A music festival is something that I have always wanted to experience. The chance to see lots of amazing bands as well as some great up and coming bands all with one ticket. This year I got the chance to go to Leeds Festival which is the closest festival to me and one of the biggest in the country, every year it has some of the UK’s biggest bands and artists headlining.
We decided just to go for just one day instead of staying the whole weekend, partly because it is very expensive for the weekend but also because it was our first festival and based on experiences of others, we thought it best to ease ourselves in gently. Friday was the day we picked because the headlining act were the Libertines who are one of my favourite bands at the moment and also Years&Years were also performing. The day tickets were very reasonable priced.
We got the train into Leeds and then the festival shuttle bus from the city centre to the Branham park where the festival is held. After arriving in a field we followed the crowds to the entrance where we got our festival wristbands. I don’t know why, but I’ve always wanted one, they are a great little memento of the experience. Walking through the main entrance, the festival atmosphere hit you straight away, it was amazing. There was music coming at you from all angles and crowds of very relaxed looking people walking about. We started off visiting various tents listening to some up and coming bands as we had some time to kill before the acts we had come to see were performing.
One thing I can say about festivals is food and drinks are very expensive, however, clothes and other things are dirt cheap. There were a lot of vintage stalls selling clothing a lot cheaper than I have ever seen vintage clothing before. But I would have needed to have been there for the whole weekend to have chance to purchase anything as there were so many stalls to look around.
We got food and ate it in the comedy tent listening to one of my favourite comedians. This was one of the highlights of the day for me, the atmosphere in the tent was so relaxed and laid back, everyone was just sat on the grass relaxing. It was a shame though we couldn’t have stayed in their a bit longer but we had to head to the main stage so we could get a good place where we would have to stay for nearly 8 hours until the end of the day. The toilets were not a good experience at all, they were absolutely disgusting but we had to go as once we got into the crowd, it just grew and grew around you until you felt there was no way you would ever get out.
As we moved into the crowd, it wasn’t too busy yet, we got fairly close to the front. As the songs picked up everyone was just been thrown around like mad, it was crazy. The only good thing I can say for this is that every time a very upbeat song was played, we seemed to get pushed closer and closer to the front until eventually after about an hour, we reached the railings! I never expected after seeing photos of the tens of thousands of people that gather there that we would get right to the very front of everyone.
It was great at the front, you still had the amazing atmosphere of the mosh pit, however, you had the railing to hold onto so you couldn’t fall over in all the madness. Also, there were security guards there that could easily pull you out if you felt you couldn’t manage it, so you always had that bit of safety just incase which made me feel at ease. Anyway, as you can see from some of my photos, the bands especially the Libertines were absolutely amazing and we saw everything as we were right at the front. The atmosphere whilst they were playing is something that I will remember forever, everyone was singing along, there were lights and coloured smoke coming from the crowds, IT WAS FANTASTIC!
Once the Libertines had finished, everything was over for the day so it was time for us to head home. Walking past the campsites on the way out, everyone was sat eating and chatting by campfires, I would have loved to have been there. I will defiantly be doing a festival again next year and hopefully going for the weekend experience this time.
I would recommend trying a festival, even if it is for the day, it is such a great experience to have if you are a music fan. Let me know about your festival experience in the comments.