Music has always served several purposes in my life; music has the power to lift my spirits when I’m feeling down, amplify my mood during parties and celebrations, and helps me contemplate where and who I am in this great big world, while also motivating me for what’s to come.
Pretty deep, eh?!
But I'd fallen out the habit of going to music festivals.
Until, this year, when I got off my derriere and went to one in the UK (not Glastonbury I may add, but cool nonetheless)!
So, what did I learn from going to a music festival?:
Glad you asked! Let's take a look...
1. Digital Detox....Turn Off And Tune In
In this day and age, the electronic distractions in life can be overwhelming and all-consuming.
Text messages, emails, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more, the list is endless and so easily accessible.
Each of these communication vehicles has revolutionized the manner in which we contact, stay in touch and share our lives with friends and family (and sometimes strangers). That's one way of looking at it.
They have also managed to distract us beyond belief from the here and now (think of teenagers—and adults—buried in their respective devices while “real life” happens all around them).
The idea of resisting the temptation to share every minute of my life at the Festival with others via social media, often at the expense of my own “right now” experiences, admittedly took me a while to warm up to.
But once I turned off all my devices and immersed myself in all the great music, people and food, I actually forgot all about my various devices as I forged new—and in some cases, lasting—friendships with people from around the state and beyond.
Digital detox is definitely good for you.
2. Absorb Every Minute
The festival taught me to absorb every minute of my life and experiences.
From the awesome and very inspiring, Technicolor concert shows, to the selfless sharing of food (and alcohol), I tried to share in as many experiences as possible.
The end result was an incredible memory and left me counting the days until next year’s Festival.
3. Be Open To New Experiences
The first thing I did once I arrived at the festival was check out the list of singers, bands and other festival events, and I made a list of the concerts and events I just HAD to see.
However, once the festival commenced, I reexamined this hurried list and realized I had checked-off only those bands I knew about or listened to.
Then and there—and not wanting to limit my festival experience to the “same old thing”—I made up my mind to see as many new bands and shows as I could.
This led to a whole new appreciation for certain types of music—and friendships with people I might have otherwise avoided.
ber To Rest
For me, the first few days of the festival seemed like a blur.
When I wasn’t working, I was partying and listening to some awesome music, and hanging out with some new-found buddies.
The pace of those first few days, however, was not sustainable, and I found myself dragging during the daylight hours.
Therefore, my advice to anyone attending a Summer Music Festival is to take time to rest and get the proper amount of sleep—the party will be waiting for you when you wake up!
Been to any decent festivals? What was your experience? Share below, would love to hear.
Ged is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Djangology’ and when he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his Campervan.