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Your summer festival dos and don'ts check list

Some summer festival dos and don’ts to ensure you have a amazing time whatever the weather.

Fans make their way to Electric Picnic.
Fans make their way to Electric Picnic.
Image: (Laura Hutton/Photocall)

DUST OFF YOUR wellies: it’s August bank holiday weekend and some of Ireland’s best music festivals are just around the corner.

Electric Picnic is getting closer and closer.

Here are a few dos and dont’s that will see you through your festival experience unscathed.

Do bring your wellies: Let’s not kid ourselves, this is Ireland. Even if the weatherman has promised sunshine, always be prepared. And here is why.

(Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)

I have nothing against Amanda Brunker, but if one of the acts at your chosen music festival pulls out and you are asked to fill in, probably best to say, no thanks. In 2011, Brunker took to the Vodafone stage at Oxegen after Jessie J broke her foot and there was a slot to fill.

Performing alongside band Gitano she sang a cover version of U2′s ‘With or Without You’. What may have seemed like a chance of a lifetime to the young mother, she dedicated the song to “all the lovers and the haters”. Unfortunately the ‘haters’ took to Twitter.

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This suggestion is for festival organisers – the fans of Crystal Swing and The Rubberbandits do not mix. In 2010, Crystal Swing took to the stage before The Rubberbandits. This is one could have ended badly.

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Do bring your ‘true’ friends. Don’t bring anyone you are trying to impress. Only have your closest friends with you – the ones who don’t mind what you look like after a rough night and the ones that are willing to wash your hair… aw.

(Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)

Do start your own dance movement. If you have no one to dance with, why not start your own dance craze. One man did just that at Sasquatch music festival in 2009. Dancing by himself, the dance trend soon spread through the crowd. If you can’t beat em’ join em’ as they say.

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If you are bringing kids with you, please do try and remember the buggy. Otherwise you have to make alternative arrangements like this…

(Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

Festival toilets are the one downfall to an otherwise excellent weekend. If you can stretch to it, do try and invest in your very own portable potty. If for nothing else, it could make for a nice flower arrangement that could spruce up your surroundings.


Even if you have to work at the festival, do try and get into the spirit of things, just like these two gardaí at Electric Picnic last year.

(Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

Or if you are feeling a little patriotic, why not have a little Irish dance in the mud. You may not be a member of the cast of Riverdance, but don’t worry, no one is judging. It’s all part of the festival fun.

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The common saying is ‘don’t forget your toothbrush’ but this young lady seems to have forgotten something else. Remember to pack all your necessities.

(Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

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