Going to a festival is one of the best opportunities to celebrate good times with your friends and socialise with others. It is not solely about checking out live music. It's more about hanging out and spending some quality time with your closest friends. The best part is being free to walk around and bump into people you haven't seen in ages. Festivals are cool events and everyone goes for fear of missing out on something good. This can only guarantee a great time. We've all had the exciting pressure of organising a party and all the unforeseen logistics that goes with it. Luckily, all the organising has been done for us and all we need to do is just turn up. Socialising is important in the development of maturity and is essential in the process of growing up. However, some are better at it than others and the only way to get better is by practicing. There are those that can dive straight into any social setting, start mixing with people, and don't seem to have a problem with enjoying themselves. While we all thrive on social contact, it can be challenging for some who find that the act of socialising produces anxiety. When you're in a small room with a select group of people, it's hard to break the ice and start chatting. At a big event, however, you can mix easily with loads of people. If you encounter people you don't like, you can simply move on - you're still honing your social skills. Once the music kicks in and everyone is on a good vibe, you can bet you'll be making new friends and also bonding again with the ones you don't get the chance to see very often. Festivals are as much about the bands, the stalls, and the entertainment as much as they are about celebrating with friends and welcoming the chance to make new ones. With enough practice, you'll be able to strike up an instant rapport with any number of people. And where better to learn than at an event with loads of like-minded people? David Simpson is an experienced youth counsellor and a regular SYP columnist.