How to make your first festival

Festivals are being put on hold in summer 2020 like many other big national events. However, this is not forever! Tag '20's festival planning team are already looking forward to the big festival comebacks of 2021! Here are our tips – save these somewhere safe.

Tip 1: Drinking alcohol safely
Keep an eye on how much alcohol you're consuming. Don't mix drinks because you're more likely to feel sick, choose one drink (beer, cider etc) and stick to it. Avoid binge drinking. Plan your day when you wake up i.e. when you're going to eat food and when you're going to start drinking in time to see the acts you want to see.

Tip 2: Food and water is a priority
Festivals are very energy-consuming and the only way you're going to be able to stay standing at the front row for six hours waiting for your favourite artist is by eating and drinking enough.

Tip 3: Drugs and Safety
While illicit drugs may seem fun, they are also dangerous as you don't know what's in them or how they'll affect you. Don't mix alcohol and other drugs – you can't know how they will react with each other and if they will make you sick. If you or a friend have a bad reaction to drugs, you won't get in trouble for telling a medical professional what you/they've taken.

Tip 4: Stay cool and hydrated
When a group of us were at Reading last summer, the heat was crazy and we mean crazy. Not to mention the extreme body heat from the 100K other people in the crowds. This is why it's important to take breaks in the shade when you can, bring lots of sunscreen, hats, and always have a water bottle you can fill up. We suggest those foldable plastic ones with the clip so you can attach it to your bag/self.

Tip 5: Safe sex
If you're getting with someone, make sure you have safe sex so you don't catch an STD. The best way to look after your sexual health is to use condoms. Take them with you, so you're prepared. If you do have sex, remember that everyone involved needs to definitely agree. Saying 'maybe' or 'I think so' is not consent. You should never feel pressured into doing something you don't want to. Especially as you're not in an environment you're used to. If you don't want to, then don't.

Tip 6: Bring your own medication
Depending on your health, consider taking an asthma inhaler (if you usually take one), antihistamines, antiseptic. Festivals have first aid facilities. If you're going to drink, always check your meds for how they may react with alcohol. We recommend throat spray/lozenges. Not only do you get a sore throat from being so tired, but because you're singing and shouting the whole time!

Tip 7: Learn your way around
When you first get to the festival, check out what's where and not just which bands are playing and when. It's important to know where the toilets, first aid, food stalls, bar, camping and chill-out zones are. Make sure you could do this at night.

Tip 8: Stay together
Never go off on your own. Phone service tends to be bad plus your battery might go. So always make sure you set up a meeting point.

When we are allowed back out to do the things we love doing, like seeing bands and getting together in big groups with all our friends, take our safety advice (learnt through experience!) Hopefully next year will be the best year of festivals ever!