I know it's not something that gets mentioned a lot on my blog, but music is one of my biggest loves in life. A handful of you may know that I like to do a little bit of singing and guitar playing in my spare time, and every now and again I pop a video up on YouTube (although it has been a while!).
One thing I love to do is attend concerts; as content as I am with listening to MP3s on my iPod whilst on a train journey, it just doesn't compare to seeing and hearing a band's raw talent up close, whilst jumping around in a sweaty group of people. Even more than concerts, however, I love festivals. Every year, I always take a sneaky peek at Reading Festival and V Festival on the TV to see what I am missing. I wish I could say that I am a regular festival goer, with a collection of wristbands up my arm as proof, but unfortunately, mainly due to a lack of funds every Summer (after giving all my money to university!), I can only say that I have been to one. However, I couldn't have asked for a better first festival experience.
Leeds Festival 2010
I still remember when the tickets for Leeds Festival 2010 came on sale, and I was sat with my best friend frantically clicking away on my laptop with five different ticket sites open to ensure that I got ours. So many wonderful rumours were going around about the line-up that year, so we decided that we just couldn't miss it. I'll admit we both squealed like a couple of 12-year-old fan girls when our ticket confirmation came through and the official line-up, complete with Blink 182, Guns 'N' Roses, Biffy Clyro and a number of other bands we love popped up on the screen.
The festival itself was amazing, and I can safely say that August 26-30, 2010 was the most exciting, hilarious and just generally the best time of my life so far. The weather was pleasant for the majority of the weekend, the sun peeked through the clouds and there was an insignificant few droplets of rain. My friends and I used this to our advantage, embracing the festival fashion and painting neon dots and stripes on to our faces. And of course the most important part; the music. We tended to just wander around the various stages and tents during the day, capturing a taste of the different genres of music that were on offer, and gathered around the main stage in the evening for the last few bands of the line-up, who were incredible. I wish I had taken more pictures but here is a few of the decents ones I could find:
I would do anything to be able to experience this weekend again; it couldn't have been more perfect. To this day I have refused to cut off my wristband (ew, I know haha)!
Were you at Reading/Leeds Festival 2010? What was your best festival experience?
This is my entry for the Diesel Calvi On the Rocks contest.