There are people that don't go to festivals not because they hate the thought of a sunny day drinking beer and listening to music in a field, but because they fear nighttime loo trips, leaky tents, winds breaking your flag pole and uncomfortable deflated matresses.
|Accomodation is variable at most festivals|
First I must add a quick note that if you don't fear all the above but you don't have a tent and all the kit and don't really want to slash out for a festival, or have no place to store all that, let alone transport it! Then there is still the opportunity to attend a festival. You could either opt for the ready pitched tent option (always looks a bit regimented for my liking but certainly saves time and effort) or go for the rent a festival kit option.
There are also posh Yurts at lots of festivals (also big canvas teepees)and they often have proper beds (or at least futons) so they can be worth looking at too, as you pay a premium for these you will often get hot showers and posh loos included.
But, moving on to those that don't want a tent. There is the option to rent a camper van for a week. Loads of places rent vans, hunt around the web for a place local to the festival, drive on down, grab your van, buy some beer, sorted. Camper van spots do cost a bit extra at most festivals and space will be limited so be sure to book early if you choose this option.
Some festivals now even allow caravans if you have a mate who could lend you one (or if you have your own, obviously!) Camp Bestival started allowing caravans last year.
Another rather cute innovation is the Podpad, along with the gypsy caravan these are two of my favourite 'not tent' options for festivals
Or why not stay locally. Rent a cottage or a hotel near to the festival, of course you'll need a designated driver if you are going to be drinking, but you can get a taxi if you are close enough. Check out the local area, and also check the times the gates open and close. You might miss a few late night gigs and early starts but you'll have a warm comfy bed, your own bathroom and somewhere to cook and eat breakfast!
Or plump for a day ticket. Loads of festivals have a day ticket option. Perfect for a first timer to get a taste of the festival without any pressure.
Any thing I've missed? I'd love your comments below if you have ever attended a festival but stayed off site.