Written by Joey Mills.
With festival season in full swing, hvis du ikke har rystet ud knæ dybt i en mudret felt sommer, chances are you want to. Either that or you are still in a medical facility recovering from whatever Kanye West was trying to do at Glastonbury. Men hvis "verdens største nulevende rockstar" ikke har svoret dig væk menneskelig kontakt for de næste tres år, then I have five tips earnt through battle-hardened experience to get you through your weekend. Sitting back and watching some bands while drinking enough alcohol to make Keith Richards nervous might seem as easy as a GCSE (they were harder in our day, var ikke de?), but believe me there is more to it than meets the bleary eye.
Preparation is everything.
Like those knot-tying do-gooders always told you in the scouts, always be prepared. Obviously everyone will remember the drink, og hvis nogen glemmer deres telt så måske er de ikke den rigtige slags person til at tage til en festival. Or to let out unsupervised. But some items often get forgotten.
Food seems like a no-brainer as there will be multiple outlets selling all manner of culinary creations. Måske oddest jeg nogensinde har fundet var "kile breakfast". Because the often overlooked side dish, the potato wedge, was clearly just screaming out to be the centrepiece of the most important meal of the day. Kartoffel kile er væsentlige spise svarer til Ringo Starr solo karriere. Everyone knows what it is, but nobody ever wants to focus on it for longer than they have to. The main issue with the food trucks is not so much variety but price, og medmindre du har lyst til at tage et banklån til at spise hver dag, du ville bedst bringe et par Melton Mowbray er i det mindste.
You should also think about possible situations you will face at the festival. Hvis du har fået høfeber, glem ikke din HayMax allergen barriere balsam og hvad der ellers virker for dig. Ear plugs are always a winner for when you are trying to sleep, as is hand sanitiser because a lot of people tend to take the toilet soap dispensers home as a souvenir. Du kan grine nu, men bare vent til en "Julie woz på Glasto 06!"Sæbe pumpe gælder for tusindvis på Antiques Roadshow.
The key is to think beyond the fun bits and take stuff that will benefit you in between the bands and the booze.
Obey the rules.
"Afslut harshing min mellow mand, I just wanna zone out and enjoy myself!"Sagde en mand, presumably from the 60s. But it is natural to want to rebel, and you will get plenty of people showing off by disregarding every festival rule. However that is nothing but a really quick way to enjoy your favourite bands set on the radio the next day, when they let you out of the holding cell.
Make sure you read the rules carefully, as some may surprise you. For example despite large-scale consumption of drink being almost encouraged, most festivals forbid glass bottles to be brought onsite. Så sørg for at hælde, at "citron og lime hjertelige" i en plastflaske før de går i, or you might be politely asked to share it with the dustbin.
Another biggie is pets. It really does not matter how often your Labrador listens to Metallica, Han er simpelthen ikke tilladt i. However you are perfectly welcome to bring your spouse in on a leash, som det fremgår af nogle af dem, der ser Marilyn Manson er indstillet på Hent i år. Just make sure you ask before you pet them, det er kun høfligt.
Dress up as stuff.
Festivals are a brilliant time to dust off all those costumes you have left over from regrettable nights out and bad Halloweens. The bar is set pretty high at these places, og folk helt sikkert gøre en større indsats, end de gør på natklubber, hvor variationen synes at strække så langt som præ-fixing "sexet" på forsiden af vilkår som inspirerende som "sygeplejerske", "Vampyr" eller "maskinskriver".
Fra Osama Bin Laden impersonators tilbyder gratis knus på "Funtanamo Bay", to a group of four men in facepaint, holde løg og iført stribede trøjer kalder sig "French Kiss", there is no limit to the creativity you will encounter and it is a lot of fun to be involved with. Så støve det banan outfit, du ikke har slidt siden Stacy s 18th and join the party.
This one can be tricky because obviously etiquette differs between different events. While you would be expected to mosh like your life depended on it at a metal festival, revellers på Dolly Partons sæt måske ikke forventer du at skalle dem fra en halvtreds-yard optakten. But in general this tip is about using your common sense to interact with people on a human level. Which sadly disqualifies Kanye West.
Staying ud af folks telte, medmindre inviteret, holde støjen i de tidlige timer og bliver generelt kølet-out og ikke-truende tager ikke meget indsats, but can be the difference between some people enjoying their festival or never wanting to go again. Sort of like Kanye West.
Enjoy your festival!
You would be surprised at the amount of people who save money all year to afford their ticket before proceeding to sit in their tent for the whole weekend. Komme ud og se et band du aldrig har set før. Share a drink with your neighbours. Go and ask what that shady-looking man in the raincoat is selling. Actually, ikke nogensinde gøre det sidste.
The important thing is to realise that, for the musically inclined, this is your summer holiday. While your friends are posting endless selfies of their feet on sun loungers and tweeting about #NOCARBSTILMARBS, you get the honour of partying to a load of bands you would normally have to traipse all over the world to see individually. Save that domestic with the other half until when you get home, ikke slå din kammerat, fordi han glemte øl, just laugh and make the most of your festival. Because it is yours, og der vil ikke være en anden. At least not until next year!