts like St. Vincent, Daniel Caesar and Vince Staples.


This festival is giving me Pitchfork-like vibes, and hopefully that means I’ll see acts that I love, and be introduced to new music.

Tickets are currently going for $99.50 for a 2-day and $75 for a single day, so definitely get a 2-day. You can get them here.

Check out a playlist for the event below.


Pitchfork Announces The First Wave of Performers for 2018 Chicago Festival


Pitchfork Music Festival released its first wave of performers for its lineup for the 2018 Chicago festival. As they did last year, Pitchfork painted the lineup on a mural in Chicago. So far, only one of the headliners has been announced, Tame Impala on Friday. Other performers include DRAM and Chicago’s Ravyn Lenae.

You can see the lineup so far below, and also the live video of the painting of the video.

Friday, July 20:

Tame Impala
Julien Baker
Lucy Dacus
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society

Saturday, July 21:

Raphael Saadiq
This Is Not This Heat

Sunday, July 22:

Kelly Lee Owens
Irreversible Entanglements
(Sandy) Alex G
Ravyn Lenae