It goes without saying really that you’ve got to look out for you and your mates at any event you head to. We’ve put a couple of hot tips together to ensure that you can make it through #Msf17 without any hitches, glitches or hiccups.
Before you even head to the mountain, make sure you’ve packed a coupla things:
- Your tickets – seems like an obvious one but tickets are super easy to forget. If you’ve bought tix off someone else, don’t stress about changing the names. You’re good to go regardless.
- Valid form of ID (Driver’s License, Proof of Age Card, Passport) – MSF 17 is a strictly 18+ event and there will be event staff and police present too
- Sunscreen and shades – regardless of whether it’s going to be a scorcher or not, always be sunsafe
- Comfy shoes – this one goes without saying really
If you’re training it up or down to Gosford Station remember to either bring cash to purchase a bus ticket, or pre-purchase one here to save a bit of time and dosh.
If you and your mates are driving, pile ’em up to get a parking spot for free. If you come with four people in the car (only three if you’re camping), you’re eligible to park for free. Otherwise, pre-purchase a parking pass here for $20. This is to encourage you to carpool and reduce the festival’s carbon footprint.
Now that you’re ready to go enjoy the festival, welcome!
Make sure you and your mates have a plan of attack:
- Organise a spot to meet in case one of you gets lost
- Stay hydrated – if you notice one of your mates is looking a little parched, say something
- Check out the set times here to plan your day in advance
- Be kind to one another – this one goes without saying, be kind to not only your mates, but those around you too
If you’re camping, don’t forget these essential items:
- Tent – you’d be surprised at what people forget
- Sleeping bag/blankets – it gets pretty cool at night
- Water – stock up! Coles and Woolies do a pretty decent deal on 24 packs of water bottles, but be sure to recycle these properly when you’re finished with them
- Enough snacks – I always underestimate how hungry I get at festival’s, so be sure to pack more than enough for you and your mates
- Something warm – on the off chance it gets cool at night
- Something to protect you from the rain – there’s nothing worse than being caught off guard
Now that you’re ready to party, here are a couple of things you think you may not need, but are always handy to have on hand:
- Baby wipes – those things are heaven sent
- Wet weather gear – even if it’s not forecasted to rain, keep it in the back of your mind
- Earplugs – tinitus is real and not very kind
- Hand sanitiser – makes your hands feel and smell good and is just generally something great to have on hand
- Portable phone charger – just in case
Whilst there are things to remember to bring, there are also a few things you should leave at home too:
- A bad attitude – no one likes a dickhead in the crowd. You don’t want to be remembered as that person that ruined the festival for someone else
- Illicit substances – as usual, there will be a heavy police presence at MSF 17. We’ll be working with police to combat this and anti-social behaviour
- Grabby hands – keep your hands to yourself. Consent is sexy.
Lastly, while you’re at MSF 17 remember to:
- Have fun!
- Listen to officials and staff
- If you see someone is struggling, intoxicated or just generally unhealthy, get help. There will be paramedics on site.
- Drink water – it’s going to be quite a long day
- Take lots of pictures – use the hashtag #MSF17 on the day, we love seeing all of your pictures
- Stay nourished – there will be plenty of food on site with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options too
Photo by Life Without Andy