Tucker Gumber sold his home, parcelled a suitcase and now dedicates their own lives to carnivals, having wasted 460 epoches dancing, camping and listening to live music
The first time Tucker Gumber listened a music celebration, he was both enchanted and a touch shocked. It was winter 2011 at Colorado’s Snowball, and with flurries falling lightly against the Rocky Mountain sunset, Big Gigantic playing onstage and a army of followers playing tag in the field, Gumber knew festival culture, in all its exhilarating whimsy, was for him. At the same time, he was baffled by the absence of tendency provided to the tens of thousands of attendees.
” They were basically telling 50,000 beings like:’ Show up. You’ll be fine. Here are some medicines. What could go wrong ?'” Gumber says.
Gumber, 34, has now been dedicated his life to music galas, having christened himself” The Festival Guy” and reached more than 135 celebrations in the last seven years. If you’re a festivalgoer in the US, it’s not peculiar to look Gumber from across the field at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Electric Daisy Carnival, SXSW, Okeechobee, Burning Man and many more, frequently wearing his signature dress hat and surrounded by a gaggle of friends. As of June 2018, Gumber has logged more than 460 festival periods of dancing, camping, listening, devouring and generally having the time of his life at indicates across the country.
And in the process, he’s grown quite savvy.
Gumber is now focused on helping fellow attendees optimize their own festival knows and promoting “festival-ing” to a lawful pastime. With his recently released The FestivalGoer’s Guide, he has literally written the book on the subject.” I recognized it was my purpose ,” Gumber says.” I discontinue my work and learned how to be a pro who obliges celebrations better and makes tools for festival-goers .”
While his lifestyle may be non-traditional- Gumber doesn’t have a house and spends most of its first year along the road going to shows- as The Festival Guy he’s prolonging his family’s gift of turning hobbies into chores. His granddad was an ardent golfer and his daddy worked for the fraction of wildlife in Colorado, where Gumber grew up heartfelt about live music and the outdoors.” My dad’s entire undertaking was to enforce the correct way to be an outdoorsman ,” Gumber says.” I was learnt from a young age that there’s a right space to do occasions .”
Which is why what Gumber was watching at festivals- offspring, slipshod campsites, rude attendees, sleep destitution, lost cars, keys, tents and sidekicks- was so disconcert. He Googled” guidebook to festival-going” and spotted there wasn’t a thorough manuals on par with those written for more traditional hobbyists like golfers, fishermen, hunters, snowboarders and hikers. There was no one he could pay to give him a lesson. So, he endeavoured out festival ex-servicemen, the person or persons with the comfortable chairs, coordinated campsites and good shoes, and soaked up all their insight. He then led by pattern, obtaining efficient ways to instill ordering, and thus greater different levels of pleasure, into the often disorganized and sometimes slipshod festival culture. His purpose is the establishment of festival-going as a legitimate pastime. He’s even marked the word “FestivalGoer”.