Monday, 10 June 2019

A FIRST TIMER'S GUIDE TO FESTIVALS

A shot of me crouching down next to ankle deep mud
Festival season is upon us and it has dawned on me that I've never seen a blog post with tips for first-time festival goers. I've been going to festivals every year since I was 14/15 from Summertime ball to Reading festival and last weekend, I went to Parklife and now I consider myself a festival veteran. 

WHICH FESTIVAL IS FOR ME?
I've been to Summertime ball, River festival, Wireless (twice), Reading festival (twice) and Parklife but there are over 50 music festivals in the UK. To name a few, Lovebox, Glastonbury, Bestival, Download. Each festival offers different genres of music so you're guaranteed to find one that suits your music taste and on Skiddle you can use the festival finder to find upcoming festivals around the country. 

HOW DO I GET THERE?
Train, minibus (if you're going in a large group), drive (most camping festivals have parking sites) or coach. Most festivals offer a service run by Big Green coach, return tickets are usually under £60 to and from the festival entrance. Check out their website to see if a festival you're hoping to attend or attending is on there!

WHAT DO I PACK?
If you're camping at a festival, here's what you need:
- Sleeping bag (from a charity shop, Argos, decathlon, Amazon)
- A good quality tent (if you're going in a two, get a four-man tent for extra room)
- Hoodie and joggers (for cold nights)
- Outfit for each day (mix and match if you want to pack light)
- Torch
- Dry snacks (biscuits, cereal bars, crisps, crackers)
- Cheap mixers and alcohol (alcohol at festivals is extortionate, you've been warned)
- Toothbrush, mouthwash
- Litre bottles of water or a bucket to fill up at water stations (to brush your teeth, wash your face)
- Baby wipes (showers don't exist in the middle of nowhere so you'll have to baby wipe yourself clean for a couple days)
- Tissues (to put in your bumbag for the portaloos)
- Hand sanitiser (with no running water, you'll be relying on this)
- A small mirror (for doing your hair and makeup in the morning)
- Fluffy socks (again, it gets cold at night)
- Bin bags (for rubbish, dirty or wet clothes and shoes)
- Welly boots, walking boots or old trainers 
- Camping chairs (optional)
- Suncream (safety first)
- Sunglasses (to wear on your head for the aesthetics or to protect your eyes from the sun)
- Glitter (lots and lots)
- Neon paint (silent discos, evening artists)
- Plastic poncho or raincoat (British weather is unpredictable)
- Bumbag (a waterproof one if you can)
- Portable charger(s)
- Disposable camera (optional)

ADVICE FOR CAMPERS
- Arrive early to pitch your tent, the only way to guarantee a good camping spot
- Don't padlock your tent, you're attracting thieves. Just leave your valuables at home.
- Take earplugs, festival-goers don't sleep. It'll be 3am and people will be shouting some sort of football chant or "Steve", "Alan". You've been warned!

WHERE CAN I BUY CUTE FITS?
I buy my festival outfits from Depop, eBay, Prettylittlething, Boohoo, ASOS, Forever 21, SHEIN, Romwe, Zaful and Primark. Here's a list of other online festival wear sites that @Kelsierainx0x0 posted on Twitter: 
A list of rave and festival wear shops

Are you heading to a festival this year?

Fran
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