VIA Need to Know

Published On October 5, 2011 | By Kymbo Slice | Music, The Arts

Think you know all there is to know about VIA yet? If you’ve read part 1, 2, and 3 of our preview, you’re on the right track, but we’re here to fill you with a bit more knowledge to maximize your festival experience.

Where to begin? How about with the fact this is an 18+ to-do. Aside from Wednesday’s haps at Brillo Box, the entire festival is 18+. Hooray for youngins! In addition, all of the workshops are all-ages. So, if your younger sibling is curious about VIA, be sure to bring them along to one of the workshops, which will be discussed in tomorrow’s VIA coverage. The festival takes place all around town, starting with Wednesday at Brillo Box, Thursday at The Rex and Fri/Sat on Broad Street in East Liberty. So, get acquainted with the bus schedule, call a cab, find a DD or plan out your stumble route.

Next up, if you haven’t purchased your pass yet, the more you spend, the more you save. For $85, a PLUS pass gets you access to each event from Thursday to Saturday, including afterparties. Individual tickets are going to run you anywhere from $15 to $35 bucks, so you’d be silly not to get a pass, yo! You can do that here.

As for boozin’, you’ll be delighted to know that you can drink all the beer you’re able to fit in your tum for the first hour of each event on Friday and Saturday. In addition, a beer or mixed drink will never cost you over $5 on Friday and Saturday, which is insane considering the high prices of alcohol at most festivals. We aren’t drinking Natty Light here, folks. None of that. Best of all, vitaminwater is FREE, so there’s no reason to have a killer hangover the next day if you compliment your bevvies with some wa.

My favorite part of this shin dig: re-entry is permitted. Unlike many festivals of this kind, VIA allows their patrons to come and go as they please. If you’re lucky enough to live nearby, this means you can poop in the comfort of your own home. This is good news for me. If you’re driving, parking is free. If you’re biking, bikePGH will be providing racks to accommodate almost 100 bikes on Saturday. You’ve been warned: don’t park at Target, you will be towed, and that’s just no fun. The only way in which this scenario would be fun is if it conveniently leads to a hook up because the girl or boy you’ve been wooing all night takes you home. Then, it might be worth it, but don’t bank on that if that’s what you’re going for. That just makes you look desperate and carless. Your do-able factor will significantly decrease and you will declare your VIA experience a failure.

Another perk – munchies! You’re bound to get hungry at some point. VIA will fill your tummy with goodness from around the PGH. Some of the food vendors include Round Corner Cantina, Quiet Storm and Kanok Thai Cuisine. I know the Cantina’s chicken tacos will be hittin the spot when I’m all drunk munchied out. Mm. If you’re especially picky, Giant Eagle, Trader Joes, Target and Whole Foods are within walking distance. Tight.

So, now that you’re totally clued in, you have absolutely no excuse not to come. You’ve gotta be curious by now. Pop those bubbles, cross them bridges, traverse those tunnels and get your ass to the VIA Music & New Media Festival! All the cool kids are doing it, so why shouldn’t you?

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