Our caravan for the weekend.
This weekend I went to Shindig Festival near Glastonbury. Smaller than the gargantuan and famous big sister nearby- Glastonbury Festival -Shindig has only around 4 to 5 thousand people. You can ‘do’ the whole thing in about half an hour. Shindig is the first festival of the alt-season -not so much debutantes but slumming it in fields outside of cities.
I’ve come to the conclusion that you feel good at a festival because you are outside and part of a community. I have felt lonely at festivals (especially going alone as a single parent) but generally you feel connected to others, part of humanity. Festivals are the modern equivalent to great Viking encampment in which you party, sit around outside, eat, drink, talk to strangers and generally let go.
The people were beautiful, there was good food, music and for the most part, we had nice weather.
I asked the denizens of Shindig, most of whom were grizzled hardened festie goers, what their top tips were for a brilliant festival season.
Top Festival Tips: how to survive the season
Your own cup
To carry around a cup or a collapsible cup (a Stojo is great, folds flat and is leak-proof) is rather useful. Many cafes and bars charge a deposit for a cup, nice to have your own. Sometimes you are offered a drink by others…be ready.
So what are your festival top tips? How do you survive the alternative ‘season’?