We wouldn’t dream of telling you what to do, but it is that time of year when we’re all thinking about doing things a little differently. If you enjoy festivals, here are a few ideas you might consider adopting for a better 2014.
Try something new
If you go to the same event every year, why not make a point of trying something different? For example, if you always choose music-focused festivals like Reading, maybe also this year try a playful arts festival like Bestival or Latitude. If you always stick to one type of music, like dance or heavy rock, perhaps consider ‘world music’ events like WOMAD or Shambala.
If you’re always drawn by big headliners to events with huge crowds, a tiny, intimate festival can be a revelation. They usually have a specific musical or cultural remit, and are often more relaxed, fostering a sense of community and co-operation. On the other hand, if you’ve never been to anything with more than a thousand people, Glastonbury will blow your mind. The volume and inclusiveness of the programme makes it a joyous gathering of the clans, and the collective energy is like nothing else.
Stop abandoning tents
More than one in five festival campers abandons tents, creating a shocking volume of non-recyclable waste, while extra clean up costs boost ticket prices. A Greener Festival even make their coveted awards from abandoned tents to highlight the seriousness of the issue. If you always arrive with the cheapest available tent to end up guiltily scuttling away from sodden wreckage, it’s time to learn to Love Your Tent.
A well-designed, stable, waterproof tent with good ventilation will keep you dry and cool through countless British weekends as well as foreign climates. Choose a decent one and you’ll feel more inclined to care for your home-from-home than to ditch it.
If you genuinely only need accommodation for one festival, perhaps consider other options. There’s almost always local B&B, and most bigger festivals now offer on-site hire which can range from a luxury caravan to an ordinary pre-erected tent.
Work at a festival
This one could change your life. Working at a festival is completely unlike attending on a ticket, and many people find once they’ve tried it, they never want to go back. There’s nothing quite like being around, or even part of, the festival set-up process and seeing a bucolic site transformed by collective effort into a small village or bustling city.
Being on site even a day early can give you a chance to bond with other workers in your team and across the festival infrastructure, and many people find they make lasting friendships this way. And having a specific role in creating the festival makes you feel actually part of the event rather than a consumer.
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