After a protracted pandemic hiatus, many giant occasions are returning in 2022. One of many buzziest classes is music festivals.
From Coachella to Glastonbury, there are numerous festivals for music followers to get pleasure from this yr, and they’re definitely taking benefit. An estimated 750,000 folks attended the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Pageant in April.
These excessive numbers inevitably embrace many first-time pageant attendees, who don’t all the time know the right way to navigate the expertise. And loads of seasoned festival-goers have taken notice of their missteps.
Under, music pageant consultants share the commonest errors that attendees make ― and their recommendation for avoiding these errors.
Burning Out On Day One
“So many festival-goers ― rookies and vets ― can get caught up within the sensory overload that’s music festivals and find yourself going ‘all in’ on the primary day,” mentioned Skip Blankley, founding father of Pageant Survival Information. “Music festivals are a marathon, not a dash, and getting caught up within the pleasure of the music, dancing, mates, and constructive vibes you discover in abundance at music festivals can go away folks feeling fairly drained after the primary day, and discover the remaining days much less pleasurable attributable to lack of power, or simply feeling tremendous hungover.”
He beneficial treating the primary day of a music pageant the identical means you’ll your first day at college or faculty. Take the time to get your bearings, set up your crew, familiarize your self with the panorama and take a look at the facilities and concessions.
For those who begin to really feel overwhelmed in any respect, take time to retreat and take a breather. Be aware about the way you’re feeling and what’s happening round you to keep away from going too arduous on the primary day and getting burned out.
“You’re excited and it’s comprehensible,” mentioned Vito Valentinetti, co-founder and editor-and-chief of Music Pageant Wizard. “You’ve been ready a yr (or in some circumstances, three years) for this pageant and the pure tendency is to bask in the whole lot without delay. Tempo your self and have enjoyable. You don’t need the following day to be low power.”
Relying Too A lot On Expertise
Don’t assume your cellphone will work completely all through a music pageant. These areas typically have poor service and few battery charging stations. Main festivals like Coachella even have a historical past of cellphone theft.
Thus, it’s essential to make back-up plans in case your group will get separated and never everybody can get in contact.
“Again within the previous days of 2015, our group would designate a central assembly space in case anybody obtained separated or folks have been bouncing out to different exhibits,” Valentinetti mentioned. “As a result of cell telephones can nonetheless be misplaced, don’t have any battery, or service is down, this low-tech methodology nonetheless works finest for meetups.”
Not Hydrating Sufficient
“Individuals are typically out on their toes, dancing and shifting round within the solar for a lot of hours,” mentioned Joey Sutera, head of stay leisure at SEERS. “Whereas having enjoyable, ingesting alcohol and even if you happen to’re sober, it’s simple to overlook to persistently drink water. Particularly if you’re a fan who likes to be up in opposition to the rails or within the thick of the gang, it is going to be more durable to depart and get to a water station or vendor part.”
He implored festival-goers to hold additional water, a hydration pack and even electrolyte tabs to remain wholesome and keep away from passing out. The precise quantity of water an individual wants can differ, but it surely usually ranges from two to 4 liters ― and will increase with bodily exercise and time in sizzling temperatures. Take note of sneaky indicators of dehydration ― like dry mouth, muscle spasms and complications ― as nicely.
“I can’t let you know what number of instances I’ve seen somebody pulled out of the gang on a gurney, or dazed underneath a cover whereas their mates attempt to fan them and pressure water down their throat,” Blankley mentioned. “Staying hydrated is likely one of the best methods to not solely keep protected, but additionally hold your physique in movement all weekend lengthy. Hydration isn’t just about water, however electrolytes as nicely. Being outdoors within the warmth and dancing all weekend lengthy means your physique sweating out all of these important minerals it is advisable operate at your finest.”
Simply as you put on sunscreen on the seaside to guard your pores and skin, you must also attempt to put on earplugs at live shows to guard your listening to. They’re particularly helpful in music pageant settings the place you’ll be uncovered to a wide range of exhibits with totally different power and quantity ranges.
“As anybody (together with myself) who has tinnitus will let you know, carry a pair of earplugs,” Valentinetti mentioned. “And convey a backup pair in case one thing occurs to them. Earplugs have come a good distance and there are many reasonably priced choices (Earpeace, Eargasm) that block out excessive volumes with little impact on the constancy of the music.”
Being Unprepared For The Climate
“Most festivals happen within the warmth of the summer season and sometimes instances persons are touring from out of state and should not fairly ready for the situations,” Blankley mentioned. “Defending your self from the solar is of the utmost significance. Sunburn could be very actual and may wreck your weekend if you happen to get hit on the primary day with out safety.”
Pack loads of sunscreen, hats, sun shades and different layers for solar safety. A shawl or neck gaiter will also be helpful for festivals in dusty settings just like the desert.
“The solar can wreck a weekend as shortly because the rain can,” Blankley added. “Remember to verify the climate forecast and if rain is even barely attainable, you should definitely be ready at camp and for the pageant itself.”
Ponchos, waterproof sneakers and further garments will make a world of distinction if you happen to get caught in a torrential downpour.
Over-Planning And Researching Each Element
It’s nice to do analysis and familiarize your self with many features of a music pageant (just like the climate situations) earlier than attending for the primary time. However don’t get too caught up in anticipating and planning each facet.
“Strike a steadiness between doing your entire analysis and going with the move,” Sutera mentioned. “For instance, if you’ll a tenting pageant means out in an unknown rural space, attain out to the pageant representatives, verify on Reddit teams and ask questions.”
He steered factoring prices and comfort when making transportation plans, as an illustration. Search for the costs of rental automobiles vs. public transportation and put together for spotty service areas. However don’t make a inflexible itinerary.
“On the flip aspect, I’d say strive your finest to be shocked as to what’s on website as a substitute of worrying a lot about stage designs, manufacturing, and so forth,” Sutera added. “For those who belief the pageant sufficient to attend, let the pageant do its job and wow you. For my part, it’s higher to reach on website and discover the whole lot for the primary time versus persistently trying on social media for previews. Arrive with expectations managed, get misplaced, get pleasure from.”
Not Bringing Sanitizing Wipes Or Masks
“Even earlier than the pandemic, festivals have been havens of germs and micro organism,” Valentinetti mentioned. “It’s known as ‘pageant flu’ for a motive.”
Current music festivals have been COVID super-spreader occasions, so attendees ought to perceive they’re taking over a degree of threat by packing collectively in giant crowds for a number of hours and days.
For those who’re involved about contracting COVID however nonetheless wish to attend a pageant, you should definitely masks up once you’re indoors or in dense crowds.
There are methods to maintain well being and cleanliness in thoughts as nicely.
“Moist Ones wipes are useful for sinks with no cleaning soap, cleansing up after consuming, and the nightmare this can be a pageant rest room,” Valentinetti suggested. “You by no means know when you’ll attain into a handbag and discover it’s full of vomit ― true story.”
#Errors #Individuals #Music #Festivals