FES­TI­VALS: What To Do When...

All-day booz­ing, spend­ing all your cash on street food and im­mers­ing your­self in body glit­ter. What could pos­si­bly go wrong?


1You’ve Lost Your Mates… sce­nario: one minute you’re hav­ing a group hug and belt­ing craig David’s rewind to­gether at the top of your voice; then sud­denly you look up to re­alise you’re now danc­ing with a com­pletely dif­fer­ent bunch of peo­ple. you’re 99 per cent sure they could be­come your new best mates (and don’t knock that be­cause we’ve made some in­cred­i­ble new mates at fes­ti­vals and it’s kind of the point), but you’d like to see your BFF at least once. probs be­cause she’s also car­ry­ing your wal­let. as­sum­ing that you’d like to round up your mates pronto, down­load the Find my Friends (free, ios) or the tent Finder apps (free, ios) be­fore­hand.

2 You’ve Over­done It… Too much booze, too lit­tle wa­ter and too much sun – who hasn’t been there? We’re all guilty of par­ty­ing hard at fes­ti­vals, but over­do­ing it is all too com­mon. Should any­one in your group seem like they’ve pushed it a bit too far, there are a num­ber of fes­ti­vals with paramedics on site. But it’s wise to check out where they’re sit­u­ated and to brush up on your own med­i­cal knowl­edge prior to leav­ing too. ‘If your friend has col­lapsed from drink­ing and isn’t re­spond­ing to you, don’t leave them to it,’ says Joe Mul­li­gan, head of first aid ed­u­ca­tion at the Bri­tish Red Cross, which as­sists at fes­ti­vals na­tion­wide. ‘Check they’re still breath­ing, then turn them on their side and tilt their head back, as that’ll stop them from chok­ing. Then get some­one else to find a fes­ti­val stew­ard or call 999 and stay with them the whole time un­til help ar­rives.’

3 Your Wal­let’s Gone Walk­a­bouts… ‘Los­ing your purse at a fes­ti­val is some­thing many of us dread,’ says an­drew Way­land, head of mar­ket­ing at ev­ery­day Loans. ‘how­ever, disaster can be avoided. set­ting up con­tact­less bank­ing on your phone be­fore­hand will en­sure you can still ac­cess your fi­nances. if you do lose your purse, then no­tify staff as soon as pos­si­ble and don’t for­get to can­cel your cards.’

4 You Feel In Dan­ger… We’re all at risk of find­ing our­selves in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions. ‘Call out un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour,’ says Re­nae Brown, membership and events co-co­or­di­na­tor at The As­so­ci­a­tion Of In­de­pen­dent Fes­ti­vals. ‘If you feel un­com­fort­able or un­safe, fes­ti­val

Pitch your tent up­hill to avoid wak­ing up in a pud­dle

se­cu­rity and staff will be able to take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion. Larger fes­ti­vals have bril­liant wel­fare fa­cil­i­ties and other fes­ti­vals have ar­eas for sup­port ser­vices like Safe Gigs For Women and the White Rib­bon Project. At the start of the fes­ti­val, try to make a note of where these are lo­cated on site.’

5 Your Make-up Bag Dis­ap­pears… What is it about fes­ti­vals that means you lose ev­ery­thing at once? one way to avoid this is to pack each item into a dif­fer­ent pocket in your bag so that any ac­ci­den­tally open zips mean you don’t lose ev­ery­thing. above all, we’d sug­gest tak­ing mi­nis – but if you are go­ing to risk bring­ing your new char­lotte til­bury lip­stick, keep it with you at all times. other op­tions in­clude seek­ing out will­ing make-up artists to do the work for you. this year, festi-veter­ans Vanity Van (van­i­ty­van.co.uk) are at glastonbury with the pop up spa – think hot tubs, show­ers and makeovers – and look out for Ben­e­fit’s glas­ton­brow drive-thru brow bar on the way to the fes­ti­val. mean­while, in your Dreams (in­y­our-dreams.com) are ev­ery­where from Fes­ti­val No 6 to Wilder­ness, beau­ti­fy­ing the fes­ti­val-go­ing nation. Worth set­ting the alarm and styling out your hang­over while get­ting your face done.

6 Your Phone Bat­tery Dies… Ev­ery­one knows that, in 2017, there are charg­ing ports at ev­ery fes­ti­val. But you also know that you can ex­pe­ri­ence long queues. Firstly, take two por­ta­ble (fully charged) chargers for emer­gen­cies and check the web­site of the fes­ti­val you’re trav­el­ling to for specifics. At Board­mas­ters fes­ti­val, Charge Candy (charge­candy.com) is of­fer­ing free por­ta­ble phone chargers be­fore the fes­ti­val. When you need more power, drop by the charg­ing sta­tion and swap it for a new fully charged one.

7 You Get Com­pletely Soaked… Firstly, take pre­ven­ta­tive ac­tion. pitch your tent up­hill to avoid wak­ing up in a pud­dle. then think about lay­er­ing, lay­er­ing, lay­er­ing. it’s the one thing that all reg­u­lar fes­ti­val­go­ers know – to take sev­eral items of cloth­ing should one out­fit get com­pletely soaked. also, take a roll of bin bags. keep one set of cloth­ing in one bag, and dirty wash­ing and damp clothes in an­other. you’ll be glad when you get into your tent shiv­er­ing and need a dry jumper.

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