9 THINGS YOU LEARN AT LEEDS FESTIVAL | QUEENBEADY

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If you’re currently lugging a huge rucksack on your back, with a make shift trolley made of a winter sledge with ten packs of Strongbow fruit cider piled high with one in hand (obviously), wading through a mud filled field then the chances are 99% that you are on your way to Leeds Festival. If you’re a festi-newbie or a hardcore veteran, you will always learn these very few and very certain things at Bramham Parks very own, Leeds Festival…

1. MUD, MUD, MUD EVERYWHERE
I think I’ve experienced only two dry(ish) festivals in all my 10 years of going. It’s really worth investing a good pair of wellies so they don’t break getting stuck in the mud pits. Or, if you don’t want to spend a fortune, buy at least two pairs of cheap ones! It will get in places you never thought possible, so make sure you’re ready with tonnes of baby wipes because you are gonna want to keep clean!

2. STRONGBOW FRUIT CIDER WILL SELL OUT IN A 10 MILE RADIUS (+ WILL BECOME LIFE.)
Being ready for Leeds Festival is key (although, I should really have taken my advice this year!) but purchasing your cans of alcohol more than two days before the festival will set you off in good stead, because you can guarantee there will be a big, fat hole where the Strongbow fruit cider sits on shelves. With no glasses on site, these sugary cans of cider goodness will get you through every ungodly hour.

3. NO SLEEP
For someone who likes her sleep, you would not think Leeds Festival was a place for me, but I manage to power through it as best I can. You will have knobheads who will be loud at night, so pack a sleeping mask and a pair of ear plugs and you might just be okay. If you don’t have the privilege of guest or residents tickets then you are best camping in Green (if you don’t mind being far away) or Yellow campsite (if you want to be on the arena’s doorstep.)

4. YOU WILL FEEL OLD
Having gone from the age of 17, right through to my riper than ripe 27 years of age, I have seen the Festival through various eyes. I now feel like an old biddy when I go. How I wish I could just experience Leeds as a young teen again! Maybe I wouldn’t feel so old?

5. BANDS WILL CLASH
We spend all our hard-earned money on the festival experience, of course the bands you most desperately want to see will clash. It’s a god-written rule that this will happen so be prepared to choose which one you want to see or get your sprinting shoes on! Don’t regret your choice.

6. MORRISON’S BIG BREAKFASTS WILL BE YOUR SAVIOUR
If you are going to purchase food, make it a Morrison’s Big Breakfast. Where else can you eat 2000 worth of calories in bacon, sausages, eggs, beans, hash browns and more? Stock up on that energy for your next session because you are most definitely going to need it!

7. GLITTER WILL ALWAYS BE OKAY
I love glitter at the best of times, but it will become socially acceptable to throw it in the air and cover yourselves, head to toe in the stuff. It’s gonna go on my face, in my hair parting. You name it. I’m going all out.

8. YOU WILL LIVE OFF POT NOODLES FOR DINNER EVERY NIGHT
As much as I’d love to treat myself to Thai Noodles and Buffalo Burgers (boy they are so good!) sadly, funds don’t always allow extravagant eating options. So, pot noodles will be eating around a small, homemade BBQ you’ve created  with a dual purpose – to cook and to get warm.

9. ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES
And, despite all the above, you gotta learn to just roll with it. Leeds Festival is a fab weekend that I rave about all year-long till the next one so, if you’re thinking of going, get that ticket booked!

Are you heading to Leeds Festival this year? Or have you been and are you silently nodding along? Why not listen to my Leeds Festival playlist below.

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9 comments so far.
  • Haha brilliant! I’ve not been to Reading or Leeds but we were at least SO lucky this year that Glastonbury was dry! For the one time only huh?! Alice xxx

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    • Oh man, I’d LOVE to go to Glasto, that’s amazing! We always get rain but this year (fingers crossed!) might not be as bad!
      Bee xxx

  • Laura Emilia

    Haha this made me giggle! I’ve never been to Leeds Festival, but I have been to Reading and it felt pretty similar :’D I was there when I was 25 and I already felt SO old – I haven’t gone back since. Although I was tempted this year with Kasabian and Muse headlining! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • HAHA! You know the score then. Aw man, you really shoulda got a ticket. There’s still time 😉
      Bee xxx

  • Lauren Wilkinson

    I’ve never actually been to a proper festival and now at 28 I think I’m a bit old to start! Looks like you had a blast this weekend on insta!

    Lauren x – bylaurenjane

    • Oh you must! I absolutely adore them. But that might have something to do with the alcohol 😉 I sure blumming well did, hehe!
      Bee xxx

  • Emma Ramsell

    This post makes me smile so much. All I can think of is the horror story that was my first time at Leeds fest! Safe to say you learn very quickly.
    Em
    Emmajaderamselll.wordpress.com xxx

    • Oh Emma, you HAVE to share this with me now. Don’t leave me hanging! Haha!
      Bee xxx

      • Emma Ramsell

        Haha! We made the decision to set up the tent at the bottom of the hill in, green (Near that blinking disco out of the arena). After spending the afternoon, singing our hearts out to Panic we didn’t realise that it was pouring it down. So when we did go back to our tent we found that we had about 20 tents on top of ours! Add in the fact I didn’t have a coat or willies. I can honestly say I hated it! haha xxx

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