Finding Squad – Festival Tips to keep squad, squad
If you’re a true festival goer you’ve heard someone yell, “CARL!?” at least once. Legend has it a few years back at Electric Forest a guy named Carl had gotten lost the entire time at the festival. The best way to find somebody is obviously to yell out their name right? The phenomenon of yelling, “CARL!?” was all new to me until attending my first festival. Either you are the one always looking for your friend or you’re the Carl of the group.
Don’t be Carl. Carl is a douche.
I’m not saying it’s a bad idea to get lost at a fest because getting lost can be the most fun. The best stories come out of it. And, it will inevitably occur. So EDM Daycare is here with some tips on how to find your friends, so you can share some of the adventures you’ve embarked on!
Walk The Grounds
One of the first things my friends and I always do the first day at a festival is walk the grounds and get to know our surroundings. Always remember where you are camping. Home base is always a place where you’ll find somebody! Meet your neighbors because there’s always going to be a string of them leading back to your campsite. Remember distinct things such as the trippy tent, the van with the sign that says “free puppies” on it, or the fucked up hype man that spends all night yelling in a megaphone. Once you’ve got the basics down, a few more key tips will help you find squad once you’re out and about.
Make A Totem
Making a totem is a great way to express your creativity, but also, find your squad. No matter how deep into the pit you may be, a 7-foot pole is easier to spot than “It’s fine bro, I can find your wavy hair and find you”. The key ingredients to making a totem could be blowing an image of your favorite meme or make something authentic, 3 to 5 foot PVS pipe, and lots of duct tape. Those are simply the basics. Get as crazy as you want with your totem. I’ve seen some on 10 foot poles with LED lights on them. As Shia would say, “Don’t let your dreams be dreams!” All you gotta do is look up and find squads Bat-Signal.
Designated Meeting Spots
Always prepare a designated meeting spot once you hit the main stage area. It makes it a hell of a lot easier to find everyone if there is place that has purpose. For example, when I attended Okeechobee last March a friend and I gazed at the stars underneath this specific palm tree next to the Now stage. Although we hadn’t explicitly said that was going to be our squad meet up spot it worked. There was something about mapping out the universe on that first night that linked our group to that very spot. Strangely that unspoken bond worked for me and my squad back left of the main stage near the Ferris wheel. If you and squad vibe on deep level you can try that but being verbal about said meet up spot couldn’t hurt either.
A few awesome points that every concert/festival will have:
- VIP Entrance
- Pizza Vendor
- Left or right side of Front of House (Big booth in the middle of the crowd)
- Left or right all the way up front (Normally easier to navigate the sides of the crowd to get there)
Apps to help you find people
If all of these fail for some reason and if everyone’s phones are charged at all times you could try an app finder. I personally like to disconnect from electronics so I can reconnect with humanity, but I not discourage using them, as they can be extremely helpful. So here are a few that could help you out:
Tent Finding Apps (Click name to download!)
Android: Festival Buddy
Iphone: BC Tent Finder
Friend Finding Apps: