Kind of wild, what happened this year. I stressed over who I would and wouldn't see, finally put a schedule together for the 5 days (took me about 6 hours to figure it out!) and ended up getting through the first 2 days, Wednesday and Thursday, before ending up in the ER first thing Friday morning and completely missing the rest of the festival!
I learn more each year about navigating through this thing. There is so much it's overwhelming. Ya gotta get past that and just go with your gut. I'm also realizing all these free parties downtown put on by the industry folks coming in from out of town are pretty much geared for a bunch of drunks so, if you're really interested in listening to music, forget this stuff.