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Reece Jordan

Reece Jordan


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About Me:18-year-old sixth form student, studying English Literature, History and Government and Politics. My articles will broadly cover topics from the current affairs of politics to reviews of books and albums, as well as adding my own creative pieces, whether it be short fiction or general opinion.

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Music Festivals - Dos and Don'ts pt.2

Music Festivals - Dos and Don'ts pt.2

Every festival will have food stands usually including burgers, Chinese, pulled pork and hog roast, steak and halloumi, vegetarian and vegan options - the usual. But you must remember that these are at festival prices so don’t expect to get anything below £5.


When I went to Reading earlier this year I made the mistake of believing it to be an exact replication of my experience from the year before. In 2015 the weather was huourously capricious – torrential rain was followed by unbearable heat followed by more rain and more sun etc. This made the ground soggy and ridiculously muddy so wellies were essential. This year, however, the sun was only interrupted by mere specks of rain. I had, in my naivety, not brought sun cream in the blissful ignorance that I believed that rain would dampen everything down. To say the least, my face caught a sanguine fluorescence, a flourish of brilliant red – the uneasy prelude to a voluptuous tan. So bring sun cream just in case. But also ensure that you take wellies – they’re an essential. The majority of people bring ponchos just in case but they’re not as important as is made out. A light jacket is all you need; most people even embrace the rain when it comes.


One of the main reasons you would go to the festival is because you like the look of the line-up. Make sure you keep an eye on it all year round – you can sign up to newsletters via your email and keep up to date by the festival’s website or social media pages such as Twitter or Facebook. However, that isn’t to say that if the line-up isn’t completely to your taste for you not look forward to it, or even not to good. This is for two main reasons. The first is that having a good time at a festival is not wholly dependent on the music. The best part about festivals is the fact that, for one week (or weekend) you get to do whatever you like with minimal restrictions. It’s the best place to be with your mates, memories are bound to be made – the music comes second. The other reason is because a lot of the music you might snub your nose at turns out to be very good in a live setting. For example, prior to this year I was completely against dance music – I thought it was repetitive and boring. But after seeing the likes of Disclosure and Oliver Heldens I was converted. Always look to venture out and discover new things. The worst thing you could do is be the person that sits at their tent all day whilst everyone else is having a good time.


Of course there are the obvious don’t which, doubtlessly, your parents will attempt to drum into you before you go. You should listen to these: don’t accept or buy drugs off of anyone you don’t know – you never know what is put in them and they’re usually ripping people off anyway. Make sure you know your route back to camp, of course. Don’t get too out of your face. But have a good time, honey! 


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