<![CDATA[Tucker Gumber—aka The Festival Guy™—is one of the world’s most festivaled individuals. Since embarking upon this colorful journey of human celebration in 2011, Gumber has been to 112 festivals and has spent a total of 370 days on site. Yes, that one whole year out of the last six spent festivaling. Needless to say, Gumber might be one of the most clued up guests that will almost certainly be wandering through your gate this season.In the last year, Tucker has extended his influence in the community by launching app-based resource FestEVO and publishing The Festival Thrower’s Bible. Tucker’s become a staple on the US festival scene and his energy his infectious when you meet him on site.Given the scope of his experience, we decided to reach out and get his perspective on the simple things festival promoters can do to really elevate the experience of their event for the fans.
Experience It from the Guest Perspective“Going to a lot of these things has made me realize that small, seemingly inconsequential mistakes on the part of the organizers can have huge consequences from the fan’s perspective,” he explains. “And I think it’s important for organizers to see things that way.”
Yes, roughing it with the GA punters during the festival is going to teach you a lot about how well you have set up your event. How far is the walk from the furthest edge of the campsite to the festival? Walk it a few times. Try heading to the bathrooms in the dark, or finding your tent when you’re hammered. Okay, maybe you don’t need to go all out on this, but connect yourself to the average experience and your fans will thank you for it.
Not a care in the world. #ElectricForest #EF2X17 pic.twitter.com/NZlmMzTQPP— Electric Forest (@Electric_Forest) February 12, 2017
Go to a Variety of FestivalsGumber recommends that promoters visit a variety of festivals every season to learn from the competition.“Lightning in a Bottle, Coachella, Electric Forest, and What the Festival,” said Gumber without missing a beat. “For me, if you see each of these events you’ll have a very good sense of how well run and unique a festival experience can be.”
And, naturally, Tucker strongly recommends Burning Man. “It’s some of the world’s most creative people coming together to collaborate on an art project. There’s nothing like it.”
Remember when? This shot of Distrikt at sunset by Christopher Morahan was our most liked Instagram photo of the last week. pic.twitter.com/jnPJCymTWc— Burning Man (@burningman) January 31, 2017