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Top Ten Tips for Osheaga 2012

by Jennifer Nachshen

Check out our Top Ten Tips for Osheaga 2013.

We’ve been attending Osheaga Music & Art Festival on a regular basis for the last few years, so we know what we’re saying when we tell you it’s more than just music. It’s a marathon. You’ll want to enjoy every minute of the weekend, so make sure your good time isn’t derailed by any faux pas, fashion or otherwise. Here are our top ten tips for enjoying Osheaga to its fullest.

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1. Don’t drive. Why bring your car when you can arrive worry-free by metro or Bixi? The good people at Bixi are constantly emptying the docks so you won’t get stuck with nowhere to park. Plus, you’ll warm up your legs for dancing.

2. Leave your wobbly stilettos at home. We know you want to look adorable, but you’ll be standing and swaying and walking and dancing

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for hours on end, so you don’t want to be that girl hobbling around while people in sandals sneer at you pityingly.  We’re loving these wedge Hirao sandals by Jeffrey Campbell. They give you a little extra height to see over the crowd without risking your ankles.

3. It’s BYOWB, as in bring your own water bottle to fill up at the on-site water fountains, but it’s not BYOB, so leave the alcohol at home. You’ll find plenty to purchase there.

4. Wear sunscreen, you silly monkey. Local skincare company IDC makes a great all ages 50SPF moisturizer, so you won’t end up looking like a lobster.

5. Don’t just stick to the main stage. We know you’re excited to see Florence + The Machine, Snoop Lion (as he is now calling himself) and the resurgence of Garbage, but if you go for a wander you might find some new favourites.

6. Go hungry. Not only is there a ton of food onsite (we discovered the unbelievably delicious Kono Pizza last year), but there always seems to be someone giving away samples of something yummy. You’ll also find vegan food near the Green Stage, ethnic food of all kinds, and of course, the ever beloved street meat hot dog.

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7. Dress cute. Urban Expressions, as well as plenty of other street-style spotters, will be out with their camera in tow looking for the freshest festival wear. American Apparel may be the clothing partner of this year’s festival, but may we recommend spending your cash at some local boutiques boasting a rock ‘n roll edge? We love Editorial Boutique for cut-off jean shorts, platform sneakers and spiky jackets.

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8. Tweet and instagram your heart out! The crew at @osheaga has been pretty great about retweeting fans, so don’t be shy about your opinions. Also, you’ll want to show off how cool you are compared to everyone who stayed at home.

9. Keep the clutches to a minimum. Hands-free is fuss-free, so carry a cross-body or a back-pack full of the things you’ll want and need, including layering pieces in case it gets cold at night or you get sprayed by a hose, a blanket to come between your rear and the grass, earplugs, band-aids, and a travel pack of kleenex (the porta-potties aren’t bad, but you can never be too sure).

10.  Have Fun! No, I don’t mean have your way with the band Fun (though, high five if you do). Just have a good time, rest in the shade when you need to, dance when you can’t stop yourself from moving, eat, drink and be merry.