Outside the gates of Folk Fest
by Katie Turner
While the music may be happening behind the fences of Calgary’s Folk Music Festival, there’s a different kind of party outside the gates.
Friday afternoon saw hundreds of festival-goers waiting in line from the main gates all the way to the pedestrian bridge across Memorial Drive.
This is a common occurrence during the four-day festival and has even become a tradition for many Calgarians.
“(I wait in line) to get a good spot to see the main-stage,” said Lynne Darlington, who has been coming to Folk Fest for 19 years. “If you’re too far back from the main-stage, I feel out of it.”
Not only is getting in line early crucial to scoring a sweet spot on the grass, but Darlington said it’s a great way to meet new people.
“It’s relaxing, you get to watch the people go by, and people are friendly, everyone’s happy,” she said.
Fellow folk-lover Kate Marlow agreed that waiting in line isn’t as boring as it seems.
“It’s fun, you meet people,” she said. “It’s a good atmosphere and you get to sit out in the sun for hours at a time and not do anything. It’s like a vacation.”
Darlington said that while she was looking forward to seeing Michael Franti and Spearhead, Folk Fest always offers some surprises, which makes the wait worthwhile.
“I always have a favourite by the time I’m done that I’d never heard of before I came.”