Your first festival: Who should you go with?
The first time you attend a festival is a bit of a rite of passage for many young Brits. Many kids go to their first festival after they finish their GCSE’s, as a massive summer blowout and as one of the first steps into adulthood.
So who do you go to your first festival with? Well, it depends on your situation. Coming from a musical background, I was taken to festivals from a young age. These were usually more family-friendly (AKA child-friendly) festivals, which have quite as much boozing and chaos. So my answer to this question is with my dad, To WOMAD, aged about 8.
But for most people, the answer will be their mates. Festivals are a fantastic bonding experience with friends. As a lot of people attend their first festival in their mid-teens, a time at which kids can feel uneasy about the world and their future, festivals can solidify and strengthen new and old friendships alike.
Festivals can be an intimidating experience when you first go. For many, it’s the first time away without their parents, and it can get a bit messy – so make sure you go with people you trust.
But remember – festivals are about having fun, and no matter who you’re with, just enjoy yourself and feel the music!
Take a look at this checklist (courtesy of Glastonbury Festival) for essentials to bring:
- Festival ticket
- A reusable water bottle, to fill up from the free taps on site
- Sleeping bag
- Roll mat
- Wellies or sturdy boots
- Toilet roll
- A warm jumper (it can get cold at night)
- Sun tan lotion
- Enough change of clothes in case you get wet
- Medical info (if you have any allergies or medical conditions)
- Bags for dirty clothes and rubbish
- Mark valuables with house name and postcode so it can be posted back to you