When I told people I was going to Untold, they looked at me as if I were crazy.
And, for a while, I wondered if they’re right. I mean, that is most definitely not my music scene. The bad mouths say a lot of things about this festival, however you can hear negative shit just about anything if you’re willing to listen. Just like you can enjoy anything if you’re in the right mindset for it. And then there’s, of course, a few tips & tricks I can share with you so you’ll make the best out of any situation.
Find the right people
You really can’t have a crappy time when you’re with great people, no matter the place or the social context. Ok, maybe attending a funeral would still be crappy, however the right people would make you feel less alone, even there. This year I was part of
Charlie’s Hennes & Mauritz’s Angels (cool guys, cool guys), together with Ana Morodan, Hypewit, Sanziana Negru, Alina Gherghe and Alex Grecu. And that beside my usual team of trouble makers, Alexander & Costrut and the H&M Fairies – Ioana and Ruxandra. We were a different & colourful bunch, yet we fit together just right – even the heat seemed more bearable when we were together.
Find a band you actually want to see
My life is usually like this: there’s this festival, I hate 99% of the lineup, however that 1%… that 1% is gold. The same applies here. While all the DJs left me cold and frigid, there was Charli XCX, Hurts and MO who let’s just way warmed me up a little. I’m sure that all lineups of big, mainstream festivals have at least one or two bands that you’re interested in seeing live. If they don’t, go back to my first point – the people. You can have fun with the right people on any kind of music(ish).
Find the right place to charge your batteries
Ideally, for me, it would be a place where it’s silent. Sadly, there’s usually no such thing at most festivals, there’s music or noise coming from everywhere at you. The trick is to settle somewhere where you like the music. For the love of god, do not, I repeat, DO NOT position yourself where two sources of noise meet (so you hear the music from two different stages or so). It might not seem much in the beginning, however it’s super tiring for your brain to keep being focused in such an environment.
Have some fun, maybe?
Even though Untold lacks in artists I love, it definitely doesn’t lack in quality entertainment. Only at the H&M corner you had free cotton candy, you could make gigantic soap balloons, there was an area where you could make a gif “in the sky”, an area where you could laze around on oversized pillows (and charge your phone) and a huge pool filled with sponges (or gigantic beauty blenders, as we called them) that you could jump in. And all this besides the dozens of beach chairs and hammocks you could just chill in. Sounds pretty cool, huh? It was, it really was.
Wear some kickass outfits
I think I’ve opened this door before and decided that, even though it’s a little superficial, if it makes you feel good, why the hell not? Personally, a great outfit makes me feel like I am on the top of the world. Or at least on the top of a very tall building. So, make sure you’re feeling kickass and confident – that will definitely determine whether you get in the party mood or not.
There’s a good side to everything. Sometimes you need to look very hard for it, I’ve had my share of extremely challenging happenings lately, however, when you try hard enough, you can put a positive spin on anything. Even if it’s something silly, at least it’ll make you laugh. So, even if you are or have to go somewhere that doesn’t seem like your cup of tea in the beginning, it’s up to you whether you’ll be having fun or not. I was not so sure I’d have fun at Untold, but I did, it was an awesome experience and it made me see things in a slightly different light. So stop being a lil hater and learn to enjoy things out of your comfort zone!
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