Ultra Singapore: How To Maximise Your Experience At Any Music Festival

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Nothing beats the sheer adrenaline rush when the bass drops. Ultra Singapore and music festivals in general are great ways to experience different cultures while enjoying the amazing music and company with your friends. With Ultra Singapore right around the corner, international and local dance music fans are looking forward to the main stages of big names such as Afrojack, DJ Snake and Nicky Romero.

Looking to get into the music festival scene but not sure where to start? There’s no better time than the upcoming Ultra Singapore music festival! Read on for our guide to maximising your experience at any music festival!

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Pre-Festival: Packing

Whether you’re a grizzled music festival veteran or attending one for the first time, all attendees should not underestimate the importance of planning and packing! You don’t want to end up lost, tipsy and ill-equipped in a music festival packed with more than 50000 people. Let’s first start with the essentials for any music festival packing list.

The Essentials

Even if you forget everything else on this list, keep the following items listed below by your side at all times.

  • Identification – So the authorities can identify you if you’re ever in trouble or in need of help. This is especially crucial in foreign countries, where your passport can make the difference between a slap on the wrist and spending the night in a cell.
  • Festival Tickets – Don’t be that one person who discovers he’s missing entry tickets after travelling all the way to the venue.
  • Cash, Credit or Debit Card – For when you need to buy drinks to stay hydrated or food to fuel you.
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Fashion

It’s called a music festival for a reason. This is the occasion to celebrate, go all out and express yourself creatively. However, with the sweltering heat for Ultra Singapore and extreme weather conditions in areas like Coachella’s dust storms, here are some tips on how to survive them while still looking fashionable and feeling comfortable.

  • Close-toed shoes – Do not under any circumstances wear heels or open-toed footwear like sandals or slippers. While they may be stylish or help you brave the heat, they’re accidents waiting to happen given the mosh pit conditions and constant partying you’ll be doing.
  • Sweater – If it gets too cold, at least you came prepared to brave the wind. Bonus points for hooded sweaters or masks to protect your face from the chilling wind.
  • Poncho – While you could bring an umbrella, two problems could arise from this. You’ll have one hand preoccupied that is constantly holding onto the umbrella. Also, umbrellas take up considerably more space than a poncho. So you’d be much better off with a simple poncho.
  • Swimwear – In case there’s a pool or lake to chill in when the weather gets too hot.
  • Sunglasses – Shades are useful when the sun get too intense or when laser beams decide to randomly jab you in the eyes.
  • Hat or cap – Besides providing protection from the elements, they also make a good accessory.
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Convenience Items

Fashion aside, remember to bring along these items that will improve your overall music festival expedition.

  • Toiletries – It’s always good to carry tissue paper and hand sanitizer with you in case the portable toilet runs out of toilet roll and the sink malfunctions. Also, sunscreen can really help if it’s a day festival.
  • Insect Repellent – Insects at festivals can be common. Apply some on your clothes and you’re good to go.
  • Portable Charger – Don’t get caught in the middle of the festival with a dead phone, without your friends. Make sure your phone is 100% charged and you have a handy portable charger so you can contact others if you get lost.
  • Ear Plugs – It’s better to protect your ears than risk getting permanent damage.
  • Backpack or fanny pack – To hold the items mentioned above.
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Be The Life Of Any Music Festival

Across music festivals, ravers tend to flock to you if you have any of the following:

Flashy Conversation Starters

  • Glowing accessories like glow sticks or anything on you that flashes or lights up – Anything that catches the eye tends to draw people to you. Whether that’s good or bad depends on how receptive you are to others.
  • Merch – Consider rocking that Nicky Romero T-shirt if you’re looking to bond with fellow fans.
  • Flags – Wear that flag with pride as you represent your country and proudly proclaim where you’re from.
  • Totem Poles – Get creative here since they’re meant to stand out. Useful for locating your friends, these poles are extremely useful for navigation when it gets too dark. 
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Helpful Items That Are Often Forgotten About

  • Water – Festivals can really dry you out with all the jumping and standing under the sun. Keep yourself and strangers around you hydrated and they’ll be your new best friends.
  • Fan – For venues with no ventilation, mini fans can be a life saver.
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Pre-Festival: Planning

Now that you have everything packed, it’s time to begin planning ahead. Ensure you know what’s going down, how you’re going to get there and how you’re going to spend the night if the music festival lasts multiple days.

If you’ve yet to do any planning and wouldn’t mind snagging some last minute tickets, here are the details.

Ultra Singapore will be taking place on the 15th and 16th of June, with gates opening from noon onwards. The address of the venue is Ultra Park, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971. The highlights of Ultra Singapore include Afrojack, Above & Beyond, Dj Snake, Nicky Romero and many more popular DJs. For many, this is Singapore’s biggest EDM festival and is a definite must-go for music festival goers who enjoy EDM.

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Schedule And Venue

What is the lineup for each day? Know who’s performing, the time they’re performing at and the location of the stages. Some festivals like Ultra Singapore provide mobile apps for you to navigate through the schedule and create a personal schedule of the acts you want to see. Make sure to also have a physical map so you know the layout of the festival in case your smartphone runs out of battery or has no signal.

With regards to the venue, read up on the security policy. Some venues prevent attendees from bringing in open bottles or backpacks beyond certain dimensions. There’s no worse feeling than tossing away that particular piece of jewellery because security views it as too sharp and unsafe for raving.

Accommodation

We get it: you travelled halfway around the world and spent all your savings to get here so you’ll want to save money by camping. Other than sleeping in the vicinity of all kinds of unsavoury characters, you’ll have no access to a shower and use unsanitary portable toilets for multiple days. Don’t punish yourself and plan ahead by finding a cheap Airbnb or hotel to stay in.

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During The Festival

The Group That Goes Together Stays Together

Regardless of your music festival experience, you’re going to underestimate the crowd. Unless you’re fairly confident in navigating the grounds, don’t split up from the rest of your group. Nothing’s worse than losing your friends when it’s dark, you’re surrounded by unfamiliar faces and have a dead smartphone.

Play Nice

Given the crowd and mosh pit conditions, it will be inevitable that your feet gets stomped on and you get nudged. A lot. While your toes may hurt since you ignored our advice and decided to wear slippers, remember to play it cool. The worst thing you want is getting thrown out of the music festival for starting a fight or causing a ruckus.

Remember that everyone there wants to have a good time. Therefore, avoid going around starting fights because of petty accidents.

Take Care Of Yourself And Your Crew

Besides looking out for yourself, take care of your friends too. Make sure they’re not wandering off on their own when they’re drunk. Watch out for each other in case any of you get pickpocketed. Help each other when either of you feel unwell. Maintaining that high can be difficult when you spend multiple days on your feet under the scorching sun. Ultimately, you don’t need to be at the front of every set. It can also be fun to kick back and relax from the back of the audience where you have more breathing room. Stay hydrated and eat so you have the energy to party!

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Post-Festival: Exit And Recovery

When the music festival ends, there is bound to be a line that jams up the taxi flagging process. To make a proper exit, try to leave the venue and head to a more secluded area. Dial for a cab there so you don’t have to wait in line behind a mountain of fatigued ravers. Moreover, don’t be afraid to have a post-festival crash. Do some forward-planning and clear your work in advance so you can focus on recovering. Your body will thank you in advance.

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Ultra Singapore And Beyond

Now that you’ve read our music festival survival guide, you’re ready to have a blast; not only at Ultra Singapore but for the rest of the music festivals that you’re heading to! Just in case you’re planning to head for Ultra Singapore 2018, check out the official website to get last minute tickets! Otherwise for other concerts, here’s a quick guide on how to score them effortlessly! 

Have any useful tips to share? Leave them in the comments below!


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