Beartooth on how to survive the festival season

7 Essential tips to survive the summer festival season

Words: Florian Obkircher
Photo: Myriam Santos

Beartooth singer Caleb Shomo started playing rock festivals when he was only 15 years old. Here the young veteran explains how to up your festival experience this summer

Beartooth gigs are not for the faint-hearted. Plastic cups fly through the air, hordes of adolescents jump and pogo like crazy. Fans storm the stage, wrench the microphone from the singer’s hand and stage dive back in the crowd. But, as Beartooth frontman Caleb Shomo says, that’s exactly how they like it. No wonder, it is his passion to make his contemporaries go nuts after all. 

With his former metalcore band Attack Attack! Shomo hit Billboard Magazine’s top 20 in album sales and played huge festival stages. In 2013–still only 20 years old–Shomo quit the band to start a new adventure called Beartooth, with the goal of being harder and more aggressive.

After the success of the band’s debut album Disgusting in 2014, Shomo and his band are now revealing their new masterpiece, Aggressive, which Beartooth will tour throughout the summer. Get your hands on the new album here.

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Here, in anticipation of the festival season, Shomo reveals how to properly enjoy outdoor music spectacles. 

1 Bring Beer

For the majority of festivals having beer around is key. I started playing festivals before I started attending them as a visitor, but I realised very quickly that it’s an integral part of the experience. You walk around, you hang loose, watch some bands and have a good time, which is great, and beer is the icing on the cake.

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2 Forget About The Outside World

A music festival is like a giant vacation with a bunch of sick bands. So don’t waste any time, just go there and enjoy it. Do whatever you feel like doing, however, don’t be an idiot. Don’t take drugs some random dude gives you and crap like that. 

3 Be Open To Surprises

When it comes to bands that you really want to see, plan ahead. But at the same time, be open to discover new music. I like going into things a little open-minded and just listen to the bands. Just walk by several stages and purposely try to discover new music. That way I discovered Deftones a few years ago.

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4 Don’t Dismiss The Usual Suspects

No matter if you have seen a band before in an intimate setting, festival gigs are a different story. Take While She Sleeps, we played Reading festival with them and they headlined the stage we played. I had seen them play before so I wasn’t too bothered, but everyone was saying that their Reading show is going to be nuts. So I stuck around and it truly was one of the craziest shows I have ever seen in my entire life. People were climbing on stage, going ballistic. It was pure chaos

5 Be Well-Equipped

Bring a good tent, and make sure you have a dry place to sleep, that’s really important. Also, make sure to pack sun screen. You don’t want to get burnt out on the first day and then suffer for the rest of the festival.

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6 Bring Your Partner In Crime

Obviously going to a festival with your best friends is the most important thing out of all. On one hand, shows are always more fun when you’re watching with a group of buddies. On the other hand, having your friends around is essential because you might need someone to help you getting back to your tent safely when you’re pissed.

7 Bank Sleep In Advance

Sleep is something rare at a festival. You’re probably not going to sleep more than three hours per night. My advice is to take two days off before the festival and just spend it in bed. Completely check out for as long as you can. And then get out there and go nuts!

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The Essential Festival tips - Got it?

  • Bring Beer
  • Forget About The Outside World    
  • Be Open To Surprises
  • Don’t Dismiss The Usual Suspects
  • Be Well-Equipped
  • Bring Your Partner In Crime    
  • Bank Sleep In Advance
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