As the summer comes to a head, we’re trying to find any excuse to spend our days outside. From cookouts, to lake days, to concerts, and beyond. It seems that every weekend, we have something planned. One of those activities, could come in the form of a music festival. Music festivals have been around for as long as we can remember. Going all the way back to Woodstock, we see a pattern that has yet to cease— heavy drinking and drug use.
It comes with the territory, and we understand that. However, because these activities are so prevalent, you must be prepared for things that come along with it, such as robbery, violent behaviors, drugged drinks, and sexual predators. Music festivals are meant to be fun, and they can be loads of it. But, if you don’t pay attention, there are dangers on every corner.
Music Festival Safety: Drinking and Partying Smart
Stay with People You Know
First things first, travel in groups. It doesn’t matter where you’re going and what you
‘re doing, don’t do it alone. While music festivals have the reputation of being a fun-loving, happy environment, many people use this guise as a way to take advantage. So, keep your group close by. There is strength in numbers, and those numbers easily act as a deterrent for someone looking to rob you, hurt you, or do something else.
Plan with people you trust
Go to a music festival alongside people you can trust with your life. This sentiment may seem a little bit dramatic, but we assure you, it is not. More than ninety percent of female concert attendees that responded to a survey by OurMusicOurBody have experienced sexual harassment at some point in time. While this can encompass any number of things severity is not the issue here. Almost all women face some type of sexual violence or harassment in these settings. And this is not to say that only women are the victims— it can happen to anyone.
Watch yours, and your friends, drinks
The statistics above are pretty frightening; they almost go to say that you will experience sexual harassment in a concert setting at some point in time. Keep in mind that this survey asked for any instance of sexual harassment. This could be spoken harassment, groping, touching, sexual violence, and drugged drinks.
Drugged drinks are a common issue at music festivals, and bars alike. We all give the warning, or receive it: watch your drinks. Find a lid if you can; don’t take a drink from a stranger unless you watch the bartender make and hand it to you ; watch out for your friends drinks too… There are plenty of ways to say it, but the sentiment is the same— getting roofied is dangerous, common, and will happen to someone you know at some point in time.
By all means, go!!! Have fun, but be wary
Going to a music festival with friends is fun, and everyone should do it at some point in time. But the key is to do so safely. Visit an environment, and have an experience that makes you want to go back, rather than avoid them altogether.