Rock the Garden 2019 is just around the corner, and the Twin Cities is eagerly awaiting the moment when this year’s lineup of local and national acts grace the Walker’s hillside; from the witty lyrics of Bad Bad Hats, to the brooding alt-rock anthems of The National, and deM atlaS’s dynamic jams. In the meantime, Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current has compiled a list of pro-tips to help you prepare for an afternoon of music and community under the natural elements.
Be Mindful of Sun Exposure
It’s been a while since we’ve seen it, but that big fiery orb in the sky is back in action. Avoid waking up in agony the morning after by liberally slathering on sunblock, and seek refuge in the shade if you feel overheated. You’ll thank yourself later.
Rain or Shine
It may rain during the festival, so pack a poncho; they’re easy to find in the camping section of any major retailer, and cost only $2. If you’d rather purchase a souvenir on-site, The Current tent will have your poncho needs covered, too. NOTE: Umbrellas are prohibited at Rock the Garden.
If the clouds do open, protect your smartphone from water damage by placing it in a zippered baggie. It’ll stay dry, and you’ll still be able to use it to tweet your opinions. (Don’t forget the #RocktheGarden hashtag!)
It’s Called ROCK the Garden for a Reason
Like at any concert, earplugs are your best friend, especially if you’re planning on vying for a spot near the front. Bring a couple back-up pairs in case they get lost, or be a hero by handing them out to friends. Extras are available in The Current’s membership tent, which is also a great place to pick up a members-only can koozie and meet your favorite DJs.
Pack It Out
Rock the Garden is a zero-waste event, meaning any trash generated within the facility must be discarded elsewhere. To cut down on trash, bring a reusable water bottle (which needs to be empty upon entry but may be filled at water stations) and a handkerchief.
Remember Where You Are
Rock the Garden isn’t on any remote island or nestled in the desert in California. Remember that the festival is in a residential area, and be mindful of the neighbors when walking to your car.
Keeping all this in mind, Rock the Garden is not an all-night event, and the headliner will wrap-up at 10 p.m. sharp. With performances happening across two stages, make sure to check when favorite acts are playing and plan accordingly. The stages are only a short walk from one another, but ensuring you get a good spot means making your way to the space early. If that fails, one of the best views of the night is from the top of the hill half-way through The National’s set for a skyline sunset that can’t be beat.
Make sure to check out Rock the Garden’s Facebook page for updates.