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Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival has a way of turning Golden Gate Park into a magical land of windmills, amazing artists, gourmet food and booze that bombards your senses for three days straight. As soon as you descend onto this massive sprawl of good times, it's almost too easy to get carried away. With that in mind, we've put together a list of helpful reminders that just might save your life as you embark on Day 2 of the fest, featuring performances from Metallica,Sigur Rós, The Kills, Alabama Shakes and shit tons more. The following list is a life-saving guide of “Do's and Don't's” from what we learned yesterday will surely come in handy.
Top Five Do's
Mark Twain once said “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” As we walk around here freezing our asses off, we couldn't agree more. Layer up. There are many lockers available if you don't want to carry your shit around. Trust us, relying on your massive alcohol buzz isn't going to cut it when the marine layer comes rolling in.
4. Bring a Water Bottle and Use it Often
Don't let the cold weather fool you, hydration is always key as your burning you're calf muscles non-stop for an entire weekend. There are handy stations that will fill up your bottle for free and you can sleep better at night knowing your saving the earth on plastic bottle at a time.
3. Travel in SMALL groups
Otherwise you will lose half your giant buddy circle as soon as you walk into the festival. It's just bound to happen.
2. Keep an Open Mind
Give some love to smaller bands that play earlier in the day. Even if they're not on any of your Spotify playlists. Most of them are awesome and there is a reason for them to be at Outside Lands. If you get inside early enough to listen to a bunch of them, you'll probably come away liking at least a few, even though they might not be into the crazy, dubstep bass drops. Yesterday we caught Reggie Watts, Tanlines and L.A. locals Fitz and the Tantrums among others. They were all fucking amazing.
Always have them. Especially those catching the bus to and from the festival.
Top Five Don'ts
5. Come With a 'I Just Came to See Skrillex' Attitude
Trust us, we see you. We know.
4. Spirit hoodies, Indian Headdresses, anything hipsters wear to mock ancient cultures
We have enough of a problem with this at Coachella. Next time you think about putting on one of these infinitely annoying accessories, pretend there's a real Indian (or vicious jungle animal) right behind you.
3. Over-Indulge and Pass Out Before the Sun Goes Down
Get carried away too early and this jacket won't be the only mistake you make at Outside Lands 2012.
2. Wear a Flower in Your Hair
We know San Francisco is supposed to be hippieville and all. But ask yourself, how many gardens had to perish so you and the 10,000 other girls around you could all look exactly the same?
1. Full Up on Food While You Run Around All Day
This is probably the hardest thing to avoid, given the massive food sprawl that's become a defining characteristic of this festival. This year's divine list of 65 new food choices doesn't make things any easier. But during a marathon weekend of running from stage to stage, a belly full of carbs is a rookie mistake that will cost you big time.