Spring has finally arrived. After what seemed like an eternity with rain and low temperatures, the sunny warm days and light blue skies are making an appearance.
The beginning of a new season usually means a change in our lifestyle. We wear different clothes, have special day & night routines, eat specific food and have new options of entertainment- ranging from new TV shows, to new music releases and the awaited Festival Season.
If you're not familiar with Festival Season, it's a huge music/entertainment event that takes place during Spring & Summer in the USA and other European countries. There are a great variety of musical events, like the astronomically popular Coachella or Lollapalooza and more indie ones like Boston Calling and Mo Pop.
It doesn't matter what type of event you're planning to attend this season, there are some things you should always keep in mind to make the most of your time there. But don't worry, because in today's post I'll be sharing all the must-haves and must-know tips to have a great time.
♥ What to pack in your bag? ♥
During this time, you are going to be spending long, late nights dancing, singing along to your favourite songs and making some of the best memories.
It's very important to be prepared and have all the essentials at hand. You're going to need a small bag to carry with you on site and to hold all your must have items.
I made this checklist to help make your packing process easier, so you don't forget the important stuff.
♥ Basic but Important
Festival ID: Ticket/Wristband
Map and Events Schedule
Phone and Portable Chargers
SPF Lip Balm
Dental Hygiene Products
♥ First Aid/Emergency Kit
Upset Stomach and Heartburn Medicines
Your own Prescription Medications
♥ Food & Drinks
Reusable Water Bottle
♥ Other Essentials
Plastic Trash Bags
Mini Portable Fan
Camera (Digital, Polaroid)
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♥ How to look like a festival goddess? ♥
You're going to be spending long hours outside, where it can get hot, dirty, and nasty. You're going to be doing some walking and a lot of dancing. I know you don't want to look gross in your Instagram photos. Here are some essentials you'll need to keep yourself fresh and pretty.
This will become your best friend. You need to protect your skin from the sun and avoid getting a terrible burn on day 1 and ruin the rest of the festival.
The wind, the sun, and high temperatures might make you sweat a lot, especially if you're dancing and having a blast. And none of us want to have messy hair or bad body odor. Here are some must-haves to keep this from happening.
I strongly suggest you go for an easy, low maintenance hairstyle. Something that won't get undone by all the moving around or get gross and sticky with sweat, and that you can easily freshen up with a brush and ties.
If you're looking for inspiration on hairstyles, Alex Gaboury has a YouTube Channel with beautiful and easy styles for you to recreate.
It's likely that you'll start to get hot and sweaty. When your face starts to feel oily, there's nothing better than spraying a soothing and refreshing mist to give your skin a boost of hydration and glow.
Having the correct makeup products while getting ready is essential if you want to avoid a runny or cakey look. Opt for light products in your face to avoid clogging your pores and apply waterproof products in your eyes and brows to avoid smearing things off when blotting your sweat.
Music Festivals are not just about the music and performances. Having the perfect outfit is such a monumental accomplishment.
There's so much that goes into choosing what to wear and how to style and accessorize it. If you're in need of some ideas, I've got some suggestions of beautiful, affordable pieces that will make you look and feel like a queen.
♥ Take photos- but don't get so caught up in documenting everything that you forget to enjoy the moment.
♥ Stay hydrated-Carry a water bottle with you at all times!
♥ Be safe- Don't get separated from your group and establish a designated meet up place and time to avoid chaos.
♥ Leave valuables at home- Don't bring expensive jewelry, clothing and tech gadgets. They might get lost, stolen or ruined.
♥ Be practical- Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It's likely you'll be walking and standing up for long hours.
♥ Avoid troubles with security- If you need to bring your own medication keep it in the original bottle and with the prescription to avoid being searched by security who might think you're smuggling drugs.
♥ Say no to drugs- Avoid buying and consuming drugs. You don't need to be high to have a good time. You're only harming yourself, wasting money and risk getting into trouble with the law.
♥ Plan ahead- Print out a list of all the performances you want to see and bring a festival map so you know where to go.
♥ Have fun- Try to expand your horizons and discover new artists. Be experimental and let yourself enjoy music you probably wouldn't. Festivals are a once in a lifetime experience, so make the most of it.
Now that you have knowledge of all the festival season essentials and must-haves, here's a list of some music festivals taking place in Spring & Summer in the US.
1. Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
Coachella is a giant music festival held across two weekends in Indio, CA. Some of the biggest names in music headline this multi-genre festival.
When: April 12th-14th & April 19th-21st
Where: Empire Polo Club (Indio, CA)
More Information: coachella.com
2. Stagecoach Festival
The Stagecoach Festival is an outdoor country music festival with performances from artists ranging from folk, mainstream country, bluegrass, roots rock, and alternative country.
When: April 26th to April 28th
Where: Empire Polo Club (Indio, CA)
More Information: stagecoachfestival.com
3. Boston Calling
Boston Calling Music Festival is a three-day, multi-stage festival featuring the biggest and best acts in live music, comedy, and visual arts.
When: May 24th to May 26th
Where: Harvard University Athletics Complex (Boston, MA)
More Information: bostoncalling.com
4. The Governors Ball Music Festival
The Governors Ball Music Festival is a multi-day festival held on Randall's Island in New York City and features an array of genres and styles of music, including rock, electronic, hip-hop, indie, Americana, pop, and folk, as well as a multitude of popular New York restaurants, food trucks, activities and games.
When: May 31st to June 2nd
Where: Randall's Island Park (New York City, NY)
More Information: governorsballmusicfestival.com
5. Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is a four-day legendary multi-genre music festival known for its inclusive atmosphere and friendly vibe.
When: June 13th to June 16th
Where: Great Stage Park (Manchester, TN)
More Information: bonnaroo.com
6. Mo Pop Festival
Mo Pop Festival is a two-day music festival in Detroit that features both emerging as well as established musicians in indie-rock, pop, and hip-hop.
When: July 27th to July 28th
Where: West Riverfront Park (Detroit, MI)
More Information: mopopfestival.com
Lollapalooza is a four-day music festival based in Chicago that showcases musicians in a wide variety of genres like alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, and electronic music. Lollapalooza has also provided a platform for non-profit and political groups and various visual artists.
When: August 1st to August 4th
Where: Grant Park (Chicago, IL)
More Information: lollapalooza.com
Thank you so much for reading this post. I hope you find some ideas and useful tips to help you plan your Music Festival Season.
Let me know in the comments down below if you're planning on attending a festival and which one.
Don't forget to share this post with your friends so they too can be ready with the essentials and must-haves.
Until next time.