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Exclusive interview with AG: what do you like about music festivals?

WittyLeaks By WittyLeaks Published on June 20, 2017
This article was updated on August 16, 2017
"I want to do hoodrat stuff with my friends."
- That seven-year-old kid who got caught joyriding in his grandmother's Dodge Durango.
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WL: What do you like so much about those music festivals you go to? 

AG: This will be a long-ish answer because there are a lot of things I like. First, live music outside is really hard to beat, in my opinion. I love to dance like an idiot. I love the spectacle of a big light show and the energy of a big crowd. The human connection at these things is something that's kind of impossible in day to day life, especially in a city. You can talk to anyone about anything and there's no pretense. It's the only place you can strike up a conversation with a stranger and it doesn't come across as weird at all. You can be totally unabashedly silly and ridiculous and people love that. I have made so many close friends through it, and I have had so many real gut-clenching laughs. Real life doesn't seem to matter at all when you're there. The whole world just stops moving.

WL: Can you tell me about some of your best dance moves? 

AG: All my moves are terrible, but it never seems to matter. As long as you're smiling and you look like you are having fun... But I have mastered the dance walk and it seems to be the best way to cut through a crowd. I am renowned for my hugs and that seems to be where that came to be. 

WL: Do you relate to nihilist philosophy? 

AG: Can you remind me what that is? 

WL: Nihilism is rejecting all religious and moral principles in the belief that life is meaningless.

AG: No, I don't think that life is meaningless. I think that you make your own meaning. For me, that meaning is making meaningful relationships and connections with people and just having a good time while I can. 

WL: Do you relate to theosophist thought? 

AG: No. I don't believe in anything supernatural. 

WL: Not even black magic, etc...? 

AG: I do have a black magic guy but I'm not sure that I believe in any of it. 

WL: Do you have any recommendations for first-time festival attendees? 

AG: Bring a camelback. I think I'd be dead by now if it weren't for that. Buy a testkit. Your body is a terrible testkit. Don't get anxious about losing your friends. Just go with it and follow your heart, man. 

WL: Hypothetically, what would you do if you found that there was a strange man sleeping in your tent? 

AG: Aw, James. What a guy! I would nudge them gently and ask if they wanted to cuddle. Then, help them find their tent and probably laugh at them a lot. 

WL: Do you have any book recommendations for nerds who are not going to festivals while you are slacking off? 

AG: Catch 22 is probably my favourite book. I laughed the whole way through it. 

WL: Come up with a reading list. 

AG: I can't read.