By The Fans, For The Fans
Well all of us at Global Metal Apocalypse are adamant you have read what is below a million or so times, but we cannot stress some of the items below as being more important than having to be carted home or to the hospital due to lack of TLC on yourself and your fellow compatriots.
First off, as this is hosted in the heat of the British summer (as depressing as it seems already this year), it is important you keep yourself in check, so below we have listed the ten most important things we feel you need in the heat and to enjoy yourself at arguably the UK's best independent music festival going.
Beer is alright but not in the heat, the best times to consume your beer is either early morning or in the evening, the latter is the most ideal time as it is cooler. For sure have one bottle in the day, but don't go excessive and make sure you are kept refreshed with ideally water or non-alcoholic drinks. We cannot stress enough how important it is you keep yourself refreshed. Even the Arabians in 40C drink plenty, so there is no excuse to mistreat your body.
Well this is not a fish festival, therefore you do not plan to match your skin color to that of cooked salmon or lobster. It is important you keep your uncovered skin covered with suncream, you want to be in the pit knowing you're not getting burnt from the sun, let's be honest you would not want to be laying on your back in your tent in agony from sunburn, see? This does not give you an excuse to don black paint for corpse-paint either, oh go on then, but do make sure you cream yourself up.
And no we are not talking about beanie hats or silly caps, we are talking about baseball caps or those hats the Australians tend to wear, believe us we know. It's another way to keep yourself cool and lowers the risk of being burnt. You may think ok but where do i put my hat if it's not sunny? Simple, get one you can fold easily into a pocket or bag.
They aren't just designed to make you look cool or like Neo from the Matrix, they stop harmful light getting into your eyes, plus for those who suffer from hay fever or grass they stop the pollen from getting into your eyes and making you rub your eyes until they get red as a vampire or werewolf seeking blood. Oh and plus they keep your eye area cool.
5. Spare socks / shoes
And now you're thinking, hang on I'm not off to boot camp, nor military camp. Bare with us, if it's hot and you're walking, you're feet sweat, so keeping a pair of fresh socks in your bag or on your person is great for when you need to freshen your feet up, also alternate your footwear each day as this helps your feet adapt to changing surroundings.
Well come on did you plan on sleeping in the countryside without a tent, unless you notice someone has stolen it (yeah right, imagine it?) then don't forget your tent and make sure you place it so that the wind is behind you, not with your door facing the wind. Also, when you wake up open the door, ventilation is key here. Also, when you have all your bits and bobs (clothes, toiletries, purchases, etc) inside, plan where to put them and how you are going to sleep, perhaps use some clothes as a makeshift pillow? Blow up pillows can be bought from Argos at a reasonable price and last a long time.
How else are you going to survive? Sure bring some food but remember chocolate melts so leave that sweet stuff at home unless you bring a cooler box. You will need money to buy food, drinks, gifts and more on site (charge and go for example you need to purchase a ticket prior to going, same for car parking - unless getting the train, coach, or living locally, or getting alternative transport). There are ATM's on site, but they do charge for use, so make sure you have ample finances with you to last the 3 days, allocate how much to spend at a max on each day i.e. taking £250, 3 days, so make it £60 as £60x4 = £240, so you got £10 reserved for emergency.
8. Phone & Camera
The most important device you will need, best to leave the Ipod at home - even with a camera function, take a camera instead. Internet is limited on site. But regarding a phone how do you plan on contacting your buddies if they're camping on the other side of the festival site? Smoke signals are banned, that means you BBQ owners! But also if you need to call someone urgently, i.e. family then you need your phone AND BRING THE CHARGERS! AND SPARE BATTERY FOR YOUR CAMERA!
9. CD's and autograph books / memorabilia.
Tip: Take at max 2 cd's per band you have that corresponds to the bands playing, you will see who are doing signing sessions at the signing tent. On the day of arrival, leave your CD's in your car out of sight - go check on the tent who is doing what on what day, and plan accordingly. Same applies for any other memorabilia. But for those who just want a signature, any small blank book will work.
10. Bloodstock ticket, car parking permit, store and charge permit
Most importantly, your ticket. As without it you cannot get in, so remember it. As for your car parking permit, this only applies to those driving from home - remember to bring it. As for store and charge permits, bring that too - you won't want your phone, camera or any other devices running out of battery and you being stuck without a charge permit to recharge them.
Finally enjoy yourself!
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