It’s that time of year again.
Ridiculous ticket prices, shirtless gym junkies, mid-strength alcohol, ruined shoes, damaged bank accounts and long queues. It must be festival season!
Whether you’ve never experienced a music festival or you’re an absolute fezzy head, here’s how to survive the elements and have fun doing it.
The festival gods have returned to Australia treating punters with the best bands and DJs music has to offer with big names across all line ups including Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5, Green Day, Pearl Jam, Calvin Harris, Macklemore, Skrillex and Wiz khalifa.
Leading up to the event…
Ticket prices aren’t cheap as chips. Today you’ll pay anywhere from $100 upwards. Get in as soon as possible for early bird tickets to avoid having to pay double buying from scalpers.
One thing is certain: the Australian festival season has done wonders for the fitness levels of Australian males and the resurging sustainability of expensive gym memberships. However as a result, those who spent winter in training turn up to these festivals leaving little to the imagination after #bulkingseason and #cleaneating.
Know your method of travel, whether it’s the train or a hire-bus. You should also have a designated spot to meet up at the end of the night to guarantee an efficient getaway.
Always know which artist/bands you want to see. Remember, nothing ever happens according to schedule at a “fezzy”. Explore the festival and all the activities on offer. Rides and exhibits can be a good break for your ears.
On the day…
It’s going to be a long one. If you’re like me you would have had no sleep because your excitement can’t be tamed so preparations must be made.
1. EAT. Have a big breakfast. Nothing worse than leaving on an empty stomach, especially if you plan on drinking throughout the day.
2. Dress appropriately. For guys, bucket hats are essential. Recent years have seen an insurgence of Aztec and Hawaiian prints, ensuring a colourful and clashing crowd. For girls two common looks are the button up/crochet top or a bikini top with a playsuit/shorts (best option for crowd surfing/ sitting on shoulders) or grunge. Adapt a “wear whatever feels good” attitude. Comfortable shoes are also a must.
3. Take only what you need. A charged phone, wallet, money (ATM queues are hell), and don’t forget the ticket! It happens every festival; someone in the group always forgets their ticket! A satchel or (over the shoulder bag) can be very handy and holds all your possessions.
Lip balm is also popular among the ladies. Why? Because you might meet the love of your life fist-pumping in the Armin van Buuren mosh. And nothing beats a hydrated and soft pout for a successful selfie.
Get over yourself…
Face it, you will have to expand your personal space and lower your personal hygiene standards. You’re going to have to queue to use smelly toilets – don’t worry, no one has died from catching a disease in a portaloo… yet. Not to mention the price to pay for a feed and a drink.
It’s not a festival without seeing a hippie doing a nudie run, or being tempted to do one yourself, so be prepared!
A charged phone is essential at music festivals. Turn 3G off in phone settings and switch off auto-brightness. A flat battery is a bummer when you are filming, trying to call someone or just curious to see who else posted a pre-festival photo on Instagram.
Keep hydrated throughout the day , carry a bottle of water and refill it at the stations provided. Be safe and look out for your mates.
It’s late afternoon, the sun is setting, your legs are getting tired and your stomach lets out an almighty roar. Time for a feed. Depending on the festival, you’ll be treated to a range of gourmet meals or there could be the standard dagwood dog or a bag of chips.
Festivals bring different groups of people together over their common love of music. So hug it out with one of the 50,000 other people around you, raise your voice and belt out your favourite tune.
The day has come and gone. Curled up in the fetal position in bed? Appreciating the ringing in your ears? Listening on your iPod to artists you saw? Watching videos from the festival? These are common symptoms of PFD (post festival depression). Everyone gets it, don’t worry. There really is only one known cure: time.
It generally lasts 48 hours before you return to your normal life. – Report and photo by Luke Mahoney