There’s a whole lot of fresh meat heading to festivals this year, Electric Picnic, Longitude or Marley Park to name a few. More than likely Leaving Cert students will be hanging up their uniform and taking their first trip to a festival.
Apart from a sore head, there's always a few life lessons you can take away from going to a festival:
I've never in my life been as drunk as last night lmao the festival was lit ? downside: I threw up. But only this morning so ✌?
— Watermelon love ?? (@jasmine_fit) June 9, 2018
1. Being Able To Hold Yourself Together
Festival drinking is a whole other experience. You're not going out for the evening to the pub, or going out to your local nightclub and getting hammered with 3 consecutive shots. You're expected to start drinking in the morning, all afternoon and still last until 3 a.m.
The shocking thing is, it's so much easier than it sounds. Once you're in the festival zone, anything goes. Drinking all day? No problem! Whether it's the fresh air, or the lack of sleep, your body some how holds itself together way better than on a usual Saturday night out on the town.
Just seen a girl on her first festival trip snap chatting how good her tent location is, right next to the toilets, give it 5 days and she will have learnt her lesson for next time xx
— Lidia Hagues? (@lidiaxanna) June 6, 2018
2. Finding The Perfect Spot
When you first walk into the festival, everything looks so clean and perfect. But don't let that decieve you. Within 12 hours the whole place will look completely different. Most people think being close to the main arena is the best spot. No. Unless you want your tent trampled and covered in muck, keep yourself at a safe distance.
Also, being close to the toilets is never a good spot. You want to be able to see them from a distance, but definitely not within smelling distance. Even though the staff do a great job trying to keep them clean, you cant expect them to stay that way for long. By the last day, the toilets are the last place you want to be near.
Two things to say after my first festival:
1) idk why people shit on EDM so much. the most amazing vibes and every single person I met was beyond nice. Did not meet one bad soul. Can’t get that at many other concerts
2) how have I never gone to a festival before last night
— Jesse ??♀️ ? (@JesseMerrill8) June 11, 2018
3. People At Festivals Are Not Real Life
The people you meet at festivals are always 100% nicer than they are in real life. When you're at a festival you feel as though everyone is your friend, you are all enduring the same experience and you almost have an instant connection from when you step onto the campsite.
Festivals are another kind of world. Everyone is there for a good time, and are more than happy to talk to strangers. Festival BFF's are the best, but they never last longer than the festival. You'll probably forget to even ask their name.
— Taylor (@starboy707) June 3, 2018
4. Your Wristband Is Now Part Of You
After most festivals, your wristband is the one thing that you'll cling to and walk around hoping for someone to ask them about the life-changing experience that was Life 2015. I am more than happy for people if they had a good time, but pleeeeease take off the wristband at some point after the festival.
The only thing it's good for now is collecting an unholy amount of bacteria. Wearing it in the shower, cleaning dishes, general household chores, at work, etc only makes it dirtier and tattered. Take it off when you get home and keep it in a safe place. Please.
@DownloadFest UNBELIEVABLE?? What a first festival experience- back home (far too soon tho imo), burnt as hell, but very content. See you next year!! ?
— Eddie GL Dewey (@TheNobleGiver) June 11, 2018
5. You'll Completely Forget About The Outside World For The Weekend
The three days all turn into one big long day, and when that bus comes to collect you, you start remembering all the things you left behind when going to this festival. Work, school, exams, all come rushing back to your mind, and that session depression hits hard. Just make sure you book a cooling off day from work. But you'll do the same again next year, and it's only 365 days away!