This weekend (from the 22nd – 24th August) was Reading and Leeds Festival.
The music festival takes place on the bank holiday weekend in August every year since 1971 in Reading and 1999 in Leeds.
They share the same bill occasionally with one or two exceptions.
I got the opportunity to go to Leeds fest last year (only on the Saturday as a friend was getting married on the Sunday and I couldn’t miss her wedding for the world!) where acts such as: Greenday, Deftones, Major Lazer, Bastille, Deap Valley, A$AP ROCKY played on that day.
I went with my two best friends, my sister Lex and my childhood bessie, Hana. The whole festival experience was quite something… I had been to festivals before, but this was taking the festival experience to the next level.
First of all, I admire hugely all those who camped and camp in Leeds (I can’t say much for Reading as I personally have never been before), the weather was AWFUL since the minute we arrived till the minute we left, to get from the car to the entrance of the festival we walked for over 20 minutes in and through mud – as I was on holiday, I had no Hunter boots or anything even close to that with me… My sister actually lent me a pair of Converse – which goes to mention I still owe her a pair after having to throw them out and having to buy a pair of wellies for 10 pounds that were 2 sizes to big as I couldn’t walk, literally, because my feet were getting trapped in the mud and puddles – but my point of the whole camping experience is, well, I arrived earlyish and I saw loads of tents, thousands of tents, over the hills and far away, to be a little more precise, by this time, the festival had already begun since around 24 hours ago and lots of tents were shriveled up, or had mud inside of them, everything was a mess… I don’t want to sound all fancy, but seriously, those who have seen or have been and stayed in tents in or at this particular festival know exactly what I’m talking about.
Enough with the negative side of the festival, the positive side, well, what can I say… Going to a music festival, with my two best friends, creating MEMORIES, living, feeling, listening and watching incredible acts like Major Lazer – which by the way was off the hook! I remember how we all danced, the crowd was wild, people took off their tops and threw them up in the air, damn, that was probably one of my fave acts… Bastille, wow, they were brand new in the music world, when they started playing Pompeii, everyone started singing, singing with their heart out, everyone knew the words to it, it was incredible! Kodaline were insane, the three of us got so emotional when we saw the boys play and loved their song Big Bad World. And last but least, Half Moon Run, a Canadien indie rock band that consists of 4 gorgeous, talented boys. Alexis, Hana and I fell in love with them and their song Full Circle.
Half Moon Run – Full Circle
I’d definitely go back to the festival, this time more prepared, shoe and clothes wise!
Here are a few pics of me, the mud, the festival and my two best friends!
This years lineup is fantastic! Here’s a few of my faves that performed:
Queens of the Stone Age
Jimmy Eat World
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Bombay Bicycle Club
and a lot more acts performed on 9 different stages.
Queens of the Stone Age – Make It Wit Chu
SBTRKT – Right Thing To Do ft. Jessie Ware
Metronomy – The Bay
Maverick Sabre – I Need