How To Prepare For A Music Festival
With summer just around the corner, it can only mean one thing – festival season is almost upon us. And with many music lovers having missed out over the past couple of years due to cancellations, it’s even more important than ever to make sure nothing ruins your much-anticipated festival experience.
We’ll take a look at the top tips and tricks when getting ready for your summer festival. From weather woes to packing preparation, we’ve got it all covered. All you’ll need to worry about is having a great time.
It goes without saying that you’ll need to book your tickets in advance, with many UK festivals selling out months beforehand. But you should also make sure you’ve secured your accommodation or camping facilities as these often have to be booked separately and are also likely to sell out quickly.
Bear in mind that it’s actually illegal to camp on someone’s land without permission in England and Wales, so don’t take the risk of turning up with no booking and attempting to stay overnight wherever you like the look of. Although you’re unlikely to be arrested, you could be asked to leave and you’ll then be tasked with finding somewhere suitable to stop.
Packing the essentials
Packing light is a good idea, especially if you’ll have to carry your bags through an array of fields. But it’s worth taking a few sensible items to cope with a range of weather conditions if you have the space.
You don’t need to spend a fortune – just create a budget and include essentials such as wellies, a rain jacket and plenty of layering options so you don’t get caught out and end up too hot, too cold or simply drenched. Don’t forget to include sunscreen, a hat and comfortable footwear too.
Check out the schedule
While it’s great to be spontaneous, it’s worth checking out the festival’s schedule and map before you go, either online or by downloading their app. This will make sure you don’t miss your favourite bands and will give you an idea of the layout and location of the various stages and tents. Plus, it’s handy to have if you end up getting separated from your group once you’re there and you struggle to find your tent.
Choose the right group
You’ll be spending a full weekend together so make sure to share your festival experience with friends you get along with. Agree on the items you’re all going to take with you, discuss designated drivers and iron out any potential disagreements over bands, food or sleeping arrangements before you leave.
Whether you’re a seasoned festivalgoer or about to experience your first one, follow these tips and you’re sure to have a blast come rain or shine.