5 Tips to Survive Your Festival

Written by Joey Mills.

With festival season in full swing, als je nog niet geschud uit knieën in een modderig veld deze zomer, 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. Maar als de “s werelds grootste levende rockstar” niet heeft afgezworen menselijk contact voor de komende zestig jaar, 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, waren ze niet?), 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, en als iemand hun tent vergeet dan misschien zijn ze niet de juiste soort persoon te nemen om een ​​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. Misschien is het vreemdste dat ik ooit heb ontmoet was de “wedge 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. De aardappel wig is in wezen de eetkamer equivalent van solocarrière Ringo Starr's. 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, en tenzij je zin hebt het afsluiten van een lening van de bank om te eten elke dag zou je best te brengen een paar Melton Mowbray's op zijn minst.

You should also think about possible situations you will face at the festival. Als je hooikoorts hebt, vergeet niet uw HayMax allergeen barrière balsem en alles wat voor u werkt. 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. U kunt nu lachen, maar gewoon wachten tot er een “Julie woz bij Glasto 06!”Soap pump geldt voor duizenden op de 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.

“Quit harshing mijn mellow man, I just wanna zone out and enjoy myself!”Zei een man, 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. Dus zorg ervoor dat je giet dat “citroen en limoen cordial” in een plastic fles voordat je in, 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, hij is gewoon niet toegestaan ​​in. However you are perfectly welcome to bring your spouse in on a leash, zoals blijkt uit sommige van die kijken Marilyn Manson's set op Download dit jaar. Just make sure you ask before you pet them, het is alleen maar beleefd.

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, en de mensen zeker maken meer inspanning dan ze doen in nachtclubs, waar de variatie lijkt om zo ver als pre-fixing “sexy” te rekken op de voorkant van termen als inspirerend als “nurse”, “Vampire” of “typist”.

Van Osama Bin Laden imitators het aanbieden van gratis knuffels bij “Funtanamo Bay”, to a group of four men in facepaint, met uien en draagt ​​gestreepte truien die zichzelf “French Kiss”, there is no limit to the creativity you will encounter and it is a lot of fun to be involved with. Dus stof van die banaan outfit je niet hebt gedragen sinds Stacy's 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, de feestvierders op gezette Dolly Parton's misschien niet verwachten dat je ze headbutt uit een vijftig-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.

Een verblijf van tenten van de mensen, tenzij uitgenodigd, het houden van het lawaai in de vroege uurtjes en het algemeen gekoelde-out en niet-bedreigende niet veel moeite te nemen, 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. Ga er eens uit en je ziet een band die je nog nooit hebt gezien. Share a drink with your neighbours. Go and ask what that shady-looking man in the raincoat is selling. Actually, niet ooit doen dat laatste.

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, weet je partner niet slaan, omdat hij het bier vergat, just laugh and make the most of your festival. Because it is yours, en er zal geen ander zijn. At least not until next year!