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10 Festival Tips

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Posted by teibs On May - 20 - 2009

tipsGuest post from Festival-lover Karla (tlatzotzontli)

Dedicating an entire day to a music festival is not all fun and games. Well, actually, it is. However, if you don’t prepare correctly, inconveniences will distract you from all the great music.

As I prepared to attend Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom VII, the all-day music festival hosted by KDVS, the community, free form radio station that I DJ for in Davis, Calif., I came up with a few tips and added to the list as I encountered some of my own mistakes.

Tip #1: Charge your phone, camera batteries and other electronic essentials on the night before the festival. Trying to charge electronics before you step out the door will only stress you out. Somehow they charge slower on the day of.

Tip #2: Start drinking water as soon as you wake up in the morning. Your body will thank you later. Being out in the sun all day is super strenuous. If it’s allowed, also take an empty water bottle to the venue so that you can refill throughout the day.

Tip #3: Choose your outfit wisely. Shorts, skirts, dresses or capris are a must. You want clothing that will breathe. (For full day festivals, I recommend gym shoes.)

Tip #4: If you have long hair, don’t bother wearing it down. Inevitably, it will be up by the end of the day…or the end of the first band’s set. Carry extra hair bands.

Tip #5: Show up early to see the opening bands. Not only will you be able to secure the best spot near the stage, but you’ll also discover some great new music.

Tip #6: “Bring sun screen” goes without saying. “Re-apply often” doesn’t.

Tip #7: Bring T.P. to overnight festivals. Sometimes they run out after the first day.

Tip #8: Pace yourself. If there are shady spots or lawn areas, take a break and sit down once in a while. The best time to do this is during the solo acts who have all the cool laptops and electronic toys. They’ll probably blow your mind anyway, so it’s best to be sitting down.

Tip #9: If you can’t crash a festival, do some research and find a way to volunteer for a few hours. Taking tickets at the door for two hours is not bad if it means that you get to enjoy the rest of the day for free.

Tip #10: Know the location of the nearest fast food place or 24-hour grocery store. Other than sleep, food will be the only thing on your mind after a full day of festivaling. (Also, energy bars.)

Happy Festivaling!

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