Make It Out Alive: 10 Tips to Survive Summer Music Festivals

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Summer music festivals are kicking into high gear — with Bonnaroo, Coachella, Electric Forest, Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, and many others offering a muddy, long weekend worth of outdoor shows at locations around the country. The big draw to these festivals is to squeeze in seeing as many bands as possible in a short time while indulging in a days-long party. Some festivals focus on a particular genre, while others are praised for their diverse lineups that can appeal to all music lovers. Summer festivals are a great place to get exposed to new music that you otherwise might not have seen, see a bunch of your favorite artists within a couple days, or catch a huge headliner for less cost than a ticket to see that artist in a different venue.

But these festivals aren’t all fun and games, as they involve being outside for long periods of time in the heat, using dreaded port-a-potties, having limited access to decent food, and no sleep. Being properly prepared for the inevitable discomforts that come with summer festivals will prevent you from letting a small hiccup ruin your chances of catching your favorite band. Here are some tips for dealing with the heat, exhaustion, lack of showers, and other inconveniences you’ll encounter.

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