Going to Positivus? Here's what you should know

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Fellow traveler! If you're a foreigner going to the annual Positivus music festival taking place July 14-17 in Salacgrīva, here's a few things that could help you.

#1. How to get there (from Riga)

By car: Waze (or any analogous app) is your friend. As each year, expect traffic jams en route, especially if you depart at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A phone app will help you avoid most of the traffic jams. People going from Estonia or Lithuania can find directions on the festival website

By bus: A number of buses depart from Salacgrīva on July 14 from the Rīga Central Terminal (by the Central Market). Here's a list of departures

By Positivus shuttle: The organizers offer dedicated shuttles departing from central Rīga (Palladium movie house) right to the festival. Read more

Hitchhiking: The editor has found that it's easy to hitch a ride from hereabouts. A2 This is the way people take to go to Positivus from the capital and the recommended spot lies just by the city border.

Just ride the tram No. 1 or 6 from the city center to the terminal. Then walk in the direction away from the city for about ten minutes and try hitching a ride where cars can stop to pick you up. Don't forget to make a sign so other festival-goers can recognize you're going, too.

#2. The weather

Despite the awful weather this summer, it's expected to be not too bad on the Positivus weekend with temperatures of about +20C in the area during daytime and around +10C at night with no or little rain in the forecast.

Do bring raincoats, boots and umbrellas if the weather report changes, and check this website before departure to know what kind of elements you're up against.  

Salacgrīva (the mouth of River Salaca) is right by the sea. It might be nice to take a dip. 

#3. Miscellaneous

* Phones - you can charge your phone on-site. 
* Showers - showers are available at a low cost.
* Tents - bring your own tent or get one on site. Sleeping in the car is also an option. Airbnbn places, hotels, guesthouses, etc are, as always, fully booked well before the festival.
* Drugs - the police bring sniffing dogs each year. Although using drugs or carrying small quantities thereof might see you getting away with a warning or fine if discovered, the quantities that could cost you a sentence, suspended or otherwise, are much lower than in most other EU member states. 
* Apps - Positivus has a helpful app with schedules and an option to plan your day. iTunes. Google Play.


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