A large crowed gather around a stage and a large screen for music artist.

How to Survive a Music Festival

By Stacey Ramirez
Web Content Contributor

We are at the cusp of the beginning of festival season. For the past few weeks, our social media timelines have been flooding with festival lineup releases left and right. Coachella, Hangout Feast, Ultra and Governors Ball are just some of the big-name festivals coming up.

The letters “ACL FEAST” spelled out in white over a rock.
The iconic “ACL FEAST” sign that hangs at Austin City Limits each year. Image by Stacey Ramirez.

Traveling to a music festival isn’t for everyone. You have to deal with large crowds, bad weather and long periods of standing. But it’s also one of the most memorable experiences and there’s no other feeling like singing and dancing along to your favorite artist.

Here are some tips to help you survive your next music festival experience.

Stay hydrated

I cannot stress enough how important staying hydrated is. People will pass out from every direction at any moment. You don’t want to be one of them and miss your favorite song, but also because it’s very dangerous. Festivals are usually required to provide water so bring an empty bottle.

 If you don’t want to carry it around buy a hydration backpack or a collapsible water bottle to fill up when you get there. A lot of people don’t want to leave their spots but since you can’t enjoy the show from the emergency room, just please stay hydrated. Especially within a large crowed where it can get very hot.

crowd gathers around a stage blaring bright lights and ‘” Monkeys” spelled out on stage
The Arctic moneys performing for a crowed at Austin City Limits. Image by Stacey Ramirez.

Dress to survive before you dress to impress

Music festival weather is known to be unpredictable. People are packed together tightly while the sun is beating down on you, so you don’t want to get overheated or sweaty. Try wearing shorts or a tank or any fabric that breathes. Most importantly, wear sunscreen, this is the best accessory to have on and you’ll avoid sunburns.

Finally, choose your shoes wisely, you might be standing up for hours. So, save your heels for another night out. You’re also welcomed to bring your shiny new shoes if you want, but just don’t expect them to look that way after.

Group up

Going in a group is fun but staying together can be impossible. Make sure everyone’s phone is charged and take a portable charger just in case, this way you can call each other if someone gets lost. That is unless you have no service which is also highly likely to happen. So, in this case, have a meeting spot set up to go to meet at for emergencies.

Keep things clear

With so much violence that has happened in the past at large events and festivals, many have set up rules that require bags to be clear or very small. These rules are placed to keep everyone safe. Investing in a clear fanny pack or small bag is definitely in your best interest if you’re going to carry things. You don’t want to be kept out because your bag doesn’t meet the requirements.

Live in the moment

This is more of a personal tip, but not using your phone to record every song can make your experience so much better. Instagram, Snapchat or your phone, in general, can wait. Your phone already eats first so why does it have to have all the fun too. You don’t need to prove to people you were there and then feeling like you weren’t because you spent most of the time recording. If you have to, choose one or two songs you know you love to record. Your experience is much more fun when you let yourself get lost in the music.

Featured image by Stacey Ramirez.

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