"This Is The Whitest Thing I've Ever Seen": Notes From a First Festival

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At 22, Samatha Nemana attended her first music festival. "It's become a thing you have to do at least once," she says on her first day. Luckily for the New Jersey native and NYU grad, she was attending a festival in a city that she's been living in for four years and has known her entire life. Being a jaded New Yorker, she went in with few expectations, actually not even psyching herself up too much for the weekend. As Sam reflects, "The key to being content with your life is to not have expectations."

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After attending more than a few festivals myself, it was interesting to watch a good friend experience one for the first time. Having told her all of my funniest stories of music festivals past, I was mostly excited to watch her react to the same things that happen at all of these events: people in weird outfits on weird drugs acting weird during decent bands. I remembered my first Lollapalooza at 15 when I had been excited to see Pearl Jam headline, met Patti Smith, and smelled weed for the first time. It was one of the best weekends of my life and felt thrillingly cool to be a part of. Annabel Finkel, 16, had a similarly great time at her first festival. Having only attended the first day of Gov Ball, she was able to see acts like the 1975 and Grimes. "I had the best day," she says the day after. "I'm super exhausted now, but I definitely want to go again next year!" For her, the festival was a "happy place," filled with dancing people, cool outfits, and free ice cream.

While Sam enjoyed the festival, it wasn't exactly her favorite place to be. "What I always assumed is that [Governors Ball] would be a chill, indie crowd given what people who have gone have told me," she says. "However, it was a super festival-y crowd." She expanded on her use of "festival-y," noting that it was similar to Cornell's annual Slope Day events she would attend to visit friends where "a bunch of frat bros hang out on a lawn and drunkenly listen to music." As it's been continuously noted over the past few years, festivals are less and less about the music and more about being seen and able to say that you have been to a music festival. Sam, while also a person who prefers to see concerts in more intimate settings, found the culture of the festival distracted from the music, a huge part of what attracted her to Gov Ball. Acts like Jenny Lewis, Neko Case, and Interpol were some old favorites of hers that she was delighted to see (even though she briefly confused Interpol for Incubus).


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zombiesatemyhomework

No one can know everything about every culture. I go to jam festivals and most of the people sporting Indian garb are fond of the culture, tradition, and aesthetic. Ravi Shankar was an extremely influential musician during the time that the hippie culture was blossoming and so Indian culture became part of hippie culture. You can be just as mad at people who wear band t-shirts of groups they've never listened to. There was a thugish kid in my high school that wore a Cure t-shirt to school one day and I asked him if he liked the band. He didn't know they were a band, he just liked the shirt. I thought he didn't deserve to wear the shirt and then realized how stupid that was to think. People wear what they like, and making blanket generalizations and assumption about people just because they are white is just as wrong as generalizing minorities. You do not know that that girl didn't know who Ganesh is in Hinu, and you don't know that they are wholly unaware of what a bindi is. Also, like Peter Richter said, if you attend shitty festivals full of shitty generic pop music, you get shitty generic people. 
I suggest going to a less mainstream festival. 

Jennifer Attenello
Jennifer Attenello

Use to love the Voice articles. Not anymore. Kind of makes me sick.

Peter Richter
Peter Richter

If you attend a music festival full of generic, shitty pop music, you're going to be surrounded by generic shitty people.

Robert Peters
Robert Peters

If any idiot wants to put a stupid dot on their head, it's none of your business.

Dave Cruikshank
Dave Cruikshank

Self loathing, racist "Portlandia" clap trap. White people calling out other white people. Yawn.

Cristina Roberts
Cristina Roberts

Add "white girl holding the American Flag upside down" to the list of offenses.

Terry Murphy
Terry Murphy

Snow is probably whiter. Has she never seen snow?

Leah Apoian
Leah Apoian

The fact that she is holding the American flag upside down, is catching my attention instead of the headline.

Tara Chandra Mahadevan
Tara Chandra Mahadevan

uhh what? she specifically says she's black, unless you're trying to make a lame joke.

John T Sahtila Jr
John T Sahtila Jr

Village voice becoming complex magazine with their stupid racist articles in the hopes they get some comments flowing.

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lawd. @William G Petrone so messy! lol

Dave Cruikshank
Dave Cruikshank

a note to the author....youre white. You know that dont you?

Kevin K. Wu
Kevin K. Wu

Love how people make being white seem like it's a crime, and I'm not even white. Tired of the demonization of white people and acting like black people can't do no wrong. There are good and bad people in all races. We don't need to pull one race down or prop one up to try to make one race seem better. White is not better than black, anymore than black is better than white.

William G Petrone
William G Petrone

The whitest thing the village voice ever did was trade slaves through Backpage.

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just now

READ SISTER OF MELODY GOODMAN LOOKING FOR DENNIS-GORDON AND DRAG QUEEN OF THEM ALL TUCSON CASS-MELODY -DIED SISTER I NEED HELP SHHHHHHH MARKERRY-REMEMBER ME -TUCSON YOU WERE AND PHOENIX-MELODY BEAUTIFUL MODEL LIKE GIA KILLED BY FAMILY SHIT! READ MARKIE MC NIGHT


11 days ago

READ SEE THE FRIEND IN THIS VIDEO CLIP THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON MOST PEOPLE HAVE BETRAYED ME CAREFUL IT COULD BE YOUR SPOUSE AND YOU COULD NEVER KNOW OR YOUR BEST FRIEND OR YOUR DOCTOR -MINE I THINK WAS GOING TO LET THEM KILL ME-HE IS INVOLVED DR BEACH READ MARKIE MC NIGHT I NEED DR PHIL DR BEACH HAD A CON MAN IN HIS OFFICE THAT DATED PEGGY AND WAS ON DR PHIL-MY MEDICAL RECORDS WERE STOLEN TOO-WATCH YOURS READ MARKIE MC NIGHTEdit (in 6 minutes)


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