By: Melanie Casupanan
September 8, 2017
Last weekend, High Life Music Festival came back to the NOS Event Center with artists such as the up-and-coming Yo Gotti, Chanel West Coast, Young Jeezy, Fat Joe, Waka Flocka, T.I and many more taking the stage. The weather was blazing hot but that didn’t stop the crowds. This year’s setup was different from any other we’ve seen at this venue, with hundreds of tents spread throughout the lot, the Orange Pavilion and the Damus building.
This year, sponsor Brass Knuckles, even built a three story booth inside. There were also enclosed cabana tents with air conditioning allowed for the guests to beat the heat and still visit vendors. Food vendors were also set up everywhere you turned. The most popular food of the weekend was the ice cream from Old Tyme Ice Cream or Phil’s Italian Ice because of the hot temperature outside. The venue was so well thought out there was even a designated area to watch the long awaited Mayweather vs. McGregor fight, where many fans and event-goers found themselves in the same area as some of the artists.
With such a versatile venue, there’s always so much to do. However, whenever people ask me about my job at the NOS Event Center, the only thing they ask is: Do you get to meet the artists? Yes I do, but that doesn’t mean I sit and hang out with them all day.
Working hospitality means that you set up green rooms for artists to hang out in when they are not performing. It’s not as though I am simply their servant for the day, but the job sure does keep you on your toes because sometimes there will be last minute requests and we all have to scramble to fulfill it as best we can. In my experience, talent is generally very nice, not snobby as one would probably believe. On the second day my supervisor Gabby was carrying in a case of water into Waka Flocka’s room and he took the case from her and said she shouldn’t be the one having to carry around everything, which shows they’re people just like us!!! It’s important to remain professional with the talent at all times, but it’s interactions like these that make all the running around worth it to put on a successful event.