Hi guys! Today I’m going to be talking about the music festivals I’ve been to, the acts, what I did there. I love festivals – the bands, the atmosphere, the food, and I’ve been to fair few now. There’s loads more on my bucket list, but for now these are the ones I’ve ticked off;
Year Visited: 2016
Headliners: Muse, Adele, Coldplay
About: Glastonbury certainly needs no introduction. The biggest greenfield music festival in the world, I feel like I’d have to visit 5 times before I saw it all! The atmosphere and the sheer amount of people are something else, nothing else quite feels like singing along with a hundred thousand people, wristbands flashing in time to the music. Even if it did take us 18 hours to get there from Bristol Temple Meads because traffic was standstill… I volunteered here with Oxfam too, and despite the Brexit referendum result being announced during our time there it was still amazing.
Best Memory: All the acts! As well as the headliners, pretty much everyone I wanted to see that year was playing; The Last Shadow Puppets, Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Tame Impala, Catfish and the Bottlemen… the list goes on. And the sheer amount of mud, up to your knees at some points, People getting stuck is also pretty funny.
Years Visited: 2015, 2016
Headliners: Alt J, Portishead, Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds (2015), Maccabees, The National, New Order (2016).
About: Land of the pink sheep, Latitude festival is in a beautiful setting in Henham Park, near Southwold, Suffolk. It seems to have its own microclimate – imagine a festival so warm there’s dust instead of mud! There’s a lake running through it which you can swim in, and you can party in the forest at night – what’s not to like?
The lineup is always pretty impressive and they also get some big names in comedy! There’s also music, film, poetry and cabaret if you want a break from the main stage! The first time I went I volunteered for Hotbox Events as a woodland pixie (basically a steward with glitter and wings). The second I volunteered for Oxfam on their ‘Stand as one’ campaign.
Best memory: Being told to go into the Secret Emporium by the lake when we missed out on Thom Yorke’s secret set… only for a very drunk Ed Sheeran and several of Snow Patrol to appear on the stage. They played to a room of about 30 of us! The nicest end to the festival.
Year Visited: 2017, 2018
Headliners: The Weeknd, Foo Fighters, Depeche Mode (2017). Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam (2018).
About: Set in Lisbon, this is one festival where you’re (almost) guaranteed good weather. You camp in a huge wooded campsite which has two pools and a massive sunbathing area, and there’s buses into Lisbon itself. The actual festival site is fairly small, and with 4 euro pints of wine you can’t really go wrong.
Best Memory: Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters! And a Portugese girl guessing I was English because I had glitter on my face and was wearing sequins.
Year Visited: 2016
Headliners: Rudimental, Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds, Madness
About: One of the smallest festivals on this list, this is the partner festival of Y Not? and set in the beautiful Lake District.
Best Memory: Tim Peaks Diner (The brainchild of The Charlatans’ frontman Tim Burgess) and realising Blossoms were in there with us awkwardly dancing when their own song came on.
Year Visited: 2018
Headliners: Stereophonics, Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds, Craig David’s TS5
About: Named after Sheffield’s tram network, this is a rock, indie and alternative music festival held in the city centre. It’s so nice to be able to walk to a festival! It’s sadly no longer free but still only ~£70 for a weekend ticket (afterparties have to be purchased separately).
Best Memory: The Sheffield pride! Expect a lot of chants of ‘Yorkshire, Yorkshire’.
Year Visited: 2015
Headliners: Mumford and Sons, Metallica, The Libertines
About: Reading and Leeds are twinned rock music festivals which always have a great lineup – I saw so many bands I wanted to. Even though I felt quite old here at 19, I volunteered here with Hotbox Events as a fire steward.
Best Memory: The Wombats secret set!
I hope you enjoyed this insight into the music festivals I’ve been to! This year I plan to go to Tramlines again. Are you planning on any festivals this year? Have you been to any of these? Let me know in the comments.