Rewind : My First Festival Experience

Rewind : My First Festival Experience
So, I’ve finally popped my festival cherry, I’ve also finally recovered. 
Spencer went to Rewind festival for his stag do last year, he loved it, all of his mates loved it, I really didn’t fancy it. I’ve wanted to go to a festival forever but an 80’s festival really wasn’t grabbing my attention. I’m just not that into 80’s music. Long story short, Spencer offered to buy tickets for my birthday with a glamping upgrade and convinced me that even if I didn’t like the music I would have a good time. I went along and had a good time, I even knew some of the music!
Looking at the list of artists I didn’t think I’d know many songs at all. I didn’t end up knowing many songs, but most of the artists would sing at least one song that I knew and loved. Highlights included the guy from Journey singing Small Town Girl, Chesney Hawkes singing One and Only and Pointer Sisters singing I’m so Excited (my old karaoke song). My favourite bands in general were The Flying Pickets and Aswad.
As for the glamping experience we still slept in a tent but it came with benefits. We booked our glamping through Tangerine Fields, you can choose the package that you go for, we opted for the cheapest available which included a pre-pitched tent in a secure area with a ladies pamper area, flushable toilets (male and female cubicle) and warm showers. The pamper area came complete with hair dryers, straighteners, curling tongs, crimpers, a plug to charge your phone and a pump to inflate your air bed. The biggest thing for me was the toilets. Thankfully our area was pretty much right next to the main festival area which meant that going back and fore to our own private toilets didn’t take too long at all. The toilets weren’t always spotlessly clean, sometimes they blocked and sometimes they ran out of toilet roll, but they flushed and were always fixed pretty quickly.
I did debate whether or not to put the above photo on but I wanted to show you just how much better these toilets were than the normal festival portaloos. Tangerine Fields cover a few different festivals and I would definitely use them again and recommend them, we picked a festival where they came with ‘Added Juice’, if you don’t have this you won’t get all of the extra benefits that we did.
The food at the festival was amazing, so much choice! I can’t believe I didn’t actually take any food photos. We were pitched pretty much next door to The Breakfast Club which made me rather happy. Their Breakfast Burrito is simply amazing, messy but amazing.
There were so many places that I wanted to eat at but didn’t get around to trying due to the queues, the Camp Cooks were one of these. They looked like so much fun and what a great idea, three drag acts, flirting, cooking and posing for photos while being the ‘camp cooks’! 
As for the outfits I pretty much lived in the same clothes to be honest. For travelling to the festival I plaited my hair to try and get some nice waves and wore a comfy vest top. I ended up wearing my Smuf’s top on the Saturday and the Sunday, I really like this top and the Saturday was so cold I had it covered up all day, Sunday was a lot nicer so I wore it again minus the poncho and zipped up coats (yes, I wore two coats on the Saturday).
  • Black boots, knee high socks and blue skirt (tied up) – Peacocks
  • Denim shorts – customised by me
  • Vest top, Cowboy hat, Smurf’s Tee, hoodie, camouflage jacket – Primark
  • Necklace – eBay

I think I’ll be leaving my Rewind wristband on, I quite like it! I took my JINNY Rainbow Glitter Tattoo kit* along with me and gave myself a pretty pink heart on my arm.
For my festival nails I applied two coats of Ciate Big Yellow Taxi followed by nail tattoos which I used for the first time. The nail tattoos are so simple to use, you simply stick them on and cover with a top coat, I did mine Thursday and they are still going strong now. 
I had an absolutely amazing time and cannot wait to go to another festival. I’m just not sure which festival I want to go to next, it may well be Rewind 2014, Spencer is only really up for going to the smaller festivals which makes Rewind perfect as the capacity is only 40,000. 
What smaller scale festivals do you guys recommend? What is your all time favourite festival?


  1. 21st August 2013 / 2:30 pm

    The nail tattoos look really good! Sounds like you had a great time πŸ™‚

    • 24th August 2013 / 2:00 pm

      Thanks Zoe, it was awesome πŸ™‚ x

  2. 21st August 2013 / 7:58 pm

    Wow so glad you had a good time and I love your yellow nails with the cross πŸ™‚
    It's really funny because at the beginning of this month we went to Camp Bestival and pitched only a few yards from the breakfast club πŸ™‚ I heart festival food

    Laura x

    • 24th August 2013 / 2:01 pm

      Thanks Laura, it was amazing!
      Being pitched next to the Breakfast Club makes everything 10 x better πŸ™‚ x

  3. 22nd August 2013 / 8:05 am

    I've wanted to do a festival for a while, but I've always been put off by the dodgy toilets and lack of showers! This seems like a great alternative πŸ™‚

    • 24th August 2013 / 2:02 pm

      This is definitely the way forward if you're worried about toilets & showers, I couldn't really fault them considering where we were! x

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