With multiple passes to purchase, camping options to consider, and quite a stacked array artists to pick and choose from, itâs just that time year again: festival season.
Ultra Music Festival will be the yearâs first premiere music festival next weekend, but for those in the Northeast this summer, look no further than Firefly Music Festival in âThe Woodlandsâ Dover, DE. Firefly is now three months away, from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 17, so if you havenât done so already, it is time to start planning your trip.
The Woodlands, however, fer a different experience compared to most music festivals, and as a Firefly rookie two short years ago, I made many mistakes in preparing for the long weekend. Thus, for 2018, weâve brought in the experts, asking Firefly veterans tips and tricks to create the ultimate guide to the Woodlands.
From the most mundane reminders to festival hacks, these veterans have your Firefly trip covered.
After youâve purchased your passes to the festival, a much bigger decision than most may realize follows: camping and lodging. It seems simple, go for the cheapest option to save money for beer because Firefly has the best beer options (seriously), but the slightest camping upgrade may make all the difference.
âThe best thing I can think to do for Firefly is get premiere camping,â Kimberly Ilkowski said. Referring to the Wednesday tent campingÂ over the general option, friend Jessica Ganga attested to the upgradeâs worth.
âWhen I went my first year our tent was so far from, not only the festival, but also the Hub so we never utilized it,â Ganga added. She has since upgraded to the Wednesday tent camping for her more recent Firefly endeavors, but she also mentioned another easily forgotten Firefly perk known as âThe Hubâ to remember.
Nonetheless, itâs important because camping can make all the difference â after all, it is at least half your Firefly Music Festival experience. Joe Cicchino contributed two more tips regarding camping in the Woodlands.
- âDonât be afraid to hang back at the campsite a little during the festivalâ¦ stay at your campsite, hangout, try to take a nap and get ready for the day. Youâll be a lot more relaxed when youâre not running from stage to stage for almost 12 hours.â
- âMake sure your campsite has a canopy or some form coverage. If there isnât cloud coverage, you wonât have shade at the camp and youâll be stuck baking in the sun for an entire weekend. The canopy will also come in handy in case it rains, and there always seems to be one night where it rains.â
And speaking sun, do not forget sunscreen, but Firefly isnât just camping. Itâs a music festival! Firefly Music Festival, specifically, brings a lot artists thatâs only comparable to the countryâs other biggest festivals: Coachella, Lollapalooza, etc.
âRank artists and bands in priority lists so you know when to get a set short to get a good shot!â EJ Paras contributed, because with three, four, or more artists playing at a time, it isnât easy to see every set you love; plan accordingly.
Furthermore, Paras also added several other tips to remember for all festivals: stay hydrated, wear âcomfy shoes that you donât mind getting dirty,â and âa mini-grill is primetime.â Though Firefly does have great food options, not only inside the festival grounds, but also in the Hub, which even feature farmerâs markets, according to Ilkowski.
But lastly, I leave you with the biggest festival hack thanks to Kayla Barnes, buy a disposable toilet seat cover on Amazon. Youâll thank her later when you get to the Woodlands!
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