How to survive your first festival5th September 2018
So you fancy trying your hand at a festival? Not been before?
The first thing you need to do is find the right festival. Do some research.
There are loads of festivals to choose from, from the massively popular ones which are splashed all over the news to the more peculiar up and coming ones
Look at their website, and check the line-up. Of course, a good festival isn’t just about the line-up, but it’s definitely a major factor when making your decision.
Whether you are into festivals because you are looking for some inspiration for your music production classes, or you are just out to have some fun, festivals can be an amazing experience for anyone.
If you need some essential help on how to survive your first festival, read on.
The toilet situation can become quite bad, but probably not as bad as you have been told by more experienced friends who like to exaggerate.
Yes, someone will probably take a poo on the floor, and yes, you will more than likely come across someone’s stained underwear at some point. It’s horrible, but it happens, and you can always try and hold it in until you find somewhere better to go.
Loo roll and hand sanitizer bottle are absolutely essential, and avoid wearing a jumpsuit or dungarees like the plague as you’ll inevitably drop them into whatever disgusting ‘liquid’ is on the floor – that, or the door will bust open while you’re hovering basically naked over the loo.
You can also get toilet seat covers for a quid or two, if you know where to look.
If you can afford it, getting a ‘VIP ticket’ could be worth it for the fancier toilets if that is going to be a problem for you.
With tickets being so expensive, and the cost of all of your booze to take
Investing a little extra moolah in a strong, rainproof tent can guarantee you stay warm and dry even in the wettest of weather. Check out our guide to the best festival tents to make sure you stay cosy.
When pitching your tent – if you’re not a skilled camper, be sure to allow yourself plenty of time, and daylight, to do it.
Make sure to ask for help from friends or neighbours if you get stuck – this is the best way to meet new people early on.
Never pitch your tent at the bottom of a hill in case it rains heavily, and if you want to be close to the toilet block, be sure to camp upwind!
One year at Reading Festival, it poured down with rain so much that the Red Cross had to give out foil blankets that you would normally see at the end of the London Marathon, by which point all fashion finesse was well and truly drowned.
We’re not condoning trackie bottoms and an anorak, but we are suggesting keeping savvy with the clothes and funky with the accessories, augmented by sturdy footwear (try wellies) and at least four changes of outfit (to avoid the drowned rat look).
And if you’re still not sure, check out our guide to the biggest festival styles this summer.
Over the years the food stalls have evolved from greasy gristle burger vans of salmonella to a hearteningly decent, varied and appetising selection of goods: most of which are unlikely to give you botulism.
So, ease up on that red-haired stove your dad is currently forcing upon you and put down the cereal bars: they’ll never be cereal. Just buy food!
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a ginger, Irish country fan from the sticks of Glenveagh or a red-haired American, Dutch, Colombian hybrid from just outside London, there will always be a festival out there that will make you want to cut shapes like a 5-year old on a sugar rush.
Be sure to research each and every festival thoroughly before buying a ticket and undertake every precaution necessary so that you have the best time possible.
Main image credit: Paul Townsend