As a Warped Tour veteran that has attended for the last 6 years, I have done and seen just about everything you should and should not do at a music festival. Since this will be the last full Warped Tour I want to share what I have learned over the years. Most of this also applies to pretty much any event that is held outside.
What to Wear
Obviously everyone wants to look great especially if you are going to be doing a lot of meet and greets but remember that you are going to be standing all day in the hot sun with thousands of other people.
Wear comfortable shoes that you have worn in and know won’t give you blisters.
Black clothes trap heat more than lighter colors.
Shorts and skirts allow chaffing but keep you cooler than pants.
If you are too hot no one will notice if you are shirtless/in a bra.
What to Bring
A backpack is a must for carrying merch but don’t forget to bring these things. Buying any of this inside the venue is annoyingly expensive or they might not have it at all.
BRING SUNSCREEN apply it before you get in line and every time you have a break between bands. No one wants to go home red and blistered.
Sharpies are important for getting autographs but make sure you hide them since some venues don’t allow them, at those locations meet and greet booths should already have them.
Water bottles are great because buying water inside is so expensive but make sure it is either sealed or empty because security will throw it away. I bring a camelbak bottle with water for the line and make sure it is empty before entering.
Sunglasses for obvious sunny reasons.
Battery packs for your phone. You are obviously putting this on social media, don’t let your phone die half way through the day. But make sure you put all electronics in a plastic bag to protect them from misting stations or thrown water bottles.
Most fests are rain or shine so check the weather and bring an umbrella or poncho as needed.
Professional cameras are discouraged, and you wouldn’t want an expensive camera to get destroyed, so I always bring my instax mini instead.
Most locations allow granola bars or PB&Js or other snacks but check your location rules first.
Cash is so important. Lots of tents don’t take cards and ATMs have huge fees so bring as much as you can in cash.
DON’T FORGET YOUR TICKETS.
What not to Bring
There is an official list here. Basically no alcohol (they sell beer inside), no aerosol cans, no weapons or anything that can potentially hurt anyone including spikes of clothing.
I would also say don’t bring makeup unless you think it is absolutely necessary, the heat can ruin it and you don’t want it to go to waste.
Don’t bring anything that you don’t need, the more space you use for what you bring in, the less space there is for t-shirts and CDs.
I also suggest getting an uber because parking sucks.
This may seem like an obvious list but I have seen plenty of people go in with just their phones and wallets that go home with blistered shoulders and carrying their shoes, I have had things thrown away at the gate because I didn’t check my date’s rules and I have had to spend too much money on things I should have just brought in.
What are some things that are on your must have list? Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments.
Thank you so much for reading.
See you Tuesday