A beginners guide to become a music festival expertJuly 26, 2019
-Words by Janice Chan of VentureSeekr-Photo by Jessey Bijl on Unsplash
Participating in a music festival may be fun and exciting, but preparing beforehand can be a hassle and a pain.You have to think real hard as to what and how much to bring to the festival. Fortunately, I have gathered a list of pro tips on what you can do to enjoy the most in at a music festival. Following this guide, everyone can become a music festival ninja without a hitch.
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Tips for attending a music festival
What to wear – Anything you feel comfortable!
It doesn’t really matter what you wear, as long as you’re comfortable and you’re enjoying yourself. But keep in mind that temperatures can fluctuate greatly from day to night. It could be 30 degrees celsius during the day but down to 10 degree celsius at night. Play around your wardrobe, wear clothes you feel comfortable and bring along layers to keep you warm depending on the season.
If you want to go crazy and create some memorable costumes then just do it!. As a side note, onesies, dungarees, jumpsuits or things with lots of buttons can get really annoying. Most festivals only have outdoor Port-A-Potties, removing your entire outfit in a limited amount of space is not something you’d want to do! Also, you may also want to avoid dresses if you are planning on trying to crowd surf at the festival.
Note that you’ll be walking and dancing throughout the festival, trainers and sneakers are recommended. Waterproof walking wellies will do too if its very muddy – make sure to bring a pair of good socks so it may keep you blister-free.
If you’re allowed to bring in outside beverages, this can be one of the most dramatic money-savers. Bottled water is generally overpriced and alone it can single handedly destroy your budget. Pack a reusable water bottle so that you can refill it on the festival grounds or at water fountains. And remember… Stay Hydrated!
Cash or Cards?
It’s always good to have some suitable amount of cash in hand. This could save you time from queuing up the long ATM lines as well as additional transaction fees. However, with everything becoming more digital, Coachella this year has allowed contactless payments with cards. Every vendor used the latest (and fastest) Square Reader, making all contactless payments including Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay much quicker and easier. With the e-commerce digital trend keeping on improving, I believe more and more music festivals will accept cards sooner or later. But do double check before deciding not to bring any cash!
The best thing about a festival is the fact the music starts early and goes on until late. That’s why drinking heavily early in the day or even in the evening isn’t a great idea. After all, you don’t want to lose your space in the crowd when you have to head to the toilets! Try pacing any alcohol you drink with a soft drink or two in-between. Always drink at your own pace – you won’t win any prizes by keeping up with your mates, you’re more likely to lose out on a great night.
Sunscreen, Sunscreen and Sunscreen!
Apply lots of sunscreen but definitely get some sun exposure before you go. Everyone needs sunscreen to protect their skin from damaging UV rays from the sun and sunburn. You surely do not want to suffer the pain of sunburn for the whole weekend!
Expect poor internet connection
Cell phone service is very busy in crowded music festivals. Old school cell phones or walkie-talkies are good alternatives. Don’t expect that you can log in to social media as frequently since the service is likely to be clogged. Always set a time and meeting point with your friends by time to time. This is because messages may not be sent once you press “send”- there may be delayed in crowded areas.
There are a few essentials you need for an outdoor festival – tents, sleeping bags, booze, water, food, bedding etc. It is good to keep all your belongings in one big backpack… And for anything that is valuable, get a Fanny Pack and keep it by your side 24/7! But seriously, if you’re worried about something getting lost, stolen or broken and it really means that much to you then just leave it at home. It’s good to ask yourself: Would I be heartbroken if I lost this?
Keeping your belongings safe
Padlocking your tent might seem like an effective security measure, but it is actually the opposite; it advertises that you have something to hide. Padlocking tent zips won’t stop determined criminals from entering your tent as a sharp blade will be able to pierce the tent’s material. As mentioned in the above, do not bring something that you treasure a lot. Hide your cash in different spots and leave your tent a complete mess. This will increase the likelihood of thieves swifting to another targets. Also, make friends with your neighbour! Meeting new people is part of the fun of going to music festivals, it’s also helpful for safety and security.
The weather is unpredictable. Even if it is predictable, it’s unpreventable. Would you rather stay in the rain to listen your favourite DJ, or hide in the tent since it’s raining heavily? It may be soaking wet after all, but it could also be an unforgettable experience. So make sure you’re fully prepared for the unexpected. With Catalyst Waterproof case, you can be as limitless as how you want. Capture your favourite band and dig into the good vibes with your phone protected.
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Mark down these dates for the Best Music Festivals! (2019-2020)
Rock n pop:
- Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL, USA) : 1st – 4th August 2019
- South by Southwest (Austin, TX, USA) : 16th – 22nd March 2020
- Coachella (Indio, CA, USA) : 10th – 19th April 2020
- Glastonbury (Pilton, Somerset, England) : 24th – 28th June 2020
- Rock Wechter (Werchter, Belgium) : Late June / Early July 2020
- Tomorrowland (Boom, Belgium) : 19th – 29th July 2019
- Creamfields (Daresbury, Warrington, UK) : 22nd – 25 th August 2019
- Ultra Music Festival (Miami, FL, USA) : 27th – 29th March 2020
- Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, NV, USA) : 15th – 17th May 2020
- Exit Music Festival (Novi Sad, Croatia) → early July 2020
Choose a festival that features your favorite artists, activities and is in your budget. Even smaller and local festivals are just as fun as the big ones! Do always enjoy the most out of it and you’re good to go!