10 Reasons why I loved Imagine Music Festival
Imagine Music Festival took place in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend but sparked some controversy over its apparent lack of preparation. Although they were understaffed and seemed to lack some of the aquatic luster they boasted of, most festival goers still had a kick-ass time. I’ve had been hearing more and more people who didn’t go to the festival say “I heard it was a mess”. Well I’m here to set the record straight. There are tons of things that can make a festival unenjoyable, but I didn’t experience any of those things at Imagine. Imagine was awesome, and here’s why.
- The Port-a-Pottys were always stocked and cleaned. We all know how important this is. Disgusting bathrooms can single-handedly make a festival unenjoyable, and I was amazed that these bathrooms were the cleanest I’ve ever experienced at a fest. They even had normal bathrooms we could use too. Brownie points there!
- Free showers. Free showers in a REAL shower facility that had hot water and privacy. Usually there wasn’t a long wait for these either.
- The security line to enter the festival never had a wait. Now, I’ve heard some people complain that “they needed more security and the bag check was a joke.” I’m sorry, but I’ve waited in lines of over an hour at other festivals where the bag check was ALSO a joke. So you’re complaining that you walked right into a festival with none of your belongings taken? Right. It was really hot all weekend, so I for one was thankful that I didn’t spend time in line baking in the sun.
- They did their best to resolve issues from day to day. A lot of times when things are bad at a festival they stay bad all weekend, i.e, dirty bathrooms, long lines, no water, etc. But even while understaffed, Imagine did the best they could to make changes day to day. They added new ways for people to cool down and made more water stations when needed. A lot of other festivals don’t do that. So yes, although it was late August in Atlanta and obviously hot, they did what they could to accommodate us. I even saw a guy peddling a trailer through campsites selling ice, which was super clutch.
- It wasn’t overcrowded. Although there was definitely a great crowd of people at each stage, it was the perfect amount. You could maneuver through the crowds no problem and had plenty of room to dance.
- Two words: Silent. Disco. Although the silent disco was canceled the last night, most of the weekend we all had a fun after party to go to. They made it so the party didn’t have to stop. And we all know that turning down is not something the EDM community does best.
- They had food trucks that were open all night. Thank goodness there was food (and a medical emergency tent) that was open all night and close to camp.
- Awesome stage production. The stages had really great lighting, good fireworks, fire blasts, and really great performers all weekend.
- The lineup was stacked, and music raged into the early morning. Not only was the lineup filled with awesome artists, but I never witnessed a dull set. The last set wasn’t even over at midnight, it was over at 3am, which meant more time to rage. And the music is the main reason we go to these things right?
- The people and vibes. The people of Imagine were some of the best I’ve experienced. Everyone I met was super nice, thoughtful, friendly, and had something hilarious to offer. I walked away with two Pokemon cards, a golden baby, new kandi, free pizza on two different occasions, some hilarious memories, and new friendships.
So maybe it was unorganized, understaffed, and hot as hell. But if people want to focus on that and forget about all the fun we had last weekend, their loss. Imagine did a lot of things right, so I say fuck all the haters. Because most of us had a toasty blast!
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