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Music Festivals 101


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As we enter the last few weeks of summer we also enter the music festival season. Between mid-July and the end of September, there seems to be a music festival every weekend, which can be tiring. While seeing Post Malone, Luke Combs, and Taylor Swift all in one day seems like an exciting and insane prospect, that is exactly what music festivals are about. The exciting and the insane. While four days straight of standing outside in the heat can be overwhelming it’s important to ensure you’re ready for your music festival adventures in every way you can be. Here are some tips on how to have the most successful music festival.

1) Hydration

Music Festivals always happen during the hottest months of the year, which can be good for your tan but horrible for your hydration. Those little medical tents are almost always filled to the brim with people who have passed out in the heat from dehydration. While plenty of liquids are consumed, that White Claw Surge is not the same as water. This is why it’s always a good idea to bring a water bottle, despite how inconvenient you might think it is. To keep water cool throughout the hot day try bringing a metal water bottle like a YETI, but for a more compact and convenient bottle, I would suggest a collapsable water bottle that could even fit in your pocket.

2) Food

We all know how expensive music festivals can be and the prices once you’re inside don’t get any cheaper. Even though that $14 crab roll from a small local restaurant might not seem worth it, I can guarantee you it is. Most music festivals get local restaurants to set up booths and sell only their best menu items, which can seriously be the best food ever. Not only is eating food at a festival essential, because you’re standing up in crazy heat for days, but it can be enjoyable. It’s a great way to support small businesses and get a taste of the local cuisine. Win-win! So save up an extra little bit of cash to have some delicious food at your next music festival.

3) Cheap Clothes

Unless you’re Kylie Jenner and will spend thousands to have a backstage pass at the nation’s best festivals, your hair, face clothes and shoes are all going to get very, very dirty. Because of the masses of people that are attracted to music festivals, like Coachella which has about 600,000 attendees a year, it is impossible to hold that many people in an indoor facility. For this reason, most music festivals are just held in grass fields, or like Coachella literally in the middle of the dessert. Where there are hundreds of thousands of people in a field there will be mud, dirt, and dust and it will destroy everything you’re wearing. That combination of dirt and sweat is never a good one so I would always recommend wearing some designated festival shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty and try to stay away from designer brands.

4) Have fun

Not to sound so cliché, but the most important thing about a music festival is to have fun. Enjoy the music and the experience, don’t get too caught up in being uncomfortable. Happy festival season!

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