If you know me at all, you’ll know I’m a real festival girl. To be honest, I’m a live music girl, but with loving live music comes loving festivals. I’ve been to Leeds Festival for the past 5 years in some form or another and I now go to Download Festival every year I can as well. And it may surprise you to know that even though I’m a massive festival fan, I hate camping. I hate it. I hate it SO much. Not only because I have a bad back, so can’t actually camp successfully whilst still being able to stand up straight, but also because I just outright hate camping. Having a bad back is actually quite convenient because it gives me an A+ excuse for not wanting to camp anywhere. (If you watched my Download Festival vlogs, you’ll have noticed we stayed in a hotel and took advantage of Download’s RIP package. This is because of my bad back and because I hate camping.)
I was contacted by Three, and asked if I wanted one of their festival packs to promote their #MakeItRight campaign and instantly said yes because 1. As we discussed earlier, I’m a festival girl and 2. I would do just about anything to make a festival easier. So, Three put together a festival survival pack and sent it to me so I could use it at Leeds Festival (sadly, Download had already happened because this would have been really handy for the weekend!). Having a phone at a festival is hard. Losing it, getting it stolen or just breaking it are all too common at festivals and it makes my heart stop just thinking about it. My phone is my lifeline, my camera, my everything. I don’t care how sad that sounds, I don’t know what I’d do without my phone.
So having a full pack of things that would make my life easier (and more fun) at a festival like a fanny pack, a bottle of water, some portable speakers and a selfie stick (and not just any selfie stick, a selfie stick that looks like the fluffy hand of Three’s latest mascot – Jackson) grouped with things that will help me keep in touch with friends, family and social media over the weekend like a portable charger and a phone protector and screen protector, I absolutely love this kit! Three knows how important people’s phones are to them nowadays, so they’re campaigning to take on everything that sucks about the mobile phone industry. They now offer a service called Three Rescue that offers worldwide protection against phone loss, theft and damage to your phone (they’ll even replace your phone the next day, included with your contacts, music and photos), and they now have no data roaming costs so you can continue to enjoy the internet wherever you are in the world without incurring massive charges.
So what went down at Leeds Festival 2015? Well, we were only there for the day this year. This is purely because after having just graduated I’m a little short on cash at the moment, so the line-up just wasn’t quite good enough to warrant buying a weekend ticket when most of the bands I wanted to see were on one day. So we bought ourselves Sunday tickets and got on our way.
- We had a lot of cider (as is the norm for festivals/general life seeing as I hate lager).
- It didn’t rain all day. I KNOW. I didn’t have to get ponchos out once! I don’t think this has ever happened to me at Leeds Fest before.
- Alexisonfire were there and it was great that I finally got to see them live. I hope this means they’re back together, they’re being annoyingly vague.
- A member of the crowd had a rubber dingy and George Petit took it and sang from it on top of the crowd. It was epic.
- I took a photo of a guy stood on top of the crowd in AOF (see the first photo in the post). He saw it on Instagram somehow and messaged me saying it was him. I later emailed him the photo and he was so happy it restored my faith in the internet.
- No Devotion are amazing and their “our bands went to shit and we love that you’re all here supporting us” speech made me cry a little bit. No shame.
- Pvris are on track for really big things.
- Katherine Ryan is my spirit animal.
- Bring Me The Horizon weren’t good. Oli Sykes was miming, it was embarrassing, I don’t understand why everyone is saying they can headline next year. Just because a band is seemingly good live doesn’t mean they are worthy of the headliner slot.
- Metallica are gods. Like legitimate gods. They were absolutely amazing live (even though I do think they could have had more of a show. Maybe I’ve just been spoiled seeing Kiss at Download).
- Leeds Fest massively undersold this year and it was eerily quiet all day.
- All was back to normal in regards to crowd chants. Last year, people were chanting “YOU WHAT? YOU WHAT? LEEDS! YOU WHAT? YOU WHAT?” and I didn’t like it because everyone knows the ONLY chant is YORKSHIRE! YORKSHIRE!
Thank you so much to Three for the festival kit, it was SO handy for Leeds Festival and will be handy in the future for various events!
Are you a festival person? What would your essentials for festivals/camping be? Let me know in the comments!
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