It's about time I announced I'm only off to bloomin' Wireless festival this year! That's right, a glorious weekend with these two badasses and, er, Robin Thicke. Personally, I'm more excited for Basement Jaxx, and a chance to wear this little number, if the sun shines.
I thought, in preparation for this, I'd share some of my most memorable festival experiences, and what I love about camping under the stars, drinking too much cider and getting to see some of my favourite bands. It's not exactly a recent photo diary, but these snaps don't half make me smile...
You can never really get away from mud at a festival can you?
The first ever festival I actually went to was Summer Sundae, which is a now defunct mini festival in Leicester. I went two years on the trot with my Dad, and was lucky enough to see The Divine Comedy, Magic Numbers, Howling Bells, Pigeon Detectives, Guillemots, The Proclaimers (…) and a whole host of other early noughties indie rock bands. It was quite a family friendly event so, aged 13, it was a great experience to the world of festivals and it’s SUCH a shame it doesn’t exist anymore!
Next I went to Latitude, which, I’ll be honest, wasn’t as successful as I would have hoped. Back in 2010 Latitude was growing, which meant so many logistical problems with letting people in (no free roaming into the small hours like Glasto!). It was also the year two girls were assaulted in the woods, and I was so ridiculously poorly I had to go back to the tent to vomit (sorry) half way through Florence’s set. As anyone who knows me well knows, this is a Big Deal. It’s Flo, for crying out loud.
Glastonbury was more of a success. I was absolutely gobsmacked at the size of the festival and I got lost on more than one occasion, but I loved the atmosphere and the fact I saw SO many incredible musicians in 36 hours. Beyonce definitely stole the show though. I mean, who can top Queen Bey?
Last year was arguably my best festival experience to date. I learned not to knock the smaller fests, as Y Not was the most fun, least catastrophic (though an storm evacuation was pretty terrifying) and I saw my all time favourite hip hop poet Mr Scroobius Pip. The memory of him performing while lightening was raging outside will never leave me.
So Wireless is going to be a new experience for me. I’ve never been to pop or RnB festival before – I’m usually an indie kid! – but I’m SO looking forward to it. Watch this space for more photos!
What festivals have you been? Share your memories!