June is upon us and, for music fans across the UK, that means just one thing – the start of the festival season.
The likes of U2, Beyonce, Coldplay, Muse, Pulp, Arctic Monkeys and the Foo Fighters will all be headlining the major festivals across the UK in the summer of 2011, with the festival season kicking off on with Download and Rockness on June 10 and the world famous Glastonbury Festival on the 22nd.
If you are one of the lucky ones that have managed to pick up a ticket for one of the many sold out festivals, you’re probably already looking ahead at the weather forecasts and wondering whether or not to pack the cagoule and wellies. Whilst seasoned festival goers will know exactly what they’ll be packing for four days of living in a field, deciding exactly what and what not to take can be a real dilemma for some. That’s why we have put together this handy checklist to help you really enjoy your summer of music.
Your home for the next four days.
One thing that you don’t want to forget above anything else is your tent. Whilst getting a good night’s sleep won’t exactly be high on your priorities during a festival, your tent will be what protects you from the inevitable downpour that interrupts most British festivals.
One tent that can easily cope with the rigours of a rock festival is this Gelert Rocky 2-Man Tent, which is lightweight and easy to pitch, making it perfect for lugging across those vast festival campsites. With a double skin and vent at the rear, this tent will also keep you dry without making you uncomfortable and there is even a place to keep your muddy wellies. Speaking of which….
A festival essential, the humble ‘welly’ is very much part of music festival fashion. The green or black “farmers” wellies are a thing of the past at UK festivals, with leading brands and designers noticing the need to look good even when you are wading through huge puddles of mud. We especially like these Trespass Flora Wellington Boots and these Joe Browns Wild and Wonderful Wellies. They look fantastic and will really stand out from the crowd!
Capture those memories!
Everybody who has been to a festival has a favourite memory, whether it is a fantastic set by their favourite band or just a having a great laugh with your mates. Whatever your memory, make sure that you capture it on camera.
This Samsung ES30 12Mp Digital Camera is ideal for capturing those festival memories and, thanks to its video capabilities, it is also great for capturing those brilliant performances on stage.
Time for a snooze.
As we have alluded to earlier, festivals are not places that you go to expecting a good night’s sleep and plenty of relaxation but then again, there will probably be a point where you do need to take a quick snooze during your weekend. If you do happen to doze off, then this Gelert Freedom Sleeping Bag is just the sort of thing that you need. It’s comfortable, easy to pack and it comes with a zip pocket, giving you somewhere to store your phone, camera and cash.
Prepare for the sun
Whilst festival packing is all about preparing for downpours, it is important to remember that the sun can occasionally make an appearance. For those brief moments that your campsite is bathed in glorious sunshine, make sure that you’re prepared with sun cream, after sun lotionand sunglasses.
All that remains is to grab your tickets, pitch your tent and enjoy a weekend full of fantastic live music!