Essential Kit

What To Pack For a One Day Festival

You know the feeling. You roll out of bed on a bright Thursday morning. You remember you’ve got a train to catch in three hours, to a festival you booked several long months ago.

You’ve got four days to pack for. You haven’t got a backpack, a sleeping bag, a pillow, or a tent, which is all fun and games until you arrive late at the site and realise that the only space left for your last minute, 10 quid pop-up tent is between a marquee full of raging students and a yurt occupied by a family of naturalists.

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The solution lies in the daytime festival. From the slightly too gritty, trance-heavy delights of Clapham Common’s SW4 to the populist brilliance of Hyde Park’s Lovebox (Azealia Banks and Plan B are playing this year), the knowledge you can wake up in your own bed the next day with your face on a feather pillow instead of a sweat and Glen’s vodka soaked tarpaulin is all too appealing.

Our pick of the one-dayers is East London’s Field Day. Taking place in the lush surrounds of Victoria Park, the line-up is one of the best of the season, with the likes of Bat for Lashes, Django Django, Four Tet and Mount Kimbie performing sets.

Even better, all you need pack is a waterproof and a few daytime essentials: here’s our pick of the kit.