We go to festivals to have a good time. Get pissed, get high, get lost in the middle of the night looking for a crap tent you didn’t put up properly, get off with someone you’ll never see again…but have you ever wondered what the festival experience is like for the hundreds of bands and DJs that soundtrack your three days of debauchery? Is the ‘festival experience’ really that different if you have a AAA laminate? We sent Kara Simsek to investigate.
“My friend and I went to Electric Picnic. We got flights from London to Dublin for a pound, guestlist for the festival – we were trying to do a holiday on a shoestring. You had to pay extra to take luggage, and we didn’t want to do that, so we went with nothing. We had to go to lost property and steal a tent.” – Katy B
“I’ve never camped. I only did festivals from last year and I was DJing at them. When I DJ’d I would have my laptop, the charger, the box – it’s not really ‘oh, I’ll just throw it in my tent!’ So I haven’t camped. That’s so bad, isn’t it? I don’t know if I could, I don’t reckon I’m a ‘camping’ kind of girl.” – Yasmin
“I did Glastonbury when I was 14 with some friends. I got there on the first day and it was raining. I’d just bought some brand new white trainers, which I had worked hard for – I was a trainerholic. I had to tie plastic bags around my trainers but the mud still got in so that pissed me right off. I hate being dirty, I hate dirt, I’m so finicky. The next day we went to have a shower and I saw they were outdoor showers and I looked at my friends and I was like “You know me! What made you think I would enjoy this?” So I stormed off, went back to the tent and had a strip wash. I locked myself in that tent for the rest of the weekend. – Ms. Dynamite
“I couldn’t find the caravan I was staying in one time after I played Glastonbury. I was walking around for six hours in a circle, and ended up in a village that looked like something from Lord of the Rings, it was full-on Middle Earth. I saw a farmer walking his cows, so I asked him and he told me in a thick West Country accent, “You’re four miles away.” So we got back and it started to rain, and I was basically crying. I was wearing wellies though.” – Mark Ronson
“Our only festival essential is a PA No! Not a personal assistant; speakers. Can you imagine if we had a PA, the poor girl.” – Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip
“My worst ever festival experience? That’s an easy one. It was a few years ago, outside of London. I had to traipse across half a mile of ankle deep mud with a case that weighed just as much as I do; I didn’t have a tour manager at that point. It was pissing it down, there wasn’t even any tea, it took me hours to get there, on my own, and I was fucked off. I was supposed to host the main stage but I didn’t; I was in too bad a mood. I did my set, smashed that, but that was it. It was the day I realised something had to change.” –Beardyman
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