Surviving a Music Festival: 5 Best Tips from Festival Veterans

 

Summary: A music festival can be a lot of fun, but it can also be exhausting. Here are 5 tips for making the most of your music festival experience.

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Surviving a Music Festival: 5 Best Tips from Festival Veterans
Surviving a Music Festival: 5 Best Tips from Festival Veterans.

 

If you are planning to go to a music festival this year, consider yourself lucky. Music festivals are not only fun; they can be downright unforgettable experiences that bond people from all over the world.

But these kinds of events are also notoriously overwhelming, with long lines at food stands, massive crowds going crazy for their favorite bands and major drug problems.

Many people have been to music festivals and have shared their experiences. We have gathered some of the best advice from festival veterans.

Here are their top 5 tips for surviving a music festival!

 

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 How to survive a music festival

 How to survive a music festival
How to survive a music festival. (Courtesy photo)

 

Music festival season is upon us!

Music festivals are a fantastic experience for music fans, but they also bring with them a new set of issues.

Whether you are a festival goer or a performer, you will want to know how to be safe.

If you are a fan, make sure to arrive early and dressed suitably. You won’t want to be holding much in your hands because you will be dealing with enormous crowds and a lot of music.

If you are a performer, make sure you download the festival’s app or have access to the festival’s website so you can get the most out of your experience.

What should you bear in mind if you are planning on attending? What should you do in order to get ready? What should you bring with you? How can you keep yourself safe?

This article will cover all of that and more, so get ready to be a pro-music-goer.

 

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What are the essentials?

What are the essentials?
What are the essentials? (Photo by Softpower News)

 

Music festivals are popular, fun and a great way to get out there and enjoy some great live music. The first step to having a great festival experience is to make sure you are prepared.

Mark your calendar for a minimum of 30 days prior to the event to ensure you have time to get everything done.

You will want to book your accommodations at least 2-3 months in advance, or sooner for certain events if you know it will sell out quickly.

Book your travel arrangements at least 30 days prior as well. This should give you plenty of time to purchase tickets and arrange for other essentials.

 

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What to wear and bring to a music festival

What to wear and bring to a music festival
What to wear and bring to a music festival. (Courtesy photo)

 

In the next few months, there are hundreds of music festivals taking place around the party scene.

If you plan to go to one this year, you are going to have a blast. However, you need to be prepared for the heat and sun, plus rain sometimes.

 

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What kind of clothing should I wear to a music festival?

What to wear and bring to a music festival
What to wear and bring to a music festival. (Courtesy photo)

 

From us who have been to, many festivals, here are the basics;

 

  • Wear Sunglasses instead of a Flower Crown
  • Wear a hat instead of a flower crown (Skip if you don’t mind the sun rays)
  • Build up your layers of clothes
  • Carry a cross-body bag with you.

 

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What are some must-have items for a music festival?

What are some must-have items for a music festival?
What are some must-have items for a music festival? (Courtesy photo)

 

 

When you are packing for a music festival, you have to remember to include all the essentials. Here are some of our favorites:

 

  • Beach towels
  • Blankets
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen (for the sun and for when you want to look
  • Bring warm clothing for the evening shows because it can get chilly outside.
  • Consider beanies and jackets.
  • Bring lighters or matches with you because everyone knows that campfires are a must-have.
  • Waterproof everything – water and music festivals seem to go together, whether it’s due to the weather or that alluring water slide.
  • Packs for re-hydration
  • A reusable water bottle and a beer cup, as well as accessories
  • Towel that dries quickly
  • Hammock
  • Everything is solar-powered
  • Headlamp, and so forth

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Tips for keeping your stuff safe at a music festival

Tips for keeping your stuff safe at a music festival
Tips for keeping your stuff safe at a music festival. (Courtesy photo)

 

Music festivals are great for letting loose and having fun, but it can be a little nerve-wracking heading into the festival grounds. It is so easy to get distracted by the excitement that you forget about your belongings.

You want to keep your cash, your phone, and whatever else you don’t want to lose, safe. Here are tips for keeping your stuff safe at a music festival;

 

  • Keep your cash and phone in your front pocket
  • Pay attention to the people around you
  • Make friends with your neighbors
  • While a locker could be the answer, don’t make things simple for burglars.
  • Report any items that have been misplaced or stolen.

 

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Surviving a music festival: 5 tips from veteran festival-goers!

Surviving a music festival: 5 tips from veteran festival-goers!
Surviving a music festival: 5 tips from veteran festival-goers! (Photo by Softpower News)

 

 

Music festivals are a great way to experience a wide variety of musical genres, see new acts and meet like-minded people. For many, they’re also a rite of passage.

The experience you have at a festival can leave long-lasting memories and develop skills that you’ll use later in life.

There are a number of things you need to think about before heading to the festival, especially if it’s your first one.  Below are 5 tips from veteran festival-goers from Uganda;

 

Phone and money – tips from Kabombo Sylvester (musician and veteran festival-goer)

 

Sylvester offers advice on phones and money;

  1. Make sure you have a portable power source with you.
  2. Keep some cash on you
  3. Make sure your phone is charged.
  4. Make sure you get plenty of airtime.

 

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Accommodation – tips from Afunah Dixy Tin Tin (Journalist and veteran festival-goer)

Accommodation at music festivals
Accommodation at music festivals. (Courtesy photo)

 

Afunah’s recommendations for lodging;

“One of the things to do before going to a festival is to look for information on where to stay in the region where the event will be hosted.

Tents are always available for rent at practically all events; however they are usually quite pricey.

As a visitor who has already spent money on transportation and will be staying away from home for several nights, your budget is something you must keep an eye on if you want to have a great time at a festival.

Second, tents are dependent on the seasons. You will have one of the worst experiences of your life if it’s either rainy season or too hot.

I remember renting a tent during a rainy season at a festival, and it was one of the worst experiences I have ever had.

There was a strong downpour, and my mattress, as well as the mattresses of others, was completely drenched. I had to spend the entire night outside in the freezing cold.

Third, there is never or very little privacy in tents and freshening up is always a hassle.

The only benefit of tents is that they are always close to the event and secure because security is constantly present.

Even if you had already reserved a tent, the temptation to check out the nightlife in the neighboring regions is usually strong. This is an additional benefit of booking a proper room.

 

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Move with a friend – tip from Nase Avatar (award-winning producer and veteran festival-goer

Nase recommends moving with a companion;

“In my situation, once the clouds have blurred, I like to have that one man on the squad who doesn’t drink or get high to be our eyes. You are well aware that you can lose anything at any time.

Also, because I don’t film my enjoyment very often, I don’t carry anything too valuable to lose; camera, smartphone, watches, jewelry, and so on.

 

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Limit your drinking – tip from High Roller Olyv Telma (travel enthusiast and veteran festival-goer)

Limit your drinking at music festivals
Limit your drinking at music festivals. (Photo by PML Daily)

 

Limit your drinking, as Olyv advises;

“Don’t go against your ideals if you are going to drink and party hard. Keep your valuables out of the tent.

Always have someone on your side, and if you are going alone, keep your drinking to a minimum.”

 

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Take Pictures – tip from Enock and Jaqi (Travel couple and veteran festival-goers)

Take Pictures – tip from Enock and Jaqi (Travel couple and veteran festival-goers)
Taking pictures at music festivals. (Photo by Malaika Media)

 

We advise that you take pictures;

You have more time to pause and snap pictures when you aren’t being dragged to a stage by your friends. Capture the moment; you will appreciate being able to reminisce on your festival experiences.

Don’t simply snap photos for yourself; assist others in capturing the perfect festival shot! It’s a terrific way to start a conversation by offering to snap a group photo.

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To wrap things up

 

Conclusion: Now that you’ve read our tips for surviving a music festival, are you ready to start planning your next music festival adventure? If so, it’s time to start packing your bags and get psyched for the best time of your life!

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