The Do’s and Don’ts You Need to Know for Your Next Music Festival

Words by: Karl Batungbacal and Drei Zamuco / Photos by: Paolo Pareno / Graphics by: Elena Salazar

This year’s Chroma Music Festival was filled with great energy — an exhilarating fusion of colors and live electronic music. The EDM hype got the crowd pumped up and ready to lose themselves in the life of synths, beat drops, and booming 808s. Nothing but feel-good vibes and candid smiles conquered this much-awaited festivity. Everyone was living in the moment — capturing the moment. 

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Surprisingly, it wasn’t as hot as expected in the venue, considering that there were around 8,000 attendees at the event. Product booths were lined up here and there for everyone to enjoy while appreciating the music. 

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Zac Macanally, one half of Skytek, absolutely killed it during their set

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5pm was when the real party started

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Deuce Manila (aka Patty Tiu) played some of the best beats

Puffs of powder spread throughout the festival grounds in an amazing display of colours. What’s a Chroma Festival without holi powder? More than that, people had a good time, which we think is the most important aspect of any music festival.

Planning to join one in the future? Check out this list of Do’s and Don’ts before you do! You’ll be surprised at what you should and shouldn’t do during a festival. Trust us – we were surprised, as well!

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DON’T: Be Uninformed

Most people tend to go the festival with only the general do’s and don’ts in mind, forgetting that some events have different guidelines. For example, Chroma didn’t let some people in because they were carrying makeup with them.

DON’T: Be Too Hyped Up

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Don’t worry, he’s fine.

While it’s normal to have a lot of fun at this kind of music festival, be careful not to get too hyped up that you start doing reckless things like throwing your friends in the air. (Disclaimer: This group of friends were actually used to it, so they were “experts” at throwing and catching people as seen in the pic.)

DON’T: Lose Your Friends

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With the multitude of people at the festival, chances are you’ll get separated from your friends. As such, it’s best to have a contingency plan of when and where to meet in case this happens to you.

DON’T: Lose Your Valuables

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While music festivals are one of the more picture-perfect events in the metro, there’s always a danger of losing your valuables. Of course, they have a lost-and-found station, but it’s not assured that your things will be there. It’s always better to keep your things secured.

DO: Meet New People

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Besides the fun you can have with your friends at a music festival, this is also one of the best times to meet new people to vibe with. Chroma is one of those festivals where you can just randomly throw powder on someone and you can be sure that they’ll come right back at you with powder of their own.

DO: Live in the Moment

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Capture the moment, but don’t forget to live in the moment, either! Revel in the present and savour the liveliness of the festival. Although the photo above was taken backstage, media members also took time to enjoy the event even if we were invited to cover it. All that aside, music festivals are some of the best events to cover because of the sheer magnitude of them and the happiness of everyone; they are definitely something to behold.

DO: Get Set to Get Wet

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“Lol what rain?”

At an outdoor event with little to no roofing, expect yourself to be at the mercy of the elements. Rarely do music festivals allow people to bring umbrellas to shield themselves from the rain and heat bearing down on them.

DO: Have a Good Time with Your Friends

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“We’re here for a good time, not a long time”

Probably the most important aspect of all, this is something that we can’t emphasize enough. While a music festival will have some of the best beats around, no one can argue that the best way to share this is with friends who share a close bond with you.

At the end of the day, Chroma Music Festival 2018 was a blast and we sure can’t wait for next year’s edition.

Which DJs do you want to see next year? Sound off in the comments section!