Every July, Ottawa hosts the RBC Bluesfest, which according to Billboard Magazine, is ranked as one of the top-ten music festivals in the world alongside the ever-famous Coachella and Bonnaroo, Since the festival first started over 2o years ago ( 1994 was the founding year) , the Ottawa Bluesfest has evolved from a three-day event to a multi-staged, two-week showcase that features the best of both Canadian and international music. The festival continues to grow and become more popular every year. And guess what it starts tomorrow (or today if you are reading this on Thursday). We are heading out to see Passenger and Bryan Adams in what is expected to be the hottest day of the year. Surviving the heat at the Ottawa Bluesfest takes some effort. East to do if you just stop and prepare before heading out.
Surviving the Heat at Ottawa Bluesfest
the festival starts TOMORROW, July 5th! and I for one can’t wait. Small tidbit don’t forget to use #RBCBLUESFEST2018 and show off all the fun you are having. I was a long time volunteer at the festival and I think over the years I have figured out some key tips and best practices. Last year I shared my standard survival guide, but 2018 is the year of the heat wave, so let’s take hot, hot hot.
Heading to the festival is easy, staying hydrated and safe well that takes some planning. I thought I would try and help you out just a bit. Plus pin this folks because these tips will work for any festival or event. Here are some tips to prepare for the heat:
7 Tips you need to Survive the heat at Bluesfest
Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, preferably water – you can find water stations all over the park. Bluesfest will actually allow you to bring in an unopened water bottle or an empty refillable container. I for one will have a refillable bottle with me. Here is the map to help you out. https://ottawabluesfest.ca/map/
Take breaks from the music and take time to cool down. I know you want to run around and see everything but in this heat trust me you need to take it slow. Remember the museum is a safe shelter, head inside and be safe.
Seek shade. Watch your exposure, head to the chill zone and find shade or even head into the museum.
Limit direct exposure to the sun and wear a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. make sure you pack this in your 12 by 12 clear bag.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and SPF lip balm. A hat is almost as good as shade, it will keep the sun off your head and allow you to still enjoy the music. Remember most of the stages are open field area. A small folding Umbrella may also be a smart addition, create your own shade zone.( PS the hat works well for rain too)
Dress in light and loose fitting clothing. Linens and cottons are breathable. Denims may not be the best choice.
Cool the back of your neck with cold water. Maybe pack a small cloth that you can keep damp from the free water stations.
Stay safe and enjoy the ‘fest!
and just maybe give a thought and a kind word to all of the volunteers. No they are not paid they are volunteering to help this festival run but they are standing in the hot non shady areas most of the day.
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