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This past weekend, “ZooMass” was lucky to not have one but two night of Dayglow at the Mullins Center. No exaggeration, going to this show was the best and most ridiculous night of my life. Everything that you could possibly imagine happening, happened. Just picture 5000+ people covered in paint, and that doesn’t even do it justice.

After this weekend, I like to think I’m an expert on Dayglow so I’ve come up with a guide on it and why everyone should experience it if you can.

White and Neon


Since Dayglow is a giant paint party, you wouldn’t want to wear anything but white. I wouldn’t recommend going out and buying anything expensive because it’s essentially going to be ruined. If you’re going with a bunch of friends, buy your white tees in bulk and have a t-shirt cutting party the night before. The only color besides white that’s acceptable is neon. The paint party is also a black light show so you wanna glow.

No Flip-Flops

The entire night I was there I tripped over at least five different pairs of flip-flops. When the paint starts, the ground gets slippery to the point where drunk people were dropping like flies. Wearing shoes that are: A. not really shoes, B. will cause you to fall on your ass a lot, and C. you’ll probably lose, is a bad idea. I wore chucks and even though my feet hurt like hell, I kept them on all night and avoided falling.


I know this one might seem a little strange but Dayglow was all about the wait. People literally waited hours in line to get tickets to go. The reason UMass got a second date was because day one sold out in two hours. Once the day arrives and you finally get there, be prepared to wait a little longer. The paint doesn’t actually start till at least an hour into it. The countdown got the crowd pumped, but the wait actually wore down my buzz a bit. Which leads me to my next point…

Pre-game Appropriately


Doors opened at 8 – My house started drinking at 4:30. I had my forty and my Massachusetts-appropriate knock-off Four Loko and I was good to go. That being said, if you’re a lightweight, maybe you should pace yourself. I know a few people that didn’t make it to the actual show because they pre-gamed like champs and passed out by 7. For those that would rather drink when you get there, be prepared to hide your alcohol like your life depends on it. Consider your bra your own personal carrying case (if you’re a guy, then go for a hoodie or pants with big pockets). I had two nips, got one taken away, and had one to start off the countdown.

The Buddy System

I know we’ve learned this system since we were munchkins in preschool but it seems especially important to mention here. If you’re going with 20+ friends make sure to stick by at least one of them. If that doesn’t work, try to get the whole group together in one area. My sorority sisters were all in one group by the stage which made life easier when trying to find friends without your cell phone. However, if you want to go off and just hook up with strangers the whole night, then just make a plan to meet up somewhere at the end of the show (unless that make out session goes really well).
So there you have it. Dayglow was worth the wait, the pay, and the 4 AM shower. If you get the chance to go, do it and you won’t regret it. Dayglow is still on tour so click on the link at the top of the page and find out if they’re coming to a city near you. Also be sure to check out this video of the countdown from UMass’ Dayglow.

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