7 Tips to Fully Enjoy Your First Music Festival
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, March 04, 2019 4:30pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
Music festivals are legit perfect for those who love music and a party life: carefree dancing to whatever beat an artist or band is up to, the sense of community among fans, and interacting with people from different walks of life. First in the line of music festivals this year is the Syzygy Music Festival, held at the Mall of Asia Arena on February 9. Syzygy is an Electronic Dance Music (EDM) concert to remember; it's a music fest that acted as fundraising for the Philippine Red Cross. It gave not only the audience the life of the party but also a chance to help the institution.
But even in a big and exciting event as Syzygy, EDM might not be all fun and music for first-timers if they don’t have a clue what to expect. We are here to make your first music festival experience worthwhile.
Learn the venue
Music festivals are held in large areas, some even have multiple stages for performances, which can be overwhelming for newcomers if they are not used to crowds. Know the exit points and the restrooms. Familiarize the area with your friends. Having a meet-up location agreed upon or in case someone gets lost in the crowd will also save you a lot of time.
Go with your friends
Expect a large crowd of party-goers at music festivals. If this frightens you as a first-timer, better go with your friends. In fact, dance concerts are always best when with friends.
Know the lineup
Before anything else, know who is performing. Keep yourself updated by following the event’s official pages—you might score freebies through online contests too!
Wear the right clothes
There really are no strict code with outfits for concert-goers—if you’re up for it, you could even dance in a onesie. One important thing to take note of in planning your OOTD is to make sure you are comfortable in it with all the jumping around and dancing you’re about to do.
A fanny pack is recommended
Save yourself from the hassle of digging through your backpack with a stylish yet functional fanny pack. Since this bag is wrapped around your waist, items like smartphones and wallets will be more accessible and easier to find. Also, most concert venues do not allow bulky bags for security reasons.
Expect that you will dance and enjoy a lot during the concert. Before entering the venue, make sure you ate and are hydrated. Since some venues won’t allow liquids, search for booths that sell bottled water. And in consuming alcoholic drinks, always remember to drink moderately and responsibly!
Don’t be overly self-conscious
Concert-goers mind their own businesses. Chances are, they won’t even notice if you’re dancing like crazy. Learn to let go. Music festivals are meant for you to enjoy and let loose.
Music festivals are a gathering of music lovers; it’s a safe community to enjoy great music. They might intimidate, but once you get into the zone, it will be one of the most liberating feeling—dancing with strangers and not giving care with what other people think. Don’t forget to have fun responsibly!