If you want to go to any music festival in autumn 2021, get ready! Music festivals are one of the best ways to see all your favourite bands, meet new people, try spectacular food and create new memories.
The key to having a great experience at a music festival is to be prepared! Luckily for you, we’ve made a list of must-haves to help you know what to wear, what to bring and how to prepare for the big event.
Check out this music festival survival guide before you embark on the best weekend of your life.
What to wear
Unlike Coachella, Lollapalooza and other festivals in the sweltering heat of summer, you’re going to have a much cooler temperature in autumn.
Ladies, you can still have a bohemian style by incorporating a printed kimono or a sun hat into your outfit. Unless you want to spend most of your time in the cold, leave your tops at home.
Gentlemen, try wearing a thicker shirt or a beanie for warmth. Having layers of clothing is key. This way, when you are jumping in the electronic music tent, you can easily take off that layer of clothing to keep cooler.
Rule #1 for everyone is to have comfortable footwear. Flat-soled trainers like Vans and Converse will be your best friends after a long day of dancing and running from stage to stage.
What to bring
We’re sure you’ve already taken care of the basics (i.e. ticket/pulse, phone and some extra cash), but we’ve outlined a few other music festival essentials that we’re sure will come in handy:
When you’re dancing under the sun all day, a high protection factor sunscreen is a must. Don’t even think about ignoring this. If you do, chances are you’ll be walking around with a chilling sunburn at work or school the next day.
Music festivals are not the time to show off your favourite designer sunglasses. If you intend to crowd-surf (or just want to get around in the crowd), there’s a good chance you’ll break or lose your sunglasses.
Re-usable water bottle
Remember, dehydration exists. If festival rules allow it, take a reusable water bottle and see where all the refuelling stations are on time. Your body will thank you.
Portable toilets… that’s all there is to it.
Between posting all the memorable moments on Instagram and uploading all your favourite performances on Snapchat, there’s a high chance your phone will run out of battery. A portable charger is an asset, especially if you’re separated from your friends.
If you’re planning on camping at the festival, don’t forget to bring wireless speakers to the campsite to keep the party going. For the best listening experience, check out the Ultra Premium Bluetooth® Speaker with High-Resolution Audio Ultra Premium by Sony and give your ears the clearest, most detailed sound with the best high-resolution audio quality. You’ll be amazed at how similar the music sounds to the live show.
How to prepare
Plan your day around the artists you want to see.
Create a schedule or download the festival app to your phone a few days in advance. You’ll probably have overlapping concerts and end up missing some shows, but planning ahead will help you make the most of the time you have.
Copy down your friends’ phone numbers.
Before you enter the venue, be sure to write down all your friends’ numbers on a piece of paper that you can put in your wallet. This way, if your phone runs out of battery in the middle of the day and you have to borrow someone’s phone, you’ll know how to get in touch with the rest of the group.
Arrange a meeting point.
It is inevitable that you will get lost from your group at some point during the festival. As the mobile phone network may fail, arrange a designated place to meet up with your friends again once the concert is over.
Create a music playlist ahead of time.
It’s the perfect way to familiarise yourself with the artists at the festival. Also, don’t forget to research the “lesser known” artists on the poster! Music festivals are a great opportunity to discover new artists.