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I Don’t Get It : Thoughts From a Music Festival

“I don’t get it.” This thought crossed my mind time and again this weekend at the North Coast Music Festival.

Maybe I’m getting old and not fun, but regardless, I thought I would let you into the various thoughts and observations that went through my mind on Sunday.


Thank you to Amanda for Thinking Out Loud!

There aren’t many pictures from that day, and that is a bit on purpose–I don’t care if they care or not, but I wouldn’t want someone taking pictures of my like that (aka agog). So some of this you will have to use your imagination with, but you know that I will do my best to describe the panorama of enigmatic behaviors to the utmost of my ability.

Also, there will be a little bit of drug talk, so if that makes you uncomfortable, I understand. Generally I try to keep it PG – rated around here (though you never know with the rating systems these days what is PG and what is PG-13). But I respect your decision to read on or not with that in mind!

(on the El aka the subway) Those people are definitely going to the festival. The bandana tied around his head as a headband is a giveaway. But why is he wearing a Nets jersey? That just doesn’t make any sense. Also, why would you (a girl) wear flip flops? That is just asking for trouble. 

(getting off the El) Well, that is more police than I expected.

(going into the festival) Surprisingly quick entry. VIP line is longer than the regular lines. 

(Stepping through the gates into the festival)  OH SKINNY POP.


(at the Skinny Pop table) Not hungry, but OMG COCOA DUSTED SKINNY POP??? Totally taking some. 

Well, there is my first drugs sighting (looking from Skinny Pop table to the right, and then to the left) there is the second.

(At the first “performance”) So, this is just DJ’s playing music? Can’t we listen to that at home?

I like the music, but again, did I need to pay to come to this?

OMG WHERE ARE HER PANTS. (looks right) Well, at least that guy is totally dress. Even if he is wearing an Elmo onesie. 

OMG where are her clothes? She is wearing what is essentially a bathing suit, but made of fabric. 

Oh, ok, now that person has a mohawk of feathers. How does she keep them from moving?


What am I supposed to be doing right now? What do I do with my hands?

Why is that person wearing furry boots?

(Act ends, we go off in search of another act) WHOA that is pot. A lot of it. 

Why is there a 50 year old man, not wearing a shirt, baked out of his mind, here? GO HOME MAN.

WHAT IS WITH HULA HOOPING AND RAVES. She’s going to whack someone in the head!

She’s pretty good though. Could give Suzy a run for her money. Damn good workout. 


(Inside the Heineken House)

This is basically a frat party meets a club, but with candy and beer that you have to pay for. And Heineken at that. 

Yup, this is a frat party. Fun music, though. 

(Back outside)

Bathroom time. Good for them for having hand sanitizer. Can I sanitize my body?

Samplllesssss I’ll take some for later.


(Later) Well, I’m having a dinner of Skinny Pop and Nature Valley. (BTW, I had 3 bags of Skinny Pop and 2 Nature Valley Peanut and Sweet and Salty bars. And Luna Bar before hand).

(Next act, this time a real one–Matt and Kim)

Thank goodness these are actual people.

OK We get it, you like to cuss and talk about specific body parts. WE GET IT.

Well, that is something you see every day. I thought that practice died in the late 90s early 00s?

Guess not.

Fun music, at least.


(Next Act)

This is getting to be a little much. I love to people watch, but good gravy.

At what point are you at a store, and you look at 2 bolts of fabric (and not very much to those bolts) and think YES. THIS IS IT. I am totally going to wear that. And I am going to wear that in public. With a fanny pack and combat boots. 

At least she has an amazing body. Must be all the dancing and hula hooping.

Fun music, though.

Gorgeous sunset. I’m going to Instagram it.

Another gorgeous Chicago late summer sunset. Happy Labor Day Weekend! @suzlyfe

Ok, that is all the fun that I can stand. I’m going to blow this popsicle stand.

(leaving the festival)

One more Skinny Pop for the road.

(On the El platform)

Well, I can check that off my list of things to do.


I just don’t get it.


To each their own. Sometimes, we just don't get it #thursdaythoughts Click To Tweet

Now, before you get all up in my business, I will FULLY admit that many people probably think the same thing about the way that I live my life–running, fitness, healthy living. So I am completely saying to each their own

But I know that I will likely be sticking to my EDM at home or in a club, and when I go to another music festival, it will be actual bands playing. 

What is something that you just don’t get?

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  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Ha! This is hilarious and I would have felt the exact same way!

    September 8, 2016 at 6:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      STrength in numbers!

      September 8, 2016 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Hahaha! This is funny on so many levels. A) because I’ve been on the other side of it — wearing weird bolts of fabric as clothes and such, and B) because going to a festival now as a fitness advocate and mom living in the ‘burbs, I’m all like “uhhhhhh…”


    September 8, 2016 at 6:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, how the tables have turned!

      September 8, 2016 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Haha, this is so funny and I would have been the same. I often find myself thinking that I am too old to understand things.

    September 8, 2016 at 6:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m glad that I’m not alone!

      September 8, 2016 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Bahaha. Yeahhh… see, this is actually why I LOVE music festivals. Give me all the hippies and costumes and everything I wish (??) I had the confidence to do in public. Give or take a few activities.
    Also, what IS with hula hooping at these events? I think its great, but I’ve never understood how that started…
    Way to embrace your inner hippy/rave artist/club smasher, Suz. I approve <3

    September 8, 2016 at 7:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      One of these days, we will find you hula hooping in the middle of a field 😀

      September 8, 2016 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Same. At least there were snacks. 😉

    September 8, 2016 at 7:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank goodness for that

      September 8, 2016 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Gretchen

    Yeah, I don’t get it either. And I really don’t get when people snap chat entire festivals. I follow these two girls from Chicago and every weekend they go around to music festivals and snap. It looks so crowded and hot and LOUD! Dang we are grannies aren’t we.

    September 8, 2016 at 7:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And happily so 😀

      September 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Ha ha thanks for the chuckle this morning. I don’t have patience for much of that nonsense anymore either.

    September 8, 2016 at 7:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know I’m not a patient person, but I’m glad I’m not alone here!

      September 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!! Ohhhhhh I feel ya. I would have felt the same way. I’m just not a fan of stuff like that anymore– used to love it.
    Give me somewhere to sit, one nice drink and a few good friends and I’m happy. Crowds of crazies… not so much. 🙂

    September 8, 2016 at 7:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Lets you and I go escape somewhere!

      September 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Good gravy, indeed. So not my scene anymore. Actually, was it ever?

    September 8, 2016 at 7:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t think it was ever mine

      September 8, 2016 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    I don’t get the “paying to see DJ’s thing.” I want the live music! When I lived in Miami EVERYONE went to Ultra Music Festival. Literally everyone…but me. Not my thing and I saved $300.

    September 8, 2016 at 7:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Money money moneeeeyyy

      September 8, 2016 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply shawna

    Haha I thoroughly enjoyed this post of your inner voice, my dear! Some great reflections and questions in there as well. Also, YES to Matt & Kim. All the fun. I couldn’t help but think about Burning Man when you were talking about the outfits (aka “festival costumes”). Hilarity.

    September 8, 2016 at 7:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It wasn’t quite Burning Man level, and thank goodness for that.

      September 8, 2016 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    While I love live music, festivals like that just aren’t my scene anymore…in my 20’s, oh heck yeah….but in my 40’s? Not so much…LOL

    September 8, 2016 at 7:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If there had been actual bands…

      September 8, 2016 at 12:49 pm
      • Reply Michelle

        Wow, just re-read that….NO live bands at all?!? That’s nuts.

        September 8, 2016 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    I don’t get people who spend all their money on drinking instead of eating food. Girls at college would do that and I’m over here like WHY? Eating is more fun!
    I also don’t get people who don’t eat meat, but then order tuna fish. Is fish not meat?!

    September 8, 2016 at 8:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe


      September 8, 2016 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I would have reacted in the same way! At least there was free food!

    September 8, 2016 at 8:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank goodness for skinny pop

      September 8, 2016 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    Hahahaha! This made me laugh out loud several times. That fifty year old man was probably my brother-in-law. I call him Peter Pan and thank God everyday that I married the good brother.

    When I see girls dressed like that I thank God that my daughter wouldn’t be caught dead in public with strips of fabric covering her privates. Thank you God! You can probably tell that I thank him quite a bit.

    Yep, running, living a healthy lifestyle, I can totally see why someone would question that. NOT! And yes to Ellie’s comment, I don’t get the fish isn’t meat thing either.

    September 8, 2016 at 8:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Fish is totally meat. That is why there is “seaganism” now, lol.
      My children will be dressed. They may look like idiots, but they will be dressed.

      September 8, 2016 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    I’m in the same boat. EDM and festivals like that are just not for me.

    September 8, 2016 at 8:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously. Give me a country concert.

      September 8, 2016 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    hahaha–I dont get this sort of thing either. I also dont get watching golf, baseball, those are a snoozer for me!

    September 8, 2016 at 8:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are great for taking naps!

      September 8, 2016 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Lora @ Crazy Running Girl

    I used to go to a lot of EDM festivals with my ex and it drove me crazy (so glad I don’t have to do that anymore). So I totally get what you mean. I don’t care if it makes me sound like an angry old person, just not my thing.

    September 8, 2016 at 8:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We can go hide in the bushes together, lol. I remember you going to those festivals!

      September 8, 2016 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Kelli @Hungry Hobby

    Ha ha – so my husband like LOVES reggae, LOVES IT. So we’ve been to a few of these … here is the thing, when we went to one of these IN HAWAII I could totally jam out and be relaxed. When we went to one in Arizona and there was nothing to look at except the people the music got repetitive and I quickly had all I could stand. Location location location?

    September 8, 2016 at 8:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I guess. I know for a fact that I could NOT handle reggae. I can barely handle it, period. I think my time in Jamaica ruined me.

      September 8, 2016 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Bri

    The festival fashion is what kills me. What is up with fanny packs, headbands, high-waisted mom shorts and crop tops??? That looks good on no one!

    September 8, 2016 at 8:35 am
  • Reply Jessica Marie

    I don’t get it either! Haha. Well, I guess it’s less “I don’t get it” and more “I don’t belong here.” Did you go by yourself? You brave thing.

    September 8, 2016 at 8:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I didn’t go by myself, thankfully. Otherwise I would never have gone!

      September 8, 2016 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Wow, what a crazy night. O_O That sunset is gorgeous though! 🙂

    September 8, 2016 at 8:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Isn’t it gorgeous!

      September 8, 2016 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Kimberly G

    This made me LOL because I would have the same exact thoughts as you. I’m 33 but I often feel “too old” for certain things lol

    September 8, 2016 at 8:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What is wrong with us???

      September 8, 2016 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    Okay, so I went to a LOT of converts as a teenager – I was definitely a ‘scene’ kid, loved punk shows, had weird hair colors, the whole she-bang. I went to Warped tour every year and loved the community. THAT BEING SAID: I DO NOT GET FESTIVALS. I mean, it could be that I’m a married mom of 2, but it all just seems like a weird, extensive joke to me…

    September 8, 2016 at 9:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I understand concerts. Festivals are a bit much for me.

      September 8, 2016 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    I’ve gone to a few of those! I loved the people watching. I really need to get back into hooping; I miss it! I don’t think I would have done it in the middle of a music festival though. That’s just not my style. I’d rather be alone in a forest with my music playing on a little speaker.

    September 8, 2016 at 9:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s what I figured 😀

      September 8, 2016 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I think I would have had very similar thoughts. In general I don’t like crowded events that you have to pay to get into. A really good, live concert is fun once in a awhile, but even that takes alot out of me.

    September 8, 2016 at 10:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would love a focused concert. Maybe knowing that there would just be so much more after didn’t help.

      September 8, 2016 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply Beverley @ Born to Sweat

    BAHAH the “joke/me” photo is great.
    Personally I really enjoy going to music festivals, but I am picky about which ones I go to. Also I’ve been to a couple festivals stone cold sober (usually I have a few drinks before we go), and am completely repulsed by everyone and everything hahah. But overall I think the novelty is wearing off, and i’m reaching the point where unless i’m OBSESSED with the line up, I will probably give it a miss.

    September 8, 2016 at 10:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s the problem–I love the music, but I just can’t deal with the people. And yeah, being sober… well, that makes things a bit difficult.

      September 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I love to people watch! I mean, if you can’t wear an elmo onesie to a music festival, where can you wear an elmo onesie!?

    September 8, 2016 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Diana @ Live Lean Eat Green

    I use to love going to music festivals and was the person dressed up in a crazy outfit with purple hair…now…no way would I pay to listen to a DJ play music I could hear on the radio and deal with those crazy crowds. Gotta love getting older haha!

    September 8, 2016 at 11:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What happened to us! I feel like I lost my Sesame Street past.

      September 8, 2016 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    This was hilarious. Some music festival scenes I feel way too old for.

    September 8, 2016 at 12:48 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that I am beyond too old. For everything. Maybe I just don’t like people.

      September 8, 2016 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Sandra Laflamme

    Haha! I love the music at festivals and being outside. But, sometimes the crowds are just too crazy. We have a weird one here, Jerry Jam . . . the people watching . . . WOW!

    September 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Jerry Jam. Who is that for? What type of music is that?

      September 8, 2016 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Tricia Vaughn

    Ha I loved this so entertaining!!! I’m afraid I wouldn’t get it either!

    September 8, 2016 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    Haha this is hilarious! I would have had all the same thoughts as you. Festivals just don’t make sense to me.

    September 8, 2016 at 2:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YES! So glad that you understand

      September 8, 2016 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    I do not think I could handle a drinking all day, camping in dirt, music festival. Hell no. Just give me a rocking chair and a shotgun and I’ll be set.

    September 8, 2016 at 3:54 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Can I pull up next to you there? 😀

      September 14, 2016 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Holy mother. You are a better person than I am. I can’t get on board with the DJ music festival thing. Or really any music festival… I’m like :oh! I just remembered that I can a) listen to music at home with good wine and cheeses or b) pay for really good seats at a nice venue that has real bathrooms. You know you’re old when… 😉

    September 8, 2016 at 9:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Unfortunately, I was grandma status when I was still quite young…

      September 14, 2016 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    I feel like I was listening to my own internal monologue reading this post as this is EXACTLY how I would have been thinking hahaha!

    I’ve never been to a music festival and I don’t think I could. Totally not my jam!

    September 8, 2016 at 10:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahah #whywearefriends

      September 14, 2016 at 11:02 am

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