7 Simple Rules: The Do’s And Don’ts of Music Festivals

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Music festivals are meant to be a fun place to explore your inner crazy, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few rules

This article is a guest submission from career event’s organizer Jenny Richards

Don’t get it twisted…we are not trying to cramp your style by presenting the rules of having fun.

Musical events are great.

You are supposed to enjoy yourself and make memories to last a lifetime. However, in order to do that, you need to be safe, alive and well; and that is what these rules are for. So while you are probably thinking rules are meant to be broken, these rules will keep you from being broken.

Now that you have that scowl off your face, here are your 7 simple rules for Music Festivals:

Rule #1: Do Not Go Alone

There are sentimental and practical reasons for this. You don’t want to make all these memories alone, right? In addition, you need someone to watch your stuff when you are in the bathroom. If you are prone to sudden onset of illness (or just craziness☺) this is doubly important. So choose your festival partner wisely.

The smart move is to pick someone a little more responsible and slightly less crazy than you, they might not be as much fun, but they’ll allow you the freedom to do you thing.

Rule #2: Carry the Right Clothes

We know you want to look cute but hypothermia is not cute, okay?

This may not be the time to try some new fad. Wear what looks good, fits well and will protect you from the elements; you will have much more fun that way. Festivals run all day , or for days, so you need to think about the changes in weather throughout your time.

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Rule #3: Do Not Listen to the Organizers

See these aren’t all drab and boring rules – we allow you to channel your inner anarchist!

When they tell you to leave your car at home don’t give in! They want to decrease their burden on parking, traffic, DUI’s and public nuisances, but you need somewhere to put your festival gear, right? In addition, what happens when the ground is too soggy to sleep on?

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The last thing you want is to go home with a Miley Cyrus tattoo — know your limits!

Bring your car along, it is for your own good even if you spend a day (or two) in traffic post-festival.

Rule #4: First-timers, Take it Easy

If you are attending your first music festival, then I suggest that you start small.

Pick one that runs for a day so you can go home if it gets too much. Festivals can be intense so they need some getting used to, so take it slow.

Rule #5: Leave the Plastics at Home

The credit cards, that is.

Make a budget and carry the necessary amount in cash. Keep them in different pockets so you are not walking around with loads of cash. If you must carry a card, keep a record of the numbers and use it only for emergencies.

(Same rule applies to trips to Las Vegas – credit cards are trouble!)

Rule #6: Carry a Little More Than You Need

Essentials supplies can run out so make sure you have extras of everything: underwear, deodorant, bottled water…and such. These things will cost you a pretty penny at the festival so just be sure to have extras.

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Rule #7: Know Your Limits

Now, we are all here to have fun but no one wants to get a criminal record in the process right?

Stay on the right side of the law: do not get into drunken brawls or anything of the sort. Also, take care of your health. Steer clear of food that you are allergic to and please, don’t get a tattoo after you have had more than three shots.

There is nothing fun about staring at a white ceiling from a hospital bed while your tattoo of Miley Cyrus heals up.

Jenny Richards is a career event’s organizer. She has taken part in the planning for many major musical events and therefore he knows the ropes enough to blog about it. She attends events in her spare time.

About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for WorkinSports.com & WorkinEntertainment.com.

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