Attending a music festival can be pretty pricey — there’s the ticket to the fest itself, travel, accommodations, copious cups of watered-down, overpriced beer. One fest, however, is hoping to ease the pain of paying the price for attendees, however, by offering up its very own online couchsurfing resource.
Those who reside near Utretcht (located right near Amsterdam, Netherlands) are in luck this week, as Le Guess Who? Festival is descending on the city, featuring a pretty solid lineup: Destroyer, Ty Segall Band, Sharon Van Etten, Fuck Buttons, Colin Stetson,Hundred Waters, Grimes, Juliana Barwick, Deerhoof, Lower Dens, Matthew Dear, Cate le Bon, FIDLAR, and more. Le Guess Who? — which is going into its sixth year of existence — is also launching a new mini fest this year titled Fuzzbox, which with feature a ton of garage bands. That’s a lot of tunes for one small expanse of days.
But where, oh where, will those who traversed the land to attend the fest stay? According to festival co-founder Bob van Heur, hotels in the are expensive, so last year, the organizers started to look for an alternative: They launched a couchsurfing service baked right into the festival website allowing users to either offer up places to stay, or find somewhere to crash. The whole thing is plugged into Facebook, so users can easily scope out another user’s profile, looking for telltale signs of ax-murderness.
The fest takes place from December 29-2, so if you plan to attend but are still homeless, we suggest taking a look (and, of course, taking all the necessary precautions not to get murdered). Tickets are on sale here if you’re really bad at planning ahead.
Obviously, this isn’t the first couchsurfing service to hit the Web. “The idea is not ours,” van Heur says. “There were facebook plug-ins for couchsurfing already, but we thought it’s an easy and handy way to help our visitors finding cheap accommodation. And it worked. I’m surprised that not more city festivals use this to help their visitors.”
Check out a few more music-related services of this ilk below:
NB: At time of posting, this site had been hacked for some mysterious reason — perhaps an over abundance of free time on someone’s part? However, when this site is actually operational, it allows bands to find places to stay that are, wait for it, Better Than The Van. Via the site, bands can find places to stay, connect with other touring bands and hit up local venues, and fans can watch their favorite musicians sleep.
A more general couchsurfing site — and keeper of the “couchsurfing” name and a ton of money — this site also has a ton of groups for traveling musicians and festival attendees, allowing everyone to find a place to crash.
Airbnb is for the band who has a little (or a lot of) money to spend. Use it to find your next party house during that big headlining tour. The site allows users to offer up homes and rooms for temporary rental, and other users to rent said rooms/homes. Like CouchSurfing, Airbnb has interest groups where users can chat and make arrangements, and those groups naturally include music festival attendees and traveling musicians.
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