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Bamboozle 2012: The things you need to know on how to survive an entire weekend of kick-ass awesomeness

The East Coast’s biggest music festival is next weekend . . . here’s everything you need to know.

Bamboozle 2012

The Bamboozle Festival is celebrating its 10th year of kicking ass and taking names and boy oh boy, do they have the band lineup to celebrate. Headliners range from Skrillex to Foo Fighters to Jon Bon Jovi and believe it or not, their undercard performers are ten times more impressive than the three listed here.

Festival gates open this Friday, May 18th at 5:00 pm and on Saturday and Sunday, the gates open at 2:00 pm.

But that’s the basic stuff. Here’s everything you need to know on how to survive this weekend of kick-ass awesomeness, from what you should bring to Bamboozle to how to get there and more.

There will be seven stages total. It’ll be hard, but try and stay focused because you’re going to want to stage hop left and right. Plan ahead to get to a stage early for a show you want to see so that you get a good view, especially the headliners — they will be performing full sets. If you’re there early, bring a portable speaker like, oh I don’t know, a Dr. X Black BB1 or Gunmetal Gray BB2, to keep you company in the meantime.

Bamboozle festival lineup

Bring sunglasses. Bring hats. Bring sunscreens. Forecasts show it’s going to be bitching sunny the entire weekend and the event doesn’t sell any of that stuff. They also won’t have a mist tent so make sure you get plenty of your own H20.

As you can tell by the gate open times, there’s no camping. Seriously. If you’re looking to do this last second and have some coin to drop, the Festival is offering hotel bundles. If you want to learn more, go to the Bamboozle website and check the hotel section.

Parking is a bitch so take mass transit. Check with the New Jersey transportation sites for details on how to get there: and For reference, the Festival is a 10-minute walk from the Asbury Park Train and Bus Station. For those wondering where Asbury Park is, it’s about an hour away from NYC and an hour away from Philly so, basically, the belly button of New Jersey.

While there is no camping, you can bring a backpack. The only thing you’re allowed to include in it, though, is a sealed bottle of water. No beer. No vino. No liquor. If the security guards see it, they’ll take it and drink it in front of you. Or they’ll throw it out. Either way, you lose.

Security Guard

Make sure you can carry everything – there are NO lockers.

Don’t try and be cool and bring a skateboard. You can’t store it there and it’s a bitch to carry around. Do bring a bike, though – there will be a ton of bike racks.

Whatever you do, don’t leave the grounds. There’s no re-entry. They will take out your kneecaps if you try and re-enter the grounds.

There are ATMs but unless you’re going to bring some lube and take the surcharge like a champ, bring some cash with you.

Like most festivals, there are no flushable toilets. This needs to be addressed because you still get the people that come to these things and are shocked when they have to use porta johns. Bamboozle will be no different—that’s all that will be there. If you have a sensitive hooha that you need to keep clean, bring your own TP and baby wipes.

Toilet paper

In short, that’s it. I mean, it’s a music festival—how could you not have a great time? The Bamboozle crowd is mad chill here and what’s unique about it, in particular, is that there’s actually a growing family segment, too, because the early goers who went the first few Bamboozles got hooked on the event, and have decided to take their yungins to experience its awesomeness for themselves.

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