Six Week Countdown Until Reading Festival

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In a little over six weeks Reading and Leeds Festival will roll around again, and this will be my eighth consecutive year of attending. Although i’m excited for it it does mean that the main bulk of festivals will be over for me.

I’ve never been a huge fan of camping, it’s uncomfy, the weather goes from freezing cold to melting and I end up aching when I walk up. So for the first time ever at Reading I have chosen to get alternative accommodation. Reading university opens up its halls of residence over the summer and for £20 a night I can hire out someone’s room in a shared block which means hello electricity, hello bed, hello a real toilet and hello not having to get dressed laying down.

Something which is always a little worrying regardless of how many festivals you go to is safety. I get quite paranoid about what type of bag I take, and I hate having too much money on me. This is especially so when I go to festivals with a group of girls – as is usually the case. This is also one of the reasons I don’t like getting drunk within the arena, that and I want to remember all the amazing music I am going to see.

I stumbled across an article by FemaleFirst full of tips which had been compiled by Pryers Solicitors, which perfectly sums up some of the best tips when it comes to festival safety. Each and every year I see people passed out on the ground or being dragged along by friends and it worries me. Yes having a nice cold drink at a festival is great, and having enough to drink that you feel free to dance like a looney is always good but you always have to be careful.

Reading is always a highlight of my summer and it holds some amazing memories for me. Plus Bring Me The Horizon are playing main stage this year which means I may get to hear new music live, and i’ll get a new fix of the band. Below is a playlist of some of the songs/ bands who I am so excited to see play the festival.

Is anyone else going to Reading and Leeds? Who are you excited to see? 
Photo by: George Powell
July 13, 2015
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  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    I've never been to Reading but I did do V Festival for seven years in a row and I hated camping – have fun at Reading x

    July 14, 2015 at 1:36 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I've been to V a few times and that's not too bad as it's one less day. I remember when I went I left Sunday evening so only two nights which isn't as bad! x

      July 17, 2015 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Not been to any of the festivals ever. Sorry. I always wanted to go and I swore 13 years that I would. Something has gone terribly wrong. I think one of my main problems is camping. Not my thing. If you've ever seen an episode of SATC when Carrie goes to a log cabin, you'd probably have an idea of what me and camping are like together. That is awful really. So, great idea for the accommodation. Your words of advice are very wise. Hope you have a great time.

    July 15, 2015 at 7:04 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Festivals aren't for everyone, but I would definitely say go and just get a hotel or glamp or something if you can afford it. The experience is so much nicer if you do! x

      July 17, 2015 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Stella

    I have never been to any festival, not really my thing but they seem to be quite popular this summer.

    July 15, 2015 at 7:06 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I think it's because there are more than ever before now. It's crazy that there is so much choice out there! x

      July 17, 2015 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Lorraine

    I wouldn't go to any festival like that only because I'm not good with crowds. My anxiety gets in the way of enjoying such things and I would rather avoid it then try to be brave and handle it. Hopefully you'll have a good time though!

    July 16, 2015 at 1:05 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      That's a shame but totally understandable. Pop your TV in the garden (if it's warm), turn the volume up and watch it on there. Will feel just like you're there! x

      July 17, 2015 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply naomi

    I am with you on the camping, I hate it!! Enjoy the festival.

    July 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Thanks, it will be so nice to have a bed and a clean shower! x

      July 17, 2015 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Christine Dodd

    I've never been to a festival, but I think I should do it before I'm too old!

    July 17, 2015 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply Jess McGlynn

    Sounds amazing, can you believe I've never been to a festival?! I think it is the camping element which puts me off too so I like the sound of your alternative accommodation. Hope you have an amazing time.

    July 17, 2015 at 5:23 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Yeah the camping has put me off a lot and i'm always looking for alternative options to avoid it! x

      September 8, 2015 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Hannah Latoya Bond

    Great post. I've never been to a festival before. Thanks for sharing x

    July 19, 2015 at 9:03 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Definitely a worthwhile experience, even if it's just for a day x

      September 8, 2015 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Rosana

    I never been to Reading festival. Must get myself organised for next year. R

    July 19, 2015 at 9:36 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      It's worth doing even just for a day to experience it x

      September 8, 2015 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Don't Cramp My Style

    Great post! Festival are great but everyone must have a little responsibility in them not only about their own safety but the friends they going with!

    July 21, 2015 at 10:02 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Totally agree, sometimes I see people in a state and wonder how they let themselves get like that! x

      September 8, 2015 at 3:23 pm

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