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7 top tips and tricks for your next festival

Published date:
4th April 2023
Three Festival Team

Make the most of your festival weekend, with these handy tips and tricks.

The packing. The planning. The travel. There’s a lot to think about when it comes to festivals. They’re an exciting, memorable and completely joyous experience. A day, night or weekend where you can enjoy live music, meet new people, and soak up the festival atmosphere. To help you make the most of your festival, we’ve put together a list of must-know tips and tricks.

1. Bring a portable charger

One of the biggest issues you might have is running out of phone battery. Especially if you’re constantly meeting and re-meeting up with your group, or needing to find your way around. A portable charger can be a lifesaver, meaning you can keep your phone on and be contactable throughout the day. Plus, it means you can put your family’s mind at ease when they check in to make sure you’re alright. Or use it for a cheeky check of some lyrics you’re not quite sure of. But, if you do get caught short, you can always visit 3Charging at certain festivals, where you’ll be able to top up your battery and maybe [do something else] too.

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2. Dress for comfort

Yes, music festivals are a great opportunity to show off your style and hit your Instagram hard with some excellent selfies, but it’s really important that you dress for comfort, too. You’ll be on your feet for most of the day, so comfortable, durable shoes are a must. Think about wearing layers that you can easily take off or put on depending on the weather. And make sure you’re armed with a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect you when you’re outside all day. And – as always in the British summer – remember your waterproof, otherwise you could be living in soggy shorts and t-shirts for a whole weekend. Check out our Three+ offers at Boohoo to get your festival style sorted.

3. Arrive early

If you can do it, getting to the venue early is a great way to make the most of your festival experience. You’ll avoid the crowds, get a better camping spot, and you’ll have more time to explore the grounds before the music begins. Plus, you’ll be able to scope out the best spots for your favourite acts. A lot of festivals offer early bird discounts on food and drinks, so getting there early could save you money, too.

4. Explore the smaller stages

While the main stage will have the biggest acts, and probably some incredible people you might not see anywhere else, don’t overlook the smaller stages. These often showcase up-and-coming artists and offer a more intimate and personal experience. And they’re a great way to discover alternative music genres you might not have considered before. Think of it as an investment in your future favorite acts.

5. Plan ahead

It’s a good idea to have a loose plan in place to bookmark the people that you want to see. Don’t try to set it in stone though, because you might want to leave yourself open to hearing a few people you’ve not thought about before. Take a look at the festival schedule and make a list of your must-see acts. Then consider creating a rough itinerary for each day – not forgetting your meals and breaks to just hang out or enjoy some of the other on-site stalls and activities. Having a small plan in place –especially if you save it as an easy-to-access note or screenshot on your phone – will help you make the most of your time at the festival, and avoid missing out on the acts you want to see the most.

6. Stay hydrated

Even in the UK, it’s possible to overheat. Staying hydrated at a music festival is essential. With all the dancing and excitement, it’s easy to forget to drink enough water. And, as you could spend hours at a time with little shelter from the sun, this could end up being dangerous. Make sure you take a refillable water bottle, and fill it at every opportunity you get. Most festivals have free water stations, so take advantage of these and stay hydrated throughout the day.

7. Meet new people

Music festivals are a great place to meet new people and make new friends. Everyone is there to have a good time, and you’ll all have the common interest of being music-lovers. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation and get WhatsApp'ng with someone next to you in the food queue. You never know –they might love Self Esteem almost as much as you do.

So, there you have it – 7 easy-to-follow top tips to make sure you have the best time possible at your next music festival.

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