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| My First Festival Experience. Thoughts From The Heart | 01/08/17 |

Morning all and welcome to a new week. Today's post is surrounding the much anticipated review of my first festival experience. As you may know if you've kept up-to-date with the blog recently, I attended FIB in Benicassim, which is a music festival! Today I wanted to share with you how I felt about my first festival, and whether I would recommend FIB as a festival I feel you cannot miss out on.


In order to catch our flight, we had to be at Luton airport before 4am, so it was an incredibly early start to the day, wearily on about an hours sleep - thank goodness for Pret and their delicious coffee that was the perfect pick-me-up. We then got on our two hour flight, and had about half an hour afterwards to stretch our legs before clambering onto the coach which had almost too good air conditioning because snoozing became impossible due to freezing to death. 3 hours later and we arrived in Benicassim. We applied our sun cream on thick, were hoarded in like to cattle to get our wristbands and were sent off to pitch up our tent in the 2pm SPANISH HEAT. At this point we were so hot and sticky and tired it all felt like a mess. But once we had pitched up, we could enjoy the sunshine and a cold half pint costing 3 Euros. LUSH. Of course, with about 40,000 GAZILLION happy campers, we didn't sleep much on the first night, especially as it was still 25 degrees at 4am, lol. But hey, sleep deprived party animals are never defeated, and we had the most incredible time!

The camping experience of FIB ended up to be something quite comical. Initially, I expected there to be a lot of tents, a very loud and busy buzz of an atmosphere, a pretty dirty site, but once inside your tent I assumed myself and George could make it relatively comfortable. Oh how I was wrong...

So firstly, the campsite was waaaay too overcrowded, as our tents literally opened up to the door of the next tent. Also, there was music causing the floor to vibrate up until 6:30am and a constant buzz of people which never seemed to end whether morning or night. These things were all a part of the much anticipated festival fun, and something I took pretty lightly as just 'part of the festival experience'. 

However, where I was wrong was when it came down to actually sleeping. The ground our tent was sat upon was a sandy surface, with large rocks everywhere - like gravel! So myself and George had a lilo each to maximise comfort, until they both deflated. Excellent. So we had two deflated lilos on a bumpy hard ground. To add, because of the material, they were particularly sticky and sweaty. Great. So we decided to use our blanket underneath the lilos and towels on top. Nice. After three nights of minor sleep, we foraged the bin for cardboard to lay beneath us (desperate measures you could say), and finally, we could lay on a hard flat surface instead of a bumpy one... The whole thing was an absolute mare but in retrospective, quite hilarious!

There were so many different acts playing on a variety of four stages across the four days that the festival was on, and below are a list of some of those we managed to catch a glimpse of. I would definitely say my three favourite were Kaleo, Kasabian and Dua Lipa as their performances were absolutely incredible - out of this world! Some acts I only saw a song or two of, and others I experienced the entire performance. There was also a beach stage that was essentially an outdoor club, and myself, George and Sam couldn't get enough of it!

Aside from myself, George and the 40,000 GAZILLION approximate others at the festival, Sam and Josh also came along. You could go as far to say it was a lads holiday, but then I would probably be regarded the biggest lad out of the four of us. Lol roasted boiiiis. We all travelled together, pitched our tents next door to each other, and had a great time at the beach, dancing like idiots, cracking open plenty of cold ones, and enjoying the sweet festival sound. It was an absolute QUALITY time with these boys. 

Thanks for reading.
Peace out x

'The quality of a friendship should be measured by the strength of your bond and the abundance of love between you, not the number of times you catch up over coffee or go out drinking. We all have different needs, schedules, and responsibilities. What's important is you are there when it matters.' Beau Taplin / Quality Time

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