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Your guide to attending your first music festival

It's officially music festival szn, and you know what that means: Time to obsess over concert lineups and all of our fave stars' festival fits! If you're a first-time attendee, these concerts can be lots of fun, but also a bit overwhelming (which makes preparation key for a good time). Whether you are lucky enough to attend your first festival this year or just want to get ready for the day when you finally can, here are some tips to keep in mind to make sure you have a super fab time.

Check the website 


Before you reach the venue, read through the festival's website to make sure you're adequately prepared. Many festivals have restrictions regarding what types of bags, snacks and water bottles you can bring to the concerts, so check if the items you plan to take are permitted. (You def don't want to get all the way to the entrance only to be told your backpack isn't allowed through the gates!)

The website will also typically list what type of food vendors will be available and include a map of the venue. It's a good idea to make a mental note of where the bathrooms, medical tents and exits are so that you're prepared for anything. 

Make a plan 


We're all for living in the moment, but when it comes to music festivals, it's best to have a plan of who you want to see so you don't miss anyone you love. Before your festival experience begins, check the schedule and talk with your festival crew about who is on your must-see list. If two of your fave celebs are performing at the same time, there might be some tough decisions to make.

Stick with a buddy 


Music festivals are crowded and loud and often don't have great cell service, so always have a buddy with you. Never separate from your group and make sure you either have a trusted adult with you or know where one is at all times. Having someone nearby who you know and can rely on will make your whole festival experience safer and much less stressful. 

Stay hydrated 


Attending a music festival typically means you'll be in the sun and on your feet pretty much all day, making it more important than ever to stay hydrated. Make sure you have water with you or know where to get it at all times (if your festival allows you to bring a water bottle into the venue, do it!). You would *not* want to miss out on your fave band because you were dehydrated. 

Stay comfortable


We all want our festival fits to be super cute, but the most important thing to keep in mind is comfort. Music festivals mean long days full of dancing and running from stage to stage, so wear comfortable shoes (we suggest a pair of reliable sneakers). Make sure your clothes are also practical and something you feel confident in—it will be hard to have fun all day if you're constantly fixing your 'fit.

Be sure to wear sunscreen, too! You will likely be in the sun for hours, and a massive sunburn is never fun. We also suggest bringing a hat and sunglasses for maximum UV protection (and to make your outfit even cuter!).

Have fun 


Music festivals can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I mean...when else are you going to be able to see all your fave artists in one weekend?!  Have fun dancing with your friends, singing your heart out and enjoying the outdoors!

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by Alex Marek | 3/29/2024