You will always remember your first festival experience. The feeling of getting ready with your squad, walking through the gates for the first time, meeting random strangers and vibing out with them and getting to see your favorite artists live or getting to discover new artists. The feeling is so incredible and freeing. We only hope everyone could get to experience this feeling.
Are you going to your first music festival? Welcome to the best decision of your life. Music festivals can greatly impact your life and we are so happy if you are thinking about attending your first festival. We’ve put together our best tips to have a memorable, positive and safe experience.
Decide on Which Festival
Are you the head-banging type and want to try out Lost Lands? Do you want to fall in love with the Electric Sky at EDC? There really isn’t a textbook “best festival for a first festival”. Whichever festival you choose will have a mixture of what to expect. You can dip your toes in the water by going to a one-day event like Bassrush AZ, Wobbleland Dallas, or Dirtybird BBQ, two-day events like Freaky Deaky, Beyond Wonderland, Escape, Nocturnal Wonderland or dive in headfirst and attend a three or four-day festival like EDC, Imagine, Coachella, and Electric Forest.
Choose a festival that excites you, fits in your budget and you can have a rave squad to go with (you can go solo too!). Once you’ve picked your fest, purchase your tickets and let the excitement begin!
Once you’ve picked the festival, you’ll figure out the logistical plans. Hopefully, you’ll have a rockstar group that is able to assist with figuring out where to stay and how to get there. Obviously, it’s easier if the event is close to where you live so then you just have to be worried about how you’ll get to the festival. If you’ll be traveling then you’ll want to figure out a hotel or Airbnb for where you’ll stay and if you’ll drive or fly to your destination. No need to stress on the planning as long as you have a place to sleep and a reliable way to get to and from the festival, you’ll be good to go!
What to Wear
It can be so challenging figuring out what to wear. People go all out for festivals as a way of self-expression. You can search on Instagram to see what people might have worn at that festival before. We have tons of reviews of festivals we’ve been to where you can get a feel for the vibe and what people were wearing. Ask your friends if they have anything you can wear or where they get their clothes from. Wear what you feel comfortable in (and accessorize with one of our hydration packs or fanny packs to complete the look ;) ). Make sure you wear shoes that are comfortable to walk and dance all night long in. At the end of the day, don’t sweat what you’re wearing. Your festival fashion game is going to evolve over time as you attend more and more festivals.
What to Bring
Here is an essential list of items that would be helpful for your festival experience. Double check the allowed or not allowed items on the festival website.
- Ticket or Wristband
- Wallet with ID, Cash, Credit Card
- Hydration Pack and/or Fanny Pack
- Portable Charger & Cord
- Sunscreen if it’s a day-time event
- Earplugs - protecting your ears is SO IMPORTANT.
- Fan to keep cool
- Wet wipes and hand sanitizer for porta-potties
Tips from the Pros
- Stay hydrated throughout the event.
- Be as open-minded as you can be.
- Live in the moment.
- Don't fear being judged & don't pass judgment on other attendees, we're all there for a good time.
- Don't feel bad about knowing all the DJs when going to your first fest. Be open to exposing yourself to new artists.
- Festivals are a marathon, not a sprint. Take breaks when you can.
- Don't be afraid to ask for help. Utilize the medical tent, security, or event staff should you or someone else need assistance.
- Don't be afraid to talk to other people. Most are accepting and excited that it's your first festival and will welcome you with open arms.
- Always have a plan for how you are getting home before you get to the festival.
- Be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings close to you. While festivals can be one of the best places you can still run into people who may not have the best intentions.
- Take some pics and videos but don't forget to put the phone down and live in the moment.
Tips for Going Solo
If you don’t happen to have a rave squad or festie bestie to attend your first festival with, still attend the festival! Don’t miss out on something that could positively impact your life. You can still follow the same tips as above and still have just as great of a time. You can utilize social media or apps like Radiate to find other solo ravers and festival-goers to connect with before and during the festival. You may go to a festival solo, but end the festival with a whole new group of friends you can attend festivals with. We travel from festival to festival so if you’re ever alone you can always find us either vending or enjoying the festival if you ever need a friend.
Make sure you are taking care of yourself post-festival. There are tons of ways to have the best recovery, but here are the best things you can do for yourself. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, taking Vitamin C or EmergenC to prevent from getting sick, and slowly easing back into your routine. The festival blues aren’t fun for anyone so go easy on yourself and let your body and mind recuperate. Once you recover, it’s time to start planning the next fest and repeat the festival cycle that we’re all forever on.
All in all, we hope you have an amazing first festival! Be sure to tag us in your pics if you’re rocking Vibedration! We love seeing you all living your best lives from festival to festival.