What To Expect At Your First Music Festival

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Music festivals are awesome.

Chances are, the second you get back you’re going to want to start planning your next one.

Festivals, especially EDM festivals can be a bit intimidating to first timers. We’ll cover a bit about what to expect so that you can be fully prepared to enjoy every drop and have the time of your life.

People from all over the world

The first thing you’ll notice is that music festivals are one place where people from all over the world, regardless of race or nationality, gather for one (or two) incredible weekend.

If you’ve ever seen a live set from one of these EDM festivals online, you’ve probably noticed that there are always a ton of flags from different countries. Whether they’re attached to a totem or being held up by a girl on some guy’s shoulders, it’s nearly impossible to count all of the countries that are represented.

When you’re walking around you’ll hear all types of different accents and languages.

That’s one thing that makes an EDM festival unique – you can have thousands of people all singing and jumping and dancing to their favorite songs, even though they don’t all speak the same language.

(Nearly) everyone is friendly

Seriously.

I usually hate large crowds. Everyone is usually entirely too drunk to be civil and it doesn’t take long before people start fighting and being rude to each other.

Of course no festival is perfect, but for the most part all people want to do is dance to their favorite music and make friends with everyone around them.

People are usually always willing to help you if you need anything, and if you find yourself alone you can make new friends in a heartbeat.

True story – the very first music festival I went to I got separated from my group and my phone was dead. In any other setting I would have headed back to camp, called it a night, and hoped for a better day tomorrow.

Instead, it didn’t take more than 15 minutes before I was jumping and dancing in the middle of a group of strangers who likely had no idea how to speak any english at all.

That’s the night I learned that there’s no better way to bond with a stranger than by screaming the words of a song at the top of your lungs to each other.

People wearing (or not wearing) interesting outfits

One of the first things you’ll notice is that when people get to a music festival, they’re likely looking at it as an escape for the weekend. It’s one weekend where they can be who they want to be, without worrying about what other people think.

With that being said, you’re guaranteed to see some very interesting outfits. Whether it’s someone walking around in the Borat outfit or groups of people in onesies, there’s no telling what you’re going to see throughout the weekend.

You’ll probably also notice that at times girls (and some guys) decide not to wear very much clothing at all. Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of colorful bras or even some pasties.

Fireworks and lights…and confetti

Something else that separates music festivals from other concerts is the amount of time and money that goes into the stage and show production.

There’s nothing like tens of thousands of people all jumping up and down while fireworks shoot out of a massive stage at the very second the beat drops.

It sounds corny, but the experience really is magical. You won’t forget it, and chances are you’ll be reaching for your phone to snap a few pictures before it’s all said and done.

In between all of the fireworks you’ll probably witness a ton of smoke and confetti shooting out with some pretty awesome lights flashing.

The music is awesome, but there’s something about how it all works together to create a once in a lifetime experience.

Disgusting bathrooms

This last one is certainly not our favorite, but let’s be real…with a hundred thousand people gathered in a few square miles it’s unreasonable to assume that the bathroom situation is going to be ideal. If you’re a guy (or girl) you can probably find plenty of corners and bushes to pee in.

After the first few hours all bathroom rules are pretty much disregarded and you’ll see girls in the guys’ bathroom and vice versa.

I will say that many of the festivals do about as good of a job as you can ask for considering the circumstances. One of the highlights of our time at Ultra last year was that there were plenty of porta-potties (no idea how to spell that) and they were kept reasonably clean.

It never hurts to bring in part of a roll of toilet paper since chances are you won’t be able to get your hands on any once you’re inside.

Parting words

There’s honestly no way to really prepare you for your first music festival. Just make sure to pack everything you need and do your research.

Get ready for an awesome time and just have fun. Forget about all of the school or work you have to deal with on a daily basis and leave the stress at home.