Summer is always a time for me to sit back and hang out. I love finding music festivals near me, where my friends and I can go and listen to music we love while also learning about new bands. Music festivals are known for their fun-loving crowds, as well as their dehydrated concert goers. Though summer’s half way over, music festivals are still going strong.
As a self-titled pro festival goer, I always make sure that I follow these four simple rules to ensure a wonderful concert experience.
Fans dance as Nero performs during this summer’s Coachella festival in Indio, Calif.
Know the rules
Before loading up your bag with water bottles or beer cans (if you’re of age, of course), make sure you check out the festival’s rules. You’re often allowed to bring closed (never been opened) bottles or empty, reusable water bottles. Having a dehydrated crowd is more work for any concert staff, so they prefer their guests to bring water over having them not drink all day. Sometimes venues will even let you bring in unopened food as well. Not having to pay $10 for a hotdog or wait in a two-hour line for food always sounds favorable to me. I try to pack at least one water bottle, and a bag of chips depending on the length of the concert.
If you’re going to a festival with multiple bands, you might want to see if there is any way to get the set lists ahead of time. If you can’t, it’s a good idea to bring some paper and a pen, or even write yourself a note in your phone. Some tours, such as the Vans Warped Tour, have an iPhone app that helps you to organize your set times, as well as reminders so you can be at the stage before the band starts. Before heading to the show, make sure you won’t be rushed for time trying to find and copy down the set list.
It’s summer, so it’s going to be hot! Make sure to drink lots of water (especially if you’re drinking alcohol), and take breaks when you can. It’s a good idea to scout out a nice tree with shade away from the stages where you can rest between sets and prepare for the next one.
Let loose and have fun
Don’t worry about what time you have to be at work tomorrow or your latest breakup. Let those thoughts consume you later, and enjoy the great bands you came to see. If you’re worried all day about a problem at work, you will miss out on the great experience that is in front of you, and maybe some great new bands as well. I always try to leave my phone in my pocket, and only take it out to take pictures of the show. Not reading emails and not worrying about everything around me helps to make better memories.
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