Music Festivals are the New Thang
Music festivals have been around forever. Some of the most iconic ones like Woodstock and Summerfest started back in the 60’s when most of us weren’t even born. When the sun is out, festival season begin! Now, music festivals are everywhere and have become massive cultural events with people of all ages, enjoying the one thing they all have in common; their love of music.
What to Expect
I have been to over 10 music festivals over the years and even help organize one (Grizzly Fest).I grew up attending festivals with my parents and family and now I guess you can say I am a music festival enthusiast! While many festivals are different, the expectation of your day is fairly the same. Festival days are so long. So please be prepared! Music festivals are all about seeing 5 or more live, spectacular artist, in the span of one weekend. How awesome is that?! Music will be blaring from stage to stage, with sweaty people dancing to the pumping speakers. Dj’s will be spinning on the 1’s and 2’s in between sets, while you get your $14 dollar vegan sliders, and wait in line for the stenchy portapotties. While waiting around in line, (which there will be plenty) make sure you do some unforgettable people watching. Festival fashion is the best!!! People come out wearing the most outlandish things while using music festivals as their runway. Stuff is expensive! They have food for everyone (vegans, vegetarians, kosher, and carnivores). However, the prices are usually steep. Water can cost about $5 for your average $1 water bottle. Most festivals have a hydration center where you can refill your water bottle. So, please bring a non-metal, reusable water bottle and stay HYDRATED! There is lots of standing and walking, so wear comfy shoes (never sandals) and bring a sweater for when the sun goes down. I always bring this beach blanket that rolls up really small. I stuff it in the bottom of my backpack and take it out whenever I need to rest.
Music festivals have gotten tech savvy too! They have charging stations for your devices, apps that tell you to set times and stages, maps, and you can even order merch online before or during the festival. Use these things! Want a festival shirt but don’t want to carry it around? Order it. You’ll get the exact style and size delivered straight to your door, hassle free. Research before you go and read the rules. Plan accordingly and bring snacks if permitted. Plan your stage time too. I enjoying using the festival apps that let you mark the artist you want to see. Then the app will send you a notification 15 mins before their set time to remind you that there on soon. I love this because it is so easy to get caught up with so many other things going on. It’s ideal to have your hands free so a backpack or fanny pack is the way to go. You’ll be at the festival for many hours, so make sure you bring a backup phone battery and or a charger since you’ll want to take many pictures and post.
More to come…
I can go on and on about music festivals. I am still learning as I continue with this adventurous hobby and can’t wait to give you more tips. If you have some experience with music festivals too, add some tips to the comments and I’ll be sure to use them too. You can always find musical festival listings online by clicking here. Hope your festival days are super rad!