It may be a bit wet and cold for camping, but even if you’re shivering in the middle of January, many of you will already have camping tickets for some of this year’s festivals. January can be a fantastic time to buy your festival tent for the summer as there are plenty of sale offers available.
Festival tents are quick and easy to erect. The Kampa Brighton tents would make great cheap festival tents, and we stock them in three sizes. We also have a range of shelters which may be a useful addition for group camping.
So, wherever you're festival camping - Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Download, T in the Park or Womad - you should be able to find a tent to suit.
Your festival tent will be your home away from home as you catch up with friends, enjoy seeing bands, and attempt to cook (and maybe get some sleep...)
You may want a luxury tent that you can use again and again, such as a tepee tent, or perhaps you need to stick to a strict budget after forking out for the tickets themselves.
From Glastonbury to V, your festival tent will have to put up with a lot of abuse, and you need to have a tent that suits your level of experience when it comes to pitching, as well as your budget and your party size.
If you grab a tent at the supermarket, we’re willing to bet you and your stuff may get soaked if it rains – you may even find yourself abandoning tent, bedding some of your belongings. This may not matter to you, in which case a supermarket festival tent is a fair choice. If it does matter, then concentrate instead on finding a tent that’s good value and transform your festival experience.
We hope for sunshine when we buy the ticket, but it makes sense when choosing a festival tent to assume it will rain. Look out for waterproofing features such as taped seams. Dome structures tend to be stable and fairly wind and rain resistant when erected properly. Check what the ‘hydrostatic head’ figure is for your choice of festival tent, i.e. how much water pressure the tent’s outer fabric will withstand. 1000 is basic waterproof but in the UK you need a hydrostatic head of 2000 or more to stop any real downpour seeping through.
Sleeping in warm, waterproof bag is going to create condensation when it’s colder outside in the form of breathing and sweating and this shouldn’t be confused with rain leaking in. Look out for plenty of vents in the flysheet that can be propped open for fresh air, or mesh doors which allow air to circulate.
Don’t leave it until the last minute to shop for festival tents – put some thought into it now and choose one that will take you from festival to festival for years ahead.