The International Music Festival is the perfect place to experience emotions, music and the fantastic atmosphere of these popular events. These popular attractions for the young and the restless do feature their portion of the undesirable element of society — that is the aggressive criminal element.
With this in mind, people visiting these events — both men and women— can do a lot to ensure festivals do not turn to centers of thievery, assault and any other type of aggression.
Following are some smart practices for Ravers and Festival patrons that keep ne’er-do-wells from spoiling all the fun.
1. Safety in Numbers
The best way to avoid falling foul of an assault is to travel in a group of others you know well and always have one person you stick with and who will always be watching out for you. Your “Festival Buddy” will have your back and the others in your group will never be far away if you find yourself in bad company.
2. Make Your Presence Known
Obviously, it is not the best idea to attend a Rave or Festival alone —especially if you are a woman— but if you do, make some friends quickly. This doesn’t mean be the center of attention, but informing other Ravers and Festival Patrons who are camped nearby that you are here to provide assistance if they are in need and hope the same from them may help keep you safer. Ravers are generally a good natured lot and might even lend a hand if they notice a problem with a familiar face.
3. Fight the Diffusion
There is a “diffusion of responsibility” in a crowd, this means that people assume someone else will help if there’s a problem and often no one does. But those who attend these festivals should make it a point to keep their events clean and safe for all. This is best done by being aware of the person next to you and responsible for the safety of your fellows.
The Idea is that festival people extend their consciousness of safety beyond themselves and their personal group to that person next to them who may have unintentionally got themselves in over their heads and might be vulnerable.
4. Have an Exit Strategy
These events are notoriously confusing, loud and pretty crazy. With this in mind, be sure you have a plan for any emergency. This includes a designated meeting spot if anyone is separated from the group, a phone number to contact as well as a trusted person outside of the festival that could be contacted for assistance.
5. Support Raves and Festivals that promote Positivity and Safety
There are many festivals that provide tighter security and event personnel that are on the lookout for people who need help. This “Ground Control” is on the lookout for those who look like they might be vulnerable and pull them to safety before they fall into the wrong hands. This is a great way for a young woman to enjoy the festival without worrying about disappearing into some dark corner and ending up as headline disparaging any more Festivals and Raves.
Further information for women on festival safety can by found at the Suzy Lamplugh Trust website, where you will also find other helpful safety tips and advice for women.