Krystal Walker, Full-time MBA Class of 2014
Everyone has a back to school ritual. For some people its getting new clothes, others a haircut. For me its usually organizing my desk, knowing that the days leading up to the start of class will be the only time it will be free of clutter for the next ten months. This year I opted to buck tradition, and marked the start of my last year of Stern by running through a crowded park in Philadelphia, at 11:30 pm, while belting the lyrics to Beyonce’s “Love on Top” with a fellow Sternie. No, this is not the KW version of the primal scream; granted, I found the experience to be extremely cathartic. Rather its how I ended my night while checking “attend a music festival” off my bucket list.
Why a music festival? What can I say? They are kind of trending right now. While I usually don’t fall prey to peer pressure (27 years sober and counting), but with all the media coverage of Governor’s Ball, Coachella, Electric Zoo, and Glastonbury, I couldn’t help but indulge in my curiosity to find out what all the fuss was about surrounding these events. As a result, I became determined to attend one before my time in NYC draws to a close. So when the opportunity to came up to attend the Made in America Festival over Labor Day weekend, I couldn’t say no. Below are the list of pros and cons that emerged from my indulgence.
- Being able to see some of my favorite artists in one venue, for one price. I love a good bargain, and 2 Chainz, Imagine Dragons, Emili Sande’, and Beyonce for $90 was a deal I could not walk away from.
- People watching. They should have charged me extra for the joy I received from watching everyone parade around in the same Urban Outfitters high-waisted shorts, white tee, and red lip.
- Running into everyone. I loved running into Sternies old and new throughout the day.
- The crowd. There were people everywhere. Similar to the zombies in World War Z, the crowd at the festival was drawn towards loud noises. They moved in packs whenever they heard music coming from a stage, trampling everything in their path, including my blanket, and purse.
- The lines. Lines to get in to the venue, lines to go to the porta potty, lines for food. Comparatively, these lines made the Cronut line at the Dominique Ansel Bakery look similar to the list of Sternies who wished they had gone to Columbia—short, if not non-existent.
- The heat. The combination of a warm August day with thousands of people in one area causes one to sweat profusely. Packing deodorant is a must.
In the end, I’m glad that I was able to check the music festival off my bucket list. It was an unforgettable experience; one that I’m glad to add to my list of Stern Memories. While being an excellent form of entertainment, the festival also served as a great learning experience. For example, I quickly learned to appreciate the comforts of a well air-conditioned arena that is equipped with modern restrooms with an ample supply of toilet paper. Next, it also helped me see that I need to work on developing more patience. I may or may not have yelled at someone who’s erratic dancing nearly cost me my $9 dollar sandwich that I had waited over two hours in line to retrieve. Whoever you are, I’m sorry. We were both at fault. You didn’t deserve my anger, and my sandwich didn’t deserve your elbow. Finally, it reconfirmed that Beyonce is amazing. That woman knows how to put on a show. I left her performance filled with hope…hope that Miley Cyrus will give up twerking and hire Beyonce’s dance coach; hope, that the combo of kale smoothies and running on the treadmill will result in my leg’s looking like I too dance for a living; and finally, hope that all my bucket list adventures will end with me belting out the lyrics to “Love on Top” in a crowded park at 11:30 at night.
Upcoming Music Festivals in The New York Area:
Rock The Bells 2013: New York
Dates: October 4-5, 2013
Tickets: $150 for a 2 Day Pass
Location: East Rutherford, New Jersey
Featuring: Big Sean, Common, J Cole, Kid Cudi and Kendrick Lamar
CBGB Festival 2013
Dates: October 9-16, 2013
Tickets: Check cbgb.com
Location: New York, New York
Featuring: Various emerging artists
The 7th Annual Restoration Rocks Music Festival
Date: October 12, 2013
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Featuring: Big Daddy Kane