Age is just a number! Listen up, folks. I’m sure you’ve asked yourself this question at least once: Am I too old to attend a festival? I mean, come on! Is age really just a number, or should we hang up our dancing shoes once we reach a certain age milestone?
Music, my friends, is ageless.
It’s like a fine wine, it just gets better with time.
Do you think Mick Jagger stopped rocking and rolling when he hit his 50s, 60s or even his 70s?
Festivals Aren’t Just For The Young’uns
Some of you might think that festivals are exclusively the domain of the young and carefree.
A world of neon tutus, glittery faces, and wellies, right? Well, that’s just one side of the coin. Festivals are as diverse as the people who attend them, and let’s be honest, isn’t that what makes them so great?
We’ve got all sorts from the little kiddies dancing on their parents’ shoulders to seasoned festival veterans who’ve seen it all and then some. There’s no age limit on having a good time!
In fact, festivalgoers are more likely to spend money when they’re in their 30s, 40s or older.
I’m in my late thirties and I am able to spend 3 or 4 times as much as a 19 year old at a festival!
But, What About The Comfort?
Okay, I hear you.
Sleeping in a tent, wrestling with portable loos, and braving the unpredictable British weather can be daunting, no matter your age. But remember this, festival organisers aren’t daft.
They know their crowd and cater to everyone.
Luxury glamping, anyone? And what about those comfy chill-out zones and VIP areas?
Well, if you’re flashing the cash – then go for it!
Camping Equipment has Come a Long Way!
A few modern camping innovations can save you for a weekend of discomfort!
- Get a decent inflatable camping mat – these are extremely sturdy and supportive compared to old-fashioned camp beds
- An all-season sleeping bag – perfect for all weathers (I also bring a full king-sized “imperfect duvet” that I got for a tenner on a market stall
- A sturdy camping chair – we can’t stand up all day, you know!
- A blackout tent – the Quechua 4.1 Fresh & Black tent is large enough to stand up in, has blackout lining and it’s extremely well-ventilated – making it the ultimate luxury camping experience at a festival (besides glamping of course)
And The Noise?
Well, sure, festivals are loud. But isn’t that part of the charm? The booming bass, the rip-roaring crowd, the echo of your favourite song across an open field – it’s a sort of magic that’s hard to replicate.
And hey, if your ears need a break, most festivals have quieter areas where you can relax and recharge.
However, human ears weren’t meant to stand in front of amplified music for hours at a time, so ear protection is a must if you want to avoid tinnitus.
See also: Best ear protection for music festivals
So, Am I Too Old?
Honestly, only you can answer that question.
Age is just a number, right? What matters more is how you feel. Still got that zest for life, that itch to groove, and that love for live music? Well, then, you’re never too old to attend a festival!
Life’s too short to miss out on the fun. Grab that bucket list, put on your festival gear, and get ready to make some unforgettable memories. After all, isn’t that what festivals are all about?
Remember, you’re only as old as you feel. So, are you ready to rock the festival scene? Let’s hear it, all together now: “We’re never too old for a festival!”
Practical Tips For Older People At Festivals
Stepping into the festival grounds with decades of wisdom behind you? Good on ya! Now, let’s make sure you have a blast. Here’s some practical advice for the seasoned festival-goer:
1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
Whether you’re a festival newbie or an old hand, preparation is key. From checking the weather forecast to packing essentials like sun cream and wellies (this is the UK, remember?), a little prep goes a long way. And don’t forget those ear plugs! They’ll come in handy when you’re ready to hit the hay but the party’s still going strong.
2. Choose Your Accommodation Wisely
While roughing it in a tent is part of the charm, remember there are other options available, too. Fancy a bit more comfort? Consider ‘glamping’, which often includes beds, electricity, and even private bathrooms. Many festivals also offer campervan areas. These options can be a bit more expensive, but hey, you’re worth it, right?
3. Pace Yourself
Festivals can be a marathon, not a sprint. Take it easy, mate! Don’t try to see every band or do every activity. Choose what interests you most and take plenty of breaks. Remember to drink plenty of water, too.
4. Don’t Shy Away
You have just as much right to be there as any 21-year-old, don’t stay on the periphery – go and enjoy!
5. Take Care of Your Health
Remember to bring any medication you need, and make sure you know where the medical tent is, just in case. Don’t forget to slap on that sunscreen, even if it looks cloudy. You’re here for a good time, not a sunburn!
6. Make New Friends
Festivals are all about community. So why not strike up a conversation with your tent neighbours, or have a dance-off with that group of youngsters? Who knows, you might end up being the life of the party!
And most importantly, don’t forget to have a blast! Festivals are about music, fun, and creating unforgettable memories. So go out there, enjoy the vibes, and show ’em that age is just a number! Who’s up for a boogie?
Final Thoughts: Age Is But A Stage
Alright, you’ve read the tips, you’ve got the know-how, now it’s time to go out there and show ’em what you’ve got. Festivals are a space for everyone – a melting pot of cultures, tastes, and ages.
They’re about living in the moment, about experiencing the freedom of the open air, and about creating lifelong memories.
Whether it’s your first time or you’re a festival aficionado, never let age dictate your festival journey. Remember, it’s not the years in your life that count, but the life in your years. You’ve got the energy, the passion, and the love for music – that’s what truly matters.
Embrace the festival vibes, let loose, and soak in every magical moment. You’re never too old to dance like no one’s watching or sing like no one’s listening. From the mosh pit to the chill-out zones, you have the freedom to roam, explore, and experience the joy that festivals bring.
So grab your wellies, pack that sun cream, and let the music guide your way. You’re not ‘too old’ for a festival, you’re just right. Ready for your encore?
Until next time, keep the music alive, keep the passion burning, and keep those festival vibes going strong. Age? It’s just a number. Festival fun? That’s timeless.