Festivals Friday, June 29th , pictures by: Tile image by HerefordshireLive/ElDorado-Facebook

10 Things You Need To Know Before Going To El Dorado

Festivals Friday, June 29th

10 Things You Need To Know Before Going To El Dorado

The Road to El Dorado is almost at an end. We can practically smell the glitter and Kopparberg. But here's a few last-minute things you need to know before you go.

1. There’s a ‘secret stage’ somewhere on campus.

Find it. Rock it. Tell your friends they should’ve been there.

2. Ledbury doesn’t have Uber.

If you’re coming from out of town, the festival site is an unfeasible distance to walk if you’re wearing Havaianas, and local busses don’t run with the regularity of their TFL cousins. If you need a cab, it’ll be just under 10 minutes to the site (Eastnor Castle) and cost you about £10. Try Ledbury Taxi Service – 01531 633596 – or Venture Taxis – 01531 636999.

3. Late-night, it’s all about the Lost Ruins.

The Cirque De Soul crew behind the festival must have drawn on all their clubland experience in creating the Lost Ruins stage that has all the feel and sound and friendly darkness of a proper basement house club. It’s also got the legendary Honey Dijon closing things down 2-4am on Friday night and Leon Vynehall playing the headline slot on Sunday.

4. Dust off your gold hotpants.

The festival’s named after the mythical city of El Dorado, which in turn took its name from its tribal chief (literally The Gold One) who would – as an initiation – cover himself in gold dust and dive in to Lake Guatavita. Pretty baller, right? Lake Guatavita aside, the tradition has found its way to Ledbury and there’s going to be more gold spandex walking round the festival site this weekend that at an Elton John pool party. You can swag up last-minute at onsite shops, or if you want to do it cheaper, H&M has everything from metallic shell tops to glittering leggings.

4. You don’t have to walk around with rolls of cash like a low-level drug dealer.

One of the best things about El Dorado is that your wristband acts as a contactless paycard – all you have to do is top it up before you go (or at the numerous stations on-site) and you can pay for your beers with a quick tap. It means no waiting at the bar while Angelina tries to remember her daddy’s PIN number, and it means you can leave your bank card safely stashed in your tent/car.

5. Pack some Speedos/boxing gloves.

There’s an intermittent slip ‘n’ slide for those who like their festivalling with a mild friction burn. And, new this year, Fight Klub will be running their super-popular kickboxercise classes using their freestanding punchbags to help you sweat out the night before. Don’t fancy raving like Rocky? There’s more low-key Reggae Yoga classes starting things off on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

6. Take a beer for the Treasure Island queue.

Somehow the organisers manage to construct a dancefloor is able to float in the lake in spite of any amount of dubious flossing. Treasure Island is a great spot for an afternoon boogie, but because of this reputation and, y’know, gravity, numbers on the Island are limited. This might mean a bit of a queue, so take a beer to enjoy while you get one-in-one-outed.

7. Or a tequila.

This year there’s going to be a Cuervo-hosted Tequila Town pop-up bar doing shots, cocktails and masterclasses to get help bring out your Aztec #vibes. And if you don’t like cactus juice, there’s a Kraken rum shack with a legendary Dark ‘n’ Stormy.

9. Read HL’s Lineup Breakdown here.

 Go see Maribou State. Obviously. But check out our essential guide to this year's lineup for the best hungover sets and Potential Defining Moments. Consider it your musical cribsheet.

10. Wear suncream.

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