This past weekend I have spent drinking, camping and listening to some absolutely amazing music at the Isle of Wight Festival.
I have never had the full festival experience as I am not really a huge fan of camping. However now I am older and a little more open-minded I was very excited when I found out I was going to the Isle of Wight Festival.
The line up this year was amazing, various bands from all different genres ranging from EDM, Pop, Alternative-Rock and Hip Hop.
Arriving on the Friday afternoon with my boyfriend and a couple of friends, we got our tents set up and made our way in to the festival.
Managing to buy a tent at the last minute for an extremely reasonable price of £14.99 was a very good deal, but we had to make do with not being able to move very much, it was so tiny!
Luckily there was plenty of space in the field we had chosen to pitch up.
The field we were in was a good mile’s walk away from the main stage, it took us 40 minutes or longer to get there!
Exploring the festival a little bit we succeeded in catching the Kaiser Chiefs before the end of their set.
Next up on Friday night were Run DMC, an american hip hop band founded in 1981, they started with it’s tricky and ended with walk this way who they originally played with Aerosmith. I do not really listen to Run DMC, but they got the crowd involved and everyone was dancing along having a good time!
Click here to listen to Run DMC.
Following Run DMC, the headlining act was David Guetta I did not really know what to expect leading up to his performance. Starting off with a bang his set just got better and better throughout the hour and 30 minutes he was on for. The atmosphere was brilliant and the crowd were dancing their socks off. David Guetta was undoubtedly one of my favourite acts of the weekend!
Click here to listen to David Guetta.
Carrying on our night we moved on to another tent called the Big Top where Jonas blue was playing his set, another artist who I thoroughly enjoyed!
Click here to listen to Jonas Blue.
Wanting to dance some more we walked further up and found what became our favourite tent of the weekend, the Electro Love tent. Blasting out 80’s tunes for the rest of the morning we danced till we could not feel our feet anymore!
Waking up to gorgeous sunshine and a slight headache the next morning, Saturday was the day I had been looking forward to. The line up included The Kooks and Catfish and the Bottlemen two bands I absolutely love!
During the day all of us just relaxed outside our tents getting extremely sunburnt, oops!
The struggle of trying to glam yourself up at a festival!
Shout out to Levi for having this super cool jacket! Have a look on Supreme for more.
Making our way back in to the festival it was time to go and watch The Kooks! I have been listening to The Kooks since I was 8 years old, we pushed our way through the crowds of people and managed to stand four rows away from the front.
This is the only band I have seen live that sound exactly the same as on their albums. Luke Pritchard’s voice is so original, I will never get bored of listening to their music.
Click here to listen to The Kooks.
Catfish and the Bottlemen were up next playing all my favourite songs of theirs, Pacifier, Cocoon, Twice and Kathleen. The indie-rock band gave a dynamic performance which I enjoyed watching.
Click here to listen to the Catfish and the Bottlemen.
That night we wandered around the festival discovering the different tents and enjoying the ambience of the festival.
A little sunburnt?
Our last day came around quickly, packing up our things we set off for the last time in to the festival. Another amazing line up, Scouting for Girls, The Vamps, The Amazons, George Ezra and Bastille.
Another band I have been listening to growing up, I felt like I was a child again watching them play Heartbeat, Elvis Ain’t Dead, This Ain’t a Love Song and everyone’s favourite She’s So Lovely, their performance brought back lots of childhood memories and I had so much fun dancing to their music!
Click here to listen to scouting for girls.
The Vamps are a guilty pleasure of mine, so I was secretly excited to watch them play! I did feel like I was the eldest person on shoulders dancing along but it was amazing.
Click here to listen to The Vamps.
Having some time to spare before the next bands, we meandered around the festival drinking beer, eating ice lollies and taking more photos.
The best thing about a festival is the fashion, people can wear whatever they like and no one cares. From girls who are dressed to the nines or people who want to have a laugh and dress up in fancy dress.
Unfortunately I was very silly the day before and got myself horrendously sunburnt on my legs, so I could not wear shorts or my skinny jeans I had brought with me. I ended up borrowing my boyfriends baggy cargo pants so I was not in pain for the whole day, this gave me a chance to do a little festival styling and work with what I had. I decided to dress old school 90’s, think Spinelli off of recess, and treated the cargo pants as boyfriend jeans, paired with a ribbed funnel neck top, a long checkered shirt and my bum bag. I think I pulled it off however I did get a couple of odd looks.
A group of Ronald McDonald’s and Donald Duck!
Passing the big top tent I knew that The Amazons were playing in the afternoon so I went to check them out. The upcoming rock quartet band made me rock out! The guitarist was incredible.
Click here to listen to the amazons.
George Ezra was performing on the main stage next. A more relaxed set, it felt as though George Ezra had just walked on stage from the crowd a decided to sing a few songs. He was truly down to earth and it was a pleasure to watch him perform at the Isle of Wight Festival.
Click here to listen to George Ezra.
Unfortunately we were only able to watch three songs of Bastille as we had to catch the ferry before the late night festival traffic.
This weekend has been an amazing experience and I cannot wait to attend more festival’s in the future!
A big thanks to these guys in the photo above for making this weekend so awesome!
Photos by Jordan Le Bon
Did you attend a festival this weekend? If you did share your experience with me.