I am not your typical festival-goer. I like home comforts, clean surroundings and queues in an orderly fashion. My last festival outing was Reading in 2007, which I still harp on about till this day. I make a point about only using the Waitrose toilets after witnessing the infamous 'long drop' on the first day. Spontaneity usually fills me with dread, but when I happened to win Lovebox tickets after instagram-ing a pic at the Minkpink party on Thursday, I thought why not. I knew a few of the bands that were headlining and hoped that I would discover a few more, as my iTunes playlist is woefully out of date. I'm in musical limbo at the moment. Whenever someone asks what music I'm into, I never know what to say without embarrassing myself so there's nowhere better than a festival to go and discover something new to listen to. Although I spent much of the time wandering around and trying to gather enough courage to use the portaloos (conveniently labelled 'DAVLAV'), it was fun to absorb the festival experience and witness the merry attendees going about their business.
Parka - H&M
Dress - Evil Twin @ Urban Outfitters
Ring - Monki
Bag - Vintage
It seems that the typical festival look isn't just for the benefit of magazine articles. There were enough pairs of Disco pants to keep American Apparel afloat for many years and if I had a pound for every pair of denim shorts I saw, I'd probably be able to buy my dream apartment on Shad Thames. Your festival outfit has to be adaptable to all sorts of weather conditions, baking sun, pouring rain and relentless wind. It was the latter that got the better of me; I was sneezing all over the place! Still, I was glad I chose to wear my sheer tights and a suitable jacket, with plenty of pockets for my much-needed tissue supply. I bought this Evil Twin dress before realising that it went in the sale a week later, so I had to do one of those cheeky exchanges (whilst spending part of the difference on something else). The black paisley pattern is perfect for all seasons and I love the loose fit and front button fastening. I was handily able to swap my shoes for some brand new wellies at the Hunter stand and I'm beyond happy as I've been after a pair for a while. They'll come in very useful for any future festivals I go to and are the perfect addition to my collection of grey items. Anything really goes at a festival and although I've played it pretty safe (I did spy a girl in just a leotard and wellies), I felt comfortable and true to my usual style. What's your usual look at a festival?
Rita Ora performing - The scary looking Tornado ride - Amy's amazing jacket got a lot of compliments
So what's my verdict? I definitely prefer the London festival experience, as you're never more than an hour away from a hot bath and clean sheets. I think the going to all three days of Lovebox would have tired me out, so it's been great to recover today and try and remember some of the songs that were played. Have you got any festivals planned for this Summer? I'd definitely like to try some abroad next year, mostly to avoid the rain that always seems to turn up in England so let me know if you've been lucky enough to go to the likes of Coachella or Primavera. London-wise, who's up for Field Day next year?
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