Glastonbury has ushered in festival season good and proper. I watched all the BBC coverage with mixed feelings. My boys love it, but I’m still not sure I’m a festival person. Still, there are still a good three months of quality festival action all over the country to make us change our minds, so book tickets to the one you fancy as soon as possible – I’m seriously considering Blogstock actually. I think it’s probably quite easy to do a festival badly, you know, assume it’s going to be sunny every day or you just bring bottles of wine and find out at the door (as my boys did) that no glass is allowed on site. So here are my top festival tips for making the most out of the experience.
Do your research
There will be all sorts you need to find out before hitting the festival site on the day (or day before) the festival. From the boring stuff like rules on what is allowed on site to the fun bits of having a listen to all the bands on the bill, start your prep as early as you can.
Get the supplies in
Food vendors at festivals have a captive audience. And they know it. Granted, it is not easy to find tasty food which will last the three or four (hopefully) hot days you will be camping for but at least try and get a few meals for the first day or two. This could save you a lot of money.
It’s a festival-goer’s constant fear. Every camper looks up to check the status of the clouds at least 20 times a day. Don’t make the rooky mistake of believing that the weather will be as glorious as when you set off. Things can quickly take a turn for the worse. Ensure your tent and wardrobe is ready for it. (Check out this hush Summer Parka, for quick festival chic).
The early bird catches the… shower
No-one can sleep in when staying in a tent, no matter how hard you try. The best thing to do is get up with the lark and freshen up in a shower which doesn’t yet have a queue outside and is in a decent condition. No showers? Baby wipes are your friend. Next stop, find a stall which sells decent coffee. You’ll be set up for the day.
Bond Your Festival Team
A festival should be a truly communal experience. Treat it like a fantastic outdoor party: build a bonfire (if you’re allowed), have a barbecue (again, rules permitting), play games, have singalongs and make regular meet up times to catch bands you all want to see together.
Capture the Moments
Sure enough, phone battery is at a premium during festivals but take opportune moments to take pictures of the festival gang. Festival memories are the best memories – you could even use the best pictures to print onto mugs or my boys have iPhone skins from www.zippi.co.uk.
Think ahead and book a day or two on the other side of the event off work. Festival hangovers are the worst. It will also mean you will enjoy the last day all the more. Now there’s just the small matter of that washing…