Writer Tara Lynne Groth, author of the first and only guidebook to the Bonnaroo Music Festival, “How Do You Roo? A Survivor’s Pocket Guide to Bonnaroo," has agreed to give away two copies of her book in conjunction with the summer music festival story she wrote for us. "Sounds of Summer: How to Survive Heat, Port a Potties, Dust and More at the South's Slew of Summer Music Festivals" took some of Groth's tips from her book and applied them to several music festivals taking place throughout the summer. According to North Carolina’s MerleFest, which celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year, “one-fifth of American adults now attend festivals while on vacation, with music festivals being the most popular choice." What to do when there's no shade? Create a breezeway by placing a tarp between your tent and car, says Groth. Suppose there's a sudden downpour? Leave the umbrella at home and carry a poncho. What if the weather suddenly cools off? Visit the merchandise booth for a commemorative hoodie.
Whether you're planning to attend Bonnaroo June 9-12 in a field in Manchester, Tennessee, or just want to read about the 10-year-old festival, see instructions below on how to win a copy of Groth's
How to survive heat, port a potties, dust and more at the South’s slew of summer music festivals.
By Tara Lynne Groth Summer in the South is hot, but full of good vibrations. Music festivals are a literal hot spot, and a handful are celebrating big anniversaries this summer. Their longevity is a testament to their ability to retain festival goers, offer better lineups and keep the atmosphere comfortable.
According to North Carolina’s MerleFest, which celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year, “one-fifth of American adults now attend festivals while on vacation, with music festivals being the most popular choice.” With tickets selling out way in advance, it’s becoming a feat to claim a spot at one of the South’s notorious music events—and find a spot in the shade once there. Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival in Richardson, Texas, now offers shade shelters, Tennessee’s Bonnaroo boasts air-conditioned tents (one that screens films), and misting tents are popping up at more festivals like Wakarusa, held in Ozark, Arkansas. When there’s no shade, make your own. At camping music festivals, you can pitch your tent right next to your car. Bring an extra tarp and rope and create a breezeway between tent and vehicle by tying