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  • #87678

    jeccles12
    Participant

    Went Wednesday camping last year and wasn’t close enough to the entrance to make it worth the extra day. At what time would y’all who were close recommend showing up to be closer to the entrance?

  • #87836

    freidarose
    Participant

    Have you ever camped non-premier?

    I ask because that walk is far, far longer, even compared to the very back of premier.  That overpass is a lot longer than you’d think.

    There is no way to know which lot you will get into otherwise.  It doesn’t matter when you arrive.  Some lanes take you closer to the front, some take you far far out.  It can change literally by the minute.

    One year they loaded a middle lot, then drove us around it toward the front and out to a far lot.

  • #88115

    upstatedrew
    Participant

    The first year we went we got in line at 2am wed for Thursday load in partied in line and watched a lighting storm and the sun come up. It was amazing.

    last year met up with people and rolled into que around 1030 wed morning got 4 rows from gate in premier hoe that helps

  • #88192

    victoriankeepsake
    Participant

    I will tell you from camping in premier and general that general is a HUGGGGGGGGE walk, way worse than premier.  After doing an hour and a half walk to get to the main festival entrance I will always get Wednesday camping! General is only OK if you land camping right beside the main bridge ( Still a far walk though)

  • #88195

    PS62
    Participant

    Only downside to premier is the isolation from civilization. Much closer to the grounds and the Main stage. Just make sure you bring what you need for the 4-5 nights. In my opinion., it is worth the extra $40.

  • #88200

    Mike G
    Keymaster

    I’ve never found it more than a 5-10 minute walk even from the farthest end of the premier camping area

  • #88206

    festyfun
    Participant

    No matter where I’ve stayed at FF, I’ve never left the grounds. Why would you want to waste time going to get food/booze etc instead of relaxig with friends new and old. It’s not hard to bring everything you need for 5 days.

  • #88257

    kyliekurt
    Participant

    I so agree @festyfun !

    My first year I was reading about people planning to take trips to the stores and stuff…I just assumed everyone was “trapped” for the 4 days with all their supplies.

    We’ve been great both years. Planning out everything really helps to make sure you have everything you need without over packing!

  • #88260

    morganff12
    Participant

    i stayed thurs. to mon last year and i didn’t leave one time. it never occured to me to go to the store. i think people think they are going to need tons of stuff, but it’s only a few days. if you plan right you get by on even the very minimum

    • #88261

      Mike G
      Keymaster

      The ones who always feel the need to leave are the big groups of campers and it’s usually for more booze, because they spend so much time binge drinking like the world is ending. It’s no secret that they’re also the ones who leave the biggest mess behind.

  • #88262

    morganff12
    Participant

    i met people last year whose alcohol budget (just for their campsite) was bigger than my budget for the whole festival . it blew my mind!

  • #88267

    festyfun
    Participant

    Very true Mike – though last year people were leaving for rain gear (I think every nearby store sold out of rain boots!).

    And those folks are usually the ones who spend 90% of their time at their campsite. I figure, just go camping with your friends somewhere… much cheaper. But everybody does their own fest…

  • #88491

    kristymcg
    Moderator

    Last year was my first time doing premier camping and it is definitely worth it. After a long day of festivities and/or being hung over that bridge seems ten miles long. I definitely recommend premier camping.

  • #88492

    awwshucks
    Participant

    As mentioned before, the only downside to premier camping is “being away” from civilization. You have to make sure you have absolutely everything you need before leaving for Firefly. We made friends with our neighbors and shared our beer with them. They felt bad about it and on Saturday (the hottest day this past year) took the shuttle out of premier to go pick up a case of beer for us. Long story short, they came back 6 hours later and sunburnt because the shuttle system was horrible. The shuttle never came back to where it dropped them off at, no staff knew anything about shuttle locations, no signs, etc.

    Looking on google maps at the festival entrances and campsites you can get a pretty good idea of how far you would walk if you got put in the back of premier camping. The distance between being at the VERY back of premier VS the VERY front of general camping is only about 200 meters more to the gates. I’ll only do premier camping from now on. Totally worth the extra $40.

  • #89557

    Dayc821
    Participant

    Alright gang……I’ve got 3 total pairs of “couples” going in one car including my boyfriend and I… I am desperately trying to figure out which camping package to purchase. The cheapest one that makes sense seems to be the General $169 (6-person) package….but under the description it mentions “Space for one tent and one standard car or SUV”.  Does that mean we have to purchase one of those HUGE tents for all of us to sleep in…. which seems ridiculous especially when you want privacy with your significant other, or can we all have our own private small 2 person tents?? Please help me…

    • #89560

      Mike G
      Keymaster

      You can put as many small tents in your 10×30 space as you want. Do a dry run at home first to see how you want to arrange them with your vehicle, shade canopy, etc

      Pro Tip: get Wednesday Premier over GA camping. You won’t regret it. 😉

  • #89563

    rgoehring81
    Participant

    Hi Everyone,

    Looking forward to my first Firefly…coming from Ontario Canada. My group is doing Wednesday Premier but won’t be getting in till probably 11pm Wednesday night.

    So sites are 30 by 10…are the sites pretty much on top of each other? Which basically means you have a 15 by 10 living space since most average sized cars are about 15 feet in length. Does anyone have pics of the camping set up in premier? What all is included in the hub? Is there always a wait for showers as well? Also any rules or limits on bringing in alcohol besides no glass?

     

    Any info would awesome…thanks and cheers!

     

    Ryan

  • #89565

    awwshucks
    Participant

    I believe I can answer your questions for you. Yes the campsites are 30×10 ft. You’re absolutely correct when you asked if you will eventually end up with a 15x10ft living space. the car takes up roughly 1/3 to of your campsite. It is strongly recommended to buy two campsites so you can have more room. Here’s a thread (https://fireflyfestival.com/message-board/forums/topic/camping-dry-run/) that has a picture that will show you the space you’ll have with one campsite. The width of your canopy and car is how wide your site will be. Now imagine trying to fit the maximum allowed people per campsite of 6 people in that tiny space. Makes for a cramped weekend of camping.

     

    The premier hub includes food trucks, a general store, portapotties, showers, a makeshift bar, and a stage that will have bands and DJ’s Wednesday evening into the night. The stage will also have music throughout the entire weekend as well.

    Be warned though, the general store prices are going to cost you a pretty penny. You can find most camping needs there if you forget something. To put prices into perspective, I think a SINGLE roll of toilet paper was selling for $8 last year.

    The showers will cost you $5 to use. There are certain times that you are allowed to use them. More information on the times will be released in the next couple of months.  The lines for the showers can get EXTREMELY long. To the point where you will tell yourself that you’re better off not waiting in line. I highly suggest investing in a camp shower so you can shower at your campsite on your own time. I’ve never used the showers at Firefly, but people always complain that the water pressure sucks and the water is never hot. If you can’t invest in a camp shower, just bring a few gallon jugs with, hop into a bathing suit/boardshorts and dump the water over you. Lather up, scrub what you’ve gotta scrub and dumb the water over you again. You just showered and saved yourself from spending $5 at the hub.

    There are no limits on alcohol you’re allowed to bring in. Just no glass. People will really frown upon you having glass because there are a lot of people walking around barefoot all weekend. Just don’t bring glass.

     

  • #90956

    mazznicole
    Participant

    It is my fourth firefly as a premier camper.  Each year , our group has lucked out with getting a pretty close camping stop.  I live in South Jersey so the drive is only an hour and 15 from home.  We try to be in Dover around 11-11:30 [am].  We got into line last year around 11:30-11:45 [Am] with four cars following each other.  The process took probably an hour and a half and we made sure to tell the check in staff that there were four cars [they are really accommodating with that they just tell you to pull to the side].  We ended up being about 4 rows from the entrance so we really lucked out.  The only thing that I don’t like is that we miss walking through the big Firefly entrance [not a deal breaker], but  you can take a field trip with your camping buddies for a quick picture in front of the sign.

    The premier camping is 100% worth it , we had friends that had a 45 minute walk in general camping so the extra 40 bucks is alright in my book.  We have 4 camping spots again this year between 10 people [4 cars] and 5 of us are sharing a huge 14 person tent.  If you end up camping with friends, I recommend filling one full camping spot with tents.  Then using another spot just for the pop-up tents for extra shade.  We really lucked out and had 10×10 so we formed them in an L shape and used the one part just for food putting our tables in an L shape as well. The rest was filled with chairs and hammocks!! Make friends with your neighbors, they usually don’t care if you over lap and offer them to sit under your shade.  Remember, we are all friends and all here for the same beautiful thing!

    As far as being away from civilization, try to bring AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. I highly stress that because you save money in the long run.  Over 6 years of festivals my friends and I have collected a pile of stuff that we reuse every year!  Have each camper bring 3-5 rolls of toilet paper person and stock up on the necessities.  Remember to make friends with your neighbors and to respect the land [clean up your trash!] Premier was embarrassingly messy last year so we need to make up for last years mess!! We also unfortunately had someone steal our friends 100 gallon cooler [which we don’t get how because that thing was a monster lol] which I have NEVER experienced at a festival!

    Everyone festivals different but that’s just my advice!! Happy Firefly guys, a little over a month and will all be dancing in the woods together!!

  • #90958

    Mike G
    Keymaster

    Wednesday Premier is the only way to go if you can take the extra time off work. Even back when they had “Front Row” camping in 2013 when the festival was only 3 days I did that so I could come in on Thursday. The best party night of the weekend is Wednesday night. Everyone is all set up and there’s nothing to do but relax and have fun until the music starts Thursday afternoon.

    Oh, and if you think the distance to the gate was not worth it, then try hiking over that bridge every day/night only to walk another mile to your site. I’ve never camped over that bridge and I don’t ever plan on it.

  • #91271

    heinz
    Participant

    Here is a question for you Mike,
    Now that they have 4 bands Wed. night, and they will be on a stage in a HUB, can you find out which HUB?
    My only guess is where you go, The Clearing, since they direct all tenters up there.
    My concern, I am in Wed. Premier RV. They other side of the festival.
    I am sure they will not let us walk thru Festival area to get to the HUB.
    Any chance we can request shuttles?

  • #91274

    freidarose
    Participant

    The wednesday shows are in the Premier hub, it is billed as a Wednesday Premier party.

  • #91341

    morganff12
    Participant

    can anyone go to the Wed. shows?

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  • #91388

    Mike G
    Keymaster

    Yeah, as long as you can get to the Premier lot. The festival grounds will be closed, so you’d have to walk all the way up Parsimmon Road

  • #91563

    heinz
    Participant

    i got a reply that they will have a shuttle going from the WESTWOODS hub to the CLEARING HUB.
    even though nobody will be camping there, we will all be rv people in lot # 9. so we’d have to cross the bridge and get on the shuttle.
    I am working on getting them to stop in lot # 9 to take us up there.
    But they did confirm we will have a shuttle.
    I am guesing we will have to have a wristband to get into the CLEARING?
    Any of you wed. premier tent campers know if you have to have your wristband on to get into your area on wed?

  • #91830

    Mitch
    Participant

    I know they made everyone in our 2 cars flash our wrists at various people as they directed us to the sites.  But remember: this is just for festival admission – not sure if you RV/Glamp people have wristbands for your sites, but for general & premier camping, we just have stickers in our car windows.  There is no camping wristband.  As long as you have a festival wristband, you should be good.

    Glad to hear they are doing a shuttle, that would have sucked for you guys.

  • #114293

    edcarson
    Participant

    There are small and portable seating like this http://www.javateakoutdoorfurniture.com/products/benches/ that is made of teak wood materials and are perfect for any outdoor gathering including camping. Its lightweight brings this stuff portable.


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