Nothing is worse than coming back to your tent after a long day full of face painting, dancing and general frolicking to find you have to sleep on the cold, hard (probably muddy) ground with no sleeping bag and just a mere sheet of plastic that your mate told you was ‘the best tent ever’.
Invest in your tent. It is your humble home for the weekend and needs to be able to protect you from anything the weather might throw at you. Make sure you bring something to make you comfortable AND WARM at night, along with baby wipes. Lots of baby wipes.
Many festivals allow you to enter the site the day before the real action begins, some also have acts performing on the Thursday night to keep you keen beans entertained.
So get down early, pitch your tent and relax in the sun whilst you watch the late
- comers scramble to find a good spot and set up their tent before you are needed in the main arena.
Plan Your Day
Have a look at the set list before you get there. If the festival organisers are really nice, they will have created a handy app which allows you to make your own timetable of acts to fill your weekend.
If You Wanna Hang On For Dear Life At The Front Barrier...
A great tip for getting to the front, without standing there the entire day and missing the rest of the festival, is to arrive just as the band before the act you want to see is ending. That way, you will be walking in to a crowd that everyone is walking out of.
Stick to the edges, get as far forward round the peripheral before you have to make your way into the middle of the sea of people.
Okay I’m not talking an umbrella in the air for your crowd of friends to follow…but do try and stay together. Phone signal is never great at festivals and it may take you hours (or days) to find each other again in the sea of fancy dress, cider cans and burger vans. Pick a suitable meeting place and organise a time to ensure everyone's safe.
Go With The Flow
I told you to have a plan of the bands you absolutely must see but don’t get too upset if everything doesn’t go to plan. It’s a festival, relax! Remember music is only a small part of your festival experience so take your time to enjoy whatever hidden forests and smaller stages the festival has to offer. For example, if you are
at The Isle of Wight Festival why not find the next best thing performing on the Hard Rock stage or take yourself in to another world with Cirque de la Quirk.
Plan Next Year
Had the best weekend of your life? Of course you have! Now it’s time to make all your friends froth with jealousy at your festival pics. Upload and hashtag on social media until your heart is content (or until your unlucky friends have started to unfollow you)