The Music Festival Survival Guide
LIFESTYLE | MUSIC
- By Stephanie Magallanes
Things you would assume people already know.
It’s festival season and from Coachella to EDC to Bonnaroo, every one of these delightful events has it’s own guidelines. Some have age restrictions while others have a free-spirit approach, and all is fair with music and fun! But let’s get real for a minute. where there is a will, there is a way and many of these festival goers find creative ways of bending the rules. People are very clever now these days and will do whatever it takes to avoid having these ‘rules’ interfere with their fun. In my opinion, as long as you don’t do anything stupid it’s going to be on you if you want to take the risk.
On another note, I have always wondered why some people miss the social cues and assume that all these festivals are ‘all about the music’? Woodstock wasn’t even all about the music, so what makes them think that things have changed? If you want to complain about the weird outfits, overuse of drugs, and overpriced food and beverages then lucky enough for them YouTube now streams most festivals live. I’m a music fanatic myself and pride myself on staying clean and sometimes green, however, knowing the reality of that applying to many others is complete bull!
I’m going to play Devil’s advocate on this one and write a list of guidelines I would hope many would apply when going to music festivals in the near future, and maybe even ones starting this weekend.
The Do’s and Don’t:
- DO bring and extra battery pack for your cell phone.
- DO NOT waste all your battery on Instagram photo’s
- DO invest in parking passes and tag your vehicles location
- DO NOT think there is free parking anywhere! Your car will be towed, or stolen, or parked on some completely different street than you remember.
- DO drink lots of water
- DO NOT attempt to funnel water thinking you’ll dehydrate, you’ll just over drink and feel sick.
- DO wear fashionable outfits that go with the festival theme.
- DO NOT wear fuzzy boots because it’s Winter Wonderland, you’re not a polar bear.
- DO bring your siblings or younger friends.
- DO NOT bring anyone under the age of 18; leave the strollers at home.
- DO bring wipes, they will be your best friend and keep you refreshed.
- DO NOT hand them out to all your friends who thought you were crazy for bringing them.
- DO feel free to take a toke or two while watching a band.
- DO NOT buy pills off the weirdo with a locked jaw watching Benny Benassi
- DO plan accordingly and see the acts you want to see.
- DO NOT separate from at least one person from the group. If you do pick a good buddy because that’s who you’ll be with the rest of the day.
- DO make friends with security guards; by Day 3 you’ll probably make it into the artist compound.
- DO NOT bribe them on Day 1; they will just kick you out or 86 you.
- DO attempt to go just for the music.
- DO NOT rub it in everyone’s face that YOU love music and ruin they’re ‘good time’.