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Seven types of irritating people you shouldn’t be at Laneway 2017

Here's how you can party the house down without acting like a fool.

Brandon Chia


Published: 14 November 2016, 2:21 AM

Are you ready for St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2017?

30 electrifying indie acts, such as Norwegian songwriter Aurora and experimental pop outfit Glass Animals, will be gracing Singapore on Jan 21.

If you’ve been a Laneway regular for the past seven years, you’ve probably had your fair share of inconsiderate party-goers that tend to spoil the spectacular experience for everyone.

For the Laneway newbies, here are the seven types of irritating people you shouldn’t be at Laneway 2017.

Say no to culture appropriators...

Bindis are probably the most common item to be inappropriately worn by the audience at Laneway. For the uninitiated, bindis have a rich cultural and spiritual purpose in the Hindu community. When worn wrongly, others might mistake you for mocking their culture and heritage.

So, if you do not know or practice the significance of the bindi, please, do not even try it.

 

YOU CAN GET CRYSTALS IN ALL SORTS OF COLOURS.

 

It is completely okay to decorate yourself; an alternative would be putting crystals underneath your eyes!

The desperate wannabes...

Yes, we all know that this music festival is totally cool and brag worthy. But, come on, do not just buy a ticket just so you can fit in with the “cool kids”.

 

THERE IS NO NEED TO TELL YOUR ENTIRE SOCIAL CIRCLE HOW DOPE THE FESTIVAL IS.

 

Seriously, don’t be one of those people who scream: “OMG, I love this band! This is my favourite song!” at every gig willy-nilly.

Real fans can spot a fake from a mile away. So, start listening to the songs of the different acts before attending Laneway.

The try hards that need to calm down...

These “try hards” assume that they are the ultimate super fans, just because they can sing every song and know every fun fact about the performing bands.

 

I DON’T THINK THE BANDS KNOW BETTER THAN TO GIVE ATTENTION TO OVERZEALOUS PEOPLE.

 

They think that they are entitled to getting the best view of the performance, and will do anything to get noticed by members of the band.

Yes, we get that you’re excited, but don’t be inconsiderate. Excessive pushing and squeezing will just make everyone else mad.

The tall people should evaporate to the back...

If you have been blessed with good genes that makes you taller than average, please stand towards the back. Most Singaporeans, male or female, are short. There’s no need to sugar coat that.

 

PLEASE SYMPATHISE WITH US.

 

Also, do not carry your friends on your shoulders. Firstly, the combined height would make it humanly impossible to see past the two of you. Secondly, it is not safe. Losing your balance will cause a domino effect, ouch!

The blackout drunks...

In case you forgot, Laneway is a music festival, not a bar or a club. It is a place for great music, and not a reason for you to be drinking at 10 in the morning.

 

REMEMBER, DANCING IS FREE BUT ALCOHOL IS NOT.

 

Go ahead have a few drinks, but be aware of your limits. Think about your fellow Laneway-ers. No one will be able to lay his or her picnic mats out on you when you are passed out on the grass.

Also, no one is comfortable getting drenched by beer or sitting on your puke. That’s just nasty.

The "thirsty" people that need to be escorted out...

These people are not parched for alcohol. They are in the mood for something to quench their hormones. Public display of affection (PDA) is okay, but only in small doses.

 

UNLESS YOUR FAVOURITE BAND MEMBER IS ON TINDER, DON’T TRY IT.

 

How can anyone concentrate on singing along to his or her favourite songs when the two of you are standing around and having a full-on making out session?

The answer is: Impossible. I thought we’re supposed to be thirsty for the music, and not the other party animals?

Dear harassers, my name is 'no'…

Harassers are the worst of all the seven people listed here. We are talking both physical and verbal harassment. If someone says no, the answer is no.

 

PLEASE DON’T FREAK THE BAND MATES OUT BY BEING TOO AGGRESSIVE. PHOTO CREDITS: BRANDON CHIA AND ANGELA OUYANG/YOUTH.SG

 

Do not blame it on the alcohol, the fashion, or the way someone is acting. Harassing someone is never appropriate under any circumstance, regardless of your gender.

This behaviour not only ruins the Laneway experience for others, it also affect their lives.

At the end of the day, everyone at Laneway is there to soak in the music and have a blast. Just remember to be considerate and respectful.

Thanks everyone, and enjoy the mind-blowing festival!


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