Music Festival Getting the Best of Your Festival Experience
he smell of mud, grass, questionable substances, and poor decisions: it’s time for summer music festivals. Are you ready? Here are some tips and suggestions to help make your music festival experience the best, and possibly safest, it can be.
PRePARAtion To get started, make sure you find out T which festivals you have your heart set on and buy your tickets (if applicable) from a reputable source. It may seem like a good idea at the time to get them off eBay until you travel 10 hours to find out your ticket is “no good here.” It’s an expensive, and pos-
comes. Helpful tip: don’t put it in a “secret place” that is so “secret” you forget where it is three months from now. The next step, for those who like to research things and want to know the nitty gritty, visit the festival’s official website for rules and regulations. Though most think there is a “no rules apply” mentality with festivals, most actually have quite a few, so
sibly disappointing, risk to take. Also, buy them as soon as possible, because tickets go fast. As soon as you have your ticket in your hand, place it in a folder or a place where you know you will find it when the time
check it out to see what you can get away with and what will get you booted before you get to see your favorite band. It sounds corny, but it’s for your safety and enjoyment.
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Now how will you get there? A car? Plane? Train? We would say old school it and hitchhike, but we have seen way too many Datelines to suggest that. For flight tickets, make sure you get them a.s.a.p. because prices hike up fast if you wait until last minute. If you are road-tripping it, Google Map directions, print them out and place them with your ticket in the folder so you know you definitely have it. Also, make sure you have a proper vehicle to make the trip and take it in for an oil change and the like if the venue is far away. The last thing you want to do is have your car break down in California. Or maybe you do? If you have a crew in the car with you, make sure there is an agreement made prior to leaving for the festival with who is helping pay for gas and at what times during the trip. As some already know, without having the talk beforehand, it is extremely awkward to ask for gas money in the middle of the road trip. That can risk one or all of the passengers making up an excuse not to pay if that happens, and then you’re stuck paying everything. Looks like you can’t get that Dave Matthew’s Band shirt after all. Sigh. Though most tend to camp at festivals, if you plan on staying off-site at a hotel, etc. it is best to book it as soon as you get your other tickets, especially because the popular festivals have hotels book up fast. If you choose the good ol’ camping route, check out the grounds beforehand online to see what you are dealing with. Some venues don’t allow you to have your car near the tent, but that is for fire safety reasons, so there is a method to the madness. Checking ahead of time also gives you a heads up on if you can bring your mobile home or caravan. Also plan to get to the camp site early so you can choose where you want to camp and not be stuck by the outhouses or Body Odor Billy next door. When the time has come, check your tent before you leave so you don’t feel like an arse when you are already there and your tent has a giant hole in it or is miss-