Why you should go to a music festival - even just once!

Updated: Sep 6, 2020

Everyone should go to a music festival, even just once. Why? because the feeling is like nothing else you've experienced. My first festival was Reading Festival with two of my then teenage children, I thought I was going to be the oldest person there and be totally out of place - how wrong could I have been - some of my best memories have been at festivals.

Everyone is accepted, you can wear the wackiest outfit you can imagine...no-one will blink an eye. Everyone is friendly, you can start a conversation with anyone. You can be yourself with no inhibitions as the likelyhood is you will never see any of these people again - or if you do you/they won't remember. You can dance like a loon (unless you are with your teenage daughter, who will be mortified). You don't have to wash for four whole days. You see loads of bands in one place, ones you have heard of and ones you haven't and perhaps wouldn't unless you were in a festival situation. You may get the chance to partake in a silent disco (hahahaha)

Live Music - you can't beat it! Although you may have gone to see a favourite band and know all their lyrics off by heart, seeing and experiencing them live is totally different. Oh, the anticipation of which number they will play first!

For me it was the Red Hot Chili Peppers - picture it: my daughter and I had worked our way up to the railings right at the front, up close and fighting to hold onto our position (nothing was going to move me!!) it had been a boiling hot day with girls fainting and having to be carried across the barriers but Bex and I are made of tough stuff - time is moving on and the wait begins, then the audience goes wild as Flea comes on stage, we all know which song we want to hear but he goes off on some random guitar solo that gives you no clues. The drummer comes on, plays, still no clue. Guitarist comes on, plays, still no clue. Then on he comes the lovely, no, gorgeous Anthony Kiedis then the intro I'd been waiting for......

da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da,

da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da,

da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da,

da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da

da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da,

da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da,

da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da,

da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da

dang dang, da da dang dang dang, da da da dang dang dang, da da dang dang dang...

YES! they opened with Can't Stop


If you aren't convinced and something like Reading Festival seems a bit daunting try something smaller like a local weekender.

There has just been one at The Barge Inn, Honeystreet. It was great, really good bands, great people, fabulous location and we were blessed with the weather. Check out their website for details of upcoming music events.

Oddly swollen looking hand - band obviously on too tight!!

So, before the summer is over, get out there and experience your first festival - you won't regret it.

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