Music festival fanatics will cross the world to fan out for their favorite bands and acts. Most come home with new friends and stories to cherish for the rest of their lives. For the organizers, accommodating tens of thousands of people’s needs and tastes is no small feat nor is it a perfect science. However, these 7 must-haves are non-negotiable for any music festival these days.
1. Competent But Friendly Security
Mass crowd safety is such a huge concern many people will not risk attending a music festival. So brave ones who go for it should always have security who respects them. No one wants to feel threatened if they walk in the wrong direction, ask to charge a phone off a public outlet or need special help. Trained security guards should exude authority plus compassion and respect for guests. They should be comforting presences part of the fun.
2. Yes, Water
Maybe water is such a basic part of life it gets forgotten when festivals locate far from commercial areas without bodegas, drug stores and traditional hotels nearby. Many locals are present but a high proportion journeyed far from home. They may not know where the quickest place to grab H20 is. This is unfair- and dangerous. Free water stations are their right. All food vendors should sell water as well.
3. Welcome Kits
So much guest onboarding and safety precaution can be stuffed into a friendly, branded welcome kit. These are a win-win for organizers: Guests will promote the festival brand and hashtags online as they show off their gear and gifts. Small notebooks for guests to use in the event of low or no phone signals could feature helpful maps, schedules and FYIs. Sunscreen, earplugs, sun visors, refillable water bottles and trail mixes or candy are necessities with brand potential as well.
4. An Airtight Green Plan
A PR storm will come if reports and pictures surface with filthy, litter-polluted grounds and irresponsible waste removal. Glass, plastic and foodstuff recycling or compost bins are as critical as top headliners. Volunteers should work to help fans find these and use them. Shuttle buses cut down high fuel use and vehicle emissions, as well as limit individual rideshares and limos. All printed materials must land on recycled paper, no exceptions.
5. Respect For All Abilities
Surprisingly, some festivals still need reminders to consider ADA basics such as wheelchair ramps and handicap accessible bathrooms. The best festivals have gone further than the basics. They’ve added wheelchair and medical device charging stations. Know the laws and stick to them.
6. Chill Space
Fact: Music giants want their fans hyped up and rocking out, not limp and drained. Empathy for fans standing and pushing against crowds should gift them calm tents and safe spaces. After all, music festivals are not just about music. Times with friends, families and partners mean just as much to people as hearing their summer jam live. Room to recharge lets folks check in with their energy levels and alcohol consumption, to cut down on fainting and dehydration.
7. Down Time
It’s a music festival, not a race. The schedule should include time to eat and chill out, navigate to acts on different stages and sneak a bathroom break in between star attractions. If it comes down to squeezing one more name on the marquee and slipping in an hour’s time to slow down throughout the day, choose the breather.
Hamed Wardak currently lives between his home in New York City and On the island of Puerto Rico. Wardak is the son of a former defense minister for Afghanistan. Hamed Wardak is an entrepreneur and recently joined the techno music world, creating, producing, and performing his new artistry in underground techno clubs all over the world. Hamed Wardak is known as Valen of Wicked.