If you’re getting ready for some Bacchanal antics, you may want to figure out your game plan before you start turning up on Saturday. There’s a ton of different ways to do Bacchanal, but if you’re planning on going all out, be sure you know the general course of events that happen the day of.
8:00 a.m.: Wake up. Yes, this is probably the earliest you’ll ever wake up, and you might hate yourself for doing so. But, you need to get up early to shower and get dressed before you do anything else.
8:30 a.m.: Line up to get your Bacchanal wrist band. The Bacchanal Committee actually isn’t going to start handing them out until 9 a.m., but it’s good to be early so you won’t have to wait forever in line. There are several places you can get them, but your location is assigned based on your school:
- CC or SEAS: the steps in front of Hamilton Hall or the Wien Courtyard
- GS or BC: in front of Dodge Hall (not the gym)
9:15 a.m.: Eat breakfast. Where you go depends on your food preferences, how quickly you wanna eat, and how much money you have. If you really wanna go all out, you can get brunch at one of the restaurants nearby. If not, Ferris is a pretty safe place to get all the nutrients you need. Remember, if you’re planning on drinking, you’re gonna have to have a full stomach and be very hydrated.
10:00 a.m.: Start pre-gaming, as wild as it sounds. Some people even start earlier, but 10 is a pretty good time to start. Dorm parties are usually the go-to, and they usually (or, should) have some snacks to keep you from getting too drunk too quickly.
12:00 p.m.: Head to the frats. They usually have bagels and tons of drink to keep the party going. This is honestly the one time out of the year where the frats are actually poppin’ imo, and you don’t even need an invite. But make sure the people you came in with are the ones you leave with so you have people to look out for you during the show.
12:30 p.m.: At this point you have a couple options: Continue frat-hopping, which is what most people do, or head down to the stage* and watch the opening act—the student opener is THOU SHALT NOT.
*If you’re planning on going into the moshpit now, be sure to know what to expect. There’ll be a security guard placed in front of a long pathway created by gates, and you’ll be asked to show your wristband and ID. If you look intoxicated in any way, or even bring any snacks and water bottles, you’re not allowed into the pits at all; you’ll be confined to the lawns.
2:00 p.m.: Another time for options. At this point people in the frats will be pretty drunk, and plenty of people will probably start to head over to Low. (The Bacchanal Committee anticipates that the two pits will start to fill up as early as 2 p.m.) Others will stay behind and party even more. A lot of people only want to see the headliner, while others wanna see all of the major performers. Don’t be surprised if there aren’t that many people in the mosh pit.
4:00 p.m.: If you haven’t already, go to the stage. The headliner comes out at around 4 p.m., so everyone who has a ticket will be in the moshpit.
It’s important to note what the setup of this year’s Bacchanal will be like. In short, more or less like last year’s: Two enclosed pens will be up close to the stage on Low for those with a wristband, while everyone else can watch from Butler Lawns.
Don’t count on getting a good place in the pit unless 1.) You get there early, or 2.) You’re good at pushing everyone aside. Also prepare for a ton of havoc, since people will be swaying back and forth at all times. You might get stepped on or accidentally hit. It happens, dw, but be sure to enjoy the performer!
5:00 p.m.: Head over to MoWillies and get some snacks and drinks. This should really be done earlier, but you’re gonna be tired and super dehydrated and hungry once the concert is over. Getting something to save yourself for being too hungover is a must.
5:30 p.m.: Go home and sleep. The concert is over, you’re probably not in the right state of mind, and you’ll be tired af. Be sure to take a long nap to re-energize.
8:00 p.m.: Go eat. If you’re hungover, be sure to get some food and drinks to rehydrate.
9:00 p.m.: The rest of the night really depends on your lifestyle and on how you’re feeling . If you’re over it all, then you can watch some Netflix and call it a night. If you’re ready for some more raging, then start pre-gaming for the next party. If you’re worried about the pset due the next day at noon, then get started on that.
This schedule is general, and definitely isn’t something set in stone. You can stay at the frats until 4, or just not even go. You can go into the mosh pit, or just stay on the lawns. No matter where you go, make sure you’re having a good time.
Huber Gonzalez is a Columbia College sophomore and Spectrum’s deputy editor. He doesn’t really care about this year’s performers, no offense to them lol. Reach him at email@example.com