My First Festival Experience

Friday, 2 September 2016


Last Friday I went to Reading festival and it was the first festival I've ever been to, and I just thought it'd be funny to share my experience with the whole thing...

Its an absolute mess: I guess this is quite an obvious one really haha. Well I mean it wasn't too bad in the morning but as the day went on, wow was it filthy. Get those Coachella images out of your head because no, it is nothing like that. Even though its messy, I feel like its part of the whole experience. 

You're also going to get filthy: I was pretty dirty by the end of the day. When I was in amongst the crowds, so much dirt got kicked up and it ended up all over my face, down my legs, even in my mouth (gross). Having a shower the day after was literally the best feeling. I don't think getting dirty is necessarily a bad thing, shows you had a good time...right? 

They only serve junk food: All part of the fun! Even if it is extremely overpriced. I'm definitely not complaining, because who doesn't love junk food?! Pizza, chips, burgers, you name it, they've got it!

The crowds are intense: I ended up pretty squished a few times, thinking I wouldn't see the light of day again haaaa. Although it was actually quite fun, it was super hot and you had a load of sweaty people around you which kinda wasn't fun. I did have to leave one crowd because I couldn't handle it but still, it was an experience!

Picking an outfit & doing festival makeup is so fun: Picking what to wear and doing your makeup before going is just the best. I love doing my makeup as it is, and an excuse to pour glitter over your face is literally amazing. It felt so freeing wearing less clothes than usual (still looking decent may I add haha). 

You're going to get some pretty decent photos: Festivals always look pretty. Its full of life, cool outfits, cool colours just cool everything. Your Instagram is going to look really freaking good. In the evening at Reading there was the most beautiful sunset across the fields, and I just felt so content and happy at that point.

Have you ever been to a festival?

- Lucy

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  1. I loved this post! You're so right. I haven't been to a festival in years, but I went when I was fourteen and fifteen, so the experience was slightly different to what I could imagine it being like now I'm older. But nonetheless, I loved the whole excitement of planning your outfits and the whole atmosphere x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you - I loved the whole experience as well, it was just really cool despite the dirtiness of it haha!

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  2. I'm actually jealous! Please tell me you saw the 1975?!

    franalibi.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It was so much fun - I only managed to get a ticket for Friday so didn't see the 1975 unfortunately!

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  3. i went to reading a couple of years ago! didn't anticipate how bloody cold it would get at night even though its summer??? i'm kinda glad you didn't mention the state of the toilets there.... GREAT POST

    Hannah at Hannah Venables / A CREATIVE LIFESTYLE BLOG

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    1. It was freezing in the evening, and I was stuck in shorts and a vest top - and I've tried to get the image of the toilets out of my brain, they were truly vile haha!

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  4. I had my first experience of Leeds festival a few years back and it was so good but completely horrendous for mud. i got stuck in the mud for a good half hour!
    jen / enter my too faced giveaway x

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it haha - that doesn't sound so fun though!

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  5. I went to Leeds fest last year and even though I had a good idea what it would be like I just wasn't prepared for the amount of sludge I would be stood in daily!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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    1. I don't think anything quite prepares you for the dirt haha!

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  6. I went to Reading this year as well! I can't believe you managed to shower every day haha; I did the classic wet wipe bath and then showered when I got home on the Monday (grim but part of the experience!) xo

    Emily | emsalice.com

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    1. Thats so cool, aw I wish I'd known - I didn't actually camp, I only went for the day on Friday so got to have a shower at home the next day haha. If I were camping I would have totally done that so I don't blame you haha!

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  7. I've only been to one festival, but they've never really been my thing - I wanna see the music but I hate the camping and getting squished side of it ahahah! I think the day ticket you got would have been just enough for me if I went :) My boyfriend went to Reading this year and I couldn't believe the mess I saw in pictures from their campsite! Hahaha. I'm so glad you had a lovely time Lucy! xo

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    1. I don't think I could camp either, I did only get a day ticket which was definitely enough for me to be honest haha! Its ridiculously messy!

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  8. glad to hear you had a good time even if you ended up getting dirty! sounds like fun!

    kelseybang.com

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  9. I think no matter how bad festivals are people will go anyway just because it’s such a cool experience, I was going to go to Reading (Mainly to see The 1975, Twenty One Pilots and Red Hot Chilli Peppers) but I don’t think a festival that intense would be a good place for a small teenager who gets lost in her own neighbourhood :D
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    Klaudia x x

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    1. Its such an experience and something to look back on which is cool, plus the music is usually really good!

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  10. I've never been to a festival but I really don't think I'd like it! Too many people and the whole toilet situation would annoy me!!

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    1. I wasn't sure I'd like it but I was pleasantly surprised really - the toilet situation was truly vile though I must say!

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  11. Reading was my first ever festival so this brought back so many memories for me! It was simultaneously amazing and exhausting haha x

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    1. Definitely agree with it being both amazing and exhausting haha!

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  12. Ahhhhhhh I really want to go next year, it sounded like so much fun!

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  13. This sounds like such a great time. I've actually never been to a true festival, but I've gone to quite a few events in the past that were EDM specific. I suppose I went to a country weekend which could be considered a festival, but it wasn't EDM so I don't think it counts. Love all of your goodies! xx Adaleta Avdic

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    1. It was pretty cool actually - thank you!

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  14. i have never been to a festival and i don't think i want too! ahahah i love the pretty images everyone posts on instagram but all those people to me is just too much! i don't have the right attitude! But i love to hear about it(:

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ kate/idoscope.com

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  15. This was a nice post, such nostalgia thinking about festivals! I kinda/don't really remember my first one haha, it was Benicassim a few years ago- which I'd certainly recommend if you plan on going to more! Pretty jealous if you managed to see the Chili Peppers, there were some proper good names on the Leeds and Reading line up this year!

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  16. I went to Leeds festival and thought the weather was supposed to be well nice for Reading! It was SO muddy at Leeds but I loved it. Might try Reading next year just to switch it up as I hated the people in the campsites at Leeds, they were so horrible and were burning tents/camping chairs. I wrote a post about my experience too!

    The festival itself was great though. Glad you enjoyed it! <3

    Sarah x http://www.scarletstate.co.uk

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  17. I went to my first festival this summer and really enjoyed it! I definitely need to work off the constant junk food eating though :P

    Kate xo // www.beautybabbles.com

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