Friday, 17 January 2014

F is for...

Festivals!

After writing about my experience at Festival No. 6, you're probably well aware that I love all things festival related. Now that I live in Somerset, I thought I would be all up in the Glasto-hype, but it really hasn't caught my eye since moving so close. My favourite festivals all seem to be Welsh, and I don't know if that's due to the beautiful landscapes, the more intimate settings or just that they seem better curated for a girl like me. 

Last year, I attended my first ever Festival No. 6 and I am so happy to know I am going back in September. Despite the line-up being unrevealed, I have good feelings for this year! Maybe this is due to it being brought forward by a week - which hopefully means the weather will be nicer and there'll be no Welsh-equivallent to the monsoon. I've got my fingers crossed, but I'll definitely be packing more waterproofs! 


Green Man - happy tree - Laura Marling
The first 'real' festival I attended was the Green Man festival in 2010. This was my first proper visit to Wales and I really loved it. I'm really glad I went to Green Man with my friends that year, as I saw some incredible bands and also met a few of my musical heroes too! A good weekend for anyone, I'm sure you'd agree. I didn't pack any waterproofs for this festival, and barely had a decent coat, so at least I'd kind of learnt my lesson for Festival No. 6!


I love Wild Beasts - Yeah, no coat/waterproofs that whole weekend
Of course, I'm not all about the music. Bath holds a yearly book festival, as well as a film festival, and I'm always meaning to go along. I know Mark Watson has a book out this year and I might try and get myself down to a book festival if he's there. I really love his stand up shows and own 80% of his books so I have some great expectations for this next one. They say it's like the Great Gatsby with computers!

I'd love to go to Primavera Sound festival in Spain, or Pitchfork's music festival in Paris at some point in my life - we're hoping we might be able to attend the Parisian festival this year as Joe's brother will be studying in Paris from September. We actually had tickets to attend Primavera Sound when Pulp made their big comeback a few years ago but couldn't attend due to my falling-pregnantness which massively sucks. Damn those doctors and not letting heavily pregnant women fly - or attend awesome, yet heaving festivals during the hottest months of the year, ey? 


Are they any festivals I should add to my list? 



Chelsea xo

12 comments

  1. It makes me ever so happy that Laura Marling is featured in this :)

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    1. She is so amazing, I've seen her live a few times and she's always been so lovely :)

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  2. I've never been to a festival. We used to live in Reading, close enough to the festival ground to hear the Reading Festival and WOMAD and if it was sunny--fab. If it was rainy, then MUD. If sunshine was guaranteed, then I'd totally go on a day pass, but I'm too old and grumpy to take the gamble on the weather!!

    Love the happy tree, though. It is truly the happiest tree I have ever seen.

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    1. He sure was a happy tree.

      Honestly, you have never known such coldness until you're sleeping in a tent and it hasn't stopped raining for two days and nights. JOY!

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  3. I live 45 minutes from Glasto and have never been! But we've travelled up to Reading festival for the past 4 years and love it :)

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    1. I think Glasto is a bit overrated, really!

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  4. I love Festivals, I'm at Download again this year, you just can't keep me away from the metal. haha. I'd love to do Latitude it always looks really pretty, Green Man looks great too!
    I'd love to do a book festival, might need a cheeky trip to bath ;) haha.
    Kloe xxx

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    1. Joe's brother went to Latitude and forgot to take wellies, what an idiot! Ooh, you should totally come to Bath, although apparently Durham has a book festival..? xxx

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  5. Book festivals sound amazing! We must go!x

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    1. yeeees, that'd be totally awesome! :D x

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  6. Pilton (aka Glasto) is okay but far too overrated for what they charge. I do go every year but only because the carnival club I'm in works there so we all get free tickets (plus I don't stay on site when I can get home in 20 minutes).
    Not sure if you've noticed but Bath Lit Fest have Mark Watson hosting a Comedy Night at Komedia on Friday 7th March, plus if you fancy his comedy, he's playing the Long Paws Comedy Club at the Little Theatre in Wells on Saturday 2nd March (I think tickets go on sale on Friday!) :-) x

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    1. Thanks for pointing that out! I might try and get some friends to come to Komedia with me :) xx

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