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PUBLISHED: 06:42 11 August 2014

Latitude at Henham Park in Suffolk.
People arriving in the sunshine to set up camp on the first day of the festival.

Picture: James Bass

Latitude at Henham Park in Suffolk. People arriving in the sunshine to set up camp on the first day of the festival. Picture: James Bass

(C) Archant Norfolk 2013

Be tempted by the choice of brilliant summer music festivals in East Anglia

2 Take a waterproof. You don’t want to lose your prime position in the crowd while you run for shelter, and an umbrella is a definite etiquette no-no.

3 Do not forget earplugs to wear in bed. Festival campsites are lively, noisy places. You either have to embrace it, or come prepared to block it out.

4 When you book your tickets, check to see the different types of camping on offer. There are special family camping areas, VIP sites with proper toilets and showers and if you don’t want to pitch your own tent, some even have yurts or teepees ready and waiting for you arrival.

5 If you are camping, make sure your tent is zipped up and secure before you head off the for the day and any clothes and bedding is packed away in a waterproof bag – just in case the rains comes pouring down.

6 Do not forget sun cream and do not leave it at your tent; take it with you as it easy to get sunburned as you stand engrossed in your favourite band.

7 Take plenty of bottled water with you. Freeze several bottles before you go, they will stay colder for much longer.

8 Take advantage of the fantastic variety of food on offer – things have moved on in recent years and you will now find cuisine from all over the world catering for all tastes. And forget cheap beer in plastic glasses and weak coffee in polystyrene cups – the choice of drinks is equally as impressive.

9 The chance of getting a shower is pretty slim. Invest in a cheap, lightweight, portable shower bag – fill it with water and leave it to warm in the sun; perfect for a wash or even rinsing your hair.

10 Although festival toilets have improved over the years, take your own toilet roll and a small bottle of antibacterial hand wash.

11 Accept that it might take you longer to move from stage to stage than you think. You probably won’t see everything you want to, so try to prioritise and focus on what you don’t want to miss.

12 Make sure you see something that you might not usually watch – festivals are a great place to discover new bands, acts or performers.

13 Whatever the time of year, there are two staple pieces of footwear – wellies and flip flops. Flip flops for when you need to pop to the loos in the night or if the sun is shining in the day, wellies to get through the mud if it rains or is muddy.

14 Look into hiring a vintage campervan, some companies have special deals just for festivals. Not only do you get some home comforts, you can shut out the noise and enjoy some relative peace and quiet!

15 Most importantly, embrace it and have fun. Remember, there will be time to sleep when you get home!

SUNDOWN

The Sundown festival at the Royal Norfolk Showground, from Friday, August 29, to Sunday, August 31, features some of the biggest names in British music.

The line up includes dance stars Chase and Status, Tinie Tempah, Katy B, Ellie Goulding and John Newman.

Camping weekend tickets and day tickets; www.sundownfestival.co.uk

RELOAD

Step back in time, get your dancing shoes on and soak up a little bit of nostalgia at this year’s Reload festival. From Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7, the festival at the Royal Norfolk Showground features a host of stars from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, including Soul II Soul, The Human League, Sister Sledge, Hot Chocolate, ABC, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley, Kool and the Gang and Odyssey. Tickets and information; www.reloadfestival.co.uk

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