Jun 24

Festival season is now underway and today sees the first bands and artists take to the stage at Glastonbury, the UK’s most legendary music festival. Here at ARKive we have decided to share our top festival tips, with a little help from some real party animals!

Pack your tent

Unless you plan on sleeping under the stars, you’ll need somewhere to rest your weary head after a hard days revelling. If you need some inspiration before you pitch up, just take a look at this masterpiece created by the Vogelkop bowerbird. Strangely there is no sign of him though, he must still be partying in Shangri-La…

Vogelkop bowerbird photo

Prepare to get muddy, very muddy…..

It’s a fact of the festival season, you can’t have Glastonbury without mud, and lots of it! You might as well embrace it like this African buffalo has done, it can work wonders for the skin, protect you from the sun and even get rid of a few pesky parasites, although hopefully you don’t have too many of those!

African buffalo photo

Unleash your inner hippie

Glastonbury undoubtedly has a hippie heritage, and that vibe is still going strong today. When you are in need of some chill out time, take a word of advice from the psychedelic frog fish and head over to the Healing Field for some spiritual TLC.

Psychedelic frog fish photo

Get your dancing shoes on

There’s no excuse! With all that great music, you simply have to dance the night away. Tap your feet, shake those hips, get your hands in the air and throw some shapes! Make sure you get your friends in on the action too, just like these greater flamingos.

Greater flamingo photo

Avoid those toilets

While some animals like the white rhinoceros may delight in defecating on well-used dung-piles known as ‘middens’ to mark their territory, I would advise all festival-goers to avoid camping anywhere near the rather pongy port-a-loos. When nature finally does call, all you can do is hold your breath and hope for the best….

White rhino photo

Catch some Zzzzz

With all that partying late into the night, it is important that you make sure you are well rested during the day. Find a quiet spot to have a snooze and top up your energy levels, or you could end up crashing out early and missing the action like this sleepy gentoo penguin chick.

Gentoo penguin photo

Make a plan

With so many great acts to see over the weekend, you’ll need some sort of timetable to make sure you don’t miss your favourites. Get in touch and let us know who you are most looking forward to seeing! Is it Fleet Foxes, The WombatsAloe Blacc or perhaps Noah and the Whale? I’m pretty excited about Beeyoncé myself….

Honey bee photo

Claire Lewis, ARKive Media Researcher