Here we are again–it’s the week of Electric Forest and the anticipation is growing by the minute as the clock ticks closer to one of the best festivals of the year! While I’m excited to see my Forest Family once again, what I’m not looking forward to is the finger pointing and complaining after the fest when one or a few fans of one artist clash with fans of another artist. We all know how the story goes. We’ve all seen videos and heard stories when fan bases have disagreements. So let’s flip the script and make this the year where everyone gets along and has nothing but amazing memories from the most magical place on Earth.Here’s a simple little checklist to ensure that everybody is happy all weekend!1. Share the space. Electric Forest belongs to all of us and most of us travel pretty far to see the sets from artists that we love. If you want to be front row for an act, but another fan also wants to be front row for theirs, share the space!! Most people are willing to trade spots, and it allows you to go get some food and hit the bathroom. It’s a win-win!2. Don’t be disrespectful. Although this seems like common sense at a festival, it astounds me how people can actually be rude in such a loving environment. Be mindful of your actions. Don’t be the person that everyone is talking about on the internet for months after the event.3. Sit down in the back. Again, this seems like common sense to most music fans, but if you want to sit down during a set, do so in the back or near the soundboard. Festivals can be exhausting, but don’t make other people upset because you need a break. Sitting between sets is perfectly fine of course, but do not sit with your back to an act while they are playing. That’s a huge No-No. People will take it the wrong way entirely, trust me.4. Show love to all acts. Hey, you may not be the biggest fan of an act, but that doesn’t give anyone the right to “Boo” them. Leave those bad vibes at home. There are multiple acts playing on multiple stages all weekend, you do not need to be at a show that you don’t like, so don’t! Go see something else, or get lost in the forest for a while! There will be space for you when you get back.5. Keep totems to the side and back. There is quite possibly nothing worse at a festival than a huge totem right in the front row blocking the view for everyone else in the crowd. Totems are great for keeping friends together and expressing yourself in a creative way, but they aren’t great for making new friends during a set. If you are going to be with a crew that needs a totem, please don’t camp in the front and ruin the show for others.6. Be polite in the crowd. We’ve all seen it before. That one person that has too much to drink and plows through a crowd with no sense of manners whatsoever. Don’t be that person. Be polite going through a crowd. Say excuse me and thank you. Don’t act like you own the place. Politeness really does go a long way, sometimes all the way to the front. Oh, and if you want to be near the front, don’t make a mad dash while an act is already playing, that just causes a headache for everyone involved. There is plenty of time in between sets to get your spot! Don’t show up late and expect to get prime real estate!7. Clean up after yourself! Trash is always an issue when thousands of people come together to celebrate. Please be mindful and leave no trace, both inside the festival, and out in the campgrounds. You may see groups of people cleaning up after sets throughout the weekend and they will be welcoming to another set of helping hands. Don’t be shy! Electric Forest also has an Electricology program that rewards you for helping to keep the festival clean! To participate and potentially win tickets for life, head here!-Adam Straughn[Cover photo via Faces of Festivals]
You know what we’ve always been saying Broadway needs more of? Octogenarians doing the Running Man. Lucky for us, the new musical Gotta Dance will premiere in Chicago this year and has its eyes on Broadway for spring 2016. The tuner, based on the 2008 documentary of the same name, features music by Marvin Hamlisch and Matthew Sklar (who completed the score after Hamlisch’s death in 2012), lyrics by Nell Benjamin and a book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin. Tony winner Jerry Mitchell will direct and choreograph the show.Performances will begin at the Windy City’s Bank of America Theatre on December 13 and run through January 17, 2016. Additional information, including a cast and design team, will be announced at a later date.Gotta Dance tells the true story of a group of professional dancers, who, in 2007, were tasked with getting a basketball team’s senior citizen dance troupe performance-ready for their center court hip-hop debut. Through an unlikely art form and some hot moves, generation gaps are crossed and friendships are formed.The show is not to be confused with the Broadway.com series Gotta Dance!. View Comments Related Shows Half Time
Northwestern University’s football team tried to declare themselves a union. Last week their request was denied by the court system because they are not considered state employees. The whole idea behind the union was to get more money allocated to student athletes.As a result of Northwestern’s action, the NCAA agreed to allow their Division I schools to provide a stipend to each athlete amounting to between 3,000 and 5,500 dollars based on the cost of the school they attend. This money can be used to be paid for books, incidentals, room and board if not already furnished, etc.You might ask that if these students have a full ride to college why they need the extra money. You have to realize that if you are a member of a major college athletic team you have committed yourself to a 12-month season. There are no such things as a 2-3 month commitment any more. Therefore, these athletes cannot get part-time jobs nor any other form of income like a regular college student could do.
“We’ve only got Giroud and sometimes Lukas Podolski can play in that position, but he’s not as good when playing as a centre-forward – he looked quite lost and it’s the same with Theo Walcott. “If Giroud gets injured for any length of time, then all the good work that has been done already could go out of the window. “Very much so I’d like (manager) Arsene Wenger to be active in January. If we don’t get a centre-forward…. “We have a history at Arsenal of long-term injuries and if that happens to Giroud then unless we get someone in January…. but I think the club is well aware of that. “You can’t have any weaknesses in your team (if you want to win the title) and that’s a potential weakness.” A 2-0 win over Liverpool has sent the club five points clear at the top of the table, but McLintock fears an injury to Olivier Giroud could prove damaging. “I was very disappointed that we didn’t get another centre-forward before the season started,” he told Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme. Press Association Former Arsenal captain Frank McLintock insists the Gunners must buy a striker in the January transfer window if they want to win the Barclays Premier League table.