A lot of things can happen at a music festival. Everyone knows that. You set out with an idea, but what actually happens ends up being completely different. The craic lays any plans or calculations to waste when good vibes, young people, music and fashion start to mix. An explosive cocktail indeed.
Sometimes you change your plans as soon as you arrive, be it by plane, bus or tube. You get talking to the person next to you, and everything changes. Do you like The Killers? Yeah, what about you? Yeah, me too. Who do you most want to see? The Artic Monkeys. And you? Do I ever!
Before this moment arrives you will have spent two hours in front of the mirror deciding what to wear. Jeans, a skirt, no, maybe leggings would be better, no, they’re so uncomfortable, a pleated miniskirt!
Just when you think you’ve ruled out everything in your wardrobe, you come up with your perfect look: a stripy top, denim shorts, tights and a pair of platforms with a peep-toe. Not forgetting the thick-rimmed specs to add that modern touch to the oufit.
Then, when you’re actually at the festival with your new friend at your side, you decide what groups to see. You make sure it’s clear to everyone that you want to go to The Killers and the Artic Monkeys, but the festival has loads more to offer. The new electronic sounds will make you fall in love with the dance tracks from Justice or LCD Soundsystem, whose single “All My Friends” you will sing at the top of your voice with your new friend.
The platforms, the peep-toes, and one concert after another are killing you, and you’re ready for a break. In the background in the chill out zone you can hear a lounge session that seems to have been lifted from the Café del Mar in Ibiza. Everything is perfect, with your new friend, concerts, laughter, and your other friends lost somewhere in the crowds.
By the end you have discovered loads of new groups, laughed like it was going out of fashion, and on top of all that, you’ve met a new guy. When is the next festival?