Guest Post By Courtney Cummings
When attending a music festival, there are a lot of decisions that need to be made in order to guarantee that you have an epic time. It’s not as simple as buying your over priced ticket and finding a designated driver to make sure the weekend ends safely. You need to plan plan plan ahead. Here are a few tips from a music loving, hipster avoiding festival veteran.
1) Do not go with people you don’t LOVE. This seems like it would be an obvious tip, but you must make the distinction between the friends you like to hang out with and those who you can actually tolerate for three inseparable days. Nothing is worse than being stuck to a kid that can’t handle the heat, has claustrophobia or is just way too high maintenance. Look for people who are drawn to the same bands and don’t mind taking a backseat to the bands on stage.
2) Drink TONS of water. Nothing is worse than being “that guy” who goes to the hospital because they didn’t drink enough water. When attending a festival in the heat, you are going to get dehydrated. Nothing good comes out of that. So just remember that you would rather be listening to music than have an IV strapped to your arm with some unattractive nurse at your side. Water is free.
3) Don’t let people know you’re just looking to party. Music lovers plan their entire year around music festivals. After it is over, they spend weeks on end reliving the experience and wishing that they could wake up from this dream that is reality. If you are just looking to get drunk with your friends and don’t really care about the music, do not let anyone figure it out. People will hate you, and there is no way you will achieve that coveted first row spot. Remembering the amazing acts before your eyes is a must!
4) Wear something you’re comfortable in. Too many people go to these shindigs as if they are walking the red carpet. Yes, it is awesome to look like an over-styled hippie but not today folks. It is important to take into consideration that there will be mud, sweaty people and ketchup that falls from your hot dog. Make sure to be happy with your look, but keep the designer bags at home.
5) Look up bands you don’t know. It’s the best feeling in the world going to a live show and knowing every word to every song. Let’s get real. This is rare for many people going to a massive festival. Familiarize yourself with the artists that strike your fancy. It is always so much better that way. Also, get to know the smaller up and comers. Festivals serve as an excellent opportunity for small bands to get exposure. If you check them out early, you’ll be able to tell everyone that you knew of them even before they made it big.
6) Do something you won’t regret. Going to one of these large events is one of the best things you will ever do. It is the ultimate celebration of youth and freedom. Embrace it. Don’t be afraid to jump a fence or make the muddy grounds your personal slip-n-slide. The festival security is nearly nonexistent. In ten years, you will not kick yourself in the butt for crowd surfing or meeting your favorite band. Take advantage of this opportunity to be in the moment.