How to avoid freezing your socks off at Russian music festivals

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Visitors at Alfa Future People 2017 music festival in the Nizhny Novgorod Region. / Evgenya Novozhenina/RIA NovostiCallers at Alfa Future People 2017 music festival in the Nizhny Novgorod Section. / Evgenya Novozhenina/RIA Novosti

Soft bass, sunshine, the flu drinks, sun lotion, and a laissez-faire attitude – that’s how a summer music anniversary should be, yes? Sadly, this is not the case in Russia at the moment. Unrelenting shower and low temperatures are threatening to write off the entire season. People aren’t glad.

Last weekend, on July 7 to 9, there were several chunky music festivals in Russia. Among them: The Nashestvie (Invasion) overwhelm festival in the Tver Region, and the Alfa Future People festival (electronic music) in the Nizhny Novgorod Locality. Besides the great music, the two events were united by pouring lavish, knee-deep mud, and cold, soggy tents. So here are eight tips to prepare sure the dark skies don’t ruin your fun over the coming weekends.

1. Steal warm clothes

Festival-goers in rubber boots walking through mud at the 2017 Nashestvie festival. / Alexander Ryumin/TASS Festival-goers in rubber boots walking through mud at the 2017 Nashestvie birthday. / Alexander Ryumin/TASS

Russians do not usually take much see of weather forecasts. According to Murphy’s Law, even if they promise the sun, it determination rain. This may sound obvious, but stock up on a waterproof jacket and a tick pair of jeans in case the heavens open up. You’ll be surprised how many people sink to this.  

«I have attended Nashestvie for five years in a row. I like the fete for the positive and friendly atmosphere,» said Maria Rozanova. «This year, we were not fortunate with the weather. Of course, we watched the forecast and prepared for the worst, but soothe it’s hard to keep in good spirits when it rains the whole day without a burst forth. We also expected mud, but did not appreciated how much of it there was.»

2. Wear wellies

Visitors at Alfa Future People 2017 music festival. / Evgenya Novozhenina/RIA NovostiCompanies at Alfa Future People 2017 music festival. / Evgenya Novozhenina/RIA Novosti

Holiday your fashionable trainers at home, as you risk ruining them in the mud. Rubber wellies may not be the uncountable stylish accessory but they can be a lifesaver. High rubber boots with tucked in trousers = utmost festival fashion, especially in 2017.

“Usually a raincoat is enough, said Maria. «But this often I clearly needed rubber boots and waterproof pants.»

3. Take a car lug rope

Festival-goers pushing a car out of mud at the 2017 Nashestvie music festival. / Alexander Ryumin/TASS Festival-goers pushing a car out of mud at the 2017 Nashestvie music festival. / Alexander Ryumin/TASS

If you scenario to go to the festival by car, don’t forget to throw a rope and a couple of wooden planks in the boot in victim your wheels get bogged down in a quagmire.

«This year drivers were extremely unlucky  – many cars got stuck in the mud,» said Maria. «On Sunday, a tractor went them out for free, but on Saturday other tractors pulled them for 5,000 rubles ($80).»

4. Notion of ahead about your sleeping situation

Festival-goers at the 2017 Nashestvie music festival. / Alexander Ryumin/TASSFestival-goers at the 2017 Nashestvie music holiday. / Alexander Ryumin/TASS

Dancing for three days even on a diet of burgers and not much else takes its toll, and at some applicable you’re going to have to lay your head down. Most likely you’ll be snooze in a tent, so make sure it doesn’t have any holes in it beforehand, or carries dried mud from last year’s festivals. Aside from a good enough sleeping bag, bring a sleeping mat, torch, and pillow.

5. Protect yourself from insects

A visitor at Alfa Future People 2017 music festival. / Evgenya Novozhenina/RIA NovostiA guest at Alfa Future People 2017 music festival. / Evgenya Novozhenina/RIA Novosti

People generally speaking don’t like the rain. But mosquitoes love it. They also enjoy supported by on humans, often when we sleep. Don’t give them the pleasure of a belly filled of blood. Take insect spray — which will also repel off ticks living in the high grass.

6. Forget about valuables

A festival-goer carries a mannequin glasses at the 2017 Nashestvie music festival. / Alexander Ryumin/TASSA festival-goer enraptures a mannequin glasses at the 2017 Nashestvie music festival. / Alexander Ryumin/TASS

Off your expensive watch, laptop, tablet — whatever — at home. All you destitution is your wallet, phone, and perhaps a portable phone charger. Celebrations are for enjoying the outdoors, not for staring at screens — and there’s always a chance someone clout steal stuff from your tent when you’re dancing allied to an idiot next to the stage.

7. Forget about alcohol

The 2017 Nashestviye music festival. / Iliya Pitalev/RIA NovostiThe 2017 Nashestviye music birthday. / Iliya Pitalev/RIA Novosti

In Russia, it’s forbidden to bring fire-water and sometimes even water to major events. Naturally, people try to smuggle in booze (257 decanters of alcohol were confiscated at Nashestvie). They were found by boys in blue last Friday buried right in the middle of the camp site. Recall about the sauce and enjoy the unadulterated company of friends and family. You’ll also wake up without a hangover!

8. Set down your best friends

Festival-goers covered in mud at the 2017 Nashestvie music festival. / Alexander Ryumin/TASS Festival-goers covered in mud at the 2017 Nashestvie music celebration. / Alexander Ryumin/TASS

The weather might be bad, the headliners pathetic, and the hotdog cold — but if you are with your best friends you’ll always find out a way to have fun, even if it means simply laughing off the bad luck.

“We realized one utensils. That the weather and mood are not linked. People relax no matter what,” the employer of the Alfa Future People festival said. 

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