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Four Days Of Dirt, Silly Hats, Amazing Bands and Intoxication.
Member Name: hannahgibbins3
Advantages: Everything except for..
Disadvantages: being a bit dirty and the price of the food in the stalls
Reading Festival Is Amazing!
In the 2009 line up, headliners included Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead. There are a LOT of bands covering the three days, and with the lock-up stage- for followers of a heavier beat, and the dance stage, to the NME tent, there is something for everyone- though mostly the big bands will be big mainstream indie bands. I know a lot of my friends who went as well as me and our tastes are very varied, so it is proof that there is a great variety at reading. There are about 5 or 6 stages in all with bands playing from about 12pm - 11.30pm over 3 days.
Yes, it's a festival; you will be unclean. No, you won't be able to wash your hair. But it's ok! Baby Wipe wash is acceptable and you won't be the only one feeling slightly grubby. At least it doesn't get hot enough to be sweaty. The great thing about the camping is the sort of community festival spirit which comes with it. The pride for your camp, and the fact that you can walk up to anyone and start talking about whatever nonsense you want to adds to the fun and randomness. Because lets face it, you're both be too wasted to really care.
Things nearby to the festival grounds
There is an ASDAs and a Waitrose near the campsite though most people go to ASDA. And it feels like a luxury. Its good for getting stocked up on crates of cans and food for your camp as no one can afford the £4 for a cheeseburger that the stalls provide! Though a word of warning, you can;t take glass into the campsite, so make sure you buy cheap bottle of sparking water you can pour wine into if you are buying that.
Pro Tips and What is Necessary
Baby Wipes for washing getting the dirt off everything.
Fem Fresh wipes if like me, you have female parts attached to your body.
Money for food and drinks, I spent around £80 though my boyfriend spent £50. But I did treat myself to the £4 burger a couple of times.
Something to wear in the heat and also the cold - a big hoodie as well as denim shorts.
Wellies - you don't have to bring these, I didnt and its not muddy, but a lot of girls wear them either Hunter wellies for rich indie wannabe pixie lotts, or flowery lurid ones. personally i wore slip on patent lace ups which fell apart and then got taped up with electric wire tape for that lo-fi look.
A clean set of clothes in a bag to wear home - u wont regret it.
Deodrant and body Sprays - to cover up the smell.
Hair accesories - because at least if your hair looks like a big pile of knots, dress it like its supposed to look like that.
Interesting accesories/hats/glasses- festival fashion means you can wear really weird things without looking like an idiot. Well, you will look like an idiot.. but it will be more acceptable..
Summary: youll have an amazing time
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