Biggest Music Festival Mistakes: Governor's Ball Dos and Don'ts

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What happens at music festivals stays at music festivals... Right? Well, if you make a rookie music festival mistake you could be going home with more than just the festival's souvenir t-shirt. Here's the 19 music festival Dos and Don'ts to help you survive and succeed at Governor's Ball.

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Music festivals are high time to let loose and forget about nine to fives and weekday responsibilities. By golly, it's Guns N' Roses on center stage at Governor's Ball in New York City, there's no room for cautious planning when rocking out to kings and queens against conformism! Before you set fire to structure, take heed to these words of wisdom rather than making a big music festival mistake. If it's your first (or even 3rd!) time at Governor's Ball or any music festival this summer, we've got 19 music festival Dos and Don'ts to take heed to when it comes to fashion and festival fun.

Top 10 Music Festival DON'Ts:
  1. Don't wear flip-flops. In the midst of dancing among hundreds of people in muddy conditions, you're bound to lose a 'flop and possibly get a toe scrunched, too. Under the varying weather conditions of music festivals, keep your feet protected from the elements and other festival goers with a good pair of sneakers.
  2. Don't bring a chain wallet. Governor's Ball prohibits chains or chain wallets of any kind within the festival grounds, so keep that punk purse of yours at home for the weekend. Go for a slouched, faux leather cross-body bag that can fit all of your music festival essentials.
  3. Don't pack a large backpack. While it's great to bring a blanket or beach towel, plastic sealed bottles of water and maybe a raincoat, you're going to have to keep your bag size to a minimum. The festival does not allow any large backpacks onto Randall's Island, so pack only what you need.
  4. Don't wear designer shoes. From Kanye West to The XX to Kings of Leon, Governor's Ball will be a star-studded event you want to look great for. But realize that wearing your new designer shoes probably means never having them look as good as they do now, ever again. Among trampling feet and muddy grounds, designer fashion choices can become casualties of the festival.
  5. Don't wear just a bikini. Yes, the summer heat is hard to stand, but it won't last all day and neither will a bikini outfit. When it starts to pour, get a little breezy or turn to night, suddenly wearing a bikini won't feel like such a great idea.
  6. Don't heavily style your hair. While we love amazing curls or intricate updos, chances are curls will come undone during performance changes and updos may get squashed in the crowd. Save some time and go for a great braided look, a tousled messy bun or a wild-child straight and sleek 'do.
  7. Don't bring an umbrella. With impending thunderstorms in the forecast for Governor's Ball, our first instinct is to grab an umbrella. Unfortunately, the dangers of holding an umbrella can keep you out of Governor's Ball. Get inside the festival with a rain poncho instead!
  8. Don't wear a strapless bra as a top. While bandeaus and strapless bras are allowed on the festival grounds, it could pose as risky business when dancing and letting loose. Dress up your look with a vintage bikini top and high waist shorts for a more chic, full-coverage look.
  9. Don't pack a professional camera. Cameras with detachable lenses, tripods, big zooms, or commercial use rigs are not allowed at Governor's Ball. A disposable number will do just the trick!
  10. Don't wear heavy eye makeup. Sweating under the sweltering sun can cause your eye makeup to ware and ruin your beauty look. Keep your music festival makeup routine simple with a bright lip stain, long-lasting mascara, and rosy cheeks.
And don't forget to get to the box office before 10pm! Missing out on the late night headliners is not an option so stick to the transportation schedule and claim your spot in the crowd.

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