Discussion in 'festivals' started by Boycey, Feb 19, 2015.
Sounds like a hell of an experience Boycey :thumbs :
that's the tl;dr version
so we made a 3m tall picnic bench in north london, flat packed it and shipped it to nevada, then danced on it for a week of dust storms.
this pic reminds me, "health and safety" or lack thereof. on entry you are told the first rule is "don't die". after that you're pretty much left to get on with it, at no point did anyone come to check out the structure to see that it wasn't dangerous or that suggest handrails or any of the kind of thing that would have happened in the UK. at the more extreme end of H&S flagrancy was the charnyville- a funfair of fireballs including LPG (i think) flamethrower shooting gallery and 3 storey tall fire tetris.
Burning Man is a unique and special place.
Bitterly cold and windy . Got caught in a white out, couldn't see 3ft and I was driving. Got out and a 50mph wind sand blasted me, it was actually insane and amazing in equal measure, happened on my way in.
Cold caught a lot of people out this year, I just managed to have enough stuff to keep warm (and look good obviously) , be better prepared next year.
Id be interested in hearing what your costs were like for the entire trip..... Im seriously considering it for 2017
It's the posts like this that make me want to go.
The idea of putting together a quite ludicrous soundsytem in a tank rather appeals
Also, this, if you're cool with sharing that sort of thing.
can i just put my name down for the first urb burning man crew? i can't guarantee not to pass out from heat exhaustion on the first day
Yeah, beesonthewhatnow is right, that's if you're happy to say.
beesonthewhatnow and sim667 - costs to attend from the uk is in the region of 2 grand. 260 on the ticket, anywhere from 300 to 800 on camp fees* (that should sort a couple of meals a day, plus water, probably a load of booze and other bits). 600 return flight and the rest on other expenses either side (travel, hotel in reno etc).
*camp fees are the most variable expense, i paid over the odds due to inexperience. You can in theory bring everything you need in an RV or van and pitch up on the outskirts or ask politely if a camp have spare space for you. We had a few in our spot who turned out to be instrumental in us getting sorted. If you're getting space on someone else's placement it's probably to polite to help out and have at least enough supplies for yourselves.
I'd advise attending before thinking of running a camp/building an art car. For one thing it'll probably get you a fuck ton of local contacts which will make it much easier.
It depends on how many times you've been. Your 1st is far and away your most expensive and easily your most trying. Next year will be my 4th and I think will probably be my cheapest and my most comfortable.
What people (me included) miss on their first few is not understanding you are actually part of a huge Burning Man community. This is now the reason I keep returning.
I know one person who's never come home .... must be 5 years now .... left the UK with a job/fiancee/kid etc ... left BM without a bean ... last heard of in ??New Zealand!
I've got a pic of my mate (sent to me, I've never been) who can be a bit of an acid casualty completely decked out in glow sticks so that he didn't just wander off into the desert without someone noticing EL wire was invented for him!
I have never had much interest in going to BM, nothing I've heard has sold it to me ... but it's really nice to see you had a nice time
The outer diameter is about twice as far as the Glastonbury site is wide. in terms of area, the inhabited "horseshoe" is about twice the area of the Glastonbury site. If you take off crew camping, you could just about squeeze the Glasontbury site into the central clearing. Yeah it's big.
More about the weather and surviving the climate please? Sounds mad
As soon as I find some willing wingmen I'm so up for this
Fucking hell. I knew it was big, but not on that scale.
More like three times the area. Glastonbury is much much denser though. See all that campervan camping I excluded from the Galstonbury boundary?
The less dense thing appeals...
As does the flatness
... but not the dust :/
... or the Americans
check out Beyond Black Rock if you're interested in seeing some great old footage and interviews…
it starts at the end of the 2003 burn and covers the next 18 months of the lives of various burners doing large and small projects for the 2004 burn. cool docco.
Just in case anyone was interested in being a virgin burner I refer people to these principals on which the burning man is somewhat based. I also recommend attempting to meet people in the UK burning community. There is a very well attended Burning Pub on the third Thursday of the month. This Thursday is the post burn pub which will be packed. If your feeling like going next year, then now is the time to start thinking about it.
The 10 Principles of Burning Man | Burning Man
FYI: There are many other burns around the globe. Afrika burn is the second largest at 12000 people and getting some plaudits. You want middle of nowhere? Afrika burn will give you that x 2. Its in S Africa and on the horizon, its in late April. Google for some images.
Oooh, now you're talking! I'd love to go to a festival in Africa...
2017. Maybe. Possibly. Or not.
I wish you could have a Burning Man in the UK. I guess the desert setting is pretty fundamental. And you can't replicate some things.
Nowhere might appeal. It's in Spain and has a similar vibe on a smaller scale. It's supposed to be great.
Oh thank you
Fuck that. I had one of them in me back garden the other week. Based on the same principles as well... albeit principle number 5 (radical self-expression) took the form of a heated discussion about joining the Liberal Democrats...
Whatever. Burning Man - (Wood Green) - happening sometime 188.8.131.52.
Virgins welcome around my place next weekend. Whatever.
The Burning Man was my 4th (and last for the year) Burn style event this year.
Separate names with a comma.