I’ve been going to festivals for almost twenty years now. I’ve been around the block, standing in line the entire time. =)
Thus, I think of myself as having some experience when it comes to music festivals. With festival season upon us, here are a few of the tips I’ve gained over the years.
What to do before a festival.
Take the time before the festival and do some basic planning and packing. By spending some time planning, you’ll be ready to go as soon as the gates open. Then you’ll also squeeze every bit of fun possible out of a music festival.
Festival Planning Questions
- Is it a multi-day or single day event? Pack the necessities.
- How long to get to the festival? Will you need to stay overnight somewhere? If it’s overnight, is there camping?
- Who’s going to go with you? Do you have IDs and tickets?
- What are you going to wear? Do you have a costume or do you need to get one?
- What set on the lineup do you have to see? Plan to get there early, because everything will take longer than you think.
Festival playlists are never bad
Create a Soundcloud, Spotify, YouTube, or Pandora playlist of the artists that will be playing at the festival. Visit our Ultimate Collection of 2015 Tomorrowland DJ Sets for some inspiration,
Nothing is better than jamming out to an artist that you are going to see in a few hours. Use that energy in a positive way and reap the benefits such as, keeping your brain entertained, introducing you to new music, and even give you something that you can use to chat up someone. “Hey, check out my amazing playlist I made for XXX.”
Map out the best festival acts
Review the lineup and plan out a rough outline of who you want to see and where you want to see them. For example, 830 Kaskade on the main stage, then 1015 Dash Berlin on the side stage, etc. Then put the schedule into the pouch of a VIP lanyard. You know, those that people wear around their necks. Now you can consult your handy schedule when you need, and know where you’re going and how you will get there. What’s more, you can use it to let your buddies know when you where for when the group gets separated. A word of caution, nobody likes the douche bag who is acting pissed off because he didn’t make it for the opening of Pretty Lights. Use the schedule as a rough guideline, don’t start complaining because you’re missing a set. Be cool, and remember to have a good time. Remember the festival is fun. Plan a bit of time in it to just sit and relax and enjoy the ambiance.
What to take to a festival
I’m the type that over packs, so maybe this doesn’t apply to you. I also bring extra stuff to share for those people who don’t have any festival supplies. When you are packing, remember that you will have to carry all that stuff in and out. For a camping event, this could be a tent and chairs, and blah, blah, blah. Look at what you think you might need and take half. I’ll have a post up soon on the items that I consider festival essentials.
Even if it’s not a multi-day event and just a single day, look at what you’re taking and cut it in half. By the end of an 8 hr festival, most people are sweaty and tired and not wanting to carry anything. Look at what costumes you might be wearing. One of the hottest costume that people will be wearing is fuzzies and a spirit hoodie. You’re going to want to take them off as soon as you start partying. An empty knit backpack is amazing for this.
What to do at the festival
Eat! Eat! Eat! and lots of hydration too. The vendors at festivals have gotten so much better over the years. A festival is your opportunity to eat gourmet foods from across the world. Don’t be afraid to try something new to eat. Try to drink plenty of water. If you drink alcohol, drink a water every other drink so that you can stay hydrated. Alcohol will dehydrate your system. This is why even though there’s juice in that mixed drink you have, you still need to drink water.
My festival secret weapon
My last secret weapon is a simple package of baby wipes. You’ll have people thanking you all night long. Take a package of baby wipes with you into the show. They are now sold in travel size packs and there’s a ton of things that you can use them for. For example:
- Wash your hands
- Wipe your butt
- Blow your nose and clean out the dust
- Cool off and clean up some of the dust and mud and sweat from dancing
- use them to make a toilet seat cover
- tie one up like a bandits handkerchief and you can mute the smell of a port-a-pottie.
- Spread one out on the ground and sit on it for a quick, clean seat.
More festival tips and tricks
There are many more festival tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years. I’ll have to share them another time. Please be sure to join our mailing list. As a reward for signing up, you’ll receive the following rewards and bonuses. You’ll get an email with my Ultimate Festival Survival Guide, a $10 value. You’ll also get a notification when we publish a new post.
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