Lights All Night 2013: 10 Things We Learned on Friday
It's already halfway over. For those interested in attending night two of Lights All Night, I have some sage advice that just might save your life, or just help you have more fun. Whatever. Read these ten lines, commit them to memory, and, of course, laminate them -- things get pretty wet and sticky in that convention center. If you can navigate things accordingly you might make it to the other side. This is your LAN Official Survival Guide. Or something.
1. First, and this should go without saying, DRINK LOTS OF WATER. Nothing ruins a long-form concert like an unintentional dizzy spell, and trust me, you don't want to be puking with your head in the used-on-average-1000-times-a-day toilets.
2. Lights All Night is a never ending series of 'holy shit did you see that' moments, and a people watching opportunity like you couldn't possibly imagine. On that note, make sure the phone you bring has a full charge. Videos, photos, and social network sharing are major drains on your device's battery life, and we all know that must-see events always occur immediately after the smart phone inopportunely dies, so double check that your phone has enough juice to last your entire visit.
3. Bring soothing music for the drive home. Your ears will be screaming at you the whole ride back, so bring something mellow and uncomplicated to drown out those pained squeals of your eardrums slowly dying. (Think nature sounds or crappy world music).
4. I know it seems exciting and whimsical, but don't take unidentified pharmaceuticals from strangers. What you might imagine to be an Alice in Wonderland-type scenario could just as easily be a traumatizing descent into hellish madness, and a one way ticket to the emergency room.
5.They say that when in Rome do as they Romans do, so go ahead and wear lots of neon. I don't get it either, but just do it.