Festival season is in full swing, It feels like my first festival was only yesterday. Once there were only a handful of festivals, you’d go to Reading, Leeds or Glasto, then slowly over the years the list of music festivals has grown, just look at the interactive map by gogirl.co.uk. Even here in Brighton we have three annual music festivals – The Great Escape, Wildlife and Boundary.
From 16 I’ve been a regular festival goer, attending at least one a year, usually Reading or Download, sometimes both. Each festival has a different vibe, style and purpose, but the rules of survival remain the same. Here are some tips that I have learnt over the years.
Don’t forget or lose your ticket before your first festival
It’s surprising how often this happens. The first year I went to Reading, my friend accidentally left her wallet on the train. Not only did it have her ticket, but her return train ticket and all her money. Luckily her brother was joining us the next day.
Friends have also gone all the way to Download (from Brighton) only to realise they haven’t got their tickets.
Agree a meeting point with you friends
With so many people, stalls, stages and food trucks, it’s easy to lose your friends. Find an easy to identify landmark and agree to meet your squad here throughout the day. This way you also conserve precious phone battery!
Pack something warm
The sun is shining, it’s warm and you’re wearing hot pants or short skirts inspired by Coachella attending celebs. But when the sun goes down and you’re camping in a tent the temperature will plummet and you will freeze. With camp fires are banned at most festivals, your jumper is essential for late night partying.
Be aware of the sun
Spending days dancing away in the sunshine sounds idyllic, but getting severely sunburnt is not fun. Equally, getting heatstroke while at a festival, and having nowhere to rest but a baking hot tent is actual hell, so be responsible.
Think feet first
The temptation is always there to wear cute little sandals all weekend, but choose comfort. You’re going to be on your feet most of your festival experience. When the weather changes, the ground can quickly turn from hard and dry to ridiculously muddy. One year at Reading it rained so much that I lost a shoe to a muddy puddle!
Wear shoes to protect your feet from festival hazards such as being stamped on in the crowd or treading on discarded glass or cans.
The key to a great festival experience is to go with the flow, be safe and relax. So if you are off to your first festival, then I hope you have a fantastic time.
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