The Ultimate Music Festival Survival Tips
Here at UK Festival Stage Hire, we’ve seen our fair share of festivals. We know they can be exciting, crazy, muddy, confusing, stressful and one hell of an adventure if you do them right. So, to celebrate the start of the season, we’ve put together the ultimate festival survival guide to ensure you make the most of your time away this summer.
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Pick the right festival.
Seems obvious, right? There are festivals all over the world that specialise in a range of different things. Music, film, health and wellbeing, theatre, food etc. No one festival is the same, so how do you choose?
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Ask yourself the following:
- What kind of experience am I after?
- What kind of music will there be? (Do I even want to go to a music festival?)
- How uncomfortable am I willing to get?
There’s nothing worse than expecting fancy bedouin tents and live jazz, and showing up to a muddy field full of death metal! There are plenty of upmarket festivals offering luxury accommodation, as well as one day festivals, so you can go home to sleep in your own bed.
Everfest is a fantastic website that lists festivals by date, letting you plan your summer.
Sort your accommodation early.
Last minute tent buying is a no-no. There is nothing worse than arriving at a camp site, eager to enter the festival arena and being unable to pitch your tent. Purchase it in advance and make sure you know how to set it up, especially when intoxicated (if that’s your thing). If you are attending the festival in a group, you might want to invest in a larger tent, or a gazebo to provide a little communal space to relax in.
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Don’t forget the extras such as lighting, balloons or bunting. No one enjoys stumbling back, trying to their tent after a few drinks in the dark. Make sure you can find where you’re sleeping easily. We recommend solar powered (or battery powered) fairy lights and lamps. You can buy these from any garden centre or B&Q.
Likewise, leaving it to the last minute to book hotels or Air BnBs can cost you dearly. Accommodation around annual festival sites can sell out months in advance, so don’t miss out.
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Also, think outside of the box- don’t rule out alternative “camping” options such as yurts, camper vans.
Organise your food.
Festival food is fun. Who doesn’t love deep-fried-covered in cheese-everything? But three meals a day for three days can be costly.
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Consider easy to prepare breakfasts that you can pack to lower costs:
- Oats are cheap and make a hearty meal. Just add water, honey and nuts, or seeds.
- Home made carrot cake muffins can be stored in air-tight tupperware containers and will last the duration of your stay. (Serve with some cream cheese on day 1 and peanut butter for the rest of the time).
- Tins of beans can be easily reheated.
- Boiled eggs will last for the first day at least!
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Layers and wellies should be everyone’s mantra. We know all those glittery accessories, suede fringe jackets and tie-dyed mini dresses sound fun, but they’re not functional. Guys, bring enough pants, seriously. There will be enough opportunities to get in the festival spirit once you’re there. Henna tattoos, glitter beards and a range of jewellery stands are a festival staple.
The luxuries are worth it.
Yes you will regret not bringing the air mattress and portable speaker, phone charger, DIY shower etc. If you’ve got the luggage space, stick it in. If nothing else, use your luxuries to make friends with your tent neighbours.
You don’t need to pay for a festival guide.
Just screenshot it, or print it off before you go. That way you don't need to shell out, but can stay on top of what’s coming up and plan your time effectively.
Be prepared for anything.
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The key to a successful festival is going with the flow. You never know who you’ll meet, or what new experiences may be available. Stay open minded and jump right in!
UK Festival Stage Hire supply all types of stage hire suitable for indoor and outdoor events. All our equipment is industry standard and fully tested. When you hire from us, our team of expert technicians ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day of your event. Call us today!