With 6 years of experience with attending the mighty Leeds Festival, we have put together an alternative survival guide, giving you an outline of what to expect at the festival, what to bring with you and what not to do while you’re there!
GET THERE EARLY
If you can, get the early access ticket. Although there isn’t really anything happening on the Wednesday night, this will help you get a really good camping spot before the rest of the punters arrive.
Yes, this does seem like a big ask to some people, and I myself am a culprit when it comes to packing heavy, but when you arrive at the car park and you find out you have to walk what feels like 500 miles, you’ll thank me. 1 bag for clothes, your tent and a bag for Booze and food will do you just fine.
DON’T BRING ANY GLASS
This is pretty straight forward… don’t bring any glass with you. You’ll get it taken off you at the gates and most likely not get your booze back, tinnies are your best friend.
DON’T LEAVE OUT YOUR CHAIRS WHEN YOU LEAVE CAMP
When you leave your camp to and see the music or go out on an evening, remember to put your camping chairs in your tent as if they are left out they’re basically fair game for anyone to steal when walking past.
DON’T LITTER/CLEAN UP YOUR SHIT
It’s 2021, come on, let’s not damage mother earth and make other people job harder and clean up after yourself at the end of the festival. It ain’t funny and it ain’t clever.
BEER CRATES ARE GREAT
As well as doubling up as a hat, beer crates can also be used to make toilet in. This does seem very strange, however it’s much more appealing than the campsite toilets on a Saturday night.
MARK YOUR TERRITORY
No, I don’t mean urinate everywhere. What I mean is that there’s nothing worse than when you’re sat at camp chilling out and thousands of people are constantly walking through you camp because they’ve lost their tents. Use a long tent pole/flag or set a ping on your phone so you don’t get lost when you’re drunk.
Pretty simple really! Don’t be a dick! Everyone there is there for the same reason as you and that’s to have a good time, let’s not ruin that for each other shall we?
BRING BOG ROLL
Always bring a couple of loo rolls with you along with some baby wipes as there probably won’t be any at the toilets.
MAKE YOURSELF COMFY
Your bed is your best friend at times at a festival, so make sure it’s comfortable and that means packing it out with an air bed, pillows, a duvet and whatever else you can bring or buy there.
The food vendors at festivals are very very expensive, and you can’t blame them with the overheads some of these have to pay. So bring as much food as you can or take a trip to the shop mid festival as you’ll be living off breakfast bars and pringles most of the time.
WATCH SOME BLOODY MUSIC
Each to their own, a lot of people are just there for the atmosphere and that’s fair play. However it’s been a long 18 months for these bands as well and it’d be great for every act to have a hefty sized crowd!
SUPPORT UPCOMING ARTISTS
R+L is one of the best festivals when it comes to promoting new music, so take advantage and go see what could be your new favourite band.
DRUGS AIN’T IT
It’s pretty much impossible to ban drugs from a festival and they have been the cause of mainly fatal injuries and deaths at festivals over the years so the safest way to do them is not at all! But if you are going to do them, don’t get them there as they will be very suspect.
HEY, WANNA BE PALS?
Festivals are a great way to meet new people, so at any opportunity if you get to sit by a campfire and chat to some stranger, do it as they’re probably a legend.
CONSENT IS THE BEST
Speaks for itself, always make sure you have got someone else’s consent when engaging in naughty activity with them, and if they’re too drunk, just take that as a no by default.
A week camping in a field boozing with your mates sounds pretty tragic on paper but when at Leeds Festival it’s honestly the best thing in the world, so remember to have fun!