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Four Helpful Tips for Planning and Attending Your First Music Festival


Music festivals are community events that bring people together to discover new tunes through live performances. It’s a shared experience with hundreds, or even thousands of others that can also be completely personalized. Think you’re ready to take on your first festival? We’ve pulled together four tips below to help you prepare!


Southwest Airlines proudly sponsors Luck Reunion, a boutique music festival on Willie Nelson’s ranch in “Luck, TX.” Whether you’re a seasoned festival guru or a novice to the melodic jamboree, Luck Reunion offers a unique vibe for anyone who enjoys chill energy and an eccentric artist lineup. 




Tip 1: How to Score Tickets

Most festivals have a limited number of tickets for sale. Make sure you know when and where tickets will be released. One easy way to stay in the know on presales and public on sale dates is through social media. Follow the festival, sponsors, and artists on social media to score ticket deals prior to the festival. Luck Reunion sells tickets during “pop-up” sales prior to the event. If you’re aiming to join us at Luck, be sure to follow Luck ReunionSouthwest, and the Luck artists on social media.


Tip 2: What to Bring

While all festivals have a unique vibe, there are some essential items to pack no matter where you’re headed. First, bring a fanny pack or backpack so you can be hands-free during the festival. Being outside during a music festival is part of the appeal of the atmosphere, and it’s important to bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen, and sunglasses to keep you hydrated and sunburn-free. To make sure you never miss capturing a musical moment, bring a portable phone charger for long days spent snapping photos or videos of your favorite artists. The final must-have on your packing list should be cash. Many musical festivals will have merchandise tables along with cash-only food trucks. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get a fun T-shirt or a taco!




Tip 3: Know the Artists (And Their Tunes!)

Leading up to the music festival, get to know the artists performing. Many festivals curate playlists of the artists performing which are often available for streaming, or hosted on their website. For instance, many of the Luck Reunion artists are featured on There, you can find live performances from Luck Reunion 2017, including one from Devon Gilfillian, a Southwest Artist On The Rise, who will be performing at Luck again this year.


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Tip 4: How to Get There

After a weekend of exhilarating fun and nonstop music, you’ll likely be exhausted. The last thing you’ll want to do is get in a car and drive all day. With Southwest, you can plan ahead and book travel on Even better, Southwest always offers Customers two free checked bags so you can easily pack the essentials you need without worrying about extra baggage fees. No need to question if you’re going to bring that extra blanket or a back-up outfit!


Music festivals allow people everywhere to gather with the commonality of enjoying music. Stay tuned to discover which of the five Artists On The Rise will perform at this year’s Luck Reunion, and keep jammin’.