@ZackTeibloom I filmed this crash and brought an accomplice. A lot to bring to the table for a fest I’ve never crashed before. The only good news is that day passes don’t get wrist bands, so if @snoogans913 and I could make it past two rounds of security, we were in. I’d like to say we had a better plan.
I got to the gates around 10:30 a.m., half hour before they opened, and made the rounds. I saw potential for my old tricks. The garbage men looked like they could be bought off, but it was too early in the day, and the head of security was telling them to stand guard as a third line of defense to fend off potential crashers. As if the first two lines weren’t enough. Sometimes it’s just easier to walk right in the front door.
The “scoot in” is a move I’ve used nearly a dozen times from all the Jazz Fest crashes, to Flight of the Conchords to a Neiliyo and an Octopus Project show and there’s a reason for it. It’s the most direct, least planned, easy way to crash. People taking tickets get overwhelmed. And when it comes down to it, they don’t care about you or what you’re doing. We just scooted by as they took someone else’s ticket. And 15 feet later, we did it again.
Brett kinda got caught. The second line of defense saw him walk by and told him to step aside. He must have read Crash #12 when I got caught in New Orleans. The trick is to play dumb, fake a phone call and just keep moving. He got so nervous he ran. I don’t advise ever running, but screw it, we made it.
I’ll tell you more, but there’s a lot more festivaling to do and I’ve gotta crash it all over again. Also, I’ll upload all the videos at the end of the weekend. I filmed four segments of the crash alone, met a fellow crasher who hopped a bike seat to get over the fence at Pitchfork and recorded instant YouTube gold of the drunkest/most out of it guy at Lolla who couldn’t stay on his feet.