5 Common Myths about Festivals

Music festivals used to be for bringing people together, getting away from the daily routine for a few days, and enjoying music. Over time certain incidents have caused a lot of bad press about music festivals such as there only being bad food and being too crowded to see the stage. This has caused music festivals to slowly gain a bad reputation. Although those things may be true and to be honest aren't appealing, there are definitely perks to festivals.

A lot of myths are being thrown around about music festival and I’d like to set the record straight, here are five common ones:

Festivals are only for certain types of people

Many believe that festivals are restricted to a certain age group or you have to be a hardcore music lover to go. In actuality, anyone can go, yes even your mom.

Even if you would not consider yourself a major fan of music, you can still go and enjoy yourself, it's more than just music, it's a chance to connect with other people and just let loose for a little while.

Go in with an open mind and you'll have a great time! This also applies to determining the artists "belong" there. Most major festivals have a varied lineup of artists in order to cater to a wide range of musical tastes. There's a good chance you'll hear something you like, but if not, there's at least one other artist performing at the same time on another stage. There are a number of other options if a certain music style doesn’t appeal to you.

You have to wear “festival” attire

Unless there is a dress code or theme, you can wear whatever you want. Please don’t feel like you have to spend hundreds on “festival clothes”, anything comfortable like shorts and a shirt will be fine. If you want to dress up, go for it, just know that you can wear anything you want and don’t have to overspend.

Make sure to dress according to the weather, sometimes it can rain and the last thing you want is to be cold.

Everyone there only wants to party-hard

This is probably the most common myth about music festivals. People who have never been usually believe that it is just a weekend of being wasted. There is, without a doubt, a lot of partying; however, there are several other reasons why most of us go. For example, the number of artists we get the opportunity to see, the people, the friendships that transform into family, the list goes on. As I said previously it’s more than just music, it’s also a chance to connect and bond with people.

Festivals are dirty

Festivals are outdoors, there are no showers and you will have to use a portable toilet for a few days. It can be very unappealing, however, there are still ways to stay fresh.

For example, bring a swimsuit with body wash and take a shower with bottled water. Festivals usually have an area where you can shower but at an extra cost (bring cash if you are willing to pay). You can also bring things like baby wipes, dry shampoo, and don’t forget deodorant. Bringing extra clothes also helps, so you can at least smell like fresh laundry.

Festivals are dangerous

There are real dangers and you should be cautious when going to a festival. Sometimes there can be thousands of people attending and you need to be street smart. Generally, if you don’t go looking for trouble, you’ll be fine. Make sure to leave any expensive things at home like that ring that has been in your family for generations.

Never leave your things unattended, lock your tent and keep your phone on you at all times.

Try to stay in your group at all times and don’t go anywhere alone, if you stick to these rules you significantly decrease your chance of running into any problems.

Lastly, don’t accept drinks or food from people you don’t know, we’ve all heard horror stories of people blacking out and not remembering what happened, to avoid this don’t accept food or drinks from anyone unless you were present when it was served.

All these steps will help you be safer but please don’t let fear prevent you from going to festivals, there will always be bad people regardless of where you go, always be cautious even in a familiar environment.

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