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What to expect from a UK music festival?

Published date:
4th April 2023
Three Festival Team

Going to your first festival? Here’s a bit about how to get the most out of your weekend.

Going to your very first UK music festival? Well, we’ve got a few things to tell you before you go. Whether you’re into indie rock, pop, dance or hip-hop, the UK is home to a huge variety of incredible festivals, each with its own unique character and atmosphere.

Here’s how you can make sure you have the best possible time:

Prepare for the weather

The weather in the UK is almost as famous as its music history. And – like its history – it’s unpredictable, so it’s always best to prepare for the worst. So, warm clothes and waterproof clothing are a must. Especially a good pair of boots or wellies. Even if the forecast predicts sunshine, it’s always a good idea to bring layers in case there’s a sudden change in temperature – especially once the sun sets.Take a look at your Three+ rewards, where you’ll find [offer on clothing etc. from retailer].

Bring the essentials

We know, we know – packingfor a festival can be a bit of a nightmare. So whatever you do, don’t forget your essentials like your tent, sleeping bag, and camping chairs. It sounds obvious, but it’s easy to get so caught up in packing clothes and provisions, that sometimes the big things get left behind.Check out our incredible Decathlon offer on Three+ where you can get 10% off your camping essentials. You’ll also want to bring a refillable water bottle, as staying hydrated is crucial at a festival; particularly if you get lucky with the weather. Being out in the sun all day is fun, but make sure you’ve got sunscreen, insect repellent and any medication, too.

Be mindful of your surroundings

The wonderful thing about festivals is that thousands of people come together to enjoy a shared love of music. But this also means they’re often crowded, so it’s important to be mindful of your surroundings. Be aware of where you’re walking, especially in congested areas, and make sure you keep your belongings safe at all times. Try not to have your phone in a back pocket, or any money on display – anything that gets dropped, lost or stolen is probably gone for good. It’s also a good idea to take a look at the layout of the site before you go, so you know where the designated camping areas are, as well as the toilets and medical areas.

Plan your schedule

It’s true: music festivals are about being in the moment, being spontaneous, and discovering new music you might not have thought about before. But if there’s someone you really want to see, make sure you plan ahead so you don’t have that heart-stopping moment of hearing your favourite song in the distance when you’re across the other side of the campsite. With so many acts to choose from, it can sometimes be overwhelming to decide which ones to see. Before the festival, make a list of your must-see musicians, and plan those days around them. Save it in your notes app, or somewhere easy to access on your phone so you can always refer to it at a moment’s notice.

Prepare your phone

There’s no avoiding it – there will be times when you’llbe separated from your group and you’ll need to re-meet. Or someone from home will call to check up on you. Or you’ll spot a famous act hanging out and you’ll need a quick selfie. Whatever you use it for, make sure you fully charge your phone before you leave, and bring a portable charger with you. You can also top up with Three at 3Charging, where Three+ members will get an incredible 50% off, so you don’t have to be caught short.

Try the food and drinks

It can be a money-saver to bring your own food and drinks to the festivals that allow it, but it’s also a great time to try new things, so don’t miss out on the huge amount of food and drinks on offer on-site. From street food to craft beer, and everything in between, there’s something for everyone. There’s so much choice that you’ll definitely find something you’ll like, and you’ll always be able to grab a quick bite if you’re in a rush, but one of the best things about festivals is the variety, so try to set aside some time to check it out.[possible Three+ offer here?]

Respect the environment

Showers, clean loos, rubbish disposal – these will all be distant memories. At a festival – especially if you’re camping – you won’t have all the home comforts you’re used to. Music festivals are so much fun, but they can have a negative impact on the environment if you’re not careful. Make sure you dispose of your rubbish in the bins provided, and avoid littering or damaging the festival site. Many festivals now have sustainability initiatives in place – like water refill stations rather than selling bottles – somake sure you support these efforts where possible.

Have fun

Above all else, festivals are about having fun and enjoying the music. Take the time to soak up the atmosphere, meet new people, and make memories with your friends. So pack your bags, grab your tent, and get ready to rock out with Three+

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