Tuesday, 6 September 2016

15 things that Festivals have taught me

Summer is coming to and end, which marks the end of Festival season. Over the past few weeks I've jotted down a total of 15 things which I have learnt over the past 2 festival seasons. My first festival was Leeds festival in 2015 and these 15 points are things I wish someone had told me before I packed my bags and headed into what was going to be the highlight of my Summer. 

Whether you're a festival professional reading this, I'm sure you will be able to relate to the points I am about to make or whether you're a festival newbie and need some tips for next year, I hope you enjoy.

1) Leave your phone alone.

I promise you that you will not need or miss it. Festivals are all about living in the moment, maybe take it out for a picture here and there or to call your mum telling her how much you miss her but other than that, keep it out of sight. Your battery won't last the duration of the 3/4/5 days you're there anyway.

2) Bumbags are fashionable

Okay, so maybe not anywhere other than a festival. But any festival you go to whether it's Leeds & Reading or Glastonbury or a small local one, about 90% of people will be wearing a bumbag. They're so easy to store your essentials such as your money, raincoat & phone and they don't get in the way when you get caught up in a moshpit or dancing to your favourite artist.

3) Take a Pac-a-Mac

I guarantee it will rain at least once through your festival experience. Umbrellas are a no no for festivals, usually staff won't let you in with them due to their "pointed edge" and they are definitely not allowed in the arenas. Primark will be your Go to for this and many other items, I grabbed a cute little purple one last year that rolls up into the pocket and fits nicely in my bumbag!

4) Make an Itinerary 

Last year, me and my 2 best friends had some of our favourite bands playing Leeds Fest, having bought early bird tickets we sat down and noted down all the acts and times of each act and we came across a clash, we would half the time of each act so that we got to see them both. It worked out so well, we got to see everyone we wanted too!

5) You will have memorable encounters with strangers

The most memorable one for me is these 2 guys who had lost their friend and their phone was on 1% and needed to write down his number so that they could call of someone else's phone, although no one around had a pen, I did have my lipstick in my bumbag. So I ended up writing some strangers number on some strangers arm! Don't worry though, my lipstick is still intact...

6) You will create a love/hate relationship with glitter

Glitter is the new festival trend, covering our faces in it as an alternative to Make Up. Although we feel so glamorous and sparkly, that glitter will haunt you for days! It will turn up in the most randomise of places and you'll still be finding it in your socks bedsheets and everything else once you get home.

7) Wellies are your best friend

No matter what the weather is, even if it doesn't rain, you will encounter a lot of mud due to the amount of people walking over the same spots days on end. You won't even need to take any other shoes other than a good pair of wellies because the likelihood of you wearing anything but wellies is slim to none.

8) Less is more

Trust me on this. There is nothing worse than lugging your backpack through the fields on the way too and from the festival, even if you get a lift to the location, you will still have fields to walk through and it will feel like miles. And what makes it even worse is that selection of clothes, bags of food etc. won't even get used. My best advice is to plan your outfits in advance, all you'll need is a pair of shorts a couple of t-shirts and a warm jumper, anything else is just dead weight.

9) Don't go home for a shower

By the time you've made the journey home, showered and made the journey back. You've missed so much! Everyone is in the same boat, you have to embrace the dirt!!

10) Don't forget baby wipes

Had saying that in my last point, baby wipes are so great. Just to wipe the muck and wash your face with, you'll feel so much cleaner after doing this.

11) Be open minded 

Go see a band or an artist that you've never heard of before, try the discovery tent! Honestly, it will be a great experience and you may even discover a new favourite band.

12) You will run off adrenaline

Let's face it, if you're lucky enough to even get some sleep, it's not going to be any longer than a few hours. Although this sounds terrible, you won't even feel tired. Festivals are a full time thing, even though the bands stop at about 11, theres so much more happening all through the night. Adrenaline will keep you going and if not.. theres always coffee!

13) Pick your camp spot wisely

It may sound obvious, but you don't want to be near the toilets. Other places you don't want to be are near pathways or on a hill or anywhere near tree's, for reasons that may be obvious. Getting early bird tickets is great for this, you get first pick at where you're going to spend the next 3/4 nights.

14) Take a camping chair

This didn't cross my mind on my first festival experience and I actually ended up buying one there which cost me about triple the amount had I bought one in advance. You'll be sat around quite a bit especially with early bird which is 2 days prior to the music but even so, music doesn't start till at least 12 so you'll be spending your morning hanging out with your friends and camp outside your tents and a chair is so much more comfier than the floor.

15) It will be one of the best experience of your life

Festivals are magical. It's hard to explain to someone who's never been but the vibe is unexplainable, its not even all about the music. Just the entire atmosphere! I remember thinking I was going to hate Leeds Fest and it ended up being one of the most memorable experiences ever. Nothing beats watching your favourite artist/band stood next to thousands of strangers who share the same passion as you.



  1. Yes! Definitely remember the baby wipes! They are my lifesaver on a daily basis so at a festival they are an even bigger must! Also knowing which bands you want to see and when they are on is so important!

  2. The "don't forget baby wipes" one made me laugh. They are really freaking useful for a lot situations! Great post! :)

    S .x ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com

  3. So glad you had such fun at your festivals this year! I've never actually been to a festival but I want to change that soon! What festivals would you recommend for newbies haha? I've heard that Latitude and V Fest are some of the best!

    Abbey ✨ www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    1. V fest would be a great start! It's a lot shorter compared to some other festivals too X

  4. I love this list! After going to my first festival I was convinced my hair would need washing less, and tat I'd get really minimalist with my wardrobe... That so didn't happen! Stephie xx


    1. Ahaha I hope you enjoyed your first festival! X

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  6. Oh gosh yeah, I didn't think about that... I guess the glitter is like sand when you go to the beach!
    Aleeha xXx


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