The five things to expect from camping music festivals

June 30, 2017
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Camping festivals can be some of the best few days of your year. Smuggling in booze, bunking up with your besties and dancing to your favourite acts makes for unforgettable memories.

But when it comes to camping music festivals, there’s more to it than glitter, faux fur and party shirts. Of course not every festival is exactly the same, but if you’re a regular pleb and don’t have one of those fancy VIP glamping tickets – you’ll probably experience most of these things.

Hygiene? What’s that?

OK, straight up – camping festivals leave you feeling gross af. You are active all day, running from stage to stage and bouncing around to music so chances are you’re gonna work up quite a sweat.

But at these festivals, showers are hard to come by. If you do tough it out and find a shower, it’ll probably be cold, packed and chances are some people have used it… not to shower. Bring a ton of deodorant, baby-wipes and dry shampoo – you’re going to need it.

DAMN – these drinks are expensive

If you’re an obedient festivalgoer and don’t smuggle in your own alcohol, you’ll be smacked in the face with the alcohol prices. A can of alcopop will set you back 10-12 bucks. Insane.

If you’re not bothered with how much this stuff costs, then good for you. But for most of us, four drinks equaling close to fifty dollars is totally unattainable. I’m not saying to break the rules – but drinks from the bottle-shop are a hell of a lot cheaper…

Love Thy Neighbour

The campsites are all situated close together, meaning you’re likely going to be up close and personal with your festival neighbours. For the majority of people, they’re there to have fun, so why not have a good time all together? Invite them over for a game of beer pong or kings, the more the merrier. I’m still mates with some people we were parked next to at Falls Festival three years ago!

Sleep is for the weak

With camping festivals, the nights end late and mornings start early. There isn’t actually all that much to do in the early morn, but tents tend to let in a hell of a lot of light the minute the sun rises. That means even if you wanted to sleep off your throbbing hangover, you’ll probably be rudely awoken by 7am. Just keep in mind that once those three or four days are up – you can sleep all you want (to a degree). So tough it out, you’ll regret it otherwise.

Festival fashion goes out the door

Maybe this is just me, but my dreams of festival fashion perfection usually go out the door by early day two. I don’t know how some of these people do it – with their perfect hair and makeup after hardcore partying and living out of a suitcase/car. One year I had to resort to wearing a massive hat and sunnies to ensure I wasn’t disgusted by my own appearance. Maybe you can manage to look good and I can’t, but at the end of the day it isn’t a fashion show – it’s a music festival.

Tahlia Svingos

Tahlia is a media/journo student from the University of Adelaide. She probably wrote this in the bath.

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