How Not To Be The Worst Person At A Music Festival

A five-step guide

Illustrated by Liz Riccardi

So you’re going to a music festival, huh? Good for you! It’s going to be amazing. With all the sights, sounds, food, platonic camaraderie, and street style… it’s like a whole new world. Utopia on earth: a place where you, the music, and your fellow festivalgoers become one, joined in a mutual respect for life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. That’s what all those Instagrams and fashion roundups make it out to be, at least. How could things possibly be bad underneath balloon awnings and a giant geodesic sculptures? Instagram does not lie.

Wrong. Instagram does lie and reality bites. Some people just want to watch the world burn and some of those people go to music festivals. What’s worse, some of those people don’t even realize they’re killing vibes left and right. They’re YOLO’ing while others around them are No, no’ing. Don’t be like those people. Don’t be the killer of vibes. Instead, heed the following five pieces of advice and, perhaps, commit to memory the four ideals of PLUR: peace, love, unity, and respect. Now, go! Spread your wings and discover, not only some new artists but yourself.