Hotter weather, longer days and shorter nights signal the shift to summer and the sizzling music festivals that come along with it.
If you are thinking about attending one of these festivities, such as Music Midtown in Atlanta or Lollapalooza in Chicago, it is important to have a game plan. These events can attract millions. A Nielsen report revealed that about 32 million people go to at least one music festival in the states.
Find out how to have an unforgettable, seamless and worry-free experience from our summer music festival survival guide.
Don’t wait to buy your ticket
Purchase your tickets in advance to ensure that you don’t miss out on all the fun! Tickets for music festivals can be in high demand and get sold out fast. Festival tickets usually go on sale months in advance and will offer an early bird ticket before the general admission ones become available.
Plan out your day in advance
Make your music festival excursion a success by researching and planning out how your day will go ahead of time. Read the lineup for the event before showing up so that you can arrive early enough to stake out a good spot within the crowd. Also, keep in mind that information about other experiences within the festival grounds, such as lounges, photo booths, food vendor locations, is usually on the festival’s website.
Try to arrive early
Like they say, “Early bird gets the worm.” If it’s a popular music festival, expect long lines for almost everything. Parking can turn into a game of first come, first serve, which could mean having to park farther away from the festival location. Good spots in the audience during concerts can also go fast.
Be prepared for (almost) anything
Make a checklist of all the items that might be useful to bring for the busy day ahead of you. ELLE lists some handy things you should bring for a festival, such as a reusable water bottle, plastic bags, a hat, cereal bars and wet wipes. Toilet paper, layers and earplugs are also some helpful things to bring, according to USA Today. You can never be too prepared.
Stay cool and hydrated
If your upcoming music festival is outdoors in the summertime, it is important to take care of yourself while being outside in the heat. Make sure to not wear scents, like perfume, because that could lead to bug bites. Try to drink water about every 20 minutes to avoid negative health effects from being outside, such as a heat stroke or stress, according to WebMD. Also, don’t forget your sunscreen to not get a sunburn.
Practice good festival etiquette
While spending the day around other festival goers, try to stay mindful. Don’t wave a flag, sit on someone’s shoulders or record a video on an iPad. These things can block someone’s view, according to Ticketfly.