While day one of the festival got the participants hyped up, the real fun began in day two. The central section with the larger stages, The Grove, opened midday. I saw everything from folk rock at The Oh Hellos to Bassnectar. Since I am focusing on the festival as a whole experience, I take my camera to a few of the more intimate shows then stash it for the more crazy experiences.
Even if it is hot outside, my most practical fashion advice is to wear boots. If you have a pair of leather hiking boots, that would be perfect. I'm rocking my most comfortable chelsea boots from ASOS for the purpose of these pictures, but as I'm starting on day three I will absolutely switch over to hiking boots. Why would you cover your feet in such warm weather? Otherwise they end up looking like this:
Another bit of unsolicited music festival advice: bring clothes for cooler weather as well. Depending on how long you're down between sets, you could end up shivering and being generally miserable if you don't have pants and a jacket. This is particularly relevant for Okeechobee since it kicks off festival season in early spring, but I had a similar experience at Bonnaroo.
Day two definitely built up momentum to Bassnectar, which is the show that I'm convinced sold the event out. While we were on the outskirts of the crowd for his show at Bonnaroo last year, being about 20 rows back was an experience that I'll never forget. Everything, down to the placement of his set up and the visuals, was so precise. Shows like that make true artistry apparent to the masses.
As I attend more shows, I'm reminded of why I love festivals. Camping festivals are a beast, but once you feel the energy of your fellow festival goers, they really can't be beat.