Let me be upfront. I’ve never really enjoyed the concert experience. When I was younger, my mom took me to see Riverdance, which I loved because of the dancing. I’ve always enjoyed music, however; I’m the one in the family that sings along most to the radio, and I spent hours in high school and college building and curating my iTunes music library. Compared to Ian, I’m practically someone who exclusively listens to Top 40 songs. He studied it in school and even played in a band at one point. Ian’s been dying to take me to a music festival for a long time.
Knowing I would want to write about my experience, I drafted a post the day before. I’ll admit, the title was originally going to be “I went to Panorama… and was not impressed”. As someone who doesn’t seek out live music and dislikes overpaying for activities, I really didn’t expect to like it all that much. Why? The cost: $125. Everything in me rebels against this ticket price. Plus, this was a single day ticket. Can you imagine paying $300 for a three-day festival? I only set aside $200 for non-essential spending every month; this took up a huge share.
Not only were the tickets expensive, but I spent another $52 on food and drinks. Did I need to buy $22 of overpriced mozzarella sticks? No. Were they extremely delicious and fun to share with my friends? Of course. Festival rules: no outside food or drink allowed. There was free water on site, but why drink water all night when you can have frosé?
We tried not to go crazy. On the way in, we stopped to eat a large lunch of (great) falafel, and Ian even managed to sneak in a Clif bar by tucking it into his underwear. Booze changes all decisions, though. The smell of pizza, fried food, and other glorious things were just too hard to resist.
Last year, I saw the Alabama Shakes live and didn’t really enjoy it. It may have been related to the fact that I was attempting the Whole30 diet at the time, but I remember being grumpy. At Panorama, the sets are shorter, and the environment is more welcoming. Once I got used to it, I actually began to enjoy myself.
These artists, along with Alt-J, were really great to hear live. By the end of the night I was dancing, something I usually don’t like doing in public.
I got some free stuff from the Sephora tent, for which I only had to like some brands on Instagram and post with a hashtag. I walked out of that tent with purple lipstick but only kept it on during SOFI TUKKER.
The important question: Will I go back to Panorama?
Honestly, no. Yes, I had a good time, but I wouldn’t pay another $177 for this experience. It’s kind of a been there, done that type of thing. I don’t regret going, but I prefer having music as a personal thing. I’ll consider going to other (cheaper) festivals, but only for bands I really like. Just as with any live show, knowing the act has a significant effect on your enjoyment of it.
What kind of expensive activities have you done that you do or don’t regret?