The festival season has started, as many of you have already noticed, and for me it will only be a few days until I will enjoy the festival I have bought tickets for! From Thursday the 16th of June until Mondey the 20th of June, I will be at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium, and I honestly couldn’t be more excited. With this article I will lead you through my excitement, while I will talk about bands that I’ll be seeing, and a variety of do’s and don’ts!
Now, first of all, I will have to tell you that it will be my first time to go to Graspop. I’ve wanted to go for years, but the date wasn’t exactly one which I could fit in with my studies. Luckily, I could plan it all in this year, which only fueled my excitement. I’ll be going there with a great group of friends, all from the same hometown and most of us will be traveling together. The fact that it will be my birthday the day before we go to Graspop only guarantees that it will be one gigantic party!
The line-up isn’t bad either! With headliners such as ‘Black Sabbath’, ‘Volbeat’ and ‘Iron Maiden’, the festival is already promising. Of course, there are other classics such as ‘Slayer’, ‘Megadeth’, ‘Twisted Sister’ and ‘Foreigner’ which we will be seeing, but also many personal favorites such as ‘The Amity Affliction’, ‘Beartooth’, ‘Atreyu’, ‘We Came As Romans’ and many more! Luckily for us, the schedule has been kind for us. Most of the bands we want to see don’t seem to overlap each other, which means we can see most of the show before going onto the next show.
Besides going to see many bands, we are also going to have a lot of fun. Besides the bands that are playing, there are many other things to do. They even have a giant Ferris Wheel, which we will sure be attending. There are many delights to be eaten, as well as a great diversity in drinks (even with some Belgium beers!). And, of course, there is going to be a giant metal market, with all your needs for band shirts and things alike!
Though, of course, there are many aspects to remember when going to a festival. In this article, I will tell you about a few do’s and don’ts which are quite handy to remember for the upcoming festivals you will be going to. Do you have some to add to the list? Then please, don’t hesitate to comment!
- Stay hydrated! It’s important to drink enough water during the day, and not just beer or other alcoholic drinks. Even if you want to stand front row to see that one band you love so much, try at least to get enough water beforehand. With this in mind, you will prevent fainting before you can see the band you love.
- Eat well, but not too much! Of course, during festivals, the food isn’t always too healthy. However, it is wise not to eat too much at once, but spread it over the day. This will prevent stomach aches, but also keep you energized throughout the day.
- Be nice and kind to those around you. Everyone is probably just as excited as you are, and there’s no need to ruin such a great weekend for the both of you, right?
- Plan out which bands you want to see, and if your friends want to see a different band, pinpoint a location where you’ll meet up again at a certain time. It’s always better to go in a group than alone, right?
- Don’t be that kid in the moshpit who doesn’t know how to mosh. Just don’t.
- Don’t be that kid who goes to see a band just to talk slack on them. You’re not cool, and you’re outnumbered by people who actually do like that band. Just because it’s not your thing doesn’t mean you should cuss them out. Besides, why waste your time? You could go and see one of the bands you actually do like!
- Break the rules. There are rules on every single festival, and it’s important to follow up those rules. This goes for safety issues, but also the general idea of having a good time.
- Don’t be the kid who continuously looks on their phone. Of course, in this day and age, our smartphones seem to be our greatest companion, but the festival should be enough fun already! So put your phones away, and enjoy the show!
And with that I will conclude this article, and tell you that the most important thing to do at a festival is to have fun! Enjoy your upcoming festivals!