September marks the beginning of music festival in Shanghai. Compared to those around the world, they tend to be a bit tamer and more accessible for families that want to rock out. Here are a few tips to make the most of the experience.
1. Pick the right festival
While parents may not have to worry that music festivals in China are as hedonistic as Woodstock or SXSW, they still have to do a bit of research into their festival options. Some like Concrete & Grass have heaps of creative activities designed for kids, while others like Strawberry are more appropriate for teenagers.
2. Come well-stocked
Whether you’re going for a day or camping for a weekend, your festival experience will be enhanced if you bring the right supplies. Make sure to bring a large mat for the family to sit on, snacks for everyone, sufficient amount of water for hydration, and sweaters or other warmer clothing for the evening when the temperature cools down. Make a checklist beforehand of essential items. The last thing you want is to have to leave a festival early because you forgot something important. Also remember, charge up your phone before you head out and bring a power bank.
To spice up the fun for kids, invest in a music festival wagon. Get into the craze that will ensure the kids have a place to rest while you easily move them about.
3. Set up a base
With multiple stages and on-site marketplaces, music festivals offer a world for the family to explore. It’s a great environment for the curious, but first thing first - set up a spot to meet up that is easy to remember, so that family members can split up if they wish. Take a walk as a family through the entire festival grounds to help everyone get oriented and decide collectively what the emergency meet-up place will be.
4. Rock out!
So you’ve finally made it to the music festival and have figured out an emergency meeting spot. What’s next? Have fun! Whether it’s interacting with vendors, taking part in activities or grooving to the performances, music festivals are a celebration and one that can give entire families an experience they will never forget.
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Buy tickets for Concrete & Grass here or scan the QR code.
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