Music Festivals have been a part of the celebration of fine arts since sixth-century AD at the Games of Delphi. It is a rite of passage into today’s culture and a way to bridge the gaps between generations. Before enjoying yourself at the event, it is important to be prepared for the festival and the various factors incorporated with the experience. Here are some ways to equip you for your music festival experience.
Before booking your ticket, make sure to do the research for the event i.e.: the location, the line-ups, the schedule, what kind of pass you want to buy and create an itinerary to ensure that you are seeing the bands you want to see as well as having the experience you want to. After booking your ticket, make sure to create a budget for the event, taking into account transportation, lodging, and general spending. Be open to the various lodging options, for festivals such as Coachella and Bonnaroo, people literally camp at the event, so prepare for those options as well. It’s critical as a group to plan these things beforehand.
Each music festival list on their site things that are allowed and those that are not permitted. It’s imperative to take into account that a full night’s sleep is not necessarily an option, so be sure to stock up on coffee and energy drinks and rest when you can. Some important items to have with you are: water bottles (only 1 is necessary per person, there are places to refill), anti-bacterial and/or body wipes because showering isn’t always an option so that is a fast and convenient way to stay clean and refreshed, and toilet paper. It’s important to be prepared for all types of weather, some necessities include: sun screen, a sweatshirt, tennis shoes (good in rain and outdoor conditions), a blanket, and a hat or bandana. All of the items listed above, you can place in a backpack to carry with you at the festival.
The best preparation for a music festival experience is to book as early as possible and start the planning process right after. Most festivals will provide information and regulations on their sites as well as options for people coming from out of town and even locals. They want to ensure that you have a safe and memorable experience and most importantly enjoy your festival.