Jul. 21, 2017
The third and final installment of our guide (peep Part 1 and Part 2) is all about what to do when the festival ends. Whether you’re camping out, making your way home via public transportation, or looking for ways to extend the good vibes, we’ve got you covered.
An epic day filled with music, fun, and friends has come to an end but you’re still not done? Your best bet for continuing the party is to peep those after parties. These are usually special, intimate shows that can also be once in a lifetime jam sessions. Often the only way to get into these shows is to buy tickets with a special password, which may be exclusive to festival ticket buyers. To make sure you hear about them in the first place, find the clubs in the festival’s city and sign up for their newsletters. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance using the proper channels. Third party resellers won’t be giving you access to these tickets.
Taking public transit home from an urban festival can be a nightmare. If you venture a few blocks, you can generally find a less densely packed bus or train route. Bear in mind, the further away you are from the festival, the fewer people are likely to be around. Be aware of your surroundings and travel in groups. Don’t go hiking through a town you don’t know very well at 2:00 AM by yourself.
Planning to use a car sharing service or grabbing a cab? Many festivals have a designated pick up and drop off area. Make sure you know where it is beforehand.
Getting out of a parking lot can also be rough. NEVER try to leave as soon as the headliner is done. That’s the worst. Stay behind and enjoy a late night snack (see below) and the people watching as the crowds pour out, or leave a little early. Sure, you may miss a bit, but leaving an hour into your favorite rapper’s second rant about proper moshing technique will ensure getting out of the venue at a reasonable hour.
Late night snacks
Many food vendors sell off everything cheap or perishable at the end of the night. The best way to skip the crushing crowds exiting the festival is to buy a bunch of chicken skewers and pizza slices and enjoy a good old fashioned post-show tailgate.
If you’re attending a camping festival, you can usually find an after party to accommodate your taste, whether it’s someone who brought their home DJ setup to spin electro tunes into the wee hours of the morning, or a chill hang by lantern light with old and new friends. Just remember to be mindful of those around you who may want to actually sleep.
Already devoured Parts 1 and 2 of our festival survival guide? You should now know everything you need to in order to have a kick ass time.
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