Nine shows in nine hours: An intern’s guide to rocking your face off

Online intern Linda Nguyen poses at Julia Nunes' show in This Tent on Friday, June 11, 2010 at Bonnaroo.

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Online intern Linda Nguyen poses at Julia Nunes' show in This Tent on Friday, June 11, 2010 at Bonnaroo.

This intern successfully saw nine shows:

1. Julia Nunes (12:15-1:15)

2. Tokyo Police Club (1:00-2:00)

3. The Gaslight Anthem (1:45-2:45)

4. The Gossip (3:15-4:30)

5. Carolina Chocolate Drops (4:00-4:30)

6. She & Him (5:00-6:15)

7. Tori Amos (6:45-8:15)

8. Michael Franti & Spearhead (8:00-9:30)

9. Kings of Leon (9:30-11:30)

When it comes to Bonnaroo, there is definitely a lot of musical ground to cover. There are dozens of venues, several tricked out booths with freebies, and a smorgasbord of food. So how does the average avid music lover get to see his or her favorite bands? Here are four general rules to making the most out of your Bonnaroo experience:

1. It all starts with a good attitude. Yes, it’s hot. It smells. You probably got stuck in giant mud pits right when you left the campsite. There are questionable substances all around. And even though there are probably dozens of people sleeping in the middle of the field you are trying to wade through, be patient. Bonnaroo is an amazing experience where everyone is just trying to have a good time. A bad attitude can break your spirit and ruin your experience. Plus, nobody likes to dance with a Debbie Downer.

2. Make a commitment. Before you leave, grab the schedule and coordinate all the shows you are absolutely dying to see. It is a waste to sit around the campsite all day. Honestly, Julia Nunes could be covering your favorite horrible pop song. Conan O’Brian could be making fun of you right this minute. You could be close enough to Zooey Deschanel to spot her eye shadow. All of this things could happen, but you’ll never know if you’re rotting away in your tent.

3. Know your limits. Like any athletic feat, one should always make time to refuel. In between acts, I usually sat down in a shady area to drink water and eat. I probably consumed about four or five bottles of water throughout the day.

As much as I love being close to the bands, sometimes it's best to get away from the crowds as well. My third show was seeing The Gaslight Anthem at the Which Stage around 1:45 p.m. I was pretty close to the stage, and it was super crowded. I had to get out of there after the first song because it got claustrophobic. But I stepped out to the side and enjoyed more of the show from the side.

4. Make a game plan and be strategic. Connect the dots. Though it is unfortunate, several acts overlap. And if you want a decent seat at This, That and The Other Tent, you will have to get there at least 15 minutes early. What I do is slip in the sides. If you’re a small girl, you can generally wiggle your way up to the front. I throw in a few “excuse-me-sorry-my-bad” combos in there just to ease the transition.

Following these tips will definitely increase your ability to jam with your favorite bands, rock like a baller, and dance like nobody’s business.

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