Fes­ti­val Safety by the Sum­mer Fes­ti­val Guide

Fes­ti­vals are a great way to spend a sum­mer week­end. Good bands, good beer, good weather: what's not to like? It is im­por­tant, though, to keep safe. That's why we're go­ing to use to­day to look at the var­i­ous ways in which you can en­sure that your week­end

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Keep a mo­bile charger on you. The sim­ple fact is that in 2017, it's vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to get through the week­end with­out us­ing your phone for some­thing. (No, not Face­book. For good­ness sake, give it a rest for the week­end!). In any busy fes­ti­val, it's al­most guar­an­teed that at some point you'll prob­a­bly get sep­a­rated from your friends. In­vest in a mo­bile charger (i.e. one that's pow­ered by bat­ter­ies rather than the mains) and stock up on a load of bat­ter­ies. This way, you'll be able to call your mates and meet up with each other ev­ery time you find your­self get­ting pushed to the other side of the crowd!

Don't bring your valu­ables. Re­peat af­ter us: 'I do not need to take my iPad to Glas­ton­bury'. Most mod­ern fes­ti­vals are pretty friendly and, gen­er­ally speak­ing, peo­ple try and look out for each other. How­ever, it's not a good idea to take a load of ex­pen­sive gear with you. Cam­eras are fair enough, but leave the lap­tops, credit cards, tablets and the like at home. You sim­ply don't need them.

Be sen­si­ble

At even the most or­derly fes­ti­val, there prob­a­bly will be the odd group of peo­ple in­sist­ing on be­ing...well, a word we prob­a­bly can't use here. The best move to make if any­thing hap­pens that makes you feel re­motely un­com­fort­able is to sim­ply move to a dif­fer­ent sec­tion of the area (again, keep your phone on you so you can re­meet friends eas­ily). If you're par­tic­u­larly con­cerned, try and find a se­cu­rity guard (most fes­ti­vals have them sta­tioned through­out the venue).

Don't get car­ried away with mosh­ing and crowd-surf­ing.

We're not just say­ing this to be killjoys. It's a sim­ple fact that even the big­gest and hard­est met­al­heads get in­jured in mosh­pits. Hon­estly, they do. Don't get the wrong idea: we're not sug­gest­ing you start twerk­ing whilst Ma­chine Head are on stage (though that would be sort of hi­lar­i­ous), but don't put your­self at risk un­nec­es­sar­ily. Also, crowd­surf­ing is even more risky – you’re likely to get a bad land­ing.

Care for your hear­ing

If you’re a reg­u­lar gig goer, then the chances are you’ll know how loud those speak­ers can get. Well, at a fes­ti­val you can mul­ti­ply that noise by about 500 (the vol­ume is needed to pro­ject the sound across the site). What does this mean in prac­ti­cal terms? Well it means that if you get stuck by the speak­ers, it’ll RE­ALLY hurt. As in, ‘might cause you per­ma­nent dam­age’ hurt. Stock up on ear-plugs: even the cheaper ones will be more than enough to stop even Mo­tor­head from deafen­ing you. Places like Al­learplugs.com have a great range that will meet all bud­gets and ear sizes.

Split your cash

As a gen­eral rule, it’s not a good idea to take all your cards to a fes­ti­val. Stick to a cer­tain amount of hard cash and one card for ab­so­lute emer­gen­cies. Al­ways en­sure that you split the cash: the chances are that you’ll have at least a cou­ple of hun­dred with you: that way, if some of it goes miss­ing, you’ll still have enough in re­serve to keep you go­ing.

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