Top 10 Festival Fails to Avoid: A Party Guru’s Guide to Festival Success

A festival is more than just a series of concerts. It’s a rite of passage, a temporary escape into a world where music, art, and camaraderie converge to create unforgettable experiences.

The difference between an epic adventure and a comedy of errors often lies in the details, however. Thankfully, Party Guru Press is here to share the wisdom of the ages (and a few hard-learned lessons) with our guide to the top 10 festival fails to avoid.

Your Camp

1. The Early Bird Gets the Worm (and a Good Camp Spot): Before you let the festive spirit whisk you away, take a moment to set up your camp. Picture this: you’re returning from the night’s festivities, and instead of fumbling in the dark to pitch your tent, you glide into your cozy haven, ready for a good night’s sleep.

2. Anchor Down Your Abode: Inspired by the tales of Sonic Bloom 2022, where a sudden storm turned the gathering into an impromptu kite festival (but with tents!), we remind you to anchor your belongings. The correct weights and tent stakes can mean the difference between sweet dreams and chasing your home down in a storm.

3. Find Me If You Can: In the endless sea of tents, making your campsite stand out with a unique flag or light can be the beacon that guides you home each night, saving you from the despair of the lost wanderer.


4. The Devil’s in the Details: There’s always that “Oh no” moment when you realize you forgot something crucial. Avoid faux pas by consulting our “Surviving Festival Season 101” guide, your bible for everything from earplugs to toothbrushes.

5. Dress for Success, Rain or Shine: Burning Man 2023 was a muddy reminder that deserts can cry, too. Equipping yourself for all weather scenarios ensures the only thing dampening your spirits is the unexpected shower during your favorite set.

6. The Great TP Shortage: When nature calls at a mass gathering, the response might be a lonely echo from an empty toilet paper roll. Bringing your own supplies turns you from a mere attendee into a festival survivalist.

Self Care/Enjoying the Festival

7. Pace Yourself: The party is a marathon, not a sprint. Tempting as it may be to try and experience everything at once, remember: the best things in life are enjoyed moment by moment, not all at once.

8. Hydration Station: Water is the elixir of life and the key to stamina. Staying hydrated keeps you dancing longer, feeling better, and ready to face the day (or night) ahead.

9. The Lobster Look Isn’t In: Reapply sunscreen like it’s your job. A gnarly sunburn is a health hazard and a surefire way to put a damper on your festival fashion.

10. Disconnected but not Lost: In the digital desert that is a festy, your phone’s search for a signal can be futile. Pre-download maps and schedules to navigate the festival like a pro, ensuring you catch every act on your list.

Don’t be a Festival Failure

By arming yourself with these insights, you’re not just preparing for a festival but setting the stage for an epic saga of music, memories, and mischief, minus the mishaps. So pack your bags, gather your friends, and dive into your next festival adventure with the confidence of a Party Guru.