Festival Safety - The Big Feastival Canada - 18th - 20th August 2017

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Festival Safety

Some important things to think about before you attend the festival: 

  • Don't buy your ticket from a ticket scalper, an unauthorized site or the secondary market – the tickets may be fake or void and you simply won't get in. 
  • Think about how you're going to get to the festival. Decide the best way to travel for you - train/bus/car – and book your ticket in advance. If you're travelling by public transport, make sure you get a return ticket - whilst you might be sad the festival is over you'll be really disappointed if you can't get home.
  • If you plan to travel by car, make sure your vehicle is roadworthy and running well - you really don't want a breakdown on a festival site (or even en route or on the way home) it may prove to be very expensive! When celebrating your last night, moderate your alcohol intake and rest up - remember you will be driving the next day.
  • If you take medication for any illnesses, make sure you have enough to cover you for the duration that you will be away from home (and take it in its original packaging, as proof it's for you - just in case). If you have a medical condition that might cause severe problems, make sure your friends know what to do in an emergency and wear a medic-alert bracelet or necklace, so that people know what to do in the event you lose consciousness.
  • Wet wipes are always very useful, as are plastic bags to keep dry clothes in when it's wet, and muddy or dirty clothes when you're done with them. Remember to bring clothing for all weather situations.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen and sunglasses – sunscreen is important whatever the weather forecast says - even an hour in the sun can give you sunburn.
  • Bring condoms/contraceptive pills/tampons as required. 
  • Don’t forget a towel - toiletries - deodorant and toothbrush/toothpaste 
  • Don't bring anything to a festival that you can't afford to lose. If you do bring valuables, carry them with you.

Car parking 

  • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. 
  • Secure the doors and windows. 
  • Remember where you left the car to avoid any hassle when leaving.

Pitching your tent 

  • Choose your location wisely. Make sure you can recognize your bit of the site by fixed landmarks (like trees or poles) - you could also try decorating your tent with flags or paint as identifiers. Do remember that things can look very different at night & when other people have arrived and set up - it's amazing how your little bit of landscape can change when you're not looking! 
  • Don’t leave anything valuable in your tent during the day when you are not there. 
  • Get to know your neighbours, then you can keep an eye on each others' stuff. If there are a few people in your camping party, try setting tents up in a circle with the entrances facing one another.

Looking out for you 

  • Try to eat at least one hot meal a day and drink sufficient non-alcoholic drinks, being dehydrated makes you more prone to feeling tired/irritable and having headaches - not what you want after spending a lot of money to attend! 
  • It can't be over stressed - DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. If it's really hot, stay in the shade as much as possible, use sunscreen and cover up exposed skin to prevent painful burning and sun stroke with its flu like systems. 
  • Do not feel pressured into drinking excessively. You know what your limit is and what you are comfortable with - don't let anyone make you feel you should be doing something you don't want to. What's okay for your friends might not be for you and vice versa - so never pressure someone into doing anything they would rather not.

In the crowd 

  • Here are a few ideas to keep you safe in large crowd situations (or as safe as possible - no event can be completely risk free): 
    • Arrive at the venue in plenty of time to familiarize yourself with the setup and layout –find where the exits are, also check where the medical services are located and find the information area? 
    • Make a decision with your friends as to where you will meet up or make contact if you get separated - either inside the venue if you just lose each other or outside the venue if something happens there - that way you all know what you will do and how you will make contact. 
  • Most people want to be near the front of the stage for their favourite acts – but don’t spoil the experience by forcing yourself into an already overcrowded situation if you do not feel comfortable.

Be safe 

  • Stay in groups and be tolerant of people slowing you down. Just enjoy going with the flow. Festivals are busy places, so don't be irritated by being pushed or someone stepping on your toes. 
  • Remember, alcohol or drugs can affect your ability to make safe judgments. Illegal drugs are strictly prohibited.
  • Don’t forget to keep your cellphone charged. Check it on a daily basis. There is a recharging facility onsite. 
  • Organize a meeting point with your friends where you will be three times a day (e.g. 2pm, 6pm and 1am) in case you get split up. 
  • If you are a victim of crime, contact on site police or festival security immediately. Report any incident, even near misses as soon as possible, you may save someone else!

Your valuables 

  • Festivals do attract criminals who spend their summer touring the festivals and stealing from cars and tents, be aware of this and ensure you look after any valuables. 
  • Keep a note of your banks emergency number so that you can call them if your cards are lost or stolen.
  • Don't leave any valuables inside your tent when you are not there. Store your valuables well at night, maybe even sleep with them in your sleeping bag. 
  • Protect your phone. 
  • Tag your keys with your phone number. Many sets of keys are found at festivals and this will allow you to be reunited with them. 
  • Mark your property and your tent with your name and postcode. This will significantly reduce the risk of things being stolen. 
  • To make life harder for thieves, leave your tent untidy so that there is no obvious bag to grab quickly. 
  • Bring only the cash cards you need. 
  • If you need medicines with you onsite, keep them with you.

Permitted Items

  • Small, collapsible umbrellas.
  • Soft-sided coolers.
  • Small towels.
  • Small bags and backpacks.
  • One (1) factory-sealed bottle of water.
  • Personal pre-packaged food with no broken seal.
  • Lawn chairs & pop-up shelters. Note these will not be allowed within the main bowl in front of the main stage, beyond the cordon line Items in this prohibited area will be removed by security.
  • Reasonable amounts of sunscreen (no aerosol bottles permitted).
  • Plastic refillable drink containers (must be empty). CamelBak bladders must be empty and removable.
  • Prescription medication, provided medications are in an identifiable prescription container and the individual has identification to associate them to the prescription.

Prohibited Items

  • Outside alcohol, including from the campsite.
  • Drugs and/or drug paraphernalia of any kind.
  • Weapons of any kind and/or items that can be used as weapons, including wallet chains or spikes.
  • Glass or sharp objects.
  • Hard-shell coolers.
  • Flares, fireworks or floating lanterns (ie. “Chinese lanterns”).
  • Megaphones or air-horns.
  • Laser pointers of any kind.
  • Soccer balls and other sports equipment, unless provided as a sponsorship handout .
  • Skateboards, rollerblades, scooters motorized vehicles, etc.
  • Animals (service animals are permitted with proper identifiers and documentation).
  • Tents (only permitted in the campsite).
  • Gang clothing and/or gang support shirts.
  • Aerosol cans of any kind.
  • Flyers/stickers/posters.
  • Any projectile and/or items that can be used as a projectile.
  • Framed or large backpacks.
  • Any commercial photographic or filming equipment.
  • Flying or filming with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or so-called drones).