Top 5 ways to prepare for Modstock

It’s finally here. That’s right, I’m talking about Modstock. Every since UGBC announced that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis would be headlining, the Boston College student body has been buzzing with excitement. With this free concert only one day away, I would like to present you with 5 ways to prepare for Modstock 2013.

5. Bring the Essentials

Screenshot by Rachel Forray/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Rachel Forray/Gavel Media.

As you have likely heard, Boston College has decided to make some security changes to Modstock this year. No bags will be permitted. Students will only be able to bring a few essential items.  Do not forget these items. Most importantly, bring your ticket. There is a reason you stood in line for so long to obtain this ticket. Without a ticket, entry will be impossible.

Entrance will also be impossible without a Boston College ID. As someone who has gone through 5 IDs in a matter of months, find a good pocket to store your ID. Also, bring your phone. You will want to have an easy form of communication between your friends at Modstock. Not to mention, it will be an unbelievable photo and video opportunity. Take advantage of it.

4. Dress

Screenshot by Rachel Forray/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Rachel Forray/Gavel Media.

Dress is key. My time at Boston College has proven that the student body has excellent taste in fashion. Concert attire should be no exception. I know that tank tops are being sold. Wearing a Modstock tank is certainly a good choice, but don’t feel left out if you didn’t buy one. These tanks are not quite as essential as Marathon Monday tanks.

Don’t be afraid to be unique with your fashion choice. A concert is the perfect time to push the boundaries. If you are unsure what to wear, I expect to see a lot of thrift shop outfits, bright sunglasses, muscle tanks, band T-shirts, jean shorts, bandeaus and crop tops. Whatever you do, look your best. Concert photos will likely appear on Facebook by Friday.

3. Create Your Own Tailgate

Screenshot by Rachel Forray/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Rachel Forray/Gavel Media.

Tailgating before a concert with my friends is one of my favorite activities. Boston College is not allowing any outside food or beverage to this concert, so make sure you satisfy your hunger and thirst before arriving to Modstock. Tailgating can occur in various venues. There is no need to worry if you don’t have a Mod or live off campus. Get a blanket, food, drinks and portable speakers. Take these items to the Quad or the lawn outside of Stokes.

Tailgating can also be done without making a trip to the grocery store. We all have that friend who mysteriously has more dining money left than he or she could possibly spend in the next two weeks.  More than likely, this person would be willing to buy food and drinks in the dining hall. Take advantage of this.      

2. Know the music

Screenshot by Rachel Forray/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Rachel Forray/Gavel Media.

It’s as simple as that. Concerts are always more fun when you are familiar with the music. There is something exciting about the anticipation as you wait for your favorite song to be performed by the artist live.

I encourage everyone to explore the music beyond “Thrift Shop.” I won’t deny that “Thrift Shop” is catchy. I would dance like a maniac to this song on any given Friday night in an overcrowded, sweaty mod. However, it is not the only good song. Download The Heist and you will understand what I mean. If you are short on money and don’t want to buy the album, Spotify is a great alternative.

1. Get Excited

Screenshot by Rachel Forray/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Rachel Forray/Gavel Media.

Modstock marks the final day of classes for the 2012-2013 school year. I don’t care if you are a senior or a freshman; this is an exciting day. It is an opportunity to celebrate this year at Boston College with all of your best friends. You may consider yourself Macklemore’s biggest fan. You may be reading this article wishing UGBC picked someone else to headline Modstock. Either way, you will likely have a fabulous time. Attend Modstock with the right attitude and this could turn into one of the best days of the year.

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