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So another August Bank Holiday meant another weekend as Terri's plus one to Leeds Festival! This was my third year in a row going and although the line up wasn't as good for me as previous years, I still got to see some amazing live music whilst having general drunken fun in a muddy field.
We arrived on the Thursday afternoon after stopping off for a Burger King to tide me over for the weekend. The weather was pretty rainy when we arrived but luckily a couple of nice guys came to help us put up our tent which was nice! The Friday was lovely weather and it was sunny and warm all day but then on Saturday it absolutely chucked it down with rain which was a bit annoying but luckily our £20 Tesco tent kept us relatively dry!
The first act I saw on the Friday was State Champs followed by Fall Out Boy and Good Charlotte! FOB put on a good show with lots of fireworks and singing all the old favourites, but one of the biggest surprises was Good Charlotte!
I used to love GC when I was 13/14 but I was pretty sure I was in the minority, but nope, there was a massive crowd trying to get into the tent to see them! We had to stand just outside where we couldn't see much but I enjoyed reliving my youth and forgot how many of their songs I actually knew.
On the Saturday we watched Die Antwoord on the main stage which was pretty amazing. Literally the weirdest thing I've ever seen, but so so good! I can't even describe it, they're just nuts. Possibly one of my favourites of the whole weekend though was getting to see Asking Alexandria! I used to listen to them a lot at uni so was really excited to see them and they did not disappoint! Such a good atmosphere and they played a couple of new tracks mixed in with my old favourites.
There wasn't anything for me to see on the Sunday... until You Me At Six announced a secret set in The Pit tent a few hours beforehand! I absolutely love YMAS and I booked tickets for their new tour only last week so I was chuffed to get to see a little impromptu set from them. It really made my weekend and I was so happy to see them, and by the looks of it, hardly anyone knew they were performing!
Aside from the live music and all the rain, we had a jolly time exploring the street food area and drinking lots of prosecco and fruity cider. I always dread the thought of food at festivals but this year they had some really great independent food sellers on site and it was reasonably priced considering too! I bought a tub of mac and cheese for £5, a burrito stuffed with chilli and rice for £6 and a sloppy beef sandwich with horseradish mayo for £8! £2.50 for a little bottle of Pepsi though.. eek!
With regards to packing, there's always a few essentials when going to a festival. The big one is wellies. Even if it looks sunny. Even if no rain is predicted.. take wellies! It's amazing just how muddy a big field can get with thousands of people walking through it all weekend! And make sure they're comfy too; I find wearing thick socks and packing some plasters are a life saver!
A reasonable sized dome tent and an appropriate sleeping bag is also a big must! There's nothing worse than a leaking tent or an awful cold nights sleep. A cheap but waterproof tent is recommended along with a cosy sleeping bag. I would also suggest taking a few packs of wet wipes, toilet roll, and dry shampoo and shower gel. And don't forget the sun cream!
Festival clothing wise you can pretty much wear anything you like, although I prefer to layer my clothes at festivals. It can be sunny and warm all afternoon but once the sun goes down it can get awfully chilly! I took my Joules waterproof coat which was a necessity on the rainy days, and then underneath just wore a light cardigan with a thin base layer dress underneath.
Polo shirts with shorts are an ideal combination for festivals and it's comfy and easy to wear. I love the Fred Perry polo shirts which are available in loads of different colours. Also, make sure you take a little handbag that you can keep your money, sunnies and phone etc in. This little duffle bag was only £12 from Asda and was perfect to keep my goodies safe! And don't forget to take a pair of sunglasses, I love this Ray-Ban pair!
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