Despite the rumours, I was pleasantly surprised by my first music festival experience, as I travelled down to Donington Park for Download 2008. The weather changed every few minutes, countless possessions went inexplicably awol, and one poor guy was so confused, possibly from whatever he had consumed, that he was wandering around our camp site (black) with no clothes on looking like he was lost! And yet, it was one of the best experiences of my life.

I intend to review all┬ámy favourite bands from the festival, as well as all the artists I have been to see in the last year. And, with Leeds/Reading Festival 2008 fast approaching (I’m attending the latter), the excitement is definitely growing, and festival season is still in full swing.

The only downsides were the disappearance of my new diabolo, the absence of several shirts ordered from the website before the festival that have yet to arrive, and the destruction of my paint-your-own tent (an unfortunate incident involving a lovely Stoke girl, a large amount of excrement in the neighbouring tent, a certain dare, and a misplaced stumble – all at 4am on the last night! Needless to say, the tent remained behind…).

I was very proud of that tent. I painted a dragon on one side, and a dragonfly on the other. I happen to like dragons.

To anyone who is not familiar with the music festival atmosphere, I would highly recommend it, so long as you don’t mind roughing it a little, and getting very, very, VERY dirty!

But that’s all part of the fun!

Kirsty Watkinson



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