5 of The Best, and Worst, Festival Traditions

Music festivals are strange old places aren't they? Little pockets of wonderment where social norms go out the window and it's perfectly acceptable to run around naked, painted from head toe and, how shall we say, off with the fairies. But we wouldn't have it any other way.


Music festivals are strange old places aren’t they? Little pockets of wonderment where social norms go out the window and it’s perfectly acceptable to run around naked, painted from head toe and, how shall we say, off with the fairies. But we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Amongst all these are a few traditions that make these occasions all the more special (or unbearable, depending on whichever way you look at it).

I looked a little deeper at these and picked out five of the best, and worst, traditions from music festivals, including Reading’s “Dave Rave”, Roskilde’s naked run, and that f-ing Jeremy Corbyn chant.

Roskilde’s Naked Run

What lengths would you go to to bag a free ticket to your favourite festival? It seems that Roskilde fans will go pretty far indeed. Every year since 1999 the festival has hosted a naked run, with participants lured in to bear all by the prize of a free ticket to next year’s festival.

Reading’s “Dave Rave”

If you’ve ever been to Reading and Leeds Festivals, you’ll know what I’m on about when I shout “Alan!” However, some absolute boffins came up with the wiz idea of a “Dave Rave”, which as you probably guessed, is a rave made up entirely of people called Dave. How they make it happen? By going around shouting “Dave!”, course. Genius.

Glastonbury flags

Most festivals wont let you take flags anywhere near their stages, but at Glastonbury it’s actively encouraged. Not only does this make a f-ing great spectacle, but some of them are funny as. Oh, and they also make a great reference point for getting back to your mates after you’ve had to make a dash for the toilets.

“Oh, Jeremy Corbyn”

Ok, let’s park the British politics for a moment. Can we all please agree that this chant needs to stop? Or any boozy, uninventive lad-chanting for that matter. I don’t care whether you think Jeremy Corbyn is the messiah or a socialist grim reaper, chanting someone’s name over and over again to ‘Seven Nation Army’ not only ruins the song, but also does my bloody head in.

Burning the Man, literally

If you like burning huge effigies of stuff then you’ll literally be in heaven at Burning Man. I mean, the name for a start gives off some pretty big hints about what will be going down, however mysterious and exclusive the rest of the festival may be.

The main burn takes place on the Saturday night before Labour Day, and involves setting alight a 40-foot effigy made of wood to symbolise rebirth. It’s followed by the burning of a temple on Sunday, with a few smaller burns in between, because you know, burning stuff is cool, and fun.

 


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