At this point, I feel I've been to enough concerts to share some tips and advice I have learned along the way. Refer to the infographic below for some basic do's and don'ts that will save you next festival season.
bring a blanket.
Odds are, if it's an outdoor venue, at some point you're going to want to sit down. Brining an old sheet or blanket is perfect for posting up in a good spot and waiting for the show to start or taking a break for food.
This one applies mostly to festivals because port-o-potties are nasty and will most likely run out of toilet paper at some point in the day. Baby wipes are a lifesaver in this situation, and just for staying relatively clean in general.
Being drunk at concerts is fun. Throwing up and being escorted out is not. Especially in the summer months, make sure to drink water and stay hydrated. A lot of festivals will allow you to bring in one closed bottle, and may even have free water stations inside to refill. Just check the FAQ's on the concert to find out.
This is kind of a given. Festivals are usually pretty dusty and dirty and you'll be standing a lot, (when you're not sitting on your blanket,^^) So wear comfy shoes, that you really don't care about getting dirty or that can be easily washed.
It's always a smart idea to have cash on you when going to a concert or festival, especially if you don't know whether or not they take cards. It's 2015 and while everyone everywhere should be taking cards by now, a lot of places will require you to pay cash and if you don't have it, you might face stupid ATM fees from generic ATMs at the venue.
If you're like me and plan on snapchatting the entire event, that will take a toll on your battery and you probably won't make it until noon. Sometimes I even take two fully charged battery sticks just to make it through the whole day because I can't leave my phone alone for more than 10 minutes. Amazon has great deals on portable chargers,
expect to be front row.
Unless you plan on standing at one stage all day, you might want to rethink being in the front. If you're at a concert, in general admission, you don't have too much of a choice where you end up because your timing will determine that, just be prepared to be pushed, smushed, and somewhat assaulted if you want to be in the front. Also if security has to pull you out for any reason, don't expect to get your spot back.
wear super nice clothes.
Along the same lines as "wear comfy shoes", don't let your "festival style" get in the way of the actual festival. You will get dirty and probably sweat and spill and sit on the ground so while you will look super cute in the morning, dressing up is not super ideal for all day festivals.
expect personal space.
This is relevant to any concert and people don't really seem to understand this. Don't take it personally if you're shoved or stepped on and definitely do not try and start any sort of altercation because you're uncomfortable with people in your space. If you really want personal space, watch the live stream on your couch and stay home please.
be "that" person.
We all get that pre-gaming is important, especially if you don't want to pay concert prices for alcohol. But remember when you start drinking at noon that headliners don't even start until 9 or 10 usually so just make sure you're not that person who gets carried out on a stretcher at 2pm and then miss Beyonce.
forget to drink water.
I stress this because it's very important. Other than getting really drunk and becoming "that" person, you want to last the whole weekend (or however long) and being hungover in a hot, dusty field actually sucks.
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