Due to the expanse of my summer of festival plans I had to split the posts so welcome to part two. If you haven’t found out my May- June plans you can read them here. For me summer and festivals go hand in hand and I spend a reasonable amount of time in fields, not in my own bed and listening to music, but this year see’s that be taken to a whole new level.
9th July- Warped Tour
Anyone who reads my blog regularly will probably be sick and tired on me going on about Warped Tour but I’m just so damn excited about it. Warped Tour is an annual tour in America and Canada which takes place across two months across 42 different venues covering a whole host of states. The travelling music tour is intense for the bands performing and the summer highlight for most American kids, and this time I’m going to be there.
On Saturday 9th July in Wantagh, Long Beach, New York I am going to be standing in the boiling heat outdoor and screaming my heart out to some of the best bands out there and I could not be happier. Fortunately as it’s a day festival I can jump on a coach back to Manhattan and sleep in my hotel room that night hooray!
Bands I can’t wait to see: Against The Current, Issues, State Champs, Falling in Reverse
12th-14th August- Boardmasters
For the last few months (and a few more going forward) I have been working with the Boardmasters team to create content for their website in exchange for some tickets to the festival. I was instantly interested because it’s somewhere I’ve not been to before and I love the idea of all the sports as well as the music. Being down in Cornwall (eek long drive) there are loads of surfing events and I fancy giving it a go and just generally experiencing a completely different type of festival than what I am used to.
I also love the thought that there should be amazing weather *fingers crossed* for this festival due to it’s location and time of the year, although I’ve probably jinxed it now. It will be nice to experience something new, perhaps discover some new favourite bands and just have fun while I’m there.
Bands I can’t wait to see: James Bay, Craig David, Deadmau5
20th-21st August- V Festival
I’ve been to V Festival twice before back in 2010/11 if my memory serves me right but then I wasn’t interested in it years until this summers’ announcement of Bieber playing. I am not ashamed to admit that I bloody love the new Justin Bieber album and think he’s an amazing performer so when the announcement was made a few of us knew we had to go. Sadly day tickets sold out straight away so we made the last minute expensive decision to go for the whole weekend as the lineup in general, is so strong.
The great thing for me as it’s only two days is I don’t have to take time off work as I can leave Friday evening after work and come home Sunday evening, yes i’ll be tired but it will be so much fun. I’m starting to embrace pop music again and realise that there is room to like plenty of things at the same time and it will be refreshing to have two days which doesn’t involve screaming! I am a little worried about the crowd as I never was fond of it before but I’m sure I can get over that.
Bands I can’t wait to see: Justin Bieber (obvz), Little Mix, Bastille, Jess Glynne, Years and Years, Lukas Graham
26th-28th August- Reading Festival
The final festival of my summer is almost always Reading as it holds a special place in my heart. 2008 Reading was the first festival I ever went to and I’ve been every summer since even though I always say this year will be my last. Last year I discovered you could stay in the uni halls for like £18 a night which made me realise that the festival doesn’t have to be grimy. Hello, a bed, a shower, electricity and a nice quiet nights sleep. God I sound like such an old woman, but by this point I won’t have spent a weekend in my own bed during ALL of August!
This summer I don’t know what I am going to do about the festival as to whether i’ll do the whole weekend or just a day, I’m debating just a day because I’m not loving the line-up enough to buy a ticket, but I can’t miss the Fall out Boy/ Biffy Clyro co-headline slot as they’re two of my favourite bands out there. As a festival Reading has changed so much over the 8/9 years I’ve been going and I definitely think it’s time to fly the nest soon.
Bands I can’t wait to see: Fall out Boy, Biffy Clyro, The 1975, State Champs