An expert's advice on getting the most out of a music festival

There are three major festivals coming up in New Zealand, and a music expert has some advice for how to make the most of them.

Auckland City Limits is on Saturday, WOMAD takes place in New Plymouth next weekend and Homegrown hits the capital city in April.

RNZ's Music 101 host Alex Behan joined The Project to give his top five festival tips:

Open your mind: "Festivals are about trying something knew," Mr Behan said. He suggests going to see a new band that you've never seen, and to "dance like no one's watching because no one is they're also dancing".

Anderson Paak at St Jerome's Laneway Festival, 2018.
Anderson Paak at St Jerome's Laneway Festival, 2018. Photo credit: Supplied/ David Watson

Ditch your mates: "You're probably going with your partner or a group of friends, I'm sorry but they're slowing you down. Your partner's favourite band is not your favourite band."

Lorde performing at Coachella 2017.
Lorde performing at Coachella 2017. Photo credit: Reuters

Eat off-peak: "Only sheeple eat at meal times, festival junkies we have protein bars in our pocket, we eat late afternoon before the rush gets in and late evening when they're giving away free food."

WOMAD takes place in Palmerston North next weekend.
WOMAD takes place in Palmerston North next weekend. Photo credit: File

Don't be a dick: "Smile at people as hard as you want, but keep your hands to yourself," Mr Behan says.

Performers at Glastonbury.
Performers at Glastonbury. Photo credit: Getty

Do it in style: "Be comfortable, wear flat shoes, but wear something that you wouldn't ordinarily wear, get into festival mode."