Extremely good friends are essential. At the outset you’re unlikely to be able to afford big DJs – year one tends to be a glorified garden party. Not only will your mates attend out of loyalty (while you charge full whack), but chances are you’ll also be asking them to help set up, work behind the bar and give you a hell of a lot of moral support as you run around trying to do every job under the sun.
Remember your sense of humour. The ability to laugh when things go wrong is priceless. Situations change, timings run late, and stranger things than you could ever imagine go wrong. In 2017 our tent supplier’s warehouse burned down the day before the tents were due on site – four days before show time. Somehow we managed to get them replaced and built on time but safe to say we did not see that coming!