2 festivals already done (Glastonbury and Somersault), I was more than ready to ‘Bring The Vibe’ at the famous V Festival last weekend. Unlike its predecessors this summer, there was quite a large group of friends, both old and new, heading down with me. As much as I’m a self-proclaimed Glasto girl, my old housemate, fellow camper, and partner-in-crime Parris is a V Festival Fanatic, and we’d spend a lot of nights at university avoiding work to swap mud-filled, crazy stories of our adventures. I had high hopes as I drove to Chelmsford in my overly packed car (see photo evidence below, I’m still unsure how we managed it!)
Manageable in size, and for the most part, really well laid out, you can get around easily, not only between the campsite and arena, but also between stages – very handy when the times between the acts were short. However, possibly as a result of the compact nature of the site, V Festival offers little else aside from the music to entertain the huge crowds it attracts. There are a few fairground rides on offer, as well as a splattering of typical ‘vintage’ style shops, but if you decided to risk waiting in the HUGE line for these, you would probably miss what you really paid for, the music.
There were a lot of rumbles that this year’s line up wasn’t the best V had ever offered (though they might be saving some of the big names for their 20th anniversary in 2015), however, there was still more than enough to please me.
I was wowed by Foxes at Glastonbury, and she was just as good the second time around, charming the crowd with catchy tunes you’re left humming all day long.
And The Rest…
For all it’s hype, I have a few minor issues with V. It’s no secret that it’s one of the more corporate festivals on offer nowadays, and that’s very evident on site. Even though this didn’t bother me, it evidently impacted on the prices. I was shocked to find that the prices for food and drink were on average around 50% more expensive that Glastonbury, with a small bottle of cider at the bars inside the Arena costing a ridiculous £4.80 each.
Now The Soppy Bit…
Let me start by saying, if you haven’t read the lovely Lea’s post ‘How My Best Friend And A Festival Saved My Life‘, you really need too. Brace yourself for a cringe-filled ending paragraph along similar lines now…
When I read that article, I was reminded of my 3 wonderful, crazy, lovely housemates. Before last weekend, we hadn’t been altogether for 11 months, and I can only speak for myself here, but I found it incredibly hard to be without them. Let me explain.
University life, on the whole, was a blast. However, there were a lot of real personal lows, times when only strong friendship would do, and these 3 girls provided that in abundance to me. For 3 years, their love and laughter was a constant aide to me, something I fell back on, and I didn’t realise how much I missed it until we were reunited again.
So saying that, my top tip (my must have at a festival) is go with friends that make your heart glad, so even if the weather’s crappy, the food over-expensive and the music lacklustre, you’ll still have the best time, and remember it for years to come.
Thank you for reading my festival reviews over the last few weeks! Looks like I’ll be spending a lot of money doing it all again next year… Oh boy. But for now, pass me the Lemsip.
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