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Making New Friends At Festivals

Things to do

You lost your “family heirloom” tent to last year’s flash floods at Creamfields and your wellies in Leeds (72 pairs were retrieved!) and still haven’t sworn off music festivals for the rest of your days? Good. Because it’s time of the year to stack up on dried goods, put your beer goggles on and head into the wilderness to celebrate Britain’s years-long festival tradition.

The beer will flow; you’ll rock out to your favourite tunes while making new BFFs with a rate of five-a-day. Unsure of the latter? This little guide might come in handy then!

Sharing is caring (and vice versa)

Festivals may put us in a bit of a survival mode, however, it shouldn’t rule out common courtesy such as sharing your crisps with a hungry soul who’s spent all their money on beer on the first night (we’ve all been there). Or not flipping out over a stranger passed out in your tent in the middle of the night. (OK, kidding). Yet remember that festivals are as much about enjoying yourself as sharing this sentiment with the others. Even if none of your favours are returned immediately, you never know whom you’re breaking your bread with. (But let us hope for the best!)

Dance (like you mean it)

No, you don’t have to turn into the half-naked guy convulsing in front of the speakers for three solid days in a row, nor you have to be friends with him (unless you really want to!). However, festivals tend to possess the strange ability of bringing out the dance guru in each and every one of us, as far as stomping in the mud goes. With all that bouncing almost inevitably erupting into a)poorly coordinated but heartfelt Zorbas or b)Harlem shake, to prove once and for all that dancing is the one of the straightest ways to a stranger’s heart. Even if you can’t dance.

Make that party happen

Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll have always been the very essence of a music festival, however, a recent shift in the festival-goers sentiments may put an end to this unholy trinity. One may resent the deteriorating values, however, the fact that more and more people attend the festivals for their atmosphere rather than the designated entertainment they offer means that there’s still that tiny effort you need to put in to keep the party going. No, we’re not advocating constant substance abuse or casual encounters. What we’re really saying is: open up and join in a game of football or a sing-along with complete strangers if you’re feeling like it!

…and another one bites the mud

Finally, if nothing else works and even if the help of some bottled courage you’re still as uptight as corkscrew, shove all of your dignity aside and join the national mud wrestling squad you’d inevitably find in every festival. You’ll skip all those nonsense conversations and courtesies and will still have a story to shame your kids with one day.

What’s your most memorable festival experience so far? Let us know in the comments below.

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Katrina Slisane

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