This time next week, it will be sun, sea and bands for Beni-goers. Pitched up ahead of the weekend, the impending rain of the Great British festival will be miles with your wellies back home.
But for those who are heading out for the first time, or those whose week may have slipped their mind, here are some top tips…
Numero uno, straight from your Mam’s mouth, plenty of sun cream. Don’t go and get burnt in the first few hours of your holiday or you’ll spend headline sets wincing every time someone bumps into you.
When you get there
There’s a supermarket not far from VillaCamp, and a couple others in Benicassim town where you can buy tents, chairs etc. There’s a camping shop on site too, so you won’t be stuck. The festival staff will help you find a place to pitch, try and make sure you’re under cover so it’s nice and cool.
Buy a locker
The campsite has a set of lockers near the exit to the arena, get a small one of these between your group for excess cash (don’t have all of it on you at once!), passports, phones etc. They’re worth every penny to make sure you can get home to work and the monotony of every day life once you’ve had the best week of the year…
A good idea would be to buy a portable charger like this one to avoid paying for seperate charges when you get there. Also make sure to see if you’re covered for using your data abroad – you don’t want to be coming back to a bill for asking your mates back home how work’s going while you’re in the sunshine.
Use the shuttle bus
The festival run a shuttle bus that takes you from the campsite, to VillaCamp (for posh campers) and down to the beach. It’s €15 for the week and again very useful, it’s worthwhile noting you can buy both these and the lockers from the website beforehand.
Make the most of your days
Not only can you spend the days on the beach, but there’s also a water-park called Aquarama, head there early in the morning and consider buying your tickets online to avoid queues! It’s just across the road from the main arena and you’ll see it on your way in!
Don’t expect your 8 hours
Yep, it’s hot, you’re in a tent and the party continues late into the night. The best bet to get some proper rest is on a sun lounger under an umbrella during the day. Tucking in for an early night is both impractical and impossible, sorry.
Drink plenty water
I swear your Mam didn’t write this, but it’s really important you keep hydrated in the daytime as it is really hot. That way you’ll be fresh enough to drink whatever else in the evening.
And for other drink…
There’s a small supermarket opposite the bus stop at the beach for beers, spirits and all your alcoholic needs. Grab them on your way back up to the festival for the night! In the arena, the festival run a token system for beverages.
It will really be one of the best weeks you’ll have all year, it remains one of my favourite places in the world and the atmosphere is brilliant.