7 Tips to Follow when Attending a Music Festival

Music festivals are great fun, and can create memories that last a lifetime. Being able to see your favourite bands, going crazy with excitement, and checking out foods and beer are just a few of the things you’ll get up to on your day (or weekend) of music, making friends, camping and rocking out to awesome tunes.

This article provides top tips on how to stay safe during the festival, maximise your fun, and make sure nothing disrupts your perfect day.

Tip #1: Drink lots of water

It might sound boring to down water between cups of beer, but it’s worth staying hydrated. You’ll be doing all sorts of exercise at a rock festival – walking around, dancing, jumping – with like-minded sweaty people doing the exact same thing. Dehydration during a festival, especially if the weather is hot, can lead to fainting, nausea, headaches or even heat stroke. And having to get an ambulance to you in the middle of a festival would be a buzz kill to your day. If possible, drink a pint of water when you wake up, before going to the bathroom.

In short:
Drink lots of water, especially if you’re drinking alcohol.
Take a big bottle with you in your backpack – if the authorities don’t let you take it inside with you, drink as much of it as you can before entering.
Drink a pint of water as soon as you wake up and before you start drinking alcohol to get ahead with your hydration.

Tip #2 Have a designated ‘meeting spot’

It sucks to get separated from your friends, but with big crowds and distractions, it’s easy to get lost. Music festivals are noisy places, and sometimes calling your friends on their mobile phones is impossible – either they don’t hear their phone ringing, or you can’t hear each other’s voices if they do pick up. As soon as you enter the park or venue, organise a designated meeting spot for you and your friends to head if you get lost. If it’s a huge venue, perhaps agree on two or three places to meet up, depending on whereabouts you got separated. However, don’t make too many meeting spots, or you might end up waiting at the wrong one.

In short:
Organise a meeting spot for if you get lost.
Don’t call each other unless you’re in a quiet area.
Don’t make too many meeting spots.

Tip #3: Book a taxi in advance

You’re tired, you’ve had fun, it’s dark, and you’re trudging out of the venue in search for a taxi home. Yeah, so are a thousand other people. Booking a taxi well in advance is advisable. Look online to see what the local taxi companies are in the area, and book at least a few days in advance. The only problem is that you’ll have to know exactly what time you’re going to leave the venue, which can be a problem. Weigh up the downsides to not booking a taxi (such as having to wait a long time or even falling prey to rogue taxis), and, if your group agrees, book one in advance, and enjoy the festival with the confidence of knowing you’ll be getting home, or to your hotel, in good time.

In short:
Book a taxi in advance.
Know your schedule before you book.
Watch out for rogue taxis.

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Tip #4: Stay in a hotel (as opposed to camping)

Often at festivals, especially for full-weekend ticket holders, will offer camping spots next to the venue, to ensure you don’t have to get a taxi or pay for a hotel. Camping is definitely cheaper, but getting a hotel is sometimes worth the extra money. Leeds festival 2013 was one of the muddiest festivals ever, and countless tents and equipment was ruined by the rain and the grime. In the dark, covered in mud, wet and cold in the evening, the last thing you want to do is slide into a tent with drunk people and noise outside. Cheap deals such as the Premier Inn and the Holiday Inn are a good choice for groups (again, be sure to book well in advance). However, lots of people will argue that camping is part of the experience, and it also means you’re there at night, not just until the last band has finished playing. There’s also the chance that the weather will be great, and that camping will be fun. It’s up to you.

In short:
Booking a hotel guarentees a dry and clean place to sleep with minimal noise.
However, camping might be the option for you.

Tip #5: Experience anything and everything

At festivals, there are often stalls offering unusual foods (like the ostrich burger featured at Leeds and Reading). They may also have rare types of beer or other drinks. Try them! You don’t know when you’ll get another chance, and you’ll always remember that particular food or drink as ‘that thing you tried whilst at that festival’, adding extra memories to the event.

Often, festivals will also have charity temporary tattoos and face painting, which can add extra fun to your day. Check out the non-food stalls too for band merchandise.

Also – importantly – check out bands you haven’t heard of. Everyone will be crowding the main stage of the trending favourite band. Leeds and Reading festivals had stages featuring smaller bands of certain genres – if you love rock, check out the rock and metal stage, if you love dance, check out the dance corner, and so on. You’ll be able to get near the front, and might even discover a band you didn’t know you loved, and get to see them before they hit it big.

In short:
Try any strange or unique food and drink.
See what deals are on in the merc corner, or get your face painted.
Support smaller or local bands.


Tip #6: Work out your budget way in advance – and stick to it

Money is important, and music festivals aren’t cheap if you’re planning to make the most of them. Aside from the ticket itself, you’ll want money for drinks, food, merchandise, the taxi back to the hotel and extra things too. Work out exactly how much money you’re taking with you and work out how much you want to spend (although keeping extra aside for emergencies is advisable). Most venues have a cash machine nearby, but if you want to skip the queues and carry cash, make sure it’s in a safe place, i.e. your tight front jeans pocket, as opposed to in your backpack.

Suggested funds per day:
Food and snacks: £20-£30 / $35-$50
Merchandise: £50-£100 / $85-$170
Drinks: £30-£60 / $50-$100 (this obviously depends on how much you’re planning to drink)
Extras (face painting, temporary tattoos, souvenirs, etc): £20-£30 / $35-$50

In short:
Work out a budget.
Keep your money in a safe place where it’s unlikely to be lost or stolen.
Take extra money for emergencies.

Tip #7: Wear comfortable clothing

Being at a festival is all well and good, but if you’re wearing uncomfortable clothes, tight shoes or you’re too hot or cold, it can sap the enjoyment out of it. Plan your outfit for your festival sensibly – the weather is never guaranteed, so make sure you plan for rainy or cold weather. At the same time, make sure you won’t be wearing anything too hot. Above all: shoes. Your shoes are the most important item of clothing you’ll be wearing. Make sure they’re sturdy and can handle the mud or the rain – no flip flops or sandals (this of course depends on where your festival is held – you wouldn’t wear hiking boots in summer in Vegas). At the Leeds and Reading festivals in 2013, it was so wet and muddy that plenty of shoes were abandoned throughout the day. If your festival is in a rainy place such as England, wear wellies, or else shoes you don’t mind having to possibly throw away later.

In short:
Wear comfortable clothes and prepare for any weather.
Take wellies for rain or wear shoes you don’t mind losing.

Have fun!

Most importantly, have fun! For some people, a music festival is a once-in-a-lifetime experience; for some bands, it might be their last show, or money or time constraints may stop you being able to attend another festival for a long time. Take pictures, sing loudly, buy stuff, and have a great time, as well as staying safe.

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10 Reasons you should experience a music festival

There’s a reason that the talk of summer festivals sends a thrilling buzz of excitement into veteran festival goers, from the atmosphere to the line-up and new friendships – they know it’s an experience not to be missed!

Most people who have never been to one argue that they either; don’t enjoy crowd’s, it’s too loud, uncomfortable, filthy or all of the above, and they may be right, but it’s also something unlike anything else you’ll ever do.

From seeing your favourite bands play live while experiencing the awesome sway of being in a thousand strong crowd of happy revellers, to ambling through a variety of markets, theatres, circus and comedy shows, you’re witnessing some of the most talented artists at work, in one place.

For a first time festival goer, an event as big as Glastonbury or Coachella can understandably, be a little overwhelming and unnecessarily messy.

Which is why it’s important to keep in mind that it’s about experiencing life in that moment, putting the real world on pause and immersing yourself into a temporary new world, a micro-culture populated by people happily gathered for the same reason; to have, as Patrick Swayze would put it, the time of their lives!

The atmosphere is like an electrically charged stadium full of supporters. Everyone is a friend and the sense of community and camaraderie in the thousands of people you’re sharing the festival bubble with is a brilliant display of humanity at its best. Suddenly, for a few days, this mass of people is one big family.

If you’re at a rainy festival, it’ll be proven to you soon enough as you’re likely to get stuck in the mud, rescued quickly by random strangers, who’ll lock arms with you to pull you out and help you get through it, together.

There are a million reasons to prove that music festivals are a life changing, eye opening experience and definitely one that needs to be on your bucket list, but we’ve summed them up in this top 10 reasons you need to experience a music festival:

The Line-Up

Unless it’s genre specific, the variety is music to everyone’s ears. From bands on the main stages featuring

the Rolling Stones, Beyoncé, BB King to Jazz, acoustic, dance and DJ specific areas.

Unlike a concert, front row access to festival shows are only limited by your ability to walk there a few hours ahead of time, so you’re far more likely to have an up close and personal experience with your favorite band!

The Instagram fodder

As early as the queue waiting to get in you’ll find anything from people in Gorilla masks to the elaborate flags they carry sporting the emblem of the group they came with, an array of super heroes and countless people struggling to carry enormous backpacks while managing to leave a hand free for their drink, and they’ll all be more than happy to pose for your Instagram fodder.

The new friendships

Some people go it alone, others with a group of friends and the rest as a family but however you experience a festival, you’re always guaranteed to meet new people.

The atmosphere and culture of team spirit is so strong that making friends is inevitable and after a few rounds of the festival circuit you’ll be able to experience the joy of an unexpected festival friend reunion.

The fans

If you thought a tearful girl at a Justin Bieber concert was fan passion, it’s nothing compared to the dedicated crowds you’ll find at festivals who’ll joyfully obey almost any request from their entertainer! Including massive Mexican waves, synchronized singing on request, peace signs and a sea of waving hands.

The facilities

So the infamous facilities may be your main reason for wanting to avoid a festival, but learning to accept them as part of the experience is a must.

Once you realise that this is definitely not glamping, that you’re likely to be sleeping under the stars if your tent assembly skills are not up to scratch, learning the art of going to the toilet before it gets desperate because you will be standing in a queue and that you’re unlikely to have a decent shower for a number of days, you can relax and enjoy yourself in spite of it.

Just think, you’ll go home with stories like: “Then the guy in the porta potty queue turned to his girlfriend, went down on one knee and said; “In case we’re stuck in this line forever, will you marry me?”

The zen zone

If you’re looking for a more mellow experience, head over to the healing fields at Glastonbury or the chill spots at Coachella to get a massage, take a refreshing nap next to the trickling sounds of a water feature, take a yoga class or spend some time meditating.

The innovations and the talent

The onstage talent is always something to behold but besides the entertainment you paid for, you’ll always get more than your money’s worth in crowd pleasing performances from the arbitrary festival goer.

Anything from spectacular impromptu dance shows to incredibly talented artists taking advantage of the many creative outlets.

Festivals have been drawing artists, hippies and the alternative crowd since the beginning of time.

With the ‘creatives’, come the creative inventions. At Glastonbury Festival, there is a giant tablet with stylus available to anyone interested in creating a piece of public art. For those who are less inclined to create, but are interested in checking out the creations, all artwork is displayed in an ever changing gallery on site.

As well the gallery there are so many workshops to check out from; pottery, woodwork and massage therapies running constantly.

The priceless moments

You can imagine how thousands of people in a communally celebratory mood, facing extreme weather and living conditions, surrounded by creativity and constant entertainment, can produce some the best priceless moments that even Youtube would be hard pressed to top.

The team spirit

Everyone at a festival understands that they’re all there for the same reason. There’s a team spirit that you can feel

In the buzz of excitement with strangers pulling each other out of mud traps, helpful hands volunteering to put up tents and the courtesy of a hundred people moving

There’s a festival for everyone

No matter what your taste, there’s a festival for everyone:




Don’t forget to pack:

A torch

Wet Wipes (the essential festival shower)

Wellington Boots

An extra pair of socks

An open mind

If the start of every summer sees you staring stubbornly into the distance refusing to take part in the conversation, mind made up, waiting for a subject change while your friends excitedly discuss which festivals they’re going to this year, you may want to think about reconsidering. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, expect the unexpected and embrace the experience!



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Paxos – The Holiday Island For Music Lovers.

The tiny Greek island of Paxos, with its groves of olive trees, secluded beaches and coves, and pretty coastal villages, has become a favourite destination for music lovers during its annual jazz and classical music festivals.

In June, the Paxos Jazz Festival attracts talented and well-known musicians from far and wide to perform in open-air, idyllic locations with perfect summer weather. And from 2–13 September 2006 the renowned Paxos International Music Festival features classical music concerts in Loggos.

Since 1986, this Festival has established a tradition of excellence in performance, and has developed a loyal following of visitors and locals. As well as presenting major works from the chamber music repertoire, the Festival has commissioned new pieces especially for the Island. These included We Shall be Here, for a thousand and a thousand more years, a cantata tracing the history of Paxos from its mythological beginnings to the present day and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf translated into Greek. Now directed by the UK’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the 2006 Festival will present major works by composers who have anniversaries this year, including Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet; Schumann’s Piano Quintet; a Bartok String Quartet and a Shostakovich piano trio. And Guildhall students and teachers will give five special concerts. For the first time in Paxos, singers will present a repertoire of songs and arias.

The cosmopolitan capital of the Island, Gaios, bustles with life at festival time and its harbour is packed with yachts and cruisers. Cafe bars and restaurants line the waterfront, nestled between charming villas with their Venetian architecture, and the island’s nightlife includes late-night music bars overlooking the harbour. At the waterfront terrace of Bar Taxidi, in picture-postcard Loggos, you might even find Spiros, the owner, making traditional music.

Some of the best accommodation on Paxos is to be found in the lovely little fishing harbour of Loggos but, be warned, with limited accommodation Paxos villas are in high demand at the time of the music festival so be sure to make your booking way in advance.

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