There are some pretty awesome music festivals that run in the US throughout the year. Such as Joyfest in Charlotte North Carolina, and Spirit West Coast in Concord, California. You may even be lucky enough to have a festival running close to where you live. However, if you haven’t been to one before, you’ll be in for lots of fun, but also possibly a shock as well, as that festival life is pretty different to what you are used to. To help you prepare for this check out our guide to surviving your first festival below.
Finding your festival
Before you can go enjoy your first music festival, you need to decide which one you will be attending. Happily, there are plenty of websites dedicated to specific genres of music festivals that list the dates and locations, as well as how to get tickets. Christianfestivalassociation.com is particularly useful for Christian music festivals that are happening in the US in 2018.
Getting your tickets
The next job to complete is getting your tickets. If you are organized and get them booked early, you can typically buy them straight from the folks that are running the festival. Something that is useful because then you know they are genuine and there will be no problems.
However, if you decide which festive to go to later on, you may have to resort to buying pre-sold tickets from people that can’t attend. Sadly, the major issue with this is that not all ticket sellers are genuine. In fact, many of them are touts, and that means you can be paying for fake tickets! Something that can be disastrous, especially if you don’t find out until you have traveled all the way to the location, only to be denied entry at the gates!
To avoid this, you can use sites like TicketOffices that genuinely resell gig and festival tickets, and offer a 100% guarantee that they are real. Be sure to skip buying tickets and passes from unverified sources like Craigslist and eBay as well, even if they seem like a really good deal. Otherwise, you could end up paying out but not receiving your ticket at all.
Sorting transport to the festival site
Once you have a genuine ticket in the bag, it’s time to plan on how you will get to the festival site. Most folks choose to drive, although if its a long way it’s best to go in a group and share the driving, so you don’t get too tired.
It’s also possible to use public transport such as buses or trains. You may even find that certain festivals offer bus service from key points at train stations and in neighboring cities to get you to the festival site with the minimum of fuss.
What you need to pack
The contents of your backpack are a vital tool in surviving your first festival.
Packing for a festival is one of the most important ways that you will ensure that your not only survive but have a great time as well. You’ll need the standard basics like clothes, toiletries, camping gear and a power bank for your phone, but it can also help to put together an emergency festival kit as well.
This should include spare toilet paper, tissues, and baby wipes for cleaning up. A poncho and some trash bags are also useful in case it rains, and things get really muddy. Sunscreen and painkillers are pretty essential too and don’t forget that having some spare bottles of water and cereal bars as well. Just in case you can access a food stand for any reason.
What to do if anything goes wrong
It is also very useful both for you and the peace of mind of your parents, to have a plan of action in case anything goes wrong while you are there. This should include agreeing on a meeting point with your family or friends for if you get lost or separated.
It’s also a smart idea to talk through what you will do if you suffer an injury, feel unwell, or unsafe at any point. Then you will know what to do in any emergency.
Above all though, the point of a festival is to have fun and enjoy yourself. That is why it is crucial to do all the planning and prep well beforehand. Then when you get to the site, and the acts start to come on stage, you will have nothing else to worry about apart from having the best time ever.