6 Reasons Why Festival Squads Are Awesome

Article by: Evan Sakrison

Mon November 05, 2018 | 11:00 AM

No matter how many excuses you’ve given to avoid Friday night shenanigans with friends, human beings are social creatures by nature. There’s just nothing else quite like having your favorite people right by your side to make life a little more memorable. And when it comes to festivals, having a dedicated squad can elevate your overall experience. Whether it’s three close souls or twenty festies strong, you can’t go wrong in any festive environment when you have a good squad around. Here are a few reasons why they’re awesome:

1. They’ll Enrich Your Festival Experience

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Simply put, your squad will make the best of anything that’s thrown their way. A torrential downpour during a highly anticipated set? They’ll dance their asses off in the mud pit. See somebody all by their lonesome? They’ll walk right over, make friends with them and make them part of the squad. They’re the type of people who can have fun in almost any situation, meaning there will never be a dull moment once you get past security.

2. They’ll Keep Your Spirits Up

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Life has a knack for draining every ounce of positive energy, but bad vibes don’t fly in a festival environment. With their radiant personalities and contagious smiles, a good squad is the antidote to negative energy. The slightest whiff of misery will make them grab your arm and drag you to the nearest stage so you can dance the blues away. They have a whole arsenal of tricks to pick you up when you’re feeling down in the dumps. Even if you’re feeling particularly good, their pure, unabashed happiness will take your own to the next level.

3. They’ll Support You No Matter What

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Let’s say things go completely haywire: you drink beyond your limits, you get injured on the dance floor, you surrender to the scorching sun, etc. Your squad will be right there to provide support in any way they can. They’ll hook you up with fresh water. They’ll talk you through a life crisis. They’ll sit with you in silence and chill until you’re ready to go. Whatever you need, they’ll go out of their way to make sure you’re 100%.

4. They’ll Give You a Reality Check

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We know you’re amazing, but there may come a time when you cop an attitude, do something stupid or be generally unpleasant. Like any true group of friends, your festival squad will use the power of brutal honesty to bring you back down to Earth. They aren’t trying to scold you like a misbehaving child, but toxic vibes have the ability to ruin an entire experience. You don’t want to be the person who ruins it for everyone, so consider it a blessing when your squad cares enough to slow you down and set things right.

5. They’re More Influential Than You Think

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They say you’re the average of the five people you surround yourself with. Whether that’s true or not, you can’t deny their influence. Good or bad, there’s something to learn from every person you come into contact with, especially the people in your squad. They can influence your self-esteem, the decisions you make, your attitude towards life and, perhaps most importantly, your overall happiness. We’re going to assume your squad has a positive influence on your life, otherwise you probably wouldn’t be going to festivals together, right?

6. They’re Basically Family

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Could you imagine life without your squad? It’s weird to think about a time when you all were random strangers. And now you’re waiting in long lines, sleeping in the same cramped tent, rocking matched apparel and conquering every festival in the land together. There’s great comfort in knowing you’ve found people who will always have your back and are thrilled to be sharing the same experience with you.

Got your own festival squad? Introducing Group Rewards! Through Everfest, you can create a group with friends, buy festival tickets and pool your points together to earn rewards like tickets and VIP upgrades.