Music festival series: Tomorrowworld

Tomorrowworld will always hold a special place in my heart because of the fact that it was the first camping festival that I went to. Although I had attended many music festivals prior to Tomorrowworld, there’s nothing quite like camping at a festival.

Camping at a music festival is amazing, yet intense. It allows you to fully immerse yourself into the festival and all that it has to offer, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Camping at a music festival requires patience, resilience, endurance, and most importantly, the ability to handle whatever is thrown your way. I found all of this out when I attended Tomorrowworld in September of 2015.

Tomorrowworld was an amazing festival. The theme of the festival, and the stages and art installations that centered around it, the venue it was held at, and the artists who performed all combined to create a truly magical experience, one that I will never forget. Here are a few photos and videos that show just how incredible and unique Tomorrowworld was:

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~ Walking into the main grounds of the festival on the first morning ~

~ The main grounds of the festival ~

However, there can never be a rainbow without a little rain. Literally. The weekend that Tomorrowworld took place, Mother Nature decided that Atlanta, Georgia, which is where the festival was held, needed some rain, and by some rain, I mean a lot of rain. It rained the majority of the time that we were at the festival. The entire campgrounds, and a large portion of the festival grounds, turned into a giant pit of mud. Nevertheless, my friends and I did not let the rain ruin our experience. Although we were not prepared for it, we made do with small actions, such as hanging tarps between our tents to stop the rain from getting into our campsite and putting our feet in ziploc bags to prevent our socks from getting wet.

If given the choice, I would not change a thing about Tomorrowworld. Dealing with the rain and mud all weekend was not necessarily fun, but it did ensure that any camping festival I attend now will never be as much of a challenge as Tomorrowworld was. Because of Tomorrowworld, I approach each camping festival I attend with an open mind, ready to adapt to any circumstances that I am exposed to. In fact, I look forward to the challenges that are presented by camping at a festival because of the memories that result from them.

When I think back to Tomorrowworld, I don’t think of the fact that it rained most of the weekend. I think of the beautiful sunset that occurred on the first night during a brief lull in the rain. I think of accidentally stumbling upon Gramatik’s set, which lead to my discovery of Griz, who is now one of my favorite artists. I think of eating chicken and waffles for the first time, and consequently having my mind, and tastebuds, blown. Lastly, I think of staying up until the sunrise on Sunday morning with my friends, just sitting around our campsite hanging out and enjoying each other’s company.

I will always treasure my experience at Tomorrowworld. It opened me up to the world that is camping festivals, something that I am extremely grateful for. If there’s one thing you take away from reading this post, it should be that, if given the option, you should choose to camp at a music festival. I urge you to try it even if camping isn’t your thing and you don’t think you will enjoy it. It will expose you to a whole different side of the music festival, one that you weren’t aware existed, and will result in an experience that you will never forget.

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