Top ten tips for the perfect festival experience
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Your first festival is always an amazing experience… well, usually. Take it from a festival veteran, though - the perfect weekend requires a little bit of forward thinking! Tip 1: NO Bottles! Seems an obvious one to some but I myself was that kid that smugly arrived at the minibus with 60 bottles of lager, only to be told that festival grounds are cans only. Tip 2: NO £9.99 special offer tents! For the love of god, invest in a double skin tent-even if you aren’t planning on sleeping. Believe me, at some point in the weekend, it will rain and if your tent isn’t up to standard then your stuff will get ruined. If you are planning on some sleep then a double skin will keep you warm, protect you from the rain and ensure that you wake up not covered in condensation (which is basically going to be your own alcohol infused breath dripping back onto your face). Tip 3: Get a decent sleeping bag! Even in August it gets ridiculously cold - don’t forget that these festival grounds are in the middle of nowhere and temperatures do drop. Go for a three-season sleeping bag - you won’t be too warm. A friend of mine turned up at his first festival without a sleeping bag, and got so ill that he left without seeing a single band. Tip 4: Lock your tent! There are normally a few looters bumbling around, usually looking for alcohol, and at £4.00 a pint in the arenas you don’t want to be losing yours.
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