O, except for the daily 8 a.m. press check in time. Also, four of your interviews are during the best shows, so you'll miss a lot of that. Another thing, you must pay attention to your schedule… And you’re best work will only occur if you’re sober the whole time.
It seems journalism pits many young writers at a strange crossroad of work & pleasure. Of course, the journalist is able to become entrenched in their subculture- eating, sleeping, and breathing its tenets. But all that paying attention leads more toward being an observer than a participant. After all, could someone give an objective account of Oktoberfest if they were drunk on beer in the middle of the afternoon on day 1?
Though it may seem that being on a schedule, avoiding distractions, and being as much of a worker bee as the security guards ensuring crowd surfers don't ride waves to the stage, There's a view of the artists life that's seen from that perspective.
At the Musicfests, Wakarusas, and Bonnaroos I've gone to in the past, It seems the biggest and most important part of covering the event is to be prepared. Not only for the grueling 3-day camping trip, but also for the upcoming interviews, lack of internet, and irregularities of phone service. But, journalists aren’t alone in this difficulty- artists and their representatives must work on the same guidelines.
It may be true that the guitarist from Jeff the Brotherhood answers my question with a half-drunk beer hanging out of his left hand, but he is quickly reminded by his focused press agent that there will be two more interviews before the show in an hour, keeping the band on schedule and active in the festival atmosphere amid an ATT service crisis.
So it may be true that covering a festival may not be nearly as 'fun' as attending one and losing yourself in the excess of entertainment, but the action of putting forth effort alongside the workers, as well as the bands, is an experience that I'd be hardpressed to say isn't superior to going just for the funzies.