DENVER - Colorado's largest music festival in years, Grandoozy, is set to welcome dozens of big-name musical acts to Denver this weekend, so we've got a few tips to maximize your experience.
The festival kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Overland Park in Denver. The golf course has been converted into an exhibit featuring multiple stages, art, and a taste of some of Colorado's finest alcoholic beverages. Tickets are still available, and thousands of people are expected to attend.
Headliners include Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, and Florence and the Machine, but don't skip out on seeing the early acts.
- Here are my recommendations for must-see acts outside of the headliners:
- On Friday, don't miss The War on Drugs, Phoenix, Bishop Briggs, or Big K.R.I.T.
- Saturday, make your way to Poolside, Snow Tha Product, Young the Giant, and Sturgill Simpson.
- Sunday ends the festival, but don't miss St. Vincent, De La Soul, or Logic. You should also meander to The Break Room to catch a DJ set from Jon Hopkins.
And give the locals some love, too: Colorado bands like Tennis and Wilderado are also on the lineup.
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There's also plenty of art displays, vendors with limited-edition products, BEER, yoga, and a tribute to Colorado's outdoorsy culture that you can explore.
But we won't deny that walking into a crowd of thousands can be overwhelming, so take this advice to have a good festival experience:
- STAY HYDRATED: Do it or die (maybe). Seriously, though, temperatures are expected to be in the 90s and there won't be many clouds or shade spots outside of the lounges.
- Have a ride set up: Parking nearby is going to be a no-go for 99.9% of you, so look into the free shuttles and take advantage of RTD or buses to get to those pickup spots. You can also book a shuttle for $25. If all else fails, call someone with a car who owes you a favor and is too lame to go to the festival (or call a taxi).
- Bring what you need: Don't expect to roll in with a backpack full of booze and doobs. The festival only lets in clear bags or small bags like clutches or fanny packs. You can bring in two sealed bottles of water, and you can also use Camelbak-style bags up to 2.5 liters. Blankets are cool, lawn furniture is not. Leave behind the weapons (duh), video cameras, drones, and selfies sticks.
- Use the app, but LOL at your lack of service: Superfly is offering a Grandoozy app that lets you plan out the order of shows you want to see, and there's also a map built in. You can also use the app to pay for concessions and drinks. But one thing to note is that your cell service will most likely be significantly slower when more people show up.
- Give yourself music breaks: If you spend all day throughout the weekend right next to the large speakers, your most-used word next week will probably be, "what?" You can prevent hearing damage with ear plugs (don't worry, you'll still hear and feel the music), and if you feel overwhelmed, take a break in one of the many lounge areas that are being set up on the grounds.
- Want to get up close to Stevie? Go to the sides: The crowd in front of center stage can get packed quick depending on who's about to perform. If you're planning on bouncing around between the stages, go to the sides of the crowd. It's usually less densely populated and you'll be able to move a lot closer than the people who pile up in the back middle.
- Find me and see yourself on KRDO.com! <--That one's pretty self-explanatory.
Tickets are still available for three-day passes and single-day passes. We'll also have pictures on our website throughout the event, and we'll have a review when it concludes.