The Natural: Musician Thig Nat’s Festival Essentials

Seattle hip-hop visionary and Men’s Shop Daily guest editor Thig Nat (short for “Natural”) returns with field-tested tips on how to pack for outdoor music festivals—a pertinent summertime quandary, especially for a fest that takes you from sweating in the crowd (or onstage, as the case may be) to overnight camping amidst cool winds coming off a 4,000-foot canyon.

Catch up on Thig’s previous posts (Sneaker Project | Spring Classics) and keep reading for his thoughts on getting organized, staying warm, and keeping it simple.

[Intro photos by Zoe Rain (L) and Andrew Imanaka (R).]

An Insider’s View on Facing the Music: “Festival season kicked off recently with Sasquatch, one of my favorite musical experiences. The Physics had the pleasure of playing the festival, along with Outkast, M.I.A., Kid Cudi, Major Lazer, and De La Soul, to name a few. If you haven’t been to Sasquatch, imagine the picturesque landscape of The Gorge Amphiteatre and the Columbia River as a backdrop for amazing performances by artists from all walks.”

“Packing for an outdoor festival like Sasquatch is tricky. Ideally, you want to bring as little as possible, while maintaining the versatility needed to withstand everything you’ll encounter over the course of three days: wind, extreme heat, cold, etc. Cover all your bases with a few basic pieces, and focus on the experience. Ultimately, that’s what matters most.” —Thig Nat of The Physics

1) A Hands-Free Device. “I’m new to this brand, so I wasn’t sure what to expect—but my first impression was this: It’s functional and clean. Pretty much all you need a backpack to be. The multiple pockets and gold-metal D-rings for attachments made carrying our gear a little easier for The Physics’ producer/DJ, Justo. The black-leather bottom and canvas construction make this a super-sleek look that I’d rock anywhere and use in different situations.”
[Shop: Benrus Backpack | All Backpacks]

2) Simplicity at Its Finest. “Keeping it simple is key, and a T-shirt is the quintessential thrown-on-and-go option. I needed something lightweight, with enough breathability to withstand an hour-long set followed by a full day of kicking it in the sun. Typically with Alexander Wang basics, you get a mixture of luxury fabric and refined silhouette. This tee is no different. I decided to size up for a looser look.”
[Shop: T by Alexander Wang T-Shirt | All T-Shirts]

3) The Right Way to Stay Warm. “Being prepared for the temperature shift is crucial. Evenings inevitably get cold, and a hoodie is the perfect transition. With this Jack Spade version, you’re essentially getting a heightened level of sophistication (peep the four-button, henley-style placket) in a day-to-day garment. I really like the indigo wash and workwear-inspired texture. I basically wore the hell out this hoodie all weekend.”
[Shop: Jack Spade Hoodie | All Sweaters & Sweatshirts]

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Here’s the latest video from Thig’s band, The Physics—for ‘Play It Off,’ the lead track
off their album Digital Wildlife. Download it here.


For more from Thig Nat,
check out his music and photography.


[Still-life and backpack photos by Thig Nat. T-shirt photos by Zoe Rain. Hoodie photos by Andrew Imanaka.]

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