If you’re one of the chosen few who is lucky enough to go to iTunes Festival this year, here are some helpful tips to make you have one of the least stressful and most fun nights of your life.
- Apply for everything, even if it’s not especially your cup of tea.One of the best things about iTunes Festival is that there’s something for everyone, so you could end up with tickets for someone who wasn’t exactly top of your list. However, the atmosphere at Roundhouse is worth its weight in gold and there’s nothing that a couple of pints and spotting a celebrity can’t fix. So apply for it all, you’ll probably end up being pleasantly surprised.
- Bring cash.
Roundhouse do not accept card, no matter how lovingly you bat your eyelashes at the bar tender. There are ATM’s in the building, but they do charge. So bring money with you or get some out before at the Sainsbury’s across the street.
- Scope out the queue.
It’s iTunes Festival, the crowd is going to be fucking huge. Actually, let’s rephrase that – the queue is going to be fucking huge. If it’s a band you really like, get a few queue beers and make some friends. If you’re not too fussed, head out to a bar in Camden or to Nandos and wait for the die hard fans to move on so you can just swoop in later.
- Pace yourself.
There’s no point in going to see a gig if you’re not going to be able to remember it the morning after, so pace yourself. Put that tenth beer down and dance it off. Also, throwing up in front of three thousand people is not a good look.
- Don’t be a dick to the volunteers.
Basically everyone who works at Roundhouse is a volunteer, so they are normal people who are there to have a good time and because they want to be. This means that you should be nice to them and not act like a prick. Have a conversation and have a laugh and they will be helpful and lovely. Yell at them and they’ll send you to the furthest away toilets and not tell you where the after party is.
- Keep your ticket on you.
What? Keep your ticket on you? Shocking, I know, but many seem to drop it as soon as they walk through the door and shrug awkwardly when asked for it again. Every time you go out for a smoke or to pee you will need your ticket to get back in, so wear something with pockets or keep your bag with your ticket on you at all times.
- Check where the nearest toilets and bars are.
Three thousand drunk people using one toilet is not going to end well, same goes with the bars. So check where the nearest ones are to you. There are toilets and a bar in the Main Space and on every floor, so have a look around for which ones will be least likely to have a massive queue.
- Wear sensible shoes.
You will be standing and you will be dancing so don’t wear shoes that will slowly destroy your soul throughout the night. Also, a sensible shoe will allow you to outrun many people to get the last tube home. Ps, nearest tubes are Chalk Farm and Camden Town.
- Try not to fangirl the fuck out.
There will be celebrities everywhere. It’s iTunes Festival, there always is. Try to play it cool and you’re more likely to make them fall in love with you, or at least talk to you. Then you’re free to run quickly to the toilet to scream and cry.
- Have fun!
You got a ticket, you got dressed up and now you’re watching one of your favourite bands per
form, so make the most of it. Have a dance, sing your heart out and Instagram the shit out of the beautiful Roundhouse venue to make all your mates jealous.