Music festivals draw hundreds or thousands of people together for a single purpose: to celebrate music. Figure out your tickets, seating, transportations, accommodations (if necessary), food, etc., before you get there so you can make the most of your experience.
1. Tickets. Although some festivals are free, most require a ticket. If the festival is a multi-day event, tickets may be available in different tiers. It may be possible to purchase a ticket for a single night or performance. Some festivals sell special passes so you can attend all performances on all days. If the festival is at more than one venue, it is important to know if the ticket will cover entrance to each different place. Most festivals have open seating, but there may be some reserved options available as well.
2. Transportation. Since many festivals have more than one stage, it is good to look into the transportation that is available. Some festivals may be centralized, allowing guests to walk from one area to the next. However, if the distance is far enough, it may be good to see if driving is allowed or if there are trolleys or smaller on-site transportation options available. It is also worthwhile to see if parking is available on site. Parking may require an extra fee that is not included in the price of a ticket.
3. Accommodations. Multi-day festivals far from town will likely require some sort of overnight accommodations. Even single-day events may necessitate a night in a hotel. Look carefully at what sort of accommodations are nearby. Some festivals have partnerships with nearby hotels, which can offer guests discounted rates. However, if the festival is large enough, hotels may fill up quickly. It is also worth considering if the venue has camping available. Although camping is not an option for everyone, staying overnight at the venue can definitely have its perks.
4. Refreshment. Even a single concert can be a multi-hour experience, which can be long enough to make anyone hungry. However, a music festival includes multiple performances, usually over the course of several days. That’s why it is essential to know what food and beverage options are available. Most festivals will have vendors on site, which can be a convenient choice. The range of vendors will vary depending on the size of the festival. Some festivals do allow outside food or drink, which can be useful for people on a budget.
5. Seating. Festivals vary widely in terms of venue, which can have a big impact on seating. If the festival is in a hall, stadium or club, seating may be more standardized. Outdoor festivals may have ample lawn seating. While this can be relaxing, it does require some forethought. Think about bringing blankets and chairs, and be sure to prepare for uneven terrain and insufficient shade. Consider if such seating will be comfortable for the duration of the festival.
By thinking about these factors in advance, it is possible to focus solely about the music.