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Advice
|20 Jun|4 mins

What I Wish I'd Known... Before My First Overnight Music Festival

Planning a Splendour in the Grass sesh? We’ve been there. And here’s what we know.
Sarah Tarca
20 Jun
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Ahh music festivals. There’s nothing quite like them. The vibe, the fashion, that special warm-fuzzy feeling of knowing that everyone is there with the same shared collective goal (the love of music, not the getting boozed part). But it’s not all flower crowns and cute insta pics either. If you’re camping, there’s sure to be some (mostly unwelcome) surprises too. So in order to make your Splendour one to remember - for the right reasons – we’re sharing a few of our learnings.

Advice
|20 Jun|4 mins

What I Wish I'd Known... Before My First Overnight Music Festival

Planning a Splendour in the Grass sesh? We’ve been there. And here’s what we know.
Sarah Tarca
20 Jun
Share:

Ahh music festivals. There’s nothing quite like them. The vibe, the fashion, that special warm-fuzzy feeling of knowing that everyone is there with the same shared collective goal (the love of music, not the getting boozed part). But it’s not all flower crowns and cute insta pics either. If you’re camping, there’s sure to be some (mostly unwelcome) surprises too. So in order to make your Splendour one to remember - for the right reasons – we’re sharing a few of our learnings.

The early bird gets the best campsite: If we sound like your mum here, well she was right, so we’re not even sorry. In the world of camping, not all pieces of turf were created equal. Get there as early as possible to claim your ground, or you may have to accept the fate of being the tent next to the dunny.

Sleep? Ahhahahahaha. Nope: What do you mean you thought you’d get some zz’s at the festival? Not likely unless you brought some heavy-duty earplugs, or are one of those unicorns who can sleep through an air raid. The peeps will party all night, and they will do it outside your tent. Often while using your tent as their secret place to vom. Also weirdly, the same people seem to be early risers too, so you won’t actually ever get to sleep off that hangover. The lesson? Ear plugs. Always. Good for your ears, good for the soul.

Give your tent an identifying marker: You know how you tie a ribbon or whatever to your black suitcase so you know it’s yours? Ok, imagine that you didn’t, and you’re trying to find that suitcase… in the dark… drunk… and that you live in it. Get the picture? Everything looks the same, so make sure you have something on yours that lets you know it’s your bed for the night.

Playsuits are not your friend: Neither are rompers, onesies, or boiler suits. Yes, they’re cute and also perpetually in fashion but anything that needs help to get in/out of, or that requires getting naked to pee is no fun in a port-a-loo situation. Plus, they’re hard enough to deal with sober and in good lighting so why would you do it to yourself? For hassle-free festival outfit ideas, look here.

Pack all the wet wipes: And face wipes. And dry shampoo. The shower block situation makes Stranger Things look like Play School. Sometimes you’ll feel like you need a shower after your shower, and other time you’ll feel like it’s better to not shower at all. Enter: wet wipes.

Don’t mock your mate with the campervan: It may seem like a total princess move, but you’ll be the one begging for shelter when it inevitably starts to pour. Speaking of wet weather, you might want to add a raincoat and gumboots to your festival look too.

Sarah Tarca
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