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10 Ways To Survive Any Music Festival

With camping music festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo, Stagecoach, and other new ones emerging every year, it seems like everyone has festival fever!

If you’re headed to one of these music festivals this year, we would like to share some tips to help you through any camping music festival:

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1. When It Comes To Your Feet, Think Practical!

When people start planning their trip to a music festivals, especially women, a common first thought is what they will wear. With this thought, many forget they are preparing for a camping weekend, not a fashion show. Shoes are one of the biggest things to consider when preparing for your music festival adventure.

Everyone has heard the importance of choosing comfort over style, but often, that
advice goes ignored at festivals. Comfortable and durable shoes are essential for any
music festival because with all the walking and standing over multiple days, you have to be prepared.

2. Mother Nature Could Ruin Your Festival Experience.

Be prepared for all weather conditions, from scorching hot to freezing cold, wind to rain and everything between! We highly recommend bringing ponchos, umbrellas, raincoats, handheld fans, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. Even if you don’t end up using any of it, it’s nice to know you have the supplies back at camp if the weather turns ugly.

3. A Shower Can Improve Your Day Drastically.

Some festivals provide access to showers for a small fee. Even though the lines can be long, after a hot, sweaty and dusty day, there is nothing like feeling clean and refreshed after a shower.

When it comes to showering at a festival, it is best to go when everyone else is on his or her way to the festival for a popular band. If you are not as interested in seeing said band, you can enjoy a shower with little to no wait.

4. Side Bags & Lots Of Pockets Are A Must!

It is common sense to not bring a large, bulky purse into a festival, but when it comes to purses in general, sometimes no purse at all is a better option. When you want to keep your hands free, a side bag is a great alternative. Wearing shorts or pants with many pockets so you can fit your phone, money and any other essentials in them
comfortably is also a great option. The less you have to carry around, the better!

5. Music Festivals Are Marathons, Not Sprints.

Festival days are long and filled with drinking, dancing, walking and little sleep, so
bringing a little something to give you extra energy isn’t a bad idea. Consider bringing
instant coffee or energy drinks. Other things to consider: When sleeping in your tent at night, bring something like a yoga mat or cushion (or for an extra comfy camping
experience, an air mattress) to sleep on. Bringing ear plugs (and even a sleep mask) can also vastly improve your sleeping experience.

6. Leave The Valuables At Home.

There is a time and a place to bring out your best clothes, shoes and jewelry, but a
camping music festival, is not the place. Keep anything you don’t want to get filthy, broken or lost at home.

7. Divide Up Your Money For Each Day.

Don’t bring all of your cash into the festival. Instead, we recommend dividing up a set amount for each day and keeping the rest tucked away safely at your campsite. There are many things on which to spend your money, so don’t blow all your cash on the first day.

8. Stick Together With Your Group.

Festivals can be overwhelming with the high volumes of people and spotty cell phone 
service. Plan designated group meeting spots in case someone gets separated from the group.

9. Plan, Plan, And Plan Some More.

It’s impossible to see every band playing at the festival, so it’s important to plan out each day and the bands you want to see. There is a high chance two bands you want to see could be playing at the same time, so choose which you want to see more. Many of the stages take a significant amount of time to walk to, so make sure to leave time to get to each performance. Also, if you are camping off-site, be sure to take advantages of taxis and car services like Uber & Lyft.

10. Don’t Stay Thirsty, Stay Hydrated!

Although this one may be obvious, it’s important to stay hydrated the whole time. There is a great amount of drinking that goes on during music festivals, so be sure to bring a water bottle inside the grounds. You don’t want to end up with a case of heat stroke or

Short Film “The Time We’re In” Picked Up For 2015 Cannes Film Festival

After being successfully funded via Kickstarter, the short film “The Time We’re In” has been accepted to be a part of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival’ Short Film Corner.

The Short Film Corner proposes films from all over the world, most previously unseen, as well as the films included in the Official Cannes Film Festival Competition, the Cinéfondation, the Director’s Fortnight and Critic’s Week. The festival offers the chosen participants a place to network with all the biggest industry players: institutions, financiers and the most important international reps in the film business.

“The Time We’re In” follows the story of Gabriel and his wife Nadia as they learn of her recent cancer diagnosis. As Gabriel struggles with the news, he sets off on an internalized mental quest to help Nadia by any means possible… even learning to defy physics and warp reality by literally learning how to stop time. “The Time We’re In” is told in a stylistic non-linear fashion (à la “Memento”) with a slant toward a dramatic character piece. The sci-fi elements are important to the story but not the primary focus. The story’s central theme centers on the question; “what lengths would you go to save the one you love?”

Learn more about this special short film on their official website.

How The Lawsuit Filed By Victims of Deadly SXSW Crash Will Impact Events

On March 13, 2014, Rashad Owens sped away from an officer after being stopped for suspicion of DWI and drove the wrong way on a one way street, plowing into a crowd of SXSW attendees, wounding 22 and killing 4.

On December 19, 2014, the victims and their families filed lawsuits against the two private companies that own the festival, SXSW Holdings INC, and SXSW LLC, the traffic design consultant SXSW hired to oversee the road closures, as well as Rashad Owens.

The victims and their families are claiming the tragedy was avoidable and as it was reported from local NBC affiliate KXAN, “[The lawsuits] claim SXSW
planners did not adhere to ‘industry standards’ for traffic control and took ‘inadequate’ steps that allowed ‘a dangerous opportunity’ for an errant vehicle to enter the festival zone and given Federal Transportation and Texas guidelines, that rigid barriers should have been deployed.”

With this deadly accident and recent lawsuit, one can only imagine how not only SXSW 2015 will be affected, but also how festivals and other special events nationwide will be changed to prevent future tragedies.

How Will SXSW Events Be Impacted?

In the case of SXSW, according to a report by the City of Austin released in September, crowd management issues, including traffic congestion, are the biggest problems. The
report also highlighted that two major issues that must be addressed are alcohol
consumption and over-programming for a venue’s capacity, whether that be indoor or

SXSW planners have long argued the problem is non-sanctioned “splinter” events that draw over-sized crowds with free alcohol into downtown venues that aren’t equipped to handle that many people. More than 75 temporary permits for events were issued during the 2014 festival in Austin’s central business district — an area that already has nearly 200 permanent establishments with liquor licenses — and in 2015, the city is looking for ways to rein in this number.

Members of the Austin Center for Events, the city’s regulatory authority for permitting
outdoor special events, have declined naming any specific course of action the city is
considering to further regulate the 2015 SXSW festival, but they have emphasized that public safety and the well-being of Austin’s residents and visitors are at the forefront of the decision-making process.

A Change.Org petition started just this month calls for at least the rigid barriers be added by SXSW organizers. The petition currently has 579 signatures.

As of January 6, 2015, the city of Austin’s music and entertainment division released an
interactive graphic
showing the various do’s and don’ts for the festival to dispel any myths about acquiring a permit for the 2015 South By Southwest festival.

2015 SXSW Events Permit Graphic

With the typical permit crunch running from now until mid-February, SXSW festival
organizers are hoping the graphic helps event planners and companies outside of Austin learn about the city’s regulations for the festival.

What Steps Can Be Taken To Prevent Similar Tragedies At Other Events?

As mentioned above, event organizers who are holding events near public roads should strongly consider the following:

– Use rigid barriers that can absorb and deflect vehicles away from massive crowds.

– Prepare an emergency plan that addresses potential dangers facing workers, including overcrowding, crowd crushing, being struck by attendees, violent acts and fire.

– Train all employees regarding emergency plans and also share them with local public safety agencies.

– Most importantly, it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to have the proper event insurance coverage for whatever your event may be.

Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2015 Lineup Announced

Celebrating its sixteenth year, Goldenvoice has announced the 2015 Coachella Music and Arts Festival lineup of artists and music fans of all ages will not be disappointed.

AC/DC, Jack White and Drake are each headliners for the three-day festival that takes place in Indio, California in April each year.

In addition to the headliners, highlights include Ride, Steely Dan, Tame Impala, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Raekwon and Ghostface, Lykke Li, Caribou, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Cloud Nothings, the Weeknd, Belle & Sebastian, Ratatat, FKA Twigs, SBTRKT, Tyler the Creator, Father John Misty, the War on Drugs, Run the Jewels, Swans, Parquet Courts, Perfume Genius, Florence and the Machine, St. Vincent, Jenny lewis, Jamie xx, Lil B, Mac DeMarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, Angel Olsen, and many more.

General Festival Passes go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 7th at Noon PT, starting at $435.

Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2015 Lineup

NFL Draft Headed To Chicago With 3-Day Fan Festival In 2015

So long NYC! The NFL Draft is coming to the windy city in 2015.

“Chicago is pleased to welcome the 2015 NFL draft to America’s heartland,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. “Next year, NFL fans from across the country will travel here or tune in as the future of their team is
decided in Chicago.”

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

The draft will be at the Auditorium Theatre of
Roosevelt University in Chicago from April 30 to May 2, a week earlier than last year and a week later than normal. New for 2015, There will be an outdoor fan festival for all three days of the draft in Grant Park and Congress Plaza.

“We are excited to have fans from throughout the Midwest
experience the NFL draft,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in the statement. “We look forward to returning the event to the city of Chicago and working with the city, Choose Chicago, and the Chicago Sports Commission to create a weeklong celebration of football for our fans.”

This move of the draft came as a result of scheduling issues which forced the draft to be delayed this year and Radio City Music Hall to already booked in 2015 during the dates the NFL was considering for the event. Interestingly enough, Chicago is not a completely new location for this major NFL event. The NFL draft was originally held in Chicago in 1938, 1942-44, 1951, and 1962-64.

“There’s been so much interest in the draft,” said Chicago Bears chairman George H. McCaskey. “Just a couple years ago who would have thought that an event of this type would have the type of viewership that it has had? It has grown into a spectacle —
probably the biggest event of the offseason.”

What do you think about the NFL draft returning to Chicago? Tweet us @InsuringEvents

Stagecoach Music Festival Lineup Announced

Stagecoach Mane Stage
Celebrating its ninth year, Goldenvoice has announced the 2015 Stagecoach Music Festival lineup of artists and country fans will not be disappointed.

Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are each headliners for the three-day festival that takes place in Indio, California following Coachella earlier the same month.

In addition to McGraw, Lambert and Shelton, the 2015 Stagecoach lineup features a huge range of country music artists including, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley,
Jerrod Niemann, Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore, ZZ Top, Merle Haggard, Sturgill Simpson, and many more!

Tickets go on sale next Tuesday, Oct. 14th at 10 am PT with three-day passes starting at $269.


2015 Stagecoach Country Music Festival lineup:

Friday, April 24

Tim McGraw
Jake Owen
Kip Moore
Merle Haggard
Kacey Musgraves
The Devil Makes Three
The Time Jumpers, featuring Vince Gill, Dawn Sears, Kenny Sears & Ranger Doug Green
Sturgill Simpson
The Lone Bellow
Brothers Osbourne
Parker Millsap
The Handsome Family
Lydia Loveless
Pegi Young
Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys
Cam Ochs

Saturday, April 25

Miranda Lambert
Dierks Bentley
Justin Moore
ZZ Top
Eli Young Band
Gregg Allman
Cassadee Pope
Cast of Nashville, featuring Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, and Chris Carmac
Steve Earle
The Cadillac Three
Mickey Gilley
Mac Davis
Nikki Lane
John Moreland
John & Jacob
The Quebe Sisters Band
Daniel Romano
Della Mae
Clare Dunn
Anais Mitchell
Old Salt Union

Sunday, April 26

Blake Shelton
The Band Perry
Sara Evans
George Thorogood and The Destroyers
Jerrod Neimann
Frankie Ballard
The Oak Ridge Boys
Hot Rize
Eric Burdon and the Animals
The Swon Brothers
Maddie & Tae
Chris Janson
Keith Anderson
Chatham County Line
Logan Brill
Luke Ameland
Ben Miller Band
Andrew Combs

Tragedy Strikes At Burning Man Festival

A woman was killed at Burning Man just after midnight the morning of August 28th.

According to Burning Man spokesman Jim Graham, Alicia Louise Cipicchio, a 29-year-old resident of Jackson, Wyoming, suffered fatal injuries early Thursday morning after falling under a large vehicle at the annual Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada near the Center Camp at the festival.

It is not known whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the incident but
Burning Man organizers are continuing to work with law enforcement to
investigate the accident.

This is an unfortunate event but not completely uncommon as deaths do happen at
Burning Man due to the location of the festival.

Humboldt General Hospital is more than 120 miles from Black Rock City, but travel time is more than 6 hours because of the roads. The shortest travel time also adds 100 miles to the trip, and while the hospital has a helipad for air transport, dispatching and getting there still takes time.

Burners should be aware that medical care beyond what volunteer doctors and health-care workers provide can be tough to get quickly and that while the most recent death before today was in 2007 when an attendee fell under a trailer, the risk Burners take when migrating to Black Rock City is very high.

Our thoughts go out to the family, friends and camp mates of the victim.

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Burning Man 2014 Theme Caravansary
Theme and text by Larry Harvey and Stuart Mangrum with
acknowledgments to David Normal, illustration by DA of Black Rock
(aka Dominic Tinio), model/photo: Stardust Magick