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I would like to hear from people that did the VIP thing to see if they thought it was worth it. THe area around the stages seemed great. The food did not seem to be served very often. The camp area had only two porta potties that I saw and no shower. Let me know how it was.
06-25-2004, 06:58 PM
I was one of the lucky ones to have been in VIP and I for one thought it was well worth it. There is always room for improvement, but I have no regrets on the accessibility to stages and what sweet dreams I had letting galactic play my lullaby. The reason for no showers, is that area does not have a water source. It was handled really well by the festival folks as far as making sure that we had front of the line access for the shower trailers at no fee. It was so nice being able to go back to the campground and just chill while being able to hear the music. I will do it again. Hope this answers some of your questions. If you have any other questions, I will try to answer them.
06-29-2004, 11:58 PM
VIP was hard for me to aclimate myself to on basic ethics alone.
Once I made the necessary leap there from a \"sold-out\" premium camping, it was a given.
VIP (can't we think of another, less offensive name?), was well worth the extra lira.
Getting into camp a day in advance. Free beer. (Gheez!!!!!!!!!!) Free food (those who would complain re: quality - need I repeat FREEEEEE!!!)
Closer camping to the music. Free showers. Closer to the stages.
All added together... I will be back EVERY YEAR!!!!
Wakarusa was something to be seen & experienced her VIRGIN year!
WOW... well done, one & all.
Power to the people.
VIP was not mandantory, but was very nice indeed!
Hope this helps.
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR... ONE & ALL!!!!!!!!
07-01-2004, 09:10 AM
VIP is definately the way to go! Free beer, free food and free showers! I have never been so close to Robert Randolph in my entire life! The viewing areas were incredible. I have never been front and center at so many shows! I will be there next year!
Only complaint, besides those damn chiggers, nobody by chance saw a thief in the VIP camping area? I, as well as some neighbors, had a few things taken. Just curious. . .
07-01-2004, 09:33 AM
I was not in VIP but the Robert Randolph comment was funny to me. When my cousin and I landed in KC airport we walked right past Robert Randolph. The whole band was there and they were flying in from somewhere. They had all the equipment on the planes, so case after case the were pulling stuff off the baggage clam. I don't think the roadies were able to bring cloths. It looked like they all had to check two pieces of equipment for luggage.
Randolph was on the phone the whole time, or I would have told him how much he kicked ass.
07-06-2004, 03:33 PM
If I had the chance to talk RRFB, I would probably freak out. (Just Kidding!) Their music has been a religious experience for me. I find them so inspirational and uplifting. I don't know what it is about them and their music, but I am in love with them.
07-06-2004, 04:29 PM
I'm sooo with you on RR, wsp. I have been in love since the very first time I heard the boy's fingers stroke those strings on his wetlands cd. I see him as often as possible. He just takes me right on to church. Anyone who love RR, NMAS, and John Medeski should check out The Word cd, their collaborative gospel record.
07-06-2004, 05:32 PM
Only seen RR 3 times, once here in Tallahassee, once at Waka, and once in the Airport in KC. He didn't play us any music at the airport. Oh well.
07-16-2004, 07:39 PM
Only complaint, besides those damn chiggers, nobody by chance saw a thief in the VIP camping area? I, as well as some neighbors, had a few things taken. Just curious. . .[/quote:576b03cb5d]
Hey is this Keith? Because I had a neighbor named keith in the vip area that got some alcohol stolen from him.
07-18-2004, 05:39 PM
wsp, yes there were some folks scavenging as they called it. They were camped next to us so we heard all about their \"finds\" and even watched them snarf a few things. They were out and about when most everyone was asleep or at the music, stealing whatever they fancied.
10-01-2004, 12:13 PM
VIP was awesome! I elected to camp down in nellytucklehead camp to be more with everyone else and I just drove up to the gate and parked instead of trekking it all that way. The beer and front row access was so frickin great!
01-21-2005, 02:33 PM
how much were vip tickets last year?
01-21-2005, 06:42 PM
Around $500 for 2. Close camping, free food, and beer.
01-31-2005, 04:00 PM
[quote:58ece5422d=\"kinderkitti\"]wsp, yes there were some folks scavenging as they called it. They were camped next to us so we heard all about their \"finds\" and even watched them snarf a few things. They were out and about when most everyone was asleep or at the music, stealing whatever they fancied.[/quote:58ece5422d]
You call yourself one of us, HA
You need to learn some festival etiquite and not just sit there like a dirtbag and watch while other peoples stuff gets stolen. Someday someone will steal everything you own, nobody will help you, and you will have had your dose of karma.
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND :!:
01-31-2005, 06:13 PM
Perhaps I should've explained the situation a little better 28. I wanted to tell the everpresent golf cart security about the situation but was outvoted by the others in my group who just wanted to let it go. I think they chose that route because the scavengers were rude and loud and had stolen some things from us and they didnt' want to cross wires with them since they were camped right next to us - in upgraded camping with no permit. This year I am taking a stand by volunteering my time to make waka even betta and you can be sure I won't let a situation like that go down like it did last year. Once, shame on them, twice, shame on me.
01-31-2005, 09:48 PM
28, the hard thing about telling kids not to do this and that is hard heads. They don't listen, and most of the time they get pissed at you for saying it. Unlike the house you live in at home with walls, locks, doors and all, a tent can be trashed within seconds.
If you piss off kids that take other peoples stuff, whats going to stop them from taking yours when your at the music.
Don't be hard on Kitti, she didn't take anything.
01-31-2005, 10:36 PM
We all need to watch out for each other but in the future please discreetly inform security if you observe anyone stealing from others. Provided that the allegations are true we will remove the offending parties from the festival grounds or take other appropriate action.
The Management :shock:
02-10-2005, 08:35 AM
I don't know what to do yet and need to get off the fence before things start to sell out... VIP is tempting mainly because of the stage viewing areas. I'm more of a rummy but would drink the free beer. It would be nice to be close but I had fun on the No Wakas. I don't remember if the VIP campsite had any shade. Anyone? Any other comments to help me make up my mind???
I'm also tempted to go for the upgraded... Or, camp near the CPJS stage.
I liked our way out of the way spot last year (aside from chiggers) but it was too far of a walk to the \"on-the-spots\" for my lady and I think I would have heard more music if we were closer. We had that guy with bike drive us around and that was fun though.
02-10-2005, 09:37 AM
We were in VIP last yr and thought it was great. We were the ones with the fort mad from tarps and cars. We weren't trying to be anti-social. we got blown away by the storm thursday night and built a fort .................... Then it didn't rain again. Oh well I guess that is how it goes, im not complaining. The storm was awsome combined with sts9. Any way just wanted to say that VIP was worth every penny......... We were going to do it again but found ourselves in a bind so my wife and I are volunteering for the fest this yr. We hope to see all u all there again this yr!!!!!
02-10-2005, 02:33 PM
Randall, I would say that free beer and snacks would be the selling point to VIP. If your going to drink a lot of beer and not the rum it would be worth it. On the other hand. If Rebeca is not drinking, you will have to drink twice as much beer to even it out :D. I'm thinking the shade goes to the first people there. It had 2 tree lines but not much shade to go around.
I'm not sure if you were just thinking about upgraded or premium(w/power and water). If your looking to do power and water we should make sure we get sites next to eachother. We can make one big camp. I don't know the new system for picking sites, but when we findout lets talk about it. If you're going that way and not VIP.
I know this didn't help. I'm sure I left you right there on the fence where I found you, but I can't help everyone. :lol:
02-10-2005, 02:58 PM
Actually it did help narrow it down Bob. I didn't think about having to drink Rebecca's share of beer as well. I know I would end up hitting the bottle anyway. :D Really it's the viewing area I'm after but there were good views everywhere.
I'm sticking to the rum and holding off on the VIP. OK - let's talk about making one big camp when we find out the details. Camping near the CPJS is tempting as well but I wouldn't mind somewhere a bit quieter. I know one of Rebecca's main concern after last year will be good access to the Loo and showers.
02-10-2005, 03:12 PM
Can I join your \"one big camp\"? (Insert little yellow please, please,please face here)
VIP doesn't really sound like the best for us and we definitely want to get upgraded camping.
I'll try to figure out a way for us to enjoy \"big boat drinks\" out in the middle of the county. If I can't swing that you can count on us having a cooler filled with frosty adult beverages. 8)
02-10-2005, 04:26 PM
Of course you can!!! The more the merrier! JamCruisers camp area in the premium section. queenbee, if we are in the premium section with power and water, we can bring a blender to make our boat drinks! WOOOOP! Boat drinks for breakfast again! :D
02-10-2005, 07:41 PM
Hell yes your more then welcome. Maybe with you guys camped with us I'll get more golf in this year.
Funny you say that Randall. The one thing I didn't bring last year was a blender.
Lioness, PinkPigg and them will be in the VIP area, but the rest of us JamCruisers can all camp together. Also, I have some other friends that will join us. I'm so pumped!!!! It's like and it's over 4 months away.
02-11-2005, 09:42 PM
Just make sure you have a patch of chigger-free grass for us visitors. We'll make the trek and party like rock stars!!! 8)
I'm thinking instant koolaid and rum would be a close second to big boat drinks :wink:
02-13-2005, 08:40 PM
The one big camp sounds great, and I'm sure there will be an interesting collection of people. A friend and I are going and if I run into Bob I'll probably check out his site sometime. I hope to see some of you there!
Still daydreaming about a wonderful JamCruise, but also trying to prepare for my first Wakarusa this summer. I went ahead and got VIP tix already. Really only have two questions right now -
1. When can we pull into VIP and set up camp? Don't even know when they're planning on starting the music on friday, so I'm wondering when y'all recommend I plan on getting there and setting up my camp? Is friday morning good enough, or should I plan on pulling in and setting up thursday night? Will I even be able to set up camp thursday night? (yes that is one question)
2. Is there a limit as to how much space I'll have? I've got a huge tent (I like to stretch out when I sleep), plus a bunch of tarps. I like to build myself a tarp front porch for shelter from sun and rain, and I'm wondering how much space I'll have to make myself at home.
02-15-2005, 12:05 PM
toys, I'm not sure about the camp size in VIP but I do know this from last year:
If at all possible, make sure you get there no later than Thurday early afternoon. Ticket prices are for Fri-Sun but also include a kinda \"bonus\" day on Thursday. There will be music on Thursday you don't want to miss.
I think last year the VIPers got to enter the grounds first as well.
Hope that helps.
Yeah after I posted that question I read in another thread about the thursday night shows. I'm now planning on getting there thursday morning instead of thursday night or friday morning.
02-15-2005, 02:00 PM
Check out pollstars listing of Thursdays music at Waka. It would be safe to say that Thursday will be the opening night again. Music started in the afternoon, but still get there early. They don't have enough trees in VIP for everyone, so get them while you can.
Then again, if your making your own shade I guess it's not that important.
02-17-2005, 12:00 PM
Hope to see ya in VIP Toys. We were at JC05 as well.
03-01-2005, 12:45 PM
Anyone have any idea when VIP tix are expected to sell out? I picked up a couple, but I want my friends to hurry up and get them before it's too late.... They won't be able to purchase until next week at the earliest probably.
Really looking forward to this...was thinking about Bonnaroo again and after looking into this I can't pass it up!
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