Happy Labor Day, socialist layabouts! We’re taking a moment out from our day of commemorating the Haymarket Affair by not being able to mail anything to remind you all that you don’t necessarily have to pay to get into SoundLand (formerly Next Big Nashville). Assuming your hastily Xeroxed zine was denied press credentials, you can still earn your way into the festival by volunteering. This is probably the best possible option for college students (short of, y’know, actually buying a wristband) since you’ll probably just have to work at the field trips during the day, freeing you up to see shows at night.
Yes, you’ll have to work a minimum of 12 hours — three shifts — to get in. Yes, technically that works out to being sub minimum wage. But, if you made good money decisions, you probably wouldn’t be in the position of considering a music festival wristband instead of eating. Volunteers must be at least 18 to register. Much like volunteering at Bonnaroo, you can list a couple of the bands you absolutely don’t want to miss and they’ll work around that and your schedule to get you slotted.
Seriously though, it’s a pretty good deal. Soundland runs from Sept. 21 to 24. Get your application in soon, lest you have to deal with over-privileged media types (hi!) during Yelawolf.