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But remember, a festival is like a war zone: You can’t go in unprepared.If the primary objective of your festival experience this summer is to hook up, you should first do some research into the type of people that attend the festival(s) you have in mind.For instance, if you don’t like coked-out A&R dudes, then you probably should avoid SXSW, and if the idea of a white guy with dreads wearing a tutu and a metal eyepatch isn’t your thing, then maybe steer clear of Burning Man.However, if you love hipster appropriation of indigenous peoples’ culture, then you should definitely hit Coachella.I spent my late teens and early twenties in England, which is a mecca for music festivals. (In hindsight this seems bizarre to me, given that I now find live music quite painful, large crowds give me anxiety, and you literally couldn’t pay me to sleep in a tent.) The problem with Maria as a festival partner, however, was that there was a roughly 90 percent chance that at some point in the evening she would disappear with a random 19-year-old.My festival partner-in-crime was Maria, now a 31-year-old music manager living in Barcelona. (Or boys who look like they ) For years, Maria and I would do the festival rounds: Glastonbury and Bestival in the U. One year, at Primavera, she hooked up with a different guy every day of the four-day festival.“British festivals are fun,” says Maria, “but tend to involve camping, which is not ideal for hookups.” (You should mentally prepare yourself for the possibility of having sex in a tent.) “Urban festivals are more civilized because you can go back to an actual bed and can even have a beautiful walk around the city the next day.”At a festival, there are generally two types of hookups that can happen: the random sexual encounter, which is straightforward, and the festival romance, which is when you form a pseudo-relationship with someone for the length of the festival.“Something about festivals,” Maria told me, “is that hookups don’t often lead to sex, because at the end of the night, you're too tired and wasted to actually get down to business.
So we may end up in this weird area in between hookups and relationships. I want to know if I can text someone whenever I want without looking like a stage-five clinger, and I want to know that I don't necessarily need to make weekend plans because I'll be with him.
I'm not talking about inviting him or her to a wedding in six months. If there's a band you both like that will be in town next month, suggest that you get tickets. But if you've been dating or seeing each other for a few months, it's time to broach the social media sea.
Now you have plans for September that don't involve a 11 p.m. If you aren't Facebook or Instagram friends, add him or her and see what happens.
People let their guard down, so it becomes easier to approach one another.
And you're surrounded by music, which always makes experiences more epic.” All of this, she says, facilitates the hookup process.