Thoughts, News and Banter from PowerPackXL
The Glastonbury Music Festival’s tickets have sold out for next year in a little over an hour! At £210 a ticket, they are like gold dust, but if you missed out the good news is that there’s over 300 summer music festivals in the UK and Ireland – opportunities to get down, get dirty (literally) and get it on, in muddy fields, on sandy beaches, in city parks or in grassy meadows all over the place. They are huge, excessive and full of opportunities for brilliant fun if you come prepared and avoid the pitfalls. These top survival tips from PowerPackXL will help.
Face up to the fact that you will:
It may be hot, sunny and dry or chilly and wet – though in the UK it’s likely to be a little bit of both. There will probably be ATMs or cash dispensers but the lines for them will be miles long, they’ll be miles away from everything else and they’ll probably run out of money by the middle of the first day.
Leave it Home
Don’t bring more than you need and never leave things you can’t afford to lose in your tent. Keep valuables, like money and photo IDs on your person, even if it means wearing a naff passport holder thingy under your shirt.
Carry a cheap camera
Of course you’ll want pictures of the event. But do you want to carry a heavy, digital SLR around your neck for the whole festival? If you put it down somewhere, you risk never seeing it again. Invest, instead, in a cheap pocket digital or, even better, a couple of disposable film cameras. Kodak’s Digital Plus camera, for about £4, includes a disk of digital images free with development. If you plan on taking your smartophone, carry it on a neck tie, and of course don’t suffer a flat battery – carry a PowerPackXL – it can charge your smartphone up-to 4-times from FLAT!
Just Say No
Recreational drugs will be everywhere – and so will the cops. Festivals are prime territory for law enforcement officials to nab petty dealers. Even if you normally indulge, at festivals just say no.
Watch Your Drinking
Alcohol – beer, wine, cider and perry – is usually available at UK music festivals. If you are visiting from North America, you’ll find the legal age for alcohol consumption is much younger in the UK than you are used to. You can legally buy alcohol at a pub or bar from age 18 and you can buy and consume alcohol in a restaurant that serves food from the age of 16. The point is, if you are not used to uninhibited drinking, you can easily over do it, exposing yourself to stranger danger, not too mention a nasty hangover. Take it slow and just remember, if there is head banging at a festival, wouldn’t you rather it be on stage than in your head.
Keep in touch with your friends via your mobile phones, check in every now and then and arrange rendezvous in advance. Stick together with a group and tell your friends where you expect to be and when – Don’t wander off into dark corners of the crowd on your own.
Be careful what you drink and who you accept drink from. Bottles at festivals are famously receptacles for all sorts of unpleasant waste. And no matter how warm and friendly the crowd seems, rapes at festivals are not unheard of – you never know what’s in a drink accepted from a stranger.
Well, which ever festival you choose, have a great time and above all STAY SAFE!