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03-09-2006, 06:40 PM
just wondering if anybody had an info about solo waka trips
03-09-2006, 06:45 PM
[quote:92606f5b51=\"kunks\"]just wondering if anybody had an info about solo waka trips[/quote:92606f5b51]
It can be a great funkin time if you are prepared. Read up on the forum topics, and don't be afraid to ask questions.
Hope to see you there!
03-09-2006, 07:14 PM
Yeah, just stay on the forums and you'll have a lovely family before you know it. That's what happened to me. This time last year, I was living in Mississippi and didn't even know Lawrence KS existed. Then I discovered the fest. Technically, I went alone last year, but I was not alone at any point during the fest. Just about everyone I hung out with, I met through the forum.
03-09-2006, 08:29 PM
I'm prob going solo as well, although I'm from around Lawrence, so I know of plenty of people that are going. I'm really excited to meet up with my Waka Board family!!
03-09-2006, 09:19 PM
I'm flying in, doing it solo. I find music trading is a good way to meet some like minded people. Any tips on where I should offer free live music by artists attending the festival? I did this on the Bonnaroo list a bunch of times.
If anyone wants to B&P or trade take a look at my extensive list at http://db.etree.org/subtlepuddle
03-09-2006, 09:45 PM
I've gone to both Wakas solo, but I've bumped into old friends and made lots of new ones each year. Wakarusa is full of good people, so I'm sure that your campsite neighbors will be great.
Puddle---we've got a little tradition of Free Music Fridays here at the Waka forum, so that's a great place to start.
03-10-2006, 12:13 AM
I go solo to fests quite a bit cause my friends are lame/broke all the time and its great, you got no where to be nothing to do, you can get lost all weekend. But the cool thing i find is that for one, you meet alot more people when you go solo and i also happen to meet alot of other people who came solo as well... Its kinda cool when you end up hanging out with a group of peeps who all came solo and ran into each other randomly hanging out, happens to me quite a bit...
03-10-2006, 02:44 AM
solo can definatly be a cool way to go a lot of the shows I've been to I went solo.bonnaroo the year before last(went with folks last year) Did my first waka last year solo great time and met a ton of sweet folks.
03-10-2006, 08:29 AM
As much as I love spending time with friends and family, I actually prefer going to festivals solo. It's a time I am absolutely free to follow my own bliss, see the shows I wanna see, leave at will if the band ain't grabbing me, jam when I want to, crash at odd hours, no obs, no strings. I always connect with someone cool. Just put yourself out there and go with the flow.
It's a bit of nostalgia for me, really, though I am more there to get turned on to new music. On one level it's like a tour without having to get on the highway every damn night, and a lot safer. Hell, I used to hitchhike coast to coast on Dead tour with nothing but a backpack and half my wits.
So, come on down, get down.
03-10-2006, 09:28 AM
When I was younger I was too scared or self-conscious to go to concerts by myself, and I missed a lot of good music because of that. But I came to my senses a few years ago, and now I actually prefer to fly solo. You don't have to worry about your friends talking to you during the show, you're free to move around from place to place, and you don't have to worry about losing anyone or getting lost. Like the good Reverend said, \"Just put yourself out there and go with the flow.\"
03-10-2006, 01:43 PM
welcome subtle puddle. You'll find a free musicfridays thread on under concert hall, I think. 8)
03-10-2006, 01:43 PM
Oops. NOw I see jackdog already posted about the FMFs. 8)
03-10-2006, 01:45 PM
I'm from Jersey. We use the buddy system.
03-11-2006, 12:42 AM
i am also going solo, the first time i have done a festival on my own (have been to a couple of concerts on my own before tho), im from oz and just stumbled across this fest by finding out an aussie band is playing there, i wasnt sure about it but i went on the forums and there seems a be a really good vibe from people, so hopefully ill be able to catch up with people there.
this fest seems to attract welcoming, friendly funloving people - from what i can tell fromthe forums anyway, and hope when i get there i will find it will be like that in 'real' life!
03-11-2006, 01:11 AM
[quote:3ca4818b99=\"misslh\"]this fest seems to attract welcoming, friendly funloving people - from what i can tell fromthe forums anyway, and hope when i get there i will find it will be like that in 'real' life![/quote:3ca4818b99]
Well, I can tell you it won't be.
It's gonna be a million times better.
03-11-2006, 03:11 AM
I lived in KC & went solo to waka # 1
where I met a bunch of people from OK
who all attended Waka #2 with me
now I live in Oklahoma
03-13-2006, 09:21 AM
my first dead/festival show was Summer Jam at watkins glen in '73. I was 14 years old (which makes me a little long in the tooth yes) hitchhiked there by myself. Along the way I had numerous adventures both on the trip to the show, and while there. Had the time of my life,a phsycadelic oddessy unparralelled to this day. I missed the first Woodstock,but made '94 & 95 both cool but no Glen. Did most of the big phish shows except Fla. & the last one in Vermont. Have also done many a tour dates with the dead and later on with phish and some sci. Probably close to half of which I did solo. The thing is to go, to be there to be part of it,whether your there by ones self or with a group of friends. Sometimes the freedom of being solo not having to worry can be more fun. And then the shared fun and support a group can offer,can be great as well. So get out there,any way you can and go. Go to a show, go to as many as you can.Waka, bonna, 10k, and meriad others throughout the country. both larger and smaller local efforts. Get out and have some fun.
03-13-2006, 01:27 PM
Whoa! A Watkins Glen attendee! I wasn't around yet, but if I had my choice between the original Woodstock or Watkins Glen, I'd choose WG. For those of you that don't know, Watkins Glen was 7-28-'73 and featured the Grateful Dead, The Band, and The Allman Brothers Band! So many people showed up the day before that instead of just doing a soundcheck, each band played what amounted to concert-length sets.
I've got the official release \"The Band - Live At Watkins Glen\" and it's a smoker! I've also got the Dead's soundcheck from the 27th, and it's pretty damn good, too.
03-13-2006, 07:54 PM
I did Waka solo last year and had a great time. As the others said, you make friends with your neighbors, sometimes get adopted into a group and have a great time. It's also nice to be able to float around and see whatever band you want when you want. I'm going with some friends this year, but I'm sure we'll do our share of splitting up and going solo. About the only downfall of going solo is the drive, but you can always look for a rider on the board.
03-17-2006, 02:10 PM
I went solo last year...actually got there on Tuesday, I was one of the first people in the VIP area on Wednesday. I met the other people that were first in VIP and we kinda just merged camps. Ended up being a great time, I always end up solo anyways because I get tired of crappy viewing areas/staying in the same place the whole show. Solo can be just as fun as draggin around, being dragged around by a bunch-o friends.
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