FESTIVALS: THE GOOD & THE BAD

πŸ’ƒ FESTIVAL REVIEWS πŸ’ƒ

Due to being stuck in boarding school from the age of 16 to 18 I was pretty late to the festival game, but since 2013 I've been to more than enough festivals to be able to narrow my experiences down to 4 festivals and give you some feedback on the good, the bad and the ones in-between. 

So to start off with...THE BAD.

πŸ†” LOVEBOX πŸ†”

LOVEBOX 2015

LOVEBOX 2015

Luckily the only really bad festival I have been to is LOVEBOX in Victoria Park 2015. The lineup looked promising and the illustrations on their posters really persuaded me to get tickets.

LOVEBOX crowd 2015

LOVEBOX crowd 2015

As the festival is a 16+ event, there are a whole lot of girls running around with short shorts, glitter all over their faces drinking vodka out of Urban Outfitters hip flasks and guys stumbling around in their bucket hats, cross body bags with inconspicuous powder on their noses. This may in fact have been the worst aspect of my weekend at LOVEBOX. 

LOVEBOX 2015

LOVEBOX 2015

Even though the crowd was bad and the festival was dusty AF we didn't let that get to us and we still had bomb ass grilled cheeses and London priced drinks. 

Now onto the...IN-BETWEEN.

🍺 READING 🍺

READING 2014

READING 2014

The only reason why Reading isn't in "THE BAD" is because I've never camped here before. Luckily my boyfriends family live a 15 min ride away so I don't have to deal with the ~english festival youths~ for more than 12 hours. The downside to this festival is again, unfortunately: THE CROWD. The lineup is always amazing but somehow the experience is ruined by aggressive 17 year old boys and girls frantically pushing through the crowds to fan girl over Bastille. 

READING 2014

READING 2014

However, it can't be that bad because I keep coming back year after year. It must be the fact that there is way more space and majority of the festival goers are at their tents getting trashed.

and now what you've been waiting for...THE BEST

πŸŽͺ LOWLANDS & BEST KEPT SECRET πŸŽͺ

The two best festivals I've ever been to happen to be the first two I ever went to.. and they both happen to be in the Netherlands.. coincidence? I think not. The Dutch really seem to know how to Festival. Everyone is so friendly, the campsites are clean and the overall vibe is incredible. You can sense that everyone is there to have fun and not to start any arguments or go on a mission to steal the most phones and wallets. 

BEST KEPT SECRET 2013

BEST KEPT SECRET 2013

So before I go on and on about how amazing Holland is, I'll give you an in-depth review on both of them individually. So first off: BEST KEPT SECRET. It was mine and my friends first ever festival and we went as just the two of us with our tiny little union jack pop-up tent on our first ever flight to Holland. 

Hammock @ Best Kept Secret 2013

Hammock @ Best Kept Secret 2013

So the reason why this festival is one of the best is because the festival site is small, lots of quirky places to explore, the food is INSANE (eg. Fondue & Red wine πŸ’¦), it's super easy to get to know people and you pay with tokens! Literally everything you want, in one single festival! Plus I got to see my baes; Cashmere Cat & Tyler the CreatorπŸ’•

Tyler @ Best Kept Secret 2013

Tyler @ Best Kept Secret 2013

And lastly; LOWLANDS. The atmosphere here was a little different to Best Kept Secret only because it was a lot bigger and a lot livelier!  

LOWLANDS 2013

LOWLANDS 2013

The reason why this festival is in my top two is because the atmosphere here was unreal! The days were long, the weather was amazing, the lineup was perfect and I had a big group of friends to spend it with. The only way I could describe it as, is a smaller, Dutch version of Glastonbury without all the rubbish and mud everywhere.

LOWLANDS campsite 2013

LOWLANDS campsite 2013

Lowlands had so many interesting and innovative features such as a friend tracking wristband for when you have no service and can't find your friends, a hotel room in the middle of the festival with keys scattered all over for those hoping to get a night in a bed instead of a tiny hot tent. 

Last day at Lowlands 2013

Last day at Lowlands 2013

In conclusion, Dutch festivals are great and English ones are shit okay bye.. but no seriously I hope you got some pleasure out of reading this and I hope some of you are more inclined to leave the UK when it comes to festival season!