Music, Summer, Travel, Travel Guide

Festival Fever

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If you know me, you know I live by the saying “a little party never killed nobody”. I don’t go out often, but when I do, I do it well and that’s why I love festivals! In the 4 years I’ve been allowed to visite festivals I’ve been 11 times to a festival. My best friend and I made it a tradition to visit festivals during our summer holiday. And you know what’s actually the best part about it, we live in Belgium and that means… the BEST festivals in the world (in my opinion of course!). We’ve been going to Tomorrowland for two years in a row now and this year we will be going there for the third time. Which is actually quite a blessing since getting tickets for Tomorrowland is extremely hard even in Belgium. If you’ve never heard of it you should check it out right here!

If you’ve never been to a festival you should check out my tips and tricks, if you have, you should do it anyway.

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Get your hands on those tickets!

Like I said before, getting tickets for  festivals is really hard! So you should really be prepared!

That means;

  1. You should check out the ticket sale information quite a bit in advance. Because you really don’t want to be that person that is at work when the ticket sale starts!
  2. You should also make an account in advance when you want to order tickets because when you still have to make an account when the sale already started chances are you are already too late.
  3. Make sure you’ve got back-up when your computer doesn’t work. My family and I (My brothers and their girlfriends, their friends and my boyfriend all want tickets) all try to get our hand on those tickets because the more people trying to bigger your chances are of actually getting tickets.
  4. Make sure you don’t get early access to tickets for some reason. My best friend lives extremely close to De Schorre (which is the terrain where Tomorrowland takes place) so she had early access to the tickets, lucky bastard!

 

Where are you staying?

For me this is an easy one since both me and my best friend live very close to Tomorrowland so we can choose where we want to sleep. But when you’re really planning on staying somewhere close to the terrain you should make sure you’ve got all you need with you. Of course people coming from abroad, mostly stay in a hotel, but you can always choose the cheapest way to stay at a festival which is; camping!

I’ve done this once before when Anke (my best friend) and I went to Pukkelpop.

What do you need?

  1. An easy tent (believe me, you should make sure you know how this thing works before actually taking it with you!)
  2. You’re toiletries
  3. A little bit of food (festival food is really expensive)
  4. Some camping seats
  5. Toilet paper (toilets are disgusting at festivals!)
  6. Water
  7. Emergency kit (for blisters after a long night of partying)
  8. A powerbank
  9. Drinks!!! (take an empty Jerry can with you so you can put some water in it)
  10. Wet wipes
  11. Beach umbrella
  12. …..

Extra tip! When you’re going to stay at a camping you should be open to talk to other campers because chances are you’re staying close to another tent. It’s always nice to make new friends!

Extra, extra tip! Take everything that has a lot of value with you to the festival. As you know, tents don’t really have a lock on them to make sure nobody gets in. Better be safe than sorry! 

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Festival essentials

You can’t keep your travel luggage with you once you arrive at the festival so it’s important you only take the things you need the most. I like to take my little belt bag with me and all I need fits in there!

  1. Mini sun cream (I always keep little testers, I get for free during the year, for when I go to a festival)
  2. Disposable poncho
  3. Festival ear plugs (believe me, you’ll need them!)
  4. Your phone (Tip! Put your phone in a little plastic bag so it can’t get wet when it starts to rain!)
  5. Sunglasses
  6. Wet wipes
  7. Band aids (you know you’ll have some blisters!)
  8. Lip balm (chapped lips aren’t the most attractive thing you can have at a festival)
  9. Tickets
  10. Your ID

These are of course the things that I take in my belt bag, if you feel you need anything else feel free to take it with you. But you should remember that when you’re actually planning on standing close by the stage, not everybody is going to appreciate it when your backpack takes a lot of space. When you really just want to enjoy the festival and don’t really care about standing close to the stage, you can easily take a little more stuff with you.

The right wardrobe

We all know you shouldn’t go to a festival with heels and a mini skirt.

  1. Make sure you wear something comfortable, that’s the most important thing. I know wearing something cute is something a lot of people (including me) find equally important but believe me, it isn’t!
  2. Take some good shoes with you. With that, I mean shoes that you can easily walk with and isn’t that big of a deal when they get dirty because they will!
  3. I would recommend short for warm weather and pants for colder weather because skirts aren’t the most comfortable thing you can wear.
  4. If you’re in a country with quite unpredictable weather you also should bring a sweater along.

Extra tip! Take a flag with you, it’s nice to bond with people from the same country or from another country. The flag of your country is a good conversation starter!

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Have a good time!

I think after all, this is the most important thing you have to do at a festival. Have lots and lots of fun. Festivals do cost a lot of money so you should make sure you get the best out of it! Meet some new people, don’t shy away when you meet people from other countries! It’s the best weekend of the entire year for me and I’ve really made some amazing friends at those festivals!

 

If you want to keep up with the festival adventures of these your you should keep an eye on Pralin.com. Updates will follow soon!

Have you ever visited a festival before? Let me know!

 

Lots of love

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