I’m going light on the summer festivals this year, so far I’ve counted only FOUR that I’ll be attending…
I have an addiction. But compared to many of my friends, I’m 2014 festival light…
Anyway, before every festival I have a mental checklist that I go through. Each of these has been carefully put in this list because I have lived, and I have learned.
1. Wear boots.
I learned this one the hard way.. trying to wear “cute” sandals at a festival can have dire consequences if you’re in a mosh pit or.. heaven forbid, if it starts to rain.
The year was 2012. The festival was Heavy T.O. I wore flats. It started to rain. Everything was fine until the rain turned into a downpour and the solid ground turned into a foot of mud. Needless to say I lost my shoes that day. I really wish I had a photo of myself in the mosh pit covered in mud with two garbage bags strapped to my feet. Classic.
2. Don’t be afraid of the fanny pack.
Well, I would never be caught out with one, so I like to use “money bags”. They are more slender than a fanny pack and you can stick it under your shirt when you get caught in squishy crowds. I usually only bring a credit card, some cash, a small bottle of sun screen, and my phone with me when i’m out for the day. Beats worrying about a purse! You might want to make your money bag waterproof. Just a thought.
3. Go easy on the cell-phone use.
Festivals are long; don’t be that asshole in the crowd that films every single band you see starting at 1 PM and then hangs out at the charging station for an hour break when the headliners go on. Many things will happen with this:
- Concert goers will get annoyed with you for blocking their view of the band with your cellphone
- You’ll get a shitty video that you’ll never watch later
- Your friends will leave you when you go to charge your phone
- You won’t be able to find your friends after they leave you because your phone will be dead
Keep the phone use to a dull roar is all I’m sayin’.
4. Never wear a romper.
I’ve never worn a romper regardless, but imagine going into the port -a- potty with that thing on. Gross.
5. If you’re camping out, bring dry shampoo and baby wipes.
I DO NOT, under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, want to smell your B.O. GTFO.
6. Find out what the water situation is beforehand
I know the only thought on your mind when preparing for a festival is how to sneak in booze, but after a few hours of that you’ll be so drunk and dehydrated that you’ll spend too much time loathing your life choices. Does the festival have water bottle refilling stations? Are they pricks who make you buy $10.00 bottles of water all day out in the scorching heat? Do what you have to do, even if that means filling your flask-bra with some H2O.
7. Never bring a beach ball to toss around in the crowd
I will sacrifice it to the rock gods.
8. Don’t take the brown acid
Have any more crucial tips? Leave them in the comments section!
And here’s when I went to Woodstock! A little late but whatevs.