Saturday, 13 September 2014

Reading Festival 2014

YES, this is a very belated post I know, but if you follow me on Twitter you'll know that around four days after the festival I got flu which I am still trying to shake off and in all honesty my brain has just been oerhgiwherugh up until now so I haven't been able to make much sense, but better late than never I always say! It's crazy to think that around two weeks ago was in fact my sixth weekend at Reading Festival... sixth - woah! I love how it has sort of become a tradition for me and each year I look forward to exploring those litter ridden fields, obnoxiously loud tents and the little shops that sell lots of intricate shell and bead bracelets, alongside animal hats, huge ponchos and many other magical things. Oh, and to see some of my favourite artists of course! I am ever so thankful that I was invited to attend and explore both the Saturday and Sunday of the festival and I honestly feel as though it was the greatest festival experience of my life thus far. Every time I think about it, a huge smile spreads across my face and boy oh boy I cannot WAIT till next year! For me, the music highlights of the weekend were definitely:


The Glitch Mob
Imagine Dragons
Jake Bugg 
Arctic Monkeys


The 1975
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

I have to say that the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage was the place to be this weekend. Every time I walked past I couldn't help but get sucked in and dance like a mad woman to the crazy beats they were blasting out. Everyone was doing the same of course, with people even rocking it out several metres outside of the tent giving that area such a good vibe and it really was a lot of fun to join in. Flume's set was particularly sick and wowee I'm definitely now suffering an enjoyable addiction to practically all his tunes! Definitely recommend. Disclosure also, were simply, perfection. It was the first time I had ever seen them live and the BBC NME tent was absolutely packed and the atmosphere was something I don't think I could ever describe with words. It was the perfect ending to the weekend and you could feel everyone almost lifting beyond their bodies, smiling, dancing, singing and admiring the set despite it being the end of a very heavy, tiring weekend. 

What I also found significant about the weekend, which I know a lot of other people noticed and felt the benefit of as well, was that the crowds were averagely older this year, boasting a greater number of 20-30 year-olds whereas in previous years the festival grounds would be easily swamped with 12-15s dressed like they were long lost goers from Coachella. Don't get me wrong, I went to the festival when I was younger of course, but I just found that this year the whole experience was a lot more chilled and people were there to enjoy the music and experience the festival, rather than be there for the sake of jumping at everyone in a costume taking 'selfies' to boast on Facebook what an 'awesome time they were having' sitting in the camping area all day on the internet (I know that not every person is like this, so please don't take that the wrong way! I'm not at all generalising, I'm just speaking from personal experience and that was the kind of attitude that surrounded the festival by quitttte a few younger festival goers for a fair few years leading up to this one. In my opinion, you should attend a festival to have fun, let loose and enjoy the performances, not sit in the camp site uploading to Facebook all day!). 

Finally, I actually really enjoyed spending more time in the guest area this year which is something I had never really taken time to delve into before. Previously, I would use it as sort of a 'pit stop' to use the loo and get a drink but other than that I wasn't really interested. This year however, the bar blurted out great 80s and 90s music (aka the BEST type of music) up until 2am, served great food like baguette hot dogs with blue cheese (it had a much more extravagant name than that but, hungry Hannah doesn't have time to read what she's ordering - all I knew was that it smelt super good and tasted really yummy!). Plus the whole area was filled with lots of friendly people who were eager to chat, meet others and dance the night away!

As I said before, Reading Festival 2014 was definitely one of, if not the the best festival I have ever been to and I am so thrilled that I had the opportunity to attend. The line up was fabulous and totally fit into my taste (varied, but specific of course :P), the food options were great, the atmosphere was chilled, exciting, uplifting and it really was something special. If you're considering what UK festivals to attend next year, I'd highly recommend checking out Reading as it really does have something for everyone, and in all honesty I can't see anyone not having a good time!

Thank you again Reading Festival! 
It was an honour as always and I am already looking forward to seeing what amazingness you have to bring next year!


1 comment

  1. Looks like you had an amazing weekend! Love your photos!


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