Planning a trip to Montréal’s Igloofest but don’t know what to expect? That’s how I felt last week before I went. I didn’t know what to bring, what to wear or what it would be like. So I decided to share my newly found ‘Igloofest Wisdom’ with you guys!
Here is a list of a few (7 to be exact) pointers and advice for your trip to Igloofest. Hopefully, by the end of this post you won’t feel as clueless as I did.
Layer up: When I was there I saw a lot of people that I assume forgot the fact it was winter… in Canada. If you are cold you just won’t enjoy it at all.Simple as.
Dress code: You can wear whatever you want, before I went myself and my friend looked up videos and saw that people dressed up, so we decided to do the whole ‘festival girl’ look with glitter and bright clothing etc. It wasn’t until the last minute that we panicked a bit, wondering if we would look silly, but when we got there no one cared. Some people were dressed up, some weren’t. It’s just a matter of personal preference. We had so much fun going to Dollarama (€ shop in Ireland) and buying loads of funny costumes and close to 100 pounds of glitter. (Warning, if you weren’t aware glitter goes everywhere and is a nightmare to clean up – but worth it)
Lanyard: When you get into the crowd up close to the stage it is so crowded that if you drop something you can kiss it goodbye, as it will be trampled into the ground, not to mention the ground is about 3cms of muck. That being said I would recommend getting a lanyard for your phone, it also means that you have your phone close by to take loads of pictures. Another one for your phone, make sure it’s fully charged. It is easy to get split up from your friends.
Bring cash: When I was there the queue for the cash machines were really long and I heard they had high charges. So bring cash and save yourself from the charges and spend more time enjoying the night.
Buy an Igloofest hat: Keep between 16&22CAD to buy an Igloofest hat, they are really big at the festival, every second person has one. I got one and I haven’t taken it off since I have got home, it is a really nice memento and a great way to rub in all your friends faces you were there (That was a joke – but not really).
Mud-proof shoes: I mentioned in another point how muddy the place is, well that wasn’t an exaggeration. I wore boots and they were filthy by the time I got home, luckily mine were leather so were easy enough to clean. Whereas my friend wore runners, and not only did she get them so dirty her feet were also frozen compared to us in our boots.
Pre-book tickets: (if possible) Not only does it save you time on the night, (not having to buy tickets at the ticket booth and then join the long queue) but it can also save you money. There was a group of five of us so there is a special group deal online for big groups so be sure to check online before you go.
Hope you enjoy it, it is such a surreal experience dancing at a festival while it is snowing! Maybe I just find this so cool because I’m Irish and don’t see snow very often.
The Girl on the Go xx