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Sunset Music Festival: Cody's Story

Cody tells us about his first festival experience, and how anxious it made him, but how fantastic the experience turned out to be.


This past year has been a really big for me. I was never much of a concert goer. However, since Life in Color in Philadelphia, I have been on a whirlwind of discovery- especially in the EDM genre. I went to DJ Snake at Echostage a couple of weeks ago and it was so much fun for me. Now, here I am talking to you about the crazy weekend I just had in Miami at Sunset Music Festival.

Sunset was my first festival. I had no idea what to expect going into it. I kind of thought Sunset might be like Life in Color- where there was one big stage with a ton of space around it. Boy, was I wrong! I can tell you that the past two shows I went to didn’t prepare me at all for what that weekend entailed. It was totally different from what I expected.

Leading up to the festival, I started to get kind of anxious. I was trying to mentally prepare myself for what was coming up and for the 15-hour drive to get there. I would say the drive was my least favorite part. I mean it was fun, I got to play Pokémon. Yes I’m a grown man, and yes I play Pokémon. I got to drive down with my two best friends, Nathan and Shane, but the drive was just so long. I was ready to feel that Miami sun.

Getting ready for day one, I was so nervous. I had no idea what to expect. We went downstairs to wait for our Uber and met a bunch of other really cool festival-goers. A couple of them actually shared the Uber with us. Once inside the vehicle, I started feeling really happy and amped. I was so excited that I accidently left my phone in the Uber – what a great way to start the day. I was surprised that the entry into the festival line wasn’t longer, we got through it pretty quickly.

Once we were inside, I became super overwhelmed. It was pretty intense. It was hard for me to really enjoy what was around me because I had to take it all in and see what everything was about. Experiencing what it was like to be around all these people was mind-blowing. The first day was serious overload for my friends and I. We were all overwhelmed and exhausted, so we left early. I was definitely bummed out that I didn’t get to see Galantis or Hardwell but, I knew it was time to leave.

The next day, I didn’t think I was going to go. I had a pretty bad morning, as much fun as I had the day before. All these new things to take in gave me an anxiety attack. I planned to just stay in the hotel room and have a chill day. After a while, I looked at myself and said, “You know what, I’m going to go.” I don’t know exactly what changed my mind, but I’m super glad I did.

The second day was so much better for me. There were a ton of cool people that I got to meet. There was this tent called Celebrate Safe, where my friends and I got to help out for a little while. They were getting swamped with people asking for water and stuff, but Celebrate Safe had to save it for emergencies. We tried to get the crowd to disperse from the tent. It was really fun working with the crew.

I learned how to trade Kandi, and I met this really awesome girl named Maddie who ended up hanging out with us for part of the night. Seeing Marshmello was definitely my favorite. It was crazy and, later that night, the crowd jumped up and down and danced like I’d never seen before. The crowds were not like this at DJ Snake or Life in Color. Marshmello also had a huge following, I would say most of the people on day two were there for him. Everyone was dressed up like him with the helmets and stickers, it was crazy.

Jack U was also really good. I think between them and The Chainsmokers, it was neck and neck for the best visuals. During The Chainsmokers’s set, I looked around at the crowd and I could not believe my eyes. On day one there were a lot of people, but you could still move around. Day two, on the other hand- the crowd was never ending. The crowd went from the stage, past the Celebrate Safe tent, and pretty much to the main gates - it was so surreal.

You will definitely see me at more festivals. I just have to save up because they’re crazy expensive. My friends and I were already pretty close, but experiencing this together brought us to a whole new level. Can’t wait to see you next year Sunset!

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