5 Tips to Survive Your Festival

Written by Joey Mills.

With festival season in full swing, se non si è scosso fuori Knee Deep in un campo fangoso di questa estate, 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. Ma se "il più grande rockstar vivente del mondo" non ha giurato fuori contatto umano per i prossimi sessant'anni, 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, Non erano loro?), 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, e se qualcuno dimentica la loro tenda allora forse non sono il giusto tipo di persona a prendere ad una festa. 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. Forse la più strana che abbia mai incontrato è stata la "prima colazione a cuneo". 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. Il cuneo di patate è essenzialmente l'equivalente sala della carriera solista di Ringo Starr. 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, e se non avete voglia di prendere un prestito bancario per mangiare fuori ogni giorno che ci si meglio portare un paio di Melton Mowbray di almeno.

You should also think about possible situations you will face at the festival. Se hai la febbre da fieno, non dimenticate il vostro HayMax barriera allergene balsamo e qualsiasi altra cosa funziona per voi. 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. Si può ridere ora, ma solo aspettare fino a quando un "Woz Julie a Glasto 06!"Pompa di sapone va per migliaia sul 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.

"Esci harshing mio uomo dolce, I just wanna zone out and enjoy myself!", Ha detto un uomo, 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. Quindi assicuratevi di versare che "limone e lime cordial" in una bottiglia di plastica prima di andare a, 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, semplicemente non è consentito in. However you are perfectly welcome to bring your spouse in on a leash, come evidenziato da alcuni di quelli che guardano insieme di Marilyn Manson al Download di quest'anno. Just make sure you ask before you pet them, è educato solo.

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, e la gente sicuramente fare uno sforzo maggiore di quanto non facciano in locali notturni in cui la variazione sembra allungare per quanto pre-fissaggio "sexy" sul fronte di termini come ispirazione, come "infermiere", "Vampiro" o "dattilografo".

Da imitatori Osama Bin Laden offrendo abbracci gratuiti al "Funtanamo Bay", to a group of four men in facepaint, tenendo cipolle e indossando maglioni a righe che si fanno chiamare "French Kiss", there is no limit to the creativity you will encounter and it is a lot of fun to be involved with. Quindi rispolverare quel vestito di banana non è stato indossato da Stacy di 18th and join the party.

Be respectful.

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, i festaioli a set di Dolly Parton potrebbero non essere si aspettano di headbutt loro da un cinquanta yard run-up. But in general this tip is about using your common sense to interact with people on a human level. Which sadly disqualifies Kanye West.

Restare fuori delle tende della gente se non invitato, mantenendo il rumore nelle prime ore ed essendo generalmente chill-out e non minaccioso non ci vuole molto sforzo, 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. Uscire da lì e vedere una band che non hai mai visto prima. Share a drink with your neighbours. Go and ask what that shady-looking man in the raincoat is selling. Actually, non fare mai che l'ultimo.

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, non pugno il tuo compagno perché ha dimenticato la birra, just laugh and make the most of your festival. Because it is yours, e non ci sarà un'altra. At least not until next year!