Wouter de Vink
By Wouter de Vink

Everyone knows it: in the run-up to a party, the first lies already come up. Anyone who walks around a festival hears one excuse after another. But in the end, these phrases are just part of the ultimate festival experience – right?

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1. “I’ll be right back, wait here!”

When you’ve just settled in at a certain stage and the DJ is playing his heaviest records, your mate suddenly comes to you: “I’ll be back in a second, wait here for me.” You only half hear it anyway and see him leave, so now you understand what he has said. You just carry on with what you were doing and think you’ll see him again. But on his way to the toilet, bar or whatever he meets ‘a few acquaintances’. Two groups of friends, 10 kilometers and 3 hours later he comes back to you. Of course he has been through a lot and is not afraid to tell you all about it.

2. “I already know EXACTLY which DJs I’m going to”

Especially at big events it is sometimes hell to choose between conflicting sets. Some real planners make their own timetable in advance with the DJs where they want to go. “I’m really going to stick to my own timetable, because I want to go to these artists.” Once you arrive at the festival, you might succeed during the first few sets. But after a set or three, that entire timetable can go into the trash.

3. “We still have the whole weekend, so take it easy on Friday”

When entering a weekend festival, you naturally still have a whole weekend ahead of you. You have already held a consultation with your friends in advance and come to the conclusion that you should take it easy on Friday, because ‘you still have the whole weekend’. As soon as your tent is set up, the music is turned on and you are completely in the mood, that deal you made is already forgotten again. You are already hungover, but you gave it your best shot…

4. “I’m NOT going to the afterparty”

The festival is over and it’s time to go home again, or an after. With the last set the speculation already starts about the location of the afterparty: “At your place?” Sometimes you keep yourself strong and say you’re not going… Once at the exit of the festival you have already reconsidered that decision and you are standing in the parking lot of the party or an hour later having a drink at a buddy’s house.

5. “Everything about this party sucks: but I’ll be back next year anyway”

You know them: the biggest festival critics who always know better. They’re just short of clipboards across the dance floor, as their extensive research shows that “the lineup was much better last year” and that the party they’re attending “really isn’t what it used to be”. You could almost say that this party pooper has to stay at home, but guess what.. Surprise, you bump into this rave researcher jumping with happiness at the previously much-criticized party: “This really is the best festival ever!”

6. “Now that’s enough for a while”

After several events in a row, there is always that one person again: “That was another intense party, now I’m not going for a while.” A large part of the group has to laugh again, because that is really not going to happen. In no time at all you and the entire festival group will be going completely crazy at a party.

Festival and excuses, they go hand in hand. What lie is still missing from this list? Let us know in the comments!

Cover photo via Facebook page REBiRTH Festival


  • austin 92668852 08 May 2024 - 17:38

    As a hardstyle fan, it’s great to see a post discussing the essential lies we all fall for in this scene. Sometimes, it’s these little indulgences that keep the passion alive! On another note, if you’re in Dubai and looking for health support, check out the obesity clinic Dubai. Dr. Karin Vela brings diverse expertise and years of experience to the table, providing high-quality care.


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