Written by Nicole Lajoie
There’s snow doubt about it, this winter was particularly rough for most us in the U.S. Between record breaking snow falls in the Northeast and below average temperatures across the South, I think we’re all ready for some spring sunshine. With outdoor concert season right around the corner, the festival lineup announcements continue to roll in. Music festivals continue to grow in popularity and with the opportunity to see several top artists in one place, for one price; we think this trend is here to stay. Whether you’re a festival frequenter or just looking to see a fantastic outdoor show, this festival season delivers.
Ultra Music Festival
When: March 27-29
Where: Bayfront Park, Miami, Florida
Can’t wait to get your outdoor concert season started? Consider heading to Ultra Music Festival at the Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami this weekend. Not only is it the most famous EDM festival in North America, it’s also held in Southern Florida, so if you live in a part of the country still anticipating a few straggling snow storms this could be exactly what you need to hold you over. Although Ultra has seen a huge spike in popularity over the past decade as the EDM genre has exploded, the festival has been around since 1999 and continues to bring together some of the best acts EDM has to offer. This year’s headliners include Tiesto, Avicii, David Guetta, and Skrillex!
When I wrote the festival survival tips article last year, I hadn't actually yet attended one myself. Well, now that I've been to Bonnaroo, I better understand many of the things I suggested in that article. I also learned a few other things that I think will come in handy to someone attending a festival this year.
With that in mind, here are five more tips you should take heed of before attending a festival.
If you're tent camping, bring a tent that actually fits you
You're not going to be in your tent a lot while you're away hearing the great tunes, but when you have to get some sleep it's worth it to have a tent that fits you. I'm not a very tall guy (5' 2"), but it was just a little too small for me. Even if it had been just square foot bigger, that would have allowed me to stretch out without hitting the sides every time, causing leaks. You should never expect five-star treatment while camping, but when you're away from home for several days it's the little things that count.
Take the opportunity to sleep at some point
This applies to camping and non-camping festivals, but the opportunities to get some sleep are greater at camping festivals, especially if you're at an all-night festival like Bonnaroo. It is tempting to just stay awake for the whole thing. I can understand this, because many of the best bands are at night.
Don't do this. What's the point of pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion by trying to do it all? Instead, if you pace yourself and get at least some sleep, you'll have a better time. Also, with many festivals held during the hot summer months, that sleep will help you better regulate your body temperature, making your experience safer. I tried my best to get plenty of sleep and I think I had a better time for it. You need not sleep all at night, either. Sleep partially during the day and then you'll still be awake for those late-night shows.