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It is that time of year again, where exams are fast approaching but so is festival season. With both Rocking the Daisies and Smalltown Beat occurring on the same weekend, it will be the only thing students will be talking about this week.

With acts such as The 1975, Russ, Earthgang, Giggs and Tash Sultana gracing the Main Stage at Rocking the Daisies and Rene Wise, Jasmín and Pornbugs performing at Smalltown Beat, it is safe to say that there is more than enough entertainment to indulge in.

However, festivals call for preparation. So here at Die Matie, we are going to give you some tips and tricks to keep you safe and to ensure you have the best time.

Some helpful things:

– Bring flip-flops for the shower (that is if you’re planning to).

– It’s important to eat, and the food vendors will definitely put a dent in your bank account. So try to take food like naartjies, Provitas, biltong and nuts which will keep you going for the day.

– A portable charger is a must unless you want to “disconnect.” But stay with your friends and stay safe.

– Sunscreen, and apply it regularly.

– Triple check if you have all your poles for your tent, you would be surprised at how many people do not and are left without a tent for the weekend. (It’s the small things which will cost you the most…)

– Stay hydrated! (With water).

– Do not overpack, try to plan beforehand what you will wear. The walk to the campsites can be very far, so save yourself some effort.

– Download the Daisies app. It has everything from the lineup, map, updates and now this year, a “find my friends” feature!

– Wet wipes are your friend.

– The weather this year for Daisies and Small Town is in the low 20’s, in the night time it dropping to below 10 degrees. It may be warm in the crowds, but pack a jacket and a warm blanket.

– Bring a trash bag, it will be helpful when you’re cleaning up your campsite on Sunday.

– Create a meeting point with your friends on the festival grounds in case you split up. Cellphone connection may not work at times.

And lastly, festivals are a time for you to make new friends and engage in new experiences. So, enjoy Main Stage and your favourite acts, but branch out and find the silent discos or secret sunrise sessions, too. Focus more on what is happening around you, rather than taking that video on your phone which you know you will never look at again. Be present, and you will have the absolute best time.

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