The Shaky Beats festival is coming to Central Park! Welcome to Part two of your Shaky Survival Guide! See Part One here!
Getting to the Festival
Please do yourself a favor. Don’t drive. It’s Atlanta, in Central Park (midtown, more or less ), just don’t. You’re going to hit some wild traffic there and back and your chance at parking will be abysmal. I would recommend taking MARTA or an Uber as close as you can get, and then walking a few blocks to the event. Basically, once your Uber is moving slower than the speed at which the people in the tie-dye shirts are walking, it’s time to bail and join them. This also lets your driver off the hook from sitting in traffic for twenty minutes trying to escape that mess. Then you’re off to the show!
Given the location of Shaky Beats this year, I’d highly recommend picking one of the area’s great restaurants as a pregame destination. Grab some lunch and brews and head on over to the festival once you’re good and ready. Some of my recommendations for pre-gaming are Midtown Tavern, Torched Hop, Two Urban Licks, and Venkman’s.
Planning Your Shows
There are roughly 100,000 apps for planning shows at music festivals, and Shaky Beats doesn’t disappoint! They have their own super handy app for booking your adventure. But for us lowly folk with little phone memory or that need their phones to stay alive throughout the whole day, I’d recommend a simple note-taking app like Google Keep. I usually plan as follows:
- For each time slot in the day, number your artist choices in order of how badly you want to see them.
- For a time slot that has two great artists, you might have trouble deciding which one to see. Your best option in this case is just to suck it up and figure your life out. But one helpful deciding factor is the distance of the artist, or “how long is it going to take me to get to this show versus to the other one?” And “will I be able to get a decent spot? Which show will give me the best positioning for the next show after that?”
- Regardless of how badly you want to see your #1 show, always write down your #2 for each time slot. That way, if you’re meeting up with a crew or friends with differing opinions on who to see next, you can be open to two suggestions rather than one.
- Critical info to know is 1) Artist 2) Time 3) Stage
If your phone fails, it’s always nice to have a backup. Typically you’ll be able to find flyers around the festival grounds with artist schedules, and there will be pillars dispersed with daily schedules and stage information. These are what I recommend for last-ditch items, or if you end up at a sweet show and just need to know who that artist was.
Dealing with Conflict
In some instances, you’ll disagree with your friends about what show to see next, and you’ll have to negotiate. Negotiation is an art form. Hell, our humble Commander in Chief even wrote a whole book about it. When it comes to negotiating with your crew between seeing your favorite artists and theirs, you’ll have to remember the 3 C’s of deal making: compromise, concession, and coercion. These go in order of your best-to-worst options.
- Option 1- Compromise. This basically means you make a deal. They go see your favorite show now if you go and see theirs later. The trick? Their favorite show is also another one of your favorites. Pick a show that you know they will want to go to, and that you will like, but they don’t know you like. This will only work if you have not announced your festival show plans to your friends. You must keep these plans a secret to successfully come out on top of the compromise, otherwise you’ll come out even and that’s as bad as losing.
- Option 2- Concession. This one means you’ll give them something. Buy them lunch, get them a t-shirt, some sort of knick-knack, whatever. The trick to winning this one? They give out tons of crap for free at these festivals. If you’re negotiating with someone, you might be able to split up for a while. Then you can sneak off and score some free swag or food and concede away.
- Option 3- Coercion. This can be risky. This just means you get the rest of the group on your side and force the troublemaker to give in and see your show. The risk here is that if the group disagrees, then you become the troublemaker. The trick to coming out on top of this one is to ensure that the group (your backup) wants to see either your show, or the show coming on after your show at the same stage. This will give them reason to want to hang around and get a good spot.
Keep posted for three more parts to our Shaky Beats pre-event advice!