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X-Fest 2016: A Look Back

One year ago, on September 3rd, I was ankle deep in mud at Fort Calgary which was in a state of full blown panic. I found myself asked to leave the premises, trudging to a Phil and Sebastian’s drinking coffee so strong it made me shake, and would end up waiting there for 3 hours only to find out that X-Fest 2015 had been officially cancelled. I remember it being dark and rainy, I was in the worst mood to begin with and this just did me in. It rained for the entire weekend, and was one of the worst September long weekends I’ve ever had. I wasn’t going back to school, I had a day job that I didn’t like, I was isolated, lonely, and lost. It’s still easy to slip into those feelings again, and I always tend to feel the same around Labour Day, I suppose because it officially marks the end of summer. However, a year passed, and I learned more and more about myself and the world around me. If you’re reading this and thinking, “wow, he’s getting pretty sappy on a music festival post,” I’ll cut to the chase. I considered “reviewing” X-Fest, but that’s not really my style. I hardly feel like I’m in a place to criticize or praise a performance, and I just wasn’t inspired to write the same stuff you’ve probably already read about these bands. How many more websites do you need to tell you that Twenty One Pilots are great, or that Halsey is one of the best acts in pop music right now? That is probably all true, but I don’t need to tell you that. My experience at X-Fest was more personal, and I got opportunities that not everyone else got, and I was incredibly grateful for it. With that being said, I’d rather write about my unique experience than just recap what everyone else saw. The photographer I was and even the person I was a year ago was not the person who stood in the photo pit at X-Fest 2016. Not even close.

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