I recently celebrated my 23rd birthday, which consisted of lovely, thoughtful housemates, my mum being lovely and thoughtful (as per), going to a local vegan cafe with family and eating vegan cake, and a really great night out with friends in Southampton to see Skream, which is what I’m recapping in this post! I only have the digital photos as I have some film I haven’t developed yet, but I actually remembered to take photos this year, so go me!
me and joy went to xoyo last night to see Jaguar Skills on his Ready to Rock tour. it was my first time seeing him and first time at xoyo, and it was such a good night! (other than royally smashing up my iphone screen, #oops). Jaguar Skills delivered a very fun and energetic set, and i’d definitely see him again in the future.
This was my first time going to Bestival and it’s hands down my favourite festival I’ve ever been to. In the past, I’ve been to Reading in 2011, Leeds in 2014, and a handful of day festivals such as Wireless and South West Four. But Besti was the biggie that has ended up being my favourite experience in 2016 by far.
The way I’ve described it to a friend in comparing it to Reading/Leeds is like this – at Reading, you’re fighting for your survival. Camping in the mud, with the worst toilets ever (long drops – no thanks), hoping your tent doesn’t get set alight while you try and sleep, and there’s not really much to do outside of the main arena. At Bestival, you’ve still got the standard surviving on a few hours sleep and camping on hard ground, but you’re going a step above survival, and enjoying yourself a lot more too. There’s so much going on outside of the music, like DJs in the forest, tie-dying, performances, and we even had a go at Bollywood dancing one morning and we went in a hottub Saturday morning which meant I actually got a shower. I’m still amazed at that. Saturday night I remember getting back to camp and being amazed my hair smelt nice. Contrast to Leeds where when I got back I had to wash my hair four times to get the smell of burning camping chair out of it. Besti also has portaloos rather than long drops, less people shouting “Alan” and “Steve” every five minutes, and I managed to sleep even without earplugs, woohoooo.
The music – which, is what it’s really all about – at Bestival, is really suited to my tastes too. My favourite acts were Skream, who is a personal fave of mine, Odesza who I wandered to accidentally after leaving my friends at Major Lazer as I was hating it and ended up having one of my favourite experiences ever while watching them (honestly, Odesza were so, so good live), and surprisingly I loved Years & Years. The lead singer is really enigmatic & a lot of fun to watch. I loved being surprised by acts that I felt so-so about, and then being blown away by them.
Here are some snaps from the weekend (courtesy of Joy):