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Riding Solo: How To Go To A Music Festival Alone 

Wednesday, Mar 2 2016
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So your friends bailed on the big music festival trip at the last minute. They're definitely the worst, and now you've got to choose between going with Creepy Dave from marketing, selling your ticket, or heading there by yourself. Seeing as they don't call him "Creepy Dave" for nothing and Craigslist sucks, here's how to hack it on your own:

Mingle. Talk to strangers. Talk to all the strangers. Pitch your tent near a pod of fellow festival goers. Ask if you can crash on somebody's blanket for the rest of Mac DeMarco's set. Borrow some toilet paper, handle your business, then strike up a conversation. You already have common interests: The artists you want to see, the vibe, how you can handle not showering for several days at a time. Boom. Festie besties acquired.

Bring your own food and booze. Because being hangry is a vibe killer. Also because sharing is caring, meaning a flask and a box of Clif Bars can perform friend-making miracles that your personality cannot.

Get off your phone. Charging stations are overcrowded money-sucking hovels. Cut the cord (well, put it on airplane mode) and use the hole in your face and the holes on the sides of your head to communicate. Crazy, I know.

Do whatever you want. You'll participate in a grand total of zero negotiations over whether you're going to see this act on this stage at this time or the other act on the other stage at the same time. The lineup is your oyster. Best of all, freedom from pre-ordained festival buddies is freedom from your real life friends knowing how you really dance. Or that you totally skipped that Guns N' Roses set to beat traffic.

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