I was recently sent a book to review that is perfect for the summer season and all the outdoor events it is called Festivals A Survival Guide By Jo Hoare it is packed will all things you will encounter in this illustrated guide is packed with hilarious advice, making it a must have for any festival virgin looking to experience a weekend you'll never forget. Every year when summer rolls around, millions of us sacrifice the joys of a comfortable bed and warm running water in favor of a weekend of debauchery in a field in the middle of nowhere. Whether you're planning a weekend hobnobbing with the A-listers at Coachella, trading goods in the desert at Burning Man, seeing the biggest bands in the world at Glastonbury, or partying through the night at Benicassim, the pull of a music festival is undeniable, but for the first timer it can all be a bit daunting. No doubt you will have heard stories of monsoon rain reducing the festival site to a giant mud bath, or stumbling home after 24-hours non-stop raving and finding an inebriated stranger sleeping in your tent, but how do you cope with these situations? Whether it's getting a ticket (often considerably harder than it sounds) or picking the perfect spot to pitch a tent, Festivals: A Survival Guide will talk you through everything you need to know about a weekend of music, mates, and mayhem.
Providing insider tips gained from years of festival going, learn what to do when you lose all your friends and why it's never a good idea to put together a strict timetable of bands you want to see. Then there's information on the festival characters to befriend and the ones to avoid--nobody likes to be woken at 6.30am by a group of hippies starting up an impromptu drum circle outside your tent. The practical advice offered also includes how to plan your day, use social media to discover where the secret gigs are, fool-proof ways to smuggle booze past security guards, and why only an idiot would wear a playsuit when having to use a festival toilet.
My Opinion: This is great for the first timer or the naïve person. I learned so much from this book not to mention when I first went to them as it can be a lot to handle from the weather, long bathroom lines, drinking, drugs and more.
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