Festivals are a summer staple in England and when summer comes round, you need to be prepared. If you have bought yourself tickets to the big guns like Reading Festival, V-Fest or Glastonbury, you need to ensure you have everything ready so that you can enjoy yourself fully without any discomfort. There’s enough mud and rain as it is without sleeping in a dirty, smelly tent. Festival time begins whether that’s in Edinburgh or Glastonbury, there’s something for everyone. There’s a lot of tips out there for festival goers and the biggest one is to bring the wellies: British weather cannot be guaranteed and it always seem to pour down with rain whenever there’s a festival. It’s a tradition though, you can’t have a great concert without a downpour and mud sucking the shoes off your feet!
When you head off, you need to think about what you bring with you. Of course the basics of a change of clothes, tent and personal effects are what you need to bring but it’s actually advised against taking a phone with you. Even if it doesn’t get lost of broken, you will spend most of your time trying and likely failing to find reception. The internet also doesn’t need another bad quality video of The Kasabians either so instead of bringing a high tech smart phone, try and enjoy yourself in the moment and experience the music and atmosphere properly and not behind a phone screen.
Take a pen and paper with you so if you ever get separated from your friends you can always find them again by leaving a note in the tent. Some choose not to use tents during festivals especially in the event of rubbish weather where you’d be sleeping on top of blow up beds in squelching mud. Local hotels and Bed & Breakfasts in Rye are great choices for those who want the festival experience without the mud facial in the night. Make sure you bring swimwear with you as the festivals held by the Wye River means you can take a dip in the hot summer sunshine. Lots of festival goers wear fancy dress for fun but as the night goes on that leopard print leotard or Tina Turner wig can get hotter and itchier which really isn’t fun! Festivals are packed with acts and sometimes that can mean it’s a bit of an overload. Choose a few favourite acts to see and see those. Trying to see everything can actually ruin the whole experience for you so pacing yourself is the best option. Every festival has an act you won’t be familiar with so choosing to go and see a new act can really open your eyes! Bring sun cream and a hat with you as there generally isn’t any way to be undercover in an open field
If you have kids, pick a child friendly event like Bestival and have a blast. These festivals can appeal to all ages and tastes so choosing an extra-large tent and bringing the whole family along is a real experience! Make sure you get a good night’s sleep and always bring spare loo roll and a torch. Festival toilets aren’t the best and always seem to run out of paper really quickly. Bringing your own stops that from happening and having a torch will help you find your way in the night!
Festivals are fun events and should be treated as such but you can only have as much fun as you allow.