WhatsApp and Facebook groups are being made, excitement is starting to grow, and tents are being bought – it’s nearly festival season babes! This year is going to be slightly weird for me because I currently have no plans to attend any music festivals due to my money saving plan for my backpacking trip to Asia. For the past 4 years I have attended day ones, camping ones and weekend day ones so I have ranked up a few tips and tricks to survive as well as which music festivals in the south of England to attend.
Each festival is different, and each festival offers a different atmosphere depending on what you want.
Bestival (Lulworth Castle, Dorset)
A carefree 4-day festival in September which had moved from the Isle of Wight to Lulworth castle. My favourite thing about Bestival is that no one cares who you are or what you want to be, the festival itself wants to break the rules. The site consisted of your usual main stages and food stalls but Bestival went a step further and had a ship as a stage, an inflatable Kayne called happy Kayne and a wedding chapel. The only down side of this festival was that it rained a silly amount which caused a mud slide hill into the arena and by the end of the last day 2/3 of the attendees had disappeared.
V Festival (Chelmsford, Essex)
The Essexy of all Essex festivals. Although V festival has two sites I have only been to the Essex site and can only comment on that one. If you’ve dreamt of stepping into the world of TOWIE then I recommend you come to V festival, it is full of mainstream people with your basic glitter space buns and lacy bralettes (I should mention this is a festival full of young people as it is most peoples first festival in Essex – Including me!). V festival has great line ups and normally great weather as it is in late August.
Rating: 3/5 (Just because I’m getting a little old for the crowd now)
EDC (Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire)
Hahahaha. I don’t even know where to start. DJs, lasers, a main stage background that moves and sun… What more could you want? If you are into EDM music then EDC is the one for you, it’s the UK version of the main festival in Las Vegas and it has a firework close… I feel like that’s all I need to say really. Side note the only downside is the location, it becomes grid locked when everyone tries to leave BUT it is the perfect warm up for your lad’s holiday away.
Boardmasters (Newquay, Cornwall)
To sum it up? A festival for surfers. Spend the day at the main stage watching up and coming bands or down at the beach watching the surfers as well as learning to surf yourself. Just don’t do a me and take an overnight coach Friday night for the festival Saturday and then an overnight one back Saturday evening to get back to London Sunday morning and then fly to Ibiza early the next morning – I died.
Wireless (Finsbury Park, London)
Wireless is the perfect first festival for anyone based in London, it has a mix of everything. The year I went had Conor Maynard, Kendrick Lamar and Avicii so I was running between stages A LOT that day. The festival only has two stages and a few stands so it’s easy to navigate if you are new to the festival scene. As it’s a day festival it is a nightmare getting home because everyone and their mother leaves at the same time so if you plan on going I highly advice leaving before the last song of the last act.
I just started typing out my top tips for festivals and realised how long this post would be so I’m going to make another for the tips! Hope this helps 😊