So far, 2019 has brought some mixed experiences in the festival world.
Download was wet through and particularly muddy, the Isle of Wight missed out on Jess Glynne and Stormzy invited thousands to worship God this weekend at Glastonbury.
But with many festivals to come, including the last ever Soul Survivor, I’m sharing with you five of my top tips for rocking festivals as a singleton!
1. Pack your essentials.
With every festival, be it Christian or secular, my two life savers are Dry Shampoo and a bumper pack of baby wipes, especially for the days when the showers are dirtier than the ground outside! But with Sir David Attenborough encouraging Glastonbury to go green, perhaps this year choose to go more eco with reusable wipes or an old fashioned flannel. And don’t forget that reusable water bottle.
2. Get on team.
Many of the big Christian festivals such as New Wine or Soul Survivor look for team members in exchange for discounted or free tickets. Not only is this a cheaper option but it’s a great opportunity to meet people if you are going on your own. You only volunteer for a small part of the week, and the rest of the time is yours. They often include catering too so no more having to cook meals for one.
3. Watch your limits.
Depending on what festival you’re going to, you might be looking for deep Jesus time, or for more of a party scene.
If you’re flying solo, take care with how much you drink and always make sure you can find your tent!
I went to the Isle of Wight festival a few years back and on the first night my memories are patchy at best! But I was looked after by my close friends… stick together! Stay hydrated, make sure you eat and, from my experience, let the only spirit present be The Holy One.
4. Get a good balance of seminars and chill time.
I’ve always been a big fan of a breakout seminar and have spent years being changed by good talks at Soul Survivor.
But over the years I’ve found you need chill time as well to relax in the sun (or shelter from the rain with a hot chocolate).
If you’re heading to a Christian festival, make sure you get your fill of Jesus without being drained physically.
5. Meet your neighbours.
If you are camping alone, be sure to say hi to the people camping next to them, even offer to help them set up. You never know when you may need some assistance back, for example if your tent suddenly blows away (definitely did not happen to me…).
Whether you are going alone or with friends, sometimes going to a festival can be just another week where you are surrounded by happy Christian couples but there’s lots of opportunities to meet new people, maybe even a potential “someone”.
Finally, my bonus tip:
Come Hang out with Honoured! This summer, the Honoured Team are heading to David’s Tent festival and hosting an Honoured hangout. If you already have your tickets, then make sure to look out for the event in the programme or out social media, otherwise why not get booked in? It will be a chance to take a break from the 72-hour worship and hang out with lots of other single Christians.
Get in touch if you want more information.
But for now, stay safe, always take both suncream and wellies and enjoy the rest of the festival season.