So summer is officially here, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to spend those warm and sunny days. Sure there’s patios, BBQs and the beach, but don’t forget about the music festivals. Yes, that’s right — music festivals. It seems like with each passing year more festivals around the world pop up with amazing talent and action-packed schedules. Now unless you’ve got some serious cash flow, or a wicked job you probably won’t be at every festival, but with this guide you’ll be able to be at a few.

Research, Research, Research // Knowing what festivals are happening, where they are happening, and who will be performing is key. It is never too early to start your research, you may not get all the details right away, but you’ll have the upper leg on festivalgoers. So, get on social media, the websites for your favourite artists and get the 411!

Pick the right ones // If you’re a fan of a particular sound or genre there will most likely be some overlap among artists performing at festivals. This may sound obvious, but always choose the festival that has the most artists you actually like. You’ll probably see the same artists twice in one summer, but if you are fan of their music consider it a bonus gift. Compare artist line-ups for the perfect mix you’ll enjoy.

With big festivals like NXNE or Governor’s Ball its unlikely you’ll know every artist on the bill. Don’t be discouraged, after all that’s the joy of it all, these festivals will make you a fan of new artists and bands.

Don’t be afraid to discover new music // With big festivals like NXNE or Governor’s Ball its unlikely you’ll know every artist on the bill. Don’t be discouraged, after all that’s the joy of it all, these festivals will make you a fan of new artists and bands. Find the festival with the right mix for your musical taste, and when all else fails go on YouTube or SoundCloud and look those artists up!

Save, Save, Save // When it comes to making sure you hit up the max amount of music festivals possible, saving your money is vital. Most out of town festivals will offer tickets plus accommodation, but if you’re savvy you can find cheaper options. Ticket cost, accommodation and travel can add up quickly so find a group of friends and split the cost up. Find relatives or friends living close to the festival’s site and make it a road trip or hop on the bus. Actually take the time to plan more than a few weeks in advance to make sure your money isn’t funny and things go smoothly.

Get in the mix, but don’t be a concert snob. Remember once the concerts start let go of your phone and camera and just be in the moment, music festivals are really special moments that pictures just can’t recreate.

Enjoy the show // At most music festivals there will be no shortage of things to do, of course there are the performances, but many offer much more. Take advantage of the experience by visiting exhibits, seminars and whatever else is available. Get in the mix, but don’t be a concert snob. Remember once the concerts start let go of your phone and camera and just be in the moment, music festivals are really special moments that pictures just can’t recreate. Have fun, stay hydrated and take in as much of the music as you can, after all isn’t that why you went?

Words By. Patrick Dennis Jr. + Photos By. Candace Nyaomi