Seven Things Before You Go To Magnifique
You’ve probably been to Paradiso before, you might have been festival camping, and you may have even been to The Gorge in September (DMB anyone?). But you definitely haven’t been to Magnifique. You did get your tickets, right? As you finish your kandi, pack up your camping equipment (please remember to bring food), and figure out your caravan plans; here are some last minute things to keep in mind as you head into the weekend.
And while you’re doing all that, here’s OTB’s Magnifique Spotify playlist for boom, a bonus thing before you go.
1. Get There Early
This is in reference both to arriving at the campground and getting into the show itself. Set up your tents early (be sure to stake them down) and go socialize with your neighbors. With only one day and one stage, the chaos level should be relatively minimal. Take advantage of the chill factor. Since you’re only dealing with one stage, there’s no need to be scampering back and forth across the venue to accommodate your schedule. Snag your spot up on the hill, take a nap in the sun, and spend some time relaxing with this view.
At the very least, make sure that you get inside the venue in time for the sunset. It’s at 7:05. I checked.
2. This Isn’t Paradiso
That much should be obvious just based on how many times the word “live” appears on that lineup. I don’t mean this in a bad way at all, but I do think it’s important to approach the experience with a different mindset than you would a two day, multi-stage, mid-summer festival.
3. Bring Clothes For All Seasons
I know you’re all worked hard on your outfits and are super proud of that summer bod. And you should definitely be taking advantage of what is going to be some of the last really nice days of the year. The Gorge is going to be hovering at a perfect 87° throughout the day, but this is one of those times you should take your mom’s advice and plan ahead. When the sun goes down, it’s going to feel a lot colder than 55°, especially after you’ve spent the past five hours dancing like a goober. That means bringing sturdy shoes. That means bringing a sweatshirt. Blankets, pants, Snuggies…whatever you think you’ll need for that cuddle puddle at the end of the night.
Bringing extra clothes and a blanket also means probably bringing a backpack or renting a locker. Either way, expect to get checked by security on the way into the venue, so make sure to plan your time and everything else accordingly.
Second Bonus Thing: As long as you’re bringing a backpack, you might was bring in food as well. Yes, you’re allowed to. Everything just has to be factory sealed and should fit in a gallon ziplock bag.
Just because it’s cooler out, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be drinking water. My Camelbak is hands down one of the best investments I’ve made (r/hailcoroporate). If you don’t have one, you should know you are allowed to bring one sealed 20 oz water bottle that you can refill (it’s okay, I checked). And if you can’t do that, then stock up on bottle caps so you can reuse the bottles you buy inside.
Third Bonus Thing: If you are going to buy water in the venue, don’t get them from the stands where they sell the food. Buy your water bottles from the mobile vendors. They let you keep the bottle caps.
5. Clean Up After Yourself
This isn’t related specifically to Magnifique, but seriously what the hell? I know on Sunday morning all you can think about is getting the hell out of there, but the amount of trash and food and camping equpiment left behind is atrocious. It only takes twenty minutes for everyone in your crew do a sweep for garbage. You don’t even have to throw it in a dumpster, just get all your garbage bags in the general vicinity of the trash piles so the grounds crew can come in and take it from there.
It is NOT their job to pick up our trash. It’s their job to do the deeper, more specialized maintenance and cleaning that they can never get to because some of you can’t be bothered to act like an adult.
Bring garbage bags for your own campsite, bring extra for your neighbors, and leave the campground looking better than when you arrived.
6. It’s Okay To Cry During Kaskade
Not much else to say about this one.
7. Make It Count
In case you missed it, this is the first Magnifique ever. Time to prove to USC that going back to The Gorge is always a good idea. That means respecting the venue, respecting each other, and respecting yourself. Personal responsibility goes far beyond just what’s written on this list. Never forget to keep looking out for each other and make a special effort to work with USC (and yes, Staff Pro too…) on those rules that don’t make sense so you and everyone else can get in and closer to the music faster.
If anything, just focus on radiating all of the joy and love and happiness you can possibly muster. And that part should be easy. You guys are already experts by now.
Drive safe, makes friends, dance your heart out, and have fun for me at this one. Adulting is a pretty harsh reality sometimes, and although it breaks my heart, it looks like I’ll be sitting this one out (work work work work work).
But if a miracle happens and you happen to see Doge there, definitely come say hi.
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