As we saw at this year's T in the Park, getting grubby helps to detach oneself from reality and enjoy the festival experience all the more.
At the same time though, it's going to feel lovely to return from an all-day danceathon and not need to be hosed down in the garden like a farmyard animal.
But Party in the Park's dearth of dirt is a major selling point – along with the superb line-up of international superstar DJs.
The main Colours Versus Stereofunk arena has a delicious Dutch double header with trance legend Sander van Doorn and Hardstyle duo Showtek.
The Full On Ferry Arena sees Ferry Corsten headlining with Aly & Fila, while Graeme Park sets the up the Sound of Streetrave Arena for a live set from Inner City, the influential Detroit techno stalwarts.
:: Party in the Park, Strathclyde Country Park, Saturday, 12pm – 10.30pm, £29.50
City gets dancing
LIVERPOOL might have given us the greatest pop band ever to exist (I am referring to The Wombats, of course – who else?) but it's not thought of as a hotbed for exciting new dance.
That could change withthe emergence of Melé, whois this week's guest at Killer Kitsch.
He recently found himselfin Timeout magazine's "DJstars of 2012" and can count among his fans Toddla T, Rustie and Annie Mac – pretty good going for someone not yet in his 20s.
The Tuesday night crowd went insane for his frantic set in November last year and this time round should be even more intense.
:: Killer Kitsch presents Melé, Buff Club, Tuesday, 11pm – 3am, £6
Fresh for fun
FRESHERS' Week is when integrating with new flatmates and classmates is priority number one and Subcity's Bright Lights party at Chambre 69 on Wednesday is the perfect way to leave behind the suburbs and get accustomed with the city's underworld.
Prepare for it with the more mainstream Reggie Yates at the GUU on Monday, and get set for ironic mega-LOLs on Tuesday with Tim Westwood on the decks.
Viper Mondays are going to become a staple of years one and two – this Monday is a traffic light party, while Tuesday sees a "Chad Hogan House Party".
At the QMU tomorrow DJ Toast returns with Cheesy Pop pickings, there's a white t-shirt night on Saturday and live dub-step from Jakwob on Monday.
Finally, The Garage has a paint room tonight with UV cannons, free haircuts on Monday and a geek chic extravaganza on Wednesday.
:: Freshers' Week 2012, Various venues, tomorrow – September 16.