Dos and Don’ts of Resonance Festival

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Bring warm clothes for the evening and light clothes for the day time

Don’t…

Bring glass bottles

Do…

Bring snacks and food to eat

Don’t…

Make a fool of yourself or be disrespectful to staff

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Arrive early for the best camping spots (Gates open at 12pm Friday)

Don’t…

Reserve a bunch of campsites for friends who are showing up on Saturday evening and remain empty for days on end

Do…

Make new friends and let people camp in your site if you have room!

Don’t…

Get up early and blare your own music

Do…

Get up early and make breakfast for everyone in your camp site!

Don’t…

Bring your pets

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Bring your DANCING SHOES!

Don’t…

Trash your campsite and the venue grounds

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Set up a recycling center in your campsite and encourage others to do the same!

Don’t…

Wait until last minute to purchase your tickets in case they sell out

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Have the best weekend of your SUMMER!

Stay tuned for the DJ Time Slots announcement, parking info and much more!

The Importance of Ride Shares

rideshareHello party people!

I’d like to take a moment and remind you how important ride shares are. These are a great way to get to know your new neighbours, share stories, and split the cost of gas (which we all know can be a burn considering its 1.41 in Victoria right now!). If you have space in your car, please consider picking up a fellow passenger or two or three. Click Here and check out the board. Even if you can drive people one way that might be super helpful to them! We at Resonance really appreciate it!

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Kalisi ❤

To costume, or not to costume? That is the Question.

Copyright Xavier Photography

Copyright Xavier Photography

More than ten years ago I embarked on an epic journey to my very first music festival: Soundwave. Each trip was a tale

Copyright Xavier Photography

Copyright Xavier Photography

of adventure, triumph and friends coming together. Every year my amigos and I would bring colour co-ordinated outfits and elaborate costumes in order to partake in what I liked to call: Neverland. Music Festivals became a place where I could be completely free, throw aside all my commitments to work and school and enjoy from 3-8 days of complete indulgence. Whether it be sun tanning, dancing beside 3 of my best friends on a log on the beach to my favourite music, dressing up as if we were still 5 years old or drinking before noon, we took every opportunity to explore our true selves as we hid away amongst the trees. Since then I have gone to Shambhala, Sasquatch, Victoria Electronic Music Festival, Tall Tree and this year I will attend Bass Coast for the first time. At each festival I have gone to I have seen some elaborate costumes; ones you can tell have taken months to plan and/or create as well as others that had been thrown together last minute.

So my question to you is: Do you dress up? Why or why not? Should Resonance uphold this tradition or will this be a new scene all together?

There is no right or wrong to this question; I am merely interested in hearing your perspective.

Copyright Xavier Photography

Copyright Xavier Photography

For me, I plan on dressing up with the rest of my wolf pack on Saturday. Fur and all. Feel free to join us; but if it isn’t your scene don’t feel as though you must partake. Resonance is what you make of it; it is exactly what you need–whatever that may be.

Kalisi ❤

 

Photos Courtesy Xavier Photography

More Packing Tips: Food Edition

Pretty much the only difficult thing about going to a Music Festival is packing your stuff in to the camp site areas then packing it back out three days after partying your heart out. Your feet are swollen and sore, your back hurts, you leg muscles are stronger but more tender, and you haven’t had a good night’s sleep in at least three days. So, here are some tips:

432195_578737632159454_242699140_n1.  Decide what meals you are willing to purchase at the event. Recently I have opted to buy a delicious breakfast every morning as well as a delicious dinner. It is way less hassle and will usually cost you $10 or less per meal. At Tall Tree Music Festival in Port Renfrew I was able to get breakfast for $4-8 and dinner for $6-10. At Resonance we will have the delicious Refiner Diner Food Truck available for breakfast, lunch AND dinner!

2. When you go grocery shopping pick up a few snacks that are easy to consume when dehydrated. How many times have you bought crackers and cookies only to find they are hard to eat because you’ve been drinking? Here are some suggestions:

a) Pre-make a fruit salad and place in a tupperware container and put it in your cooler. Make sure to pack some forks/spoons and a drizzle of lemon juice on top so it doesn’t brown.

b) Canned fruit is always delicious (peaches, nectarines, pine-apples). But again, don’t forget the can-opener!

c) Fruit sensations Apple sauce/peach sauce/berry sauce. They are good for those mornings when you really don’t feel like eating anything.

d) Pre-make veggies and dip.

2. Forget about lunches. From my experience most people are having too much fun at this point so don’t bother packing anything for lunch unless you are a huge foodie. Once again, you have the option of buying food if you are starving and don’t have any left.

These are great for storing food

These are great for storing food

3. Pack everything in to a clear tupperware container. That way it is easy to find what you are looking for and you don’t have to dig. Put all your utensils in there as well. Just make sure to store it in your tent in case you have some hungry neighbours!

4. Bring a liquid breakfast. If you have had too much fun the night before it may seem impossible to eat. Therefore, I always suggest buying a pack of boost. These are also great for mid-day recharges and you can always put a shot of Bailyes or Kahlua in it!

5. Make sure to purchase some Gatorade or Powerade. This is perfect for hangovers and restores your electrolytes after dancing for 5 hours straight. Also, bananas are good for this as well but are often hard to keep from browning.

6. Pack one or two meals for the trip. You will most likely be putting this together the first night of the event when you have lots of energy and want to sit around a camp stove with some of your best pals; I mean let’s be honest, you probably won’t see them for a day or two after this! Music Festivals have a way of swallowing up your friends. Some ideas:

a) Burgers! Who doesn’t love burgers?

b) Do a potluck and get everyone to bring something like potato salad, pasta salad, tuna salad, etc.

If you think carefully before you purchase food you can make it easier to pack things out the next day! Of course these are just my suggestions: you know yourselves better than I do. Pick some of your favourite treats but just don’t over pack. There is nothing worse than wasted food or crushed up bags of chips nobody can eat.

Party safe and stay Gorgeous!

Kalisi ❤

The Importance of Keeping Clean at Music Festivals…

“It’s 9am Monday morning and you’ve had an amazing time with friends old and new, and all you want to do is pack up and get on the road. So what do you do? You decide to leave one of your tarps that ended up having a whole in it; the camping chair you brought that has been destroyed by a neighbour and the garbage that scatters your camp site. You’re too tired and you just want to get home to have a shower.”

If this sounds like you, or someone you know who is coming to Resonance, please pre-plan so this doesn’t happen! Because if you don’t clean up, that means someone else will have to and that just isn’t fair. They’ve had the same experience you have; so please follow this simple list of things you can do to help us help you have a great time and be able to do this all over again next year!

Human eye with the recycling emblem inside File contains gradients1. As soon as you set up your camp site; put together a garbage and recycling station. Let your friends know which bag is bottle recycling and which bag is for garbage. As soon as one is full, tie it up and bring it to one of the many recycling/garbage stations around the venue for staff to collect.

2. When the sun begins to beckon you out of your tent each morning and you can see the debris left from the night before; have a 1 minute clean up party with your camp site! Get everyone to help grab a few pieces of garbage and place them in the appropriate bags (personally, I always liked to get pals to do this when there was already some drinking involved. They are much more likely to help out then). 

3. If you plan on sneaking out nice and early on Monday; try to clean up as much as you can on Sunday night. But please try to reserve 5 minutes or so in the morning to pack everything up and leave no trace. images

We will be trying our best to keep the garbage and recycling areas nice and clean throughout the whole festival so we would appreciate it if you worked with us and made this a smooth clean up for everyone 🙂

Have a great party and keep clean!

Kalisi ❤

The Perfect Packing Guide

Perhaps it is because I am a girl and have many ‘essential’ items I ‘need’ to bring with me to Festivals but I find that packing is always a struggle. Whether it is packing my luggage or the car, I can never fit everything I want to bring in! However, I’ve finally found some strategies that work and I would like to share them with you!

Lay out each outfit to make sure you have everything you need

Lay out each outfit to make sure you have everything you need

1. Start packing the day before you had planned on packing. That way you have time to do laundry if any needed items are dirty and to lower stress levels on the day of the final pack. Plus, as you hit the pillow you will remember a ton of stuff you forgot instead of waiting until you are halfway to the event to remember.

2. Purchase large zip-lock bags, or even better, purchase the ones that you can squeeze all the air out of to make them compact.

3. Lay out each outfit for each day (or if you are like me, 2-3 outfits for each day). This way you won’t over pack items and only wear half of them then have to do 3 loads of laundry when you get back! For one day I always pack 1 outfit for a hot day (A tank, shorts, and bathing suit), 1 outfit for cool/rainy weather (leggings, short or long sleeve top and sweater) and a costume (Anything goes!).

**The great part about this is that you won’t have clothing strewn all over from digging in your bag! Each outfit is ready to go in its own sealed bag AND won’t get dirty if you don’t wear it! Plus plastic bags can be re-used for soiled/wet clothing.

3. Place all items in to your backpack with your First Aid Kit, Toiletries and waterproof jacket.

Roll each item up and fit 1 days worth of clothing (2-3 outfits) in to one plastic bag

Roll each item up and fit 1 days worth of clothing (2-3 outfits) in to one plastic bag

4. After you have chosen your outfits roll up each item of clothing very tightly and place in to the ziplock bag. If you are like me you might want to include a pair of sunglasses and/or any other accessories for the outfit in the bag.

5. Then you will need to choose two pairs of sandals (as, notoriously, one set always breaks), some rain boots and sneakers and place those in to a separate re-usable bag. Make sure to wrap your gumboots in a plastic bag of their own.

This should help you keep the amount of stuff you bring to a minimum ( or whatever ‘minimum’ means to you!). For some more great packing tips check out my blog post on BettyandKora.com called “Packing It Around”. Here you will find a few more great tips on keeping the amount of items you bring to a minimum.

Kalisi

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Protect yourself!

As a frequent Music Festival Attendee, Safety is one of my main concerns when attending a multiple day festival. Here are a few tips for Resonance Festival Participations:

1. Bring your own drinkable water.I always bring a large jug and fill up my re-usable water bottle frequently throughout the day. And easy way to remember is that every time you go to the bathroom or visit the campsite it’s time for a nice cold slam of BCs finest drink–water!

2. Wear hearing protection. Purchase a pack of orange earplugs (these are better than the purple/tan ones I swear!) and use them to sleep in AND party out front of the main stage! If you are like me and enjoy dancing right in front of the speaker these are a must. Or do yourself one better and purchase some EarBuddies which don’t muffle sound but protect your ears from damage.  To WINFREE PAIR of EarBuddies check out My Facebook Page and enter the contest.

Ear Safety is a huge concern when attending festivals

Ear Safety is a huge concern when attending festivals

3. Sleep! Make sure to take a nap or sleep for at least 6 hours. I have found the best times for shut-eye are between 4am-11am (as the sun begins to heat up the tent around 10) and 6pm-9pm because the sun is beginning to go down so it is nice and cool. Sleeping in tents is definitely hard to do but if you go to bed around these times you’re sure to get some shut-eye and be ready rock as soon as the your feet hit the dance floor.

4. Sun Protection; it’s what all the cool kids are doing. Bring a collection of cool hats with you to the Festival; they make any outfit super cool and provide much needed sun protection. Nobody likes going floppy from heat stroke. Also, be sure to wear sunscreen and bring lots to share. I suggest a good ol’ SPF 30 to last you through the peak hours of sun time. There is nothing worse than trying to sleep on a half-inflated bed with a sunburn.

5. First Aid Kit; Just do it. Bring your own mini-first aid kit with cleansing towelettes, bandaids, tenser bandages and ibuprofen. If you are drinking ibuprofen is pretty much the only anti-inflamitory you can take. Also, bring some ginger gravol to stave off hangovers and icky stomachs. I also suggest immodium in case you eat that undercooked hamburger you were too hungry to wait for and some Pepto. Oh, and don’t forget those little packets of Emergen-C! I always have one in the morning to help perk myself up!

Take care of yourself out there guys! And please leave comments on YOUR safe partying tips!

Kalisi

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