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Crowds at Global Gathering 2010 by Jim Stewart
Crowds at Global Gathering 2010 by Jim Stewart

As summer approaches and Britain's fields become awash with the muddy masses, Tom Crowther takes a personal look at the survival tips necessary to withstand a festival in the summer. We want yours too...

Steer clear of the drugs
Whilst it has been said a billion times by every Tom, Dick and Harry, avoiding taking drugs is my best tip for enjoying your weekend of music this summer. A bad experience at T in the Park last year led me to missing Jay-Z and Kasabian at T in the Park; if that’s not a good enough reason to stick to just alcohol I don’t know what is.

Befriend your neighbours
Festival people are wonderful folk and sharing a couple of brews at the end of the night around a badly lit campfire is a tradition at almost every festival.  Plus you have the bonus of knowing if you run out of any essentials whilst you’re there you can always pinch some from your newly found friends.

Buy a decent tent!
It seems the easiest thing to do, but trust me, don’t simply buy one stating ‘festival tent’. It turns out that some of them are not waterproof as you’d like them to be, as I learnt to my horror. The better your tent is, the better your festival will be.

Discover new grub
It’s always worth giving new food a go regardless of what festival you’re at.  No matter how nice a burger and chips is, after three or four days worth, even the most avid fast food muncher will get bored. I managed to try some schnitzel a few years back at Glastonbury and I’ve regularly found some nice grub at Healthy T up in Scotland. Both come highly recommended!

Bring shoes and wellies
Nearly every festival has its fair share of mud, but what happens if you were stupid enough to just bring the one pair of footwear and yours unceremoniously get thrown into one of Leeds festival’s infamous tent fires. I had to create a makeshift shoe for the last day at Leeds which consisted of a tent bag and masking tape as pictured below. 


Learn to pitch a tent
Make sure you actually know how to pitch a tent. Part of my group at one Leeds Festival insisted they had the skills necessary to erect a four-man tent, although it quickly became a one-man tent as they butchered all of the tent poles. Luckily I’d brought my own – theirswas eventually abandoned after it capitulated to the wind.

Have you got your own personal survival tips? Or any embarrassing stories to share? Post in the comment box below.