What FPSF Looked Like to the Festival's Vendors
Alex during his shift at a FSPF bar tent
Photos by Selena Dieringer
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to work at FPSF? Those of us who have ever willingly worked or volunteered for a festival know that the experience is largely contingent upon interaction with the public. This past Saturday, Rocks Off asked four delightful characters to tell us a little bit about their own experiences this year.
Great news, Houston: apparently, we as a group are an extremely nice bunch. Not so shocking: drunk people are obnoxious.
BOOTH: "The Hard Stuff" (bar) VENDOR: Alex, age 19
This was Alex's first time attending FPSF as either a vendor or a participant. He was here slanging booze to raise money for his fraternity, Sam Houston ATO, said that he had the option to leave his booth whatever time he'd like as long as it was well-staffed. (That being said, we think he was really enjoying selling beer to girls.)
One of the legitimately nicest people we've ever talked to at a festival, sweet Alex told us that concertgoers were super-friendly and considerate with the exception of drunk people, who were occasionally belligerent and demanding (shocking). Alex was hoping he'd be able to leave the booth to see Childish Gambino, and solidifying our adoration for this collegiate gentleman, upon being asked what the craziest thing he had seen so far, he earnestly told us, "Well, I've seen some boobs." You go, Alex.
BOOTH: Les Báget Vietnamese Food Truck VENDOR: Angie, age 31
Talking to Angie, you could tell that she is a ridiculously hard-working person, so FPSF was just another opportunity to hustle her wares. It was her second year working FPSF, and she's never attended outside of the food truck. In a word, she described the festival as "crazy," much in part to drunk people being ridiculous.
She said that tipsy girls kept trying to steal their beverages, and before we arrived, a girl had completely passed out in front of the truck (mind that this was at about 5 p.m., when the fest had only been reopened for a blink). Angie said that she received good treatment from everyone, who all seemed to be in good spirits despite the weather and the evacuation. Not surprisingly, she also said that she hadn't had an opportunity to leave the booth all day because they had been slammed. Get it, Angie. Get it.
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BOOTH: Koagie Hots Cheesesteaks and Dogs VENDOR: "Gregg," age "old enough to party"
"Gregg" is a guy you might have attended FPSF with if he didn't have to work the event. Clearly someone who has seen the dark side of a festival, he couldn't divulge his real name for legal reasons. Also, he was understatedly hilarious. When asked the craziest thing he had seen at FPSF, Gregg deadpanned "someone's asshole," no other info given or needed.
He said that everyone had been "amazingly nice" throughout the fest, and that he was going to leave his booth to see the Deftones. Gregg pseudo-excitedly told us that "Chino [Deftones singer Moreno] had just come over and had a cheesesteak." His favorite thing about FPSF? The fact that "everyone gets to come down and have mild heatstroke and eat cheesesteaks."
BOOTH: FPSF Merch VENDOR: Erika, age 18
Erika was a giggly and nervous girl who made every question we asked her seem like she was afraid to fail a pop quiz. She said everyone she had met all day had been very nice to her, but not so much to her boothmate Cameron. Asked to explain, she simply said, "Intoxication."
Erika also said that working the merch booth was nice because you could leave at any time if you wanted to, simply because your shift was going to be 14 hours anyway. During the evacuation, she added, the whole park was "super-chill" and people mostly just hid in tents. But our favorite thing about her was the way Erika completely contradicted herself, which made us like her even more: we asked her the craziest thing she had seen, and she said that it was the "outfits," specifically "guys in Speedos."
Then I asked her what advice she would give to a FPSF attendee: "It's really hot, so make sure you dress in cool clothes," she replied. Asked if that included Speedos, she just kind of stared at us and said, "Uh, yeah...I guess it does."
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