How to Prepare for a Festival

Summer is almost upon us, and that can only mean one thing… festival season! Welcome back the wellies and waterproofs; it’s going to be a muddy one. But the question is, which are the festivals to watch out for? This might be your short break in the UK for this year so you need to get this right!

If you managed to get your hands on a ticket, then lucky you! You go ahead and pack your glow sticks, milk thistle and baby wipes. Some of us are still trying to decide which ones to keep an eye out for. Need some inspiration? From sunny Leeds to Spain’s beaches, here’s a rough guide to Festival Season 2013.

Glastonbury Festival (image courtesy of Sally Halliday)

Leeds Festival

An event which always promises an amazing atmosphere is Leeds Fest. From fresh faced teens to characters you spot year in year out, Leeds definitely has something for everyone; an aspect highlighted by this years’ incredible line-up. Many consider Reading and Leeds as traditionally being an ‘indie’ festival, but that’s far from the case! Like hip-hop?  Then you’ll be happy to hear that iconic rapper Eminem will headlining the event. Big fan of drum and bass? Then don’t miss Chase & Status, who never fail to pull off a world class performance; what’s not to like?

Leeds Festival (image courtesy of Zoe Pickard)

Benicassim Festival

Providing that wonderful combination of sun and good music, if you’re offered the chance to head to Benicassim this year then grab it with both hands!  Full of fun party feeling, Benicassim is the perfect event to get you in the mood for summer. Located on the south eastern coast of Spain, you could either camp close to the beaches, gorgeous sun kissed sands, or stay closer to the festival itself; the choice is yours!  And when you’re not watching the likes of The Killers and the Arctic Monkeys, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in the surrounding area. During the day, you could indulge in some traditional Spanish cuisine or visit its national park, ‘Desierto de las Palmas;’ there’s never a dull moment!

Benicassim (image courtesy of Shivam Maini)

Outlook Festival 
Fancy heading to Croatia in 2013? Then if the opportunity arises, be sure check out this year’s Outlook festival. Recognised as the largest drum and bass festival in Europe, Outlook is edgy, vibrant and a great way to finish your summer in style. It prides itself on its ‘good music,’ so if you hate anything remotely commercial, this is the festival for you. What’s more, Croatia is an absolutely stunning country to visit. With exquisite turquoise waters and endless beaches to explore, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with the place. It’s like music to our ears…

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