What the Festival returns to the far side of Mount Hood for its fifth year of bass-bumping goodness today. Check out our full preview and interview with two of the founders here.
While I busy myself filling up my notebook with must-see acts—trap god Buku, Claptone, Jai Wolf, Hermitude, oh dear, running out space here—I asked festival veteran Anna Kerr, a 21-year-old student at Western Washington University, for tips on how to make the most of Oregon's bestest little electronic festival.
EMBRACE THE SMALL
“It’s a lot smaller. It’s significantly smaller than something like Sasquatch. You definitely have no problem finding your friends, which is always a big hassle at big festivals. I really like the smaller atmosphere. It’s a lot more friendly."
BRING A BANDANA
"It’s really out in the middle of nowhere. A big 'do' for the festival is to bring some sort of bandana or something to shield the dust. It’s really dry out there."
GET READY FOR HEAT
“It’s very, very hot. I would suggest bringing your own supply of water, but they also have fill-up stations and sinks throughout the venue, which is really nice." Note: Current temperature forecasts for Dufur, Oregon don't predict a scorchingly hot weekend, but we're slathering up in sunscreen anyway.
HOLD ONTO YOUR BUTTS
“There are certain smoking areas because it’s so dry. They’re pretty good about having smoking areas at every stage. Also, there’s no glass allowed. If you bring alcohol, it has to be in plastic or cans."
THERE'S MORE THAN JUST MUSIC
"There are a lot of community activities, like yoga classes, and hula hoop, and poi classes. That definitely helps strengthen the community vibe."
FORGET WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT FESTIVALS
"You know at the Gorge [Amphitheater] how you have to walk like a mile from the campsite to get into the venue? It’s a long, terrible walk. At WTF, the campsite is literally lined along the fence of the venue. You’re side-by-side with it so you can walk in and out as much as you’d like, and it only takes about 5 minutes to get to a stage. You are sleeping in the forest, so the trees block out a lot of sound. I never had an issue with noise."
IT'S NEARLY BRO-FREE
"WTF is much more of a heady, hippy crowd. You don’t get a lot of those crazy people or girls running around in pasties. It’s much more laid-back."
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