75 Reasons to Love Festivals

I love a good festival, me. I’m not sure if it’s the camping, the camaraderie or just the ridiculous clothes that seem to be socially acceptable when you’re partying in a field but I’m well excited for the summer. Here are 75 reasons why you should love festivals too, or at least give one a go if you’ve never been before.

75 reasons to love festivals

1. You live in the present – it doesn’t matter what’s happened before or after, what band you’re seeing next is what’s important

2. They’re a cheap way to see your favourite bands

3. You get to discover new music

4. Everyone’s friendly

5. You make loads of friends

6. You get back to basics, and enjoy it

7. Everyone’s filthy

8. The shower you have when you come home

9. Do it right and you’re so dehydrated by the last day you don’t even need to visit those toilets

10. Drinking as soon as you wake up is perfectly acceptable

11. Being on the same wavelength as so many people

12. The exercise without knowing you’re doing it

13. The planning

14. The excitement in getting a ticket

15. Festival food shopping beforehand

16. Drink shopping

17. The range of food stalls there

18. Meeting up with friends

19. Seeing random people from your past

20. It being socially acceptable to wear a onesie all day

21. Dressing up

22. Glitter and face paint

23. Feeling trampy but it doesn’t matter because everyone else is

24. Just feeling the love for the music

25. Partying the night away in a small tent to some random band

26. Loud music

27. Possible celeb spots

28. Camping

29. Looking at the onsite shops

30. Being outside

31. People watching

32. Dancing

33. Getting willies stuck in the mud

34. The camaraderie in the toilet queue

35. Drinking a cold pint of cider under the hot sun

36. Sunny weather

37. Not washing

38. Not having far to go to get home

39. A break from the computer

40. The fact there’s bad connectivity and you have to rely on the gentleman’s agreement to meet

41. A break from the news

42. Being off work

43. Random games you get to play  – Twister at Glasto

44. Free samples

45. You never know what’s going to happen next

46. The random festival stalls and hippy villages

47. The fact that nothing matters except for what you’re going to eat and who you’re going to see

48. The hype

49. Talking about it after

50. The memories

51. Writing about it

52. Listening to a festival mix of the music we’re about to listen to on the way there

53. Setting up camp

54. Sorting out my tent

55. That first explore of the festival ground

56. Getting to know the quirks of the festival

57. Being in it together

58. Getting to hang out with friends

59. Having mad experiences

60. Getting to know the festival and the people it attracts

61. Listening to the bands when I get back

62. Or in Glastonbury’s case watching the catch up of the ones I didn’t see

63. Lying on your air bed in the breeze in the morning

64. Great way to get a tan without having to be boring and lie in the sun all day

65. There’s a festival for everyone…

66. … and everything

67. Winter festivals can be just as fun and crazy as the summer ones

68. There’s always another one round the corner to look forward to

69. The build up is just as fun as the festival

70. If you can’t afford to go, you can just work at a festival instead

71. You will never run out of festivals to go to

72. The festival fashion

73. Going over the festival line up and planning the weekend

74. Stumbling across random festivals you never knew existed

75. Just because they’re awesome.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to think of more reasons to add to this list, but for now, have you got any I’ve missed?

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  1. by Monica on March 18, 2014  9:53 pm Reply

    No.33? Why have I never seen this?

    • by Vicky on March 18, 2014  10:26 pm Reply

      Haha, that just made me laugh. I mean wellies. I'm so silly. I wish it was willies. Shame, but I should probably change it. I'll see if anyone else notices first.

      • by Monica on March 19, 2014  11:23 am Reply

        Don't change it. See if anyone else is paying attention. Made me laugh too. Very, very strange mental images going on!

  2. by Beverley | Pack Your Passport on March 19, 2014  11:30 pm Reply

    Getting willies stuck in the mud?? Vicky if that's how you were told to do it you've been doing it wrong for a while.... ;)

    • by Bob on March 20, 2014  11:34 pm Reply

      Ohhh, ladies please, the thought of it makes me cringe!

      • by Vicky on March 23, 2014  5:27 pm Reply

        Have you ever been to one Bob? You'll love them if you try. I can guarantee.

        • by Bob on March 25, 2014  10:10 pm Reply

          Last one was at Yepoon, near Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia a few years ago. It was only 3 smaller stages, but was really good. Nicy sunny, warm, dry Aussie bushland setting and no mosquitos. The mud sounds like a British variation on festivals.

  3. by Emma Copland on March 25, 2014  1:58 pm Reply

    I am so sharing this list with my friends that don't understand my love for festivals, you summed up the magic amongst the muddy mayhem perfectly.

    • by Vicky on March 25, 2014  7:06 pm Reply

      Great news! I don't really understand people who don't like festivals, but it leaves all the more for the rest of us so I think it's not always a bad thing to have some haters.

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