How to Get Ready for a Music Festival Abroad

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Calling all music music lovers and festival enthusiasts studying abroad this semester! The time has finally come to forget your inhibitions and immerse yourselves in the good vibes of Barcelona’s Abroadfest.

Whether this will be your first experience with a music festival or you’re already a festival pro, remember: you’re in Europe this time! To get you pumped, our list of tips for attending a festival abroad:

1. Know the Line Up: 

The key component to a music festival is, of course, the music. Abroadfest will be held in  Razzmatazz and Shôko, so make sure you’re ahead of the game and know where to be at what times by looking up the Abroadfest Line Up now. In order to ensure that you are up front for your favorite bands, plan out your strategy ahead of time and know which stages you want to post up at and which times you’ll need to be there. While you’re checking out the lineup, if you find some bands you haven’t heard of, take the time to make a dope playlist and learn some new music. You’ll be glad you did when you get to experience these bands live.

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2. Bring the Right Equipment: 

The last thing you want is to be at a music festival without the essentials. The second to last thing you want is to be overwhelmed with stuff while you’re trying to rage to your favorite bands. The happy-medium here is to bring the essentials and pack lightly. Make sure you are packing everything in a secure, light bag; a bag that zips is preferable for security reasons – fanny packs are your friends. We consider must-haves to be an external battery for your phone, an extra protein bar for energy, a hard copy of notes you’ve made regarding which stages to be at which times in case your phone does die, whatever form of money you decide is best for you, and a water bottle. Anything else is just extra – except good vibes, of course!

3. Stay Hydrated and Nourished:

As mentioned above, we always recommend bringing a protein bar and a water bottle. Keep in mind that some festivals restrict liquids and foods being brought in, so consider chugging a water bottle before you go. Staying hydrated is key, especially when surrounded by hundreds of people jumping around in a tightly-packed setting. You’re going to sweat…a lot. Your body will thank you for focusing on getting enough water in your system.

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4. Prioritize Safety:

Safety abroad is always a priority, and this becomes even more important at a music festival. For a full list of ways to protect yourself (and your bank account), check out our blog on How to Stay Safe While Abroad.

5. Live in the Moment:

The best part of a music festival? Vibes — so long as they’re positive! You’re surrounded by great music, creative visuals, and interesting people. Focus less on capturing the perfect Snap or Insta story, and more on engraving every detail you can into your memory.

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