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Music Festival Etiquette: How to Be a Respectful Festival-Goer

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

Music festivals are more than just some event; they're vibrant celebrations of music, art, and culture that bring all unique types of people together! To ensure everyone has a positive and memorable experience, all attendees (and you!) should embrace the core values of PLURR. PLURR, an acronym representing Peace, Love, Unity, Respect, and Responsibility, is about creating good vibes, looking out for each other, and making sure everyone has a blast in a positive and respectful atmosphere.

Let's chat about how you can embody the ‘PLURR Principles’ and be a respectful and responsible music festival goer.

Peace: Finding Harmony Amidst the Crowd

At the heart of every festival is the need for good vibes, both within ourselves and with the people around us. Some ways to keep peace and find harmony at a music festival could include

  • Respect the Space: Music festivals get crowded, so be mindful of people's personal space. Give each other room to dance and don’t shove through people.

  • Chill Out Zones: If things get overwhelming, most festivals have designated chill-out areas. Take a breather, regroup, and get back to the fun when you're ready. I find that taking a break for thirty minutes can make a huge difference if I am feeling overwhelmed!

Love: Spreading Positivity and Connection

Shared love is a binding force that transforms music festivals into extraordinary, shared experiences. I have met so many kind humans at festivals and have made lifelong friends. Ideas for spreading positivity at a festival include:

  • Random Acts of Kindness: Small gestures like giving small gifts, offering a helping hand, or complimenting someone's outfit can spread positivity. My favorite random act of kindness is offering my photography skills to individuals since everyone loves a good photo of themselves!

  • Encourage Inclusivity: Be welcoming to rave babies or solo attendees. Invite them to join your group, and help create a welcoming atmosphere for everyone!

Unity: Fostering a Sense of Togetherness

Unity at a festival is that electric feeling when thousands of people come together, sharing laughter and great moments. A few ways to foster unity include:

  • Community Involvement: Engage in group activities and events at the festival to add to the fun! At Big Dub this year I found that the events really created something special between all attendees. My personal favorite was that most attendees participated in a group howl at midnight.

  • Team Spirit: We are all at the music festival to have a good time! Recognize that everyone is part of a collective celebration and spread kindness to those around you.

Respect: Treating Others as You Want to Be Treated

Respect at a music festival is paramount as it truly helps individuals to come together, celebrate their shared love for music, and create unforgettable experiences. A few ways to demonstrate respect include:

  • Cultural Sensitivity: Approach cultural elements with an open heart and a willingness to learn, avoiding appropriation or insensitivity.

  • Environmental Respect: Be mindful of the festival environment. Dispose of waste responsibly, respect nature, and leave no trace at your campsite. As an example, I normally use a reusable cup at my campsite to reduce the trash I am producing.

  • Consent and Boundaries: Always respect personal boundaries and obtain consent before engaging in any physical interactions. Communication is key to ensuring everyone feels comfortable and safe.

Responsibility: Nurturing a Safe and Sustainable Celebration

The importance of responsibility at a music festival lies in ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment for yourself and everyone around you. Responsibility is crucial for the well-being of both festival-goers and the environment:

  • Personal Well-being: Take responsibility for your own health and safety. Stay hydrated, know your limits, and seek help if needed.

  • Community Safety: Look out for the well-being of those around you. If you see someone alone and in distress, alert festival staff or medical personnel. We all play a role in creating a safe and supportive community.

In conclusion, embracing PLURR is not just a guideline; it's a commitment to creating an environment where everyone can fully enjoy the magic of raves and music festivals. So, as you gear up for your next festival adventure, keep some of these things in mind, and who knows, I may see you there.

Thanks for reading!

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