Photo by Kristian Bjerre Feldvoss Andersen for SoundOfAarhus
It is finally SPOT-time again. As one of biggest events for the music bizz, this can lead to potential signings, worldwide fame, and a breakthrough, for a lot of the performing artists. Think of SPOT as the fashion week of music. Not only can you experience some of the most talented hidden gems, but you can also experience them go the extra mile at SPOT. This can be their chance.
However, in order to experience whatever you want, you need to prepare for SPOT. The festival is massive, with venues all over town, but also with an intense time schedule – be late, and forget about seeing the gig. Preparation is simply the key to a perfect SPOT16 experience.
This year, more than 200 official things will be happening – from day parties to concerts. Therefore, in order to know more about which bands are especially hot at the moment you can check out the guides by selected blogs and magazines prior to the festival. Online, SPOT Festival has made an entire page with guides collected from these – check it out here. You can also check out our Underrated Bands Guide and Must-See Guide. This more or less leads to the next…
Sometimes bands you like will play at the same time – get organized in time. Unfortunately, SPOT will not change the time schedule because of your musical preferences, so know where, when and how to get to the specific venue in town you want. Also, this year more venues have been added to the official map, which means, that you should keep in mind how much time you will need in order to walk from one venue to the next.
Use Social Media:
During SPOT, you have the chance to receive inside news and take part in the hashtag storm on Instagram and Twitter. Use, or check out, the hashtag #SPOT16 on a regular basis in order to know about hidden or secret happenings. Find SoundOfAarhus on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Pack According To The Weather Forecast:
According to the weather forecast, this year’s SPOT will be a rainy one. I know that you would love to be featured as one of the most stylish crowd-members by all the fashion bloggers, but standing there in your mini-shorts and denim jacket is really stupid when it rains like never before. Keep in mind to pack according to the weather forecast, and regularly check a weather app, even though most of the concerts will not be outside in the rain – You can check the Aarhus weather here.
See Concerts With Your Eyes And Not Through A Screen:
Every year we see people waiting in line for a gig and then waste the entire concert filming it. What a waste of both your and the artists’ time. Do not do that. A basic advice is, that you should experience a concert with your eyes and ears, and not through the smartphone (or iPad for god sake). Use your smartphone to check the weather and social medias, and the camera for the atmospheric instead. Do not be that guy with the iPad – please. Remember the official hashtag, so everyone can see your lovely photos.
Know Where The Toilets Are:
This is a huge festival with a big crowd. Therefore, expect to stand in line at the toilets. If you do not know where the toilets are before you need to visit them – well, then you are pissed, and will have to do the pee-pee dance for half an hour. Usually, the venues have their own toilets, and you can also find some at Radisson Blu. However, often times you will need to stand in line, so get to know about their locations before you need them.
Have Fun – Meet People:
At SPOT festival, we are all music nerds. We all share a love for talented bands and kick-ass music. Remember to have fun, and meet people. Be the social-kind-of-guy instead of the mad-complain-about-the-weather guy everyone hates. People from all over the world have made friends at this festival – you can too.
Watch Out For Unannounced Shows And Happenings:
Finally, this is one of the festivals in Denmark where we usually see MANY unannounced happenings. A couple of years ago we decided to do a little walk-and-perform concert in Latinerkvarteret, as well as a couple of surprise gigs outside Musikhuset. Social media will be your best friend in regard to unannounced shows.