Hello! So I will be attending a stopover in about a week and I have never been to a concert quite like this. I was just wondering if you have any tips? Also how do I get as close to the stage as possible?? Love the blog!!
- Asked by Anonymous
Hello, and thank you! Several people have asked for tips about going to the Stopovers and how to get close to the stage, so I thought I’d put in my two cents.
- Decide if you really want to spend all day camped out in front of the stage. The whole purpose of the GOTR Stopovers is to get out into the towns and experience everything they have to offer. So if you want to get the most out of your Stopover, that is what you should do.
- Try to go into the shops and talk to some of the locals. They most likely will have worked hard to transform their town, shops, streets, and restaurants into mustachioed hubs for all of you lovely visitors, so be sure to patronize them and tell them thank you for their generosity. Remember, you’re technically representing Mumford & Sons, so be a “gentleman” (or a “lady” as the case may be).
- Try to get all the stamps in your Passport. There may be a reward if you do.
- Make new friends—particularly if you are camping. You’ll be there for a few days and, aside from meeting some pretty rad people, you may need their sunscreen, they might need to borrow your hat, or whatever. Again, be a gentleman or a lady.
- Don’t get too drunk. I know, I know. Enjoy the local drink, but don’t go so crazy that you either can’t remember the experience (what’s the point of that?) or that you’re carted away in an ambulance. Just be safe, my friends.
- If you decide to go for it and try to be close to the stage, you’ll need to arrive at the festival gate a couple of hours or so before it opens to get in line. Once they start letting people in,
run like the wind to get to the front of the stage walk calmly into the festival grounds and find a spot and watch out for the dedicated fans who are flying past you to claim their place at the barrier. If you don’t want to stand all day long, you might consider bringing a small blanket or towel to either sit on, or to at least delineate your spot. As the day wears on, be prepared for sneaky people to try to squeeze in front of you. They may be rude or trashed, so be careful in dealing with them. This is one of those times when the friends you make at the Stopover may come in handy, as they can help you keep the sneaky ones at bay.
MORE THAN ANYTHING:
The heat will be no joke, so if you take only one thing I’ve said to heart, please let it be this bit. Drink more water/Gatorade than you think you need. If you’re physically thirsty, a cold beer is not the way to go. That is how you end up in an ambulance being treated for dehydration after baking in the sun for hours, and then you won’t be able to enjoy the town and the fantastic bands. STAY HYDRATED.
Finally, have a grand time!