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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I'm Bee. 27 year old who is finally starting to understand herself. A Scorpio that's too nice to use that sting in her tail, regularly found searching for holidays or online shopping. Happiest when being fed, travelling & spending time with Mr C.