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    Errors Folks Make At Music Festivals

    After an extended pandemic hiatus, many giant occasions are returning in 2022. One of many buzziest classes is music festivals.

    From Coachella to Glastonbury, there are numerous festivals for music followers to take pleasure in this 12 months, and they’re actually taking benefit. An estimated 750,000 individuals attended the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Competition in April.

    These excessive numbers inevitably embrace many first-time competition attendees, who don’t all the time know how one can navigate the expertise. And loads of seasoned festival-goers have taken word of their missteps.

    Beneath, music competition specialists share the commonest errors that attendees make ― and their recommendation for avoiding these errors.

    Burning Out On Day One

    “So many festival-goers ― rookies and vets ― can get caught up within the sensory overload that’s music festivals and find yourself going ‘all in’ on the primary day,” stated Skip Blankley, founding father of Competition Survival Information. “Music festivals are a marathon, not a dash, and getting caught up within the pleasure of the music, dancing, mates, and optimistic vibes you discover in abundance at music festivals can depart individuals feeling fairly drained after the primary day, and discover the remaining days much less pleasant as a consequence of lack of power, or simply feeling tremendous hungover.”

    He beneficial treating the primary day of a music competition the identical method you’ll your first day in school or faculty. Take the time to get your bearings, set up your crew, familiarize your self with the panorama and take a look at the facilities and concessions.

    In case you begin to really feel overwhelmed in any respect, take time to retreat and take a breather. Be conscious about the way you’re feeling and what’s occurring round you to keep away from going too onerous on the primary day and getting burned out.

    “You’re excited and it’s comprehensible,” stated Vito Valentinetti, co-founder and editor-and-chief of Music Competition Wizard. “You’ve been ready a 12 months (or in some circumstances, three years) for this competition and the pure tendency is to bask in every part directly. Tempo your self and have enjoyable. You don’t need the subsequent day to be low power.”

    Relying Too A lot On Expertise

    Don’t assume your cellphone will work completely all through a music competition. These areas typically have poor service and few battery charging stations. Main festivals like Coachella even have a historical past of cellphone theft.

    Thus, it’s necessary to make back-up plans in case your group will get separated and never everybody can get in contact.

    “Again within the outdated days of 2015, our group would designate a central assembly space in case anybody acquired separated or individuals have been bouncing out to different reveals,” Valentinetti stated. “As a result of cell telephones can nonetheless be misplaced, don’t have any battery, or service is down, this low-tech technique nonetheless works greatest for meetups.”

    Not Hydrating Sufficient

    “Persons are typically out on their ft, dancing and shifting round within the solar for a lot of hours,” stated Joey Sutera, head of dwell leisure at SEERS. “Whereas having enjoyable, ingesting alcohol and even when you’re sober, it’s simple to overlook to persistently drink water. Particularly if you’re a fan who likes to be up towards the rails or within the thick of the group, it will likely be tougher to go away and get to a water station or vendor part.”

    He implored festival-goers to hold additional water, a hydration pack and even electrolyte tabs to remain wholesome and keep away from passing out. The precise quantity of water an individual wants can fluctuate, nevertheless it usually ranges from two to 4 liters ― and will increase with bodily exercise and time in sizzling temperatures. Take note of sneaky indicators of dehydration ― like dry mouth, muscle spasms and complications ― as properly.

    “I can’t inform you what number of occasions I’ve seen somebody pulled out of the group on a gurney, or dazed underneath a cover whereas their mates attempt to fan them and drive water down their throat,” Blankley stated. “Staying hydrated is without doubt one of the best methods to not solely keep secure, but in addition hold your physique in movement all weekend lengthy. Hydration isn’t just about water, however electrolytes as properly. Being outdoors within the warmth and dancing all weekend lengthy means your physique sweating out all of these important minerals you’ll want to operate at your greatest.”

    Forgetting Earplugs

    Simply as you put on sunscreen on the seashore to guard your pores and skin, you also needs to attempt to put on earplugs at live shows to guard your listening to. They’re particularly helpful in music competition settings the place you’ll be uncovered to quite a lot of reveals with totally different power and quantity ranges.

    “As anybody (together with myself) who has tinnitus will inform you, deliver a pair of earplugs,” Valentinetti stated. “And convey a backup pair in case one thing occurs to them. Earplugs have come a good distance and there are many inexpensive choices (Earpeace, Eargasm) that block out excessive volumes with little impact on the constancy of the music.”

    Enhance your music festival experience by following these expert-backed tips.

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    Improve your music competition expertise by following these expert-backed ideas.

    Being Unprepared For The Climate

    “Most festivals happen within the warmth of the summer time and sometimes occasions persons are touring from out of state and will not be fairly ready for the situations,” Blankley stated. “Defending your self from the solar is of the utmost significance. Sunburn may be very actual and may smash your weekend when you get hit on the primary day with out safety.”

    Pack loads of sunscreen, hats, sun shades and different layers for solar safety. A shawl or neck gaiter will also be helpful for festivals in dusty settings just like the desert.

    “The solar can smash a weekend as rapidly because the rain can,” Blankley added. “Make sure to verify the climate forecast and if rain is even barely potential, be sure you be ready at camp and for the competition itself.”

    Ponchos, waterproof sneakers and further garments will make a world of distinction when you get caught in a torrential downpour.

    Over-Planning And Researching Each Element

    It’s nice to do analysis and familiarize your self with many facets of a music competition (just like the climate situations) earlier than attending for the primary time. However don’t get too caught up in anticipating and planning each facet.

    “Strike a stability between doing your entire analysis and going with the stream,” Sutera stated. “For instance, if you will a tenting competition method out in an unknown rural space, attain out to the competition representatives, verify on Reddit teams and ask questions.”

    He prompt factoring prices and comfort when making transportation plans, as an example. Lookup the costs of rental vehicles vs. public transportation and put together for spotty service areas. However don’t make a inflexible itinerary.

    “On the flip facet, I might say strive your greatest to be stunned as to what’s on web site as an alternative of worrying a lot about stage designs, manufacturing, and so forth,” Sutera added. “In case you belief the competition sufficient to attend, let the competition do its job and wow you. For my part, it’s higher to reach on web site and discover every part for the primary time versus persistently trying on social media for previews. Arrive with expectations managed, get misplaced, take pleasure in.”

    Not Bringing Sanitizing Wipes Or Masks

    “Even earlier than the pandemic, festivals have been havens of germs and micro organism,” Valentinetti stated. “It’s referred to as ‘competition flu’ for a cause.”

    Latest music festivals have been COVID super-spreader occasions, so attendees ought to perceive they’re taking over a degree of threat by packing collectively in giant crowds for a number of hours and days.

    In case you’re involved about contracting COVID however nonetheless wish to attend a competition, be sure you masks up if you’re indoors or in dense crowds.

    There are methods to maintain well being and cleanliness in thoughts as properly.

    “Moist Ones wipes are useful for sinks with no cleaning soap, cleansing up after consuming, and the nightmare this can be a competition rest room,” Valentinetti suggested. “You by no means know when you will attain into a handbag and discover it’s stuffed with vomit ― true story.”

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