We’ve all been there.
Counting down the hours and minutes until you can finally set the inner hippie free. Yes, the days leading up to a festival can be extremely excruciating. I mean, why does NOBODY understand that you need extremely peace and quiet to prepare for the fact that you’re going to be seeing your favourite artists live in just a few days? Yes, okay you really should be working on that presentation but why can’t your boss just get it (big man has no chill). We are here to tell you that its fine, and The Sherp too suffers the same.
Just to make you feel better, we’ve made a list of things we all have to undergo leading up to our favourite festival!
1. Getting the permission.
Going to the festival aside, to get permission from your parents in the first place is like the biggest hurdle. You need to prepare for it at least a month in advance. Not staying out too late, eating your meals on time and making sure you’re seen studying at least thrice a day, these precautions are absolutely necessary.
2. Googling the venue and then staring dreamily at the screen imagining yourself there is just a few days.
All of us have been this person. It’s not your fault that the place is downright beautiful and the weather is going to be perfect. (Is that a lake I see there? Best. Festival. Ever.
3. Making sure you know all the new albums by the headliners by heart.
You don’t wanna be that person who constantly keeps asking, “Hey what song is that I have never heard it what song is that”. This question constantly being asked during a concert is almost as annoying as whipping out the dreaded selfie stick and posing. During the concert.
4. One word of dread: Packing.
This one goes for the ladies, mostly. No matter how many days the festival is going to be, you have got to pack at least 10 different outfits in case you feel like mixing it up a little bit or an apocalypse takes place. Its just a lot of, ‘Where is that cute top I bought three years ago that would be perfect for right now cant find it mooooooom!’. Hey, a girl’s gotta look good.
5. The Whatsapp group.
If you ever went to a festival with a bunch of friends, you know what we are talking about. The number of messages per hour is directly proportional to how close the festival is getting. And of course there is always going to be that one guy who goes, “Hey guys can’t make it my mom said no sorry,” three hours before leaving.
6. Watching the previous years aftermovie. On repeat.
You cant help it. Everyone just looks like they are having so much fun. And to think that you’ll be there in a few days is just way too exciting for you to handle. You just hope you look as Instagram-worthy as they all do.
7. Worrying about how many times you will have to sacrifice personal hygiene.
Going to a festival is like code for bye-bye basic human expectations. Like, a clean bathroom. Or clean anything, for that matter. If you’re lucky enough, the bathrooms in the venue itself won’t be filled with drunk revellers puking all over the place. Expecting anything more is just fantasy.
8. Making sure you have at least three throwback posts on all your social media accounts.
If you’ve been to the festival before, you need to remind people of that. Let them have a sneak peak into your fun and cool life that they should all aspire for. If you have gone to a festival and not uploaded a single post about it, were you ever really there?
9. Figuring out the cheapest place to crash after the festival
Sleep, comfort and rest are all myths at a festival. By the end of it, it has all converged into one giant party where you can’t make out one day from the other. Knowing this, it seems absolutely ridiculous paying three thousand bucks for a hotel room that you won’t be using at all. Why don’t they come up with a portable bed that fits in our bags, ALREADY?
10. Battling your way through the line up
This happens every single time. Two artists that you really, really love happen to be playing at the same time. And it seems like you have never made a tougher decision. It’s okay, sometimes in life you have to give up on things that you love. Here’s hoping that the other act wasn’t worth it!