A music festival is a magical place. Seriously, there’s nothing quite like it. But your first time can be intimidating, so we’re here to help make the experience go a bit smoother. Keep reading for five things we wish someone would have told us before attending our first music festival.
1. THE LINES ARE LONG
We have a confession. We’re those people who get in line hours before a performance, just to land the perfect spot for our favorite act. So believe us when we say the lines can get long. If you’re a diehard fan, be sure to get to the stage a little early. Don’t expect to find ample viewing if you roll up to a 10:00pm show at 9:55pm. You’ll only find yourself in the back. We always recommend checking out the schedule ahead of time to know when you should plan to arrive.
2. WTF IS A TOTEM?
Very early on in your festival experience, you’re going to see someone walking around with a pole that has a funny, strange, or even scary looking photo on top. This is a totem. And while you may think it’s made to create laughs amongst the crowd, its meaning is far more important. Totems are used to keep groups of friends together, and knowing what totem belongs to your group gives you something to look for in a crowd of thousands. Think of them as lighthouses for festivals – they will guide you back to your friends.
3. BE PREPARED, BUT ALSO CARRY AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE
This sounds like a catch 22, we know. Anything can happen at a music festival and you need to be ready for the unexpected, but no one wants to carry around a suitcase with them everywhere. Make the most of the limited space you have in your backpack, so you’ll be prepared for anything, but not weighed down. Baby wipes, ziplock bags, and a portable charger will be your best friends. Trust us.
4. YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD THE APP
Many festivals have mobile apps dedicated to anything and everything about the event. If there are last minute changes in the lineup, the app is usually the first place the news will be published. Need to know which artist is playing next or where the closest bathrooms are? The app will let you know. It’s designed to make your overall experience better. Download it before you make your way to the festival and use it often.
5. LEAVE YOUR VALUABLE THINGS AT HOME
Those new shoes are cool, but you’re going to be mad when they get destroyed. Just leave them at home and save yourself the hassle. We don’t recommend bringing anything that’s too valuable or would bring unwanted attention your way. Really guys, don’t make yourself a target for theft.