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How to survive Splendour in the Grass

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You finally have your hands on those elusive Splendour in the Grass tickets and you've been counting down the days ever since they landed in your hot-little-inbox!

The 2016 Splendour in the Grass lineup is easily one of the best they've had for a few years and you've had the play-list on repeat since that happy day in April.

Now it's time to prepare! Here are our top tips on how to survive three of the happiest and most exhausting days of your life at Splendour in the Grass.

  1. Book a campsite: Don't waste precious time getting to and from the event. It can take hours trying to get into and out of the farm, you have to watch the number of drinks and it's never fun having to lug around a big heavy bag all day. There's no better feeling than being able to go back to the camp-site and being able to change out of those muddy pants and into something dry and comfortable.  Take our advice – a campsite is definitely the way to go! Even better, arrive with your friends and you'll get adjoining sites.

  2. Invest in a power pack for your phone: Duke Dumont has just finished, your racing to Violent Soho when the unspeakable happens. You can't snapchat (aka Brag about it) the show to your friends. If you were smart, you'd grab your power pack out of your pocket and be back up and running in no time. If not, you'll have to wait for your friend to finish juicing their phone and then beg them to use it for yours – losing precious bragging time. Be smart. Put a power pack in your pocket.

  3. Gumboots: We don't need to say too much here, but those who have been a few times know how invaluable a good pair of gumboots are for your Splendour-bender. Your feet are going to resemble those of somebody who has just completed a tough guy and gal mud run by about half way through the day. music-festival.jpgIMG: @stillsintime

  4. Play list: No matter which way you look at it, you've got a long drive in front of you to get to the event (2hrs from Brisbane or 9hrs from Sydney). So fill the car with your mates, some delicious snacks and download your favourite splendour beats.  Start your warm-up session with a few hits from The Strokes, follow it up with some smooth sailin' with Leon Bridges. By the time you hit Splendour you'll be extra pumped!

  5. Layer up: Don't let the warm days fool you, it still winter and Splendour gets bloody cold at night. Take at least one jumper – you will need it. All the jumping up and down in the world will not save you from the cold while you are standing around between sets. Your costume might be cute during the day, but you'll definitely need to take the cooler evenings into consideration.

  6. Take it slow: Four nights. Three days. This is one BIG weekend. Even for the most avid festival goer, those 12 hour days frolicking from band to band are tiring. Take it slow. Drink at your own pace, the last thing you want is to get so wasted you don't remember the headline acts. While you are at it, make sure you drink loads of water as well to help minimise tomorrows hang-over. And maybe pack a few extra Berocca.

  7. Dry shampoo and wet wipes will save you every time: The whole bathroom situation can become a little dire come day two. Your best bet (if you don't have a self-contained camper) is to bring a good dry shampoo with you. Wash your hair the morning you go down, and a good dry shampoo will see you through the next couple of days. Wet wipes will also be a saving grace. Think about it, 200 toilets, 20,000 people, three days. Yes, you are going to want to wipe down every surface of your exposed body once you emerge from the depths that are the port-a-loo. It'll also allow you to cut the hand-washing line and get back to Band of Horses in no time.

  8. Download the app: The 2016 app is already live. Download it now and get your planner sorted now. We recommend adding: Sigur Rós, Flume, Matt Corby, Band of Horses, Boy and Bear and Hemitude to your planner (screw it – add everyone!).  Adding your favourite bands to your planner ensures you won't miss them. You'll be alerted 15 minutes before they go on stage  

  9. Have fun: At the end of the day, you only live once so make the most of every second. Splendour has been a highlight on the festival calendar for 15 years now and there's a reason why it's so popular. Go with an open mind, dress in your craziest attire, froof up your gumboots and cram in as much as you can over four incredible days.

  10. Take an extra day: Take a day or two after the festival to recover. Byron Bay is a surfing mecca or hit the Gold Coast Beaches and work on your tan while you recover from the craziest days you've ever experienced.

So there you have it; ten of our best tips to help you make the most of your festival experience.


Campers we recommend for Splendour in the Grass:

Mighty Highball: If it's just wheels to get you there and a place to crash at the end of the day then the highball is ideal for three people

Mighty Deuce: If it's just the two of you and you don't want to use port-a-loos and communal showers this is perfect:

Mighty Double down: Compact enough you shouldn't take up too much precious space and big enough you can fit four people:

Mighty Big 6: "I like big butts and I cannot lie" – It might be big and chunky but it means you can fit 6 of your best along with not having to use communal facilities:

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