Bad field trip?
Eeh, I remember taking 8 purple hearts, 10 blue meanies and a bottle of whiskey and trying to eat my own fist whilst watching Jefferson Airplane at the Isle of Wight festival…
Actually I don’t – my experience goes as far as seeing the Stone Roses at Spike Island in 1990, Heaton Park in 2012 and in between having weekend passes to T in the Park but insisting on going home after one night’s camping.
When it comes to festivals, this Australian site makes some good points – maybe the sunburn is a bit less of risk but a full day in the sun is intense and can really add to any dehydration and hangovers.
Things don’t tend to go “Altamont wrong” nowadays but imagine being in the middle of this, trying to avoid getting battered by the Hells Angels listening to Jagger telling everyone to “cool out” on 2.00mins
The Suzy Lamplugh trust has some sound general festival advice in a clear list
When it comes to drugs it’s worth considering:
You might get arrested and charged for possession or worse – this can happen where you’ve been sold what you think is a “legal high” but is in fact a rebranded illegal one. Of course, legal does not mean safe, it is likely to mean “not yet illegal” and “untested random chemical which might be far more dangerous than currently illegal ones” – 20 years ago ”legal” usually did mean safe as they’d contain some caffeine if you were lucky.
As always when you buy drugs, you don’t know quite what you are getting. Therefore you don’t know how much it is safe to take (with some a few millionths of a gram of the active ingredient will be enough so it’s easy to take 10x or 100x too much – imagine doing this with alcohol), what the effects will be, how long they’ll take to come on and how long they’ll last.
Avoid mixing drugs, including the legal one festival organisers are only too happy for you to spend lots of money on, alcohol.
Our mantra is still – start low, go slow.
Spending a few days away from home comforts usually sounds more appealing in the weeks coming up than two nights in. Having no sleep, eating poorly, being dehydrated, wet, cold, sunburnt, hungover and all of a sudden being freaked out by the realisation that you’re in a field with 10,000 strangers who all seem to be looking at you can be genuinely upsetting.
Try to make sure you know where your mates are and look after each other. Don’t be afraid to access help or get help for someone else – your safety will be the priority for workers there. You probably also don’t want to be “that guy” ruining the weekend for their mates by getting sick or attracting trouble.
When things go wrong they can go very wrong and everything seems that much when you haven’t slept or showered for three days.
Have the best time you can but get home safe without too many regrets.