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How To Survive An Outdoor Concert Disaster: Ten Semi-Helpful Tips

The summer festival season is winding down, but even as that stops, the fall festival season begins. The weather will be getting nicer, and it will actually be pleasant to be outside, so we're looking forward to it, especially with Austin City Limits, our own BestFest and Fun Fun Fun Fest all coming up in the next couple of months. However, there have been a few unfortunate incidences this summer, most notably in Quebec City, Tulsa, Ottawa, last weekend's fatal tragedy in Indianapolis and, just hours ago, the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium, where bad weather and/or hostile crowd conditions caused stage collapses, crushing deaths, and all sorts of horrible injuries.

Sometimes luck/fate/the Universe/God/Karma is just determined to destroy you, and won't be satisfied until everything you ever were is ground into meat putty, but there's a chance that if you're ever in an outdoor concert disaster situation and can keep a clear head and remember these tips, maybe, just maybe, you can spit in God's face and escape free of injury.