With festival season excitement in full swing, it can be easy to get a little too preoccupied with planning the perfect outfit-to-accessory ratio and forget the logistical aspect of surviving for four days in the woods. No one wants to be the person who has lost their tent and run out of food by Saturday night, so we asked a few of the Homebreakin Records guys for some key tips on surviving one of BC’s biggest musical weekends of weirdness. While most readers may think they have it sorted, the Homebreakin team have been a mainstay at Shambhala since the beginning and are usually the guys who can be found playing absurdly funky disco and house music at 9 a.m. on Monday morning as though their weekend is just getting started. So, they know a thing or two about not only making it through the weekend, but doing it in style.
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For us personally, the survival guide to Shambhala consists of sleep, water, swimming, earplugs and food, but for many others, that won’t cut it.
First off, there’s Daving: (verb) “to Dave”; an act of raving during the day.
…This is by far our favourite pastime. Nothing beats hanging at the beach with a fortress of solid peeps watching beautiful people, all while listening to the finest of musical selections.
We can’t stress enough how important good friends are; you definitely need to make sure that you’re with your closest of crew. Making sure your best pals are around will lead to spikes in serotonin levels. Side effects may include: unexplained bouts of smiling, Wrestless Leg Syndrome (dancing) and increased sexual prowess.
The final survival tip for festival goers is the very important topic of hydration. MAKE SURE YOU DRINK WATER!!! Low H20 = no party bro. If you follow these three simple rave rules, you will not only survive, but you might even flourish into a Shambalover.
The #1 thing to remember about having a great time at Shambs, other than the obvious tips (drink lots of water, remember to EAT FOOD at least once a day, tent sex on Sunday is prooobably not the best idea) is to have a top-notch rave buddy. Throughout the weekend you’ll be bumping into all kinds of pals, old pals, new pals, pals you’ll never see again, hanging out for an hour with this person, an hour with that person, but chances are if you don’t have a good partner in crime with you from sundown till sunup, you’ll be wandering around alone wondering what to do a lot of the time. Catching your favourite DJ by yourself is rad, but if you’re rolling with a true friend who’s on the same page as you, party-wise, you can be watching DJ Shitstorm (my apologies if you’re a real person DJ Shitstorm), and still be having the best time ever.
The minimalists’ guide to Shambolobbing: if you have no ride, less is best, plus less to lug. Grab the cheapest tent – large – cooler in case you make ‘friends’, a refillable container, trail mix (your staple), EARPLUGS!
There are people I like to call ‘Shoms’ – they want you to survive. Lurk around their sites when they break out their stoves, bacon, eggs, coffee w/ Baileys (non-alcoholic?) – bring yo humour, livelihood, and all dat. They are cry-laughing while you make a double mojito at their tiki bar.
BE WARY of the act Neighbour likes to call ‘FORAGING’! Snaking a few chips out of an abandoned bag is one thing, but digging into a cooler with a sleeping bear nearby could mean confrontation for the less quick spoken.
Bring sunscreen, keep an open mind. Some people like to give’er. You don’t have to be like them, just do what you feel like and sleep when you want and don’t worry about missing anything – where you are is ‘where it’s at.’
Shambhala takes place August 7-12, 2013 in Salmo, B.C. For tickets and more info visit www.shambhalamusicfestival.com. For more info on Homebreakin Records artists, releases, and shows, visit www.homebreakinrecords.com.
By Andy Soloman
Photo: Robb McCaghren