Music Festival Safety Tips

October is on the way, meaning the Austin City Limits Music Festival is right around the corner! Going to a music festival is always a fun and exciting experience, but it only remains one if you and your family and friends know how to stay safe. This article will break down some essential music festival safety tips to help you get the most out of your festival experience and ensure everyone comes home smiling. Keep reading to learn more! 

Plan Ahead

Coming up with a game plan before heading to the festival can save you a lot of pain and discomfort. Here are a few planning tips: 

  • Research the festival’s location, lineup, and schedule in advance.
  • Share your festival plans with a trusted friend or family member, including your itinerary and contact information.
  • Familiarize yourself with the festival grounds, including the locations of stages, restrooms, and first aid stations.
  • Be aware of any weather alerts or safety announcements from festival organizers.
  • Familiarize yourself with the festival’s emergency evacuation plan.
  • Arrange for a safe way to get to and from the festival, such as a designated driver, rideshare, or public transportation.

Pay Attention to Your Body

You may not realize it, but music festivals and extended outdoor concerts can put your body through a lot. For this reason, it’s important to make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Here are some things to keep in mind: 

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated, especially in Austin’s hot weather.
  • Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays by applying sunscreen with a high SPF.
  • Wear comfortable, breathable clothing and appropriate footwear for walking and dancing.
  • Consider packing a light jacket or hoodie for cooler evenings.
  • Eat balanced meals and pack snacks to help keep your energy levels up.
  • Take Breaks! Pace yourself throughout the day to avoid exhaustion and heat stroke. Find shade or a cool spot to rest when needed.
2 friends hugging at a music festival

Act Responsibly and Stick Together

When it comes to music festival safety, teamwork makes the dream work! Make sure you and your crew are putting your best foot forward by following these guidelines: 

  • Attend the festival with friends or in a group, and establish a meeting point in case you get separated. If someone is missing and fails to arrive at a pre-established meeting point, alert festival staff immediately.
  • If you’re in a large crowd, remain calm and follow the guidance of festival staff and security.
  • Children attending the festival should be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.
  • Keep your phone charged so you can stay in touch with your group and have a means of communication in case of emergencies.
  • Be mindful of personal space and respect the boundaries of fellow festivalgoers.
  • If you choose to drink alcohol or use substances, do so responsibly and in moderation. 
  • Fully understand the potential consequences of drinking alcohol to excess.
  • Do not accept drinks from strangers.
  • Follow festival rules and policies.

Be On the Lookout

In a crowd of people as large as the one that turns out for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, anything can happen. You can help protect yourself and other festivalgoers by being on the lookout for anything suspicious.

  • Use a fanny pack or small backpack to keep your essentials (ID, cash, phone) secure.
  • Consider leaving expensive items at home.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you. Report any suspicious behavior to security or staff.
dancing crowd at a music festival

Rely on Austin Emergency Center

Music festivals are a fantastic way to enjoy live music, have good times with friends, and create unforgettable memories. By following the music festival safety tips outlined above, you can significantly reduce the risks associated with festival attendance, allowing you to focus on the music and the fun.

While rocking out In Austin, Texas, you can trust Austin Emergency Center to provide prompt and expert care when you need it most. Our facilities are staffed by experienced medical professionals available 24/7, 365 days a year, to address your medical needs swiftly and efficiently. Whether you’re experiencing dehydration, heat exhaustion, injuries, or any other medical concern that might arise during a music festival or at any time, we are here to help.

Let’s make this festival season a celebration of music, camaraderie, and safety. Remember to stay informed, stay hydrated, and know where to turn if you or someone around you needs medical assistance. Here’s to a memorable and safe festival experience!