T IN THE PARK 2015Friday, July 17, 2015
All that aside, I attended the festival volunteering for a company called Festaff, due to this I was contracted to work 16 hours (of which I ended up only working 10, YES) in a role which required me to wristband those entering the festival - a job which actually turned out to be quite enjoyable, never underestimate the festival spirit that will not be hindered by any bag or queue, no matter how heavy or long! In return for working the festival I got to attend for free and set up camp on the staff campsite (can I say free showers and flushing toilets? RESULT). For someone who had never been camping before (yes you did read that right) five nights in a tent went surprisingly well - three showers and many rested sleeps later and I may have been converted to a seasoned camper... well, almost at least. For this reason, I would entirely recommend doing the same if you're short of cash - did I mention free food on shifts too - I mean, what's not to love? Everyone, including the staff were so lovely and due to the placement of my shifts I did not miss one act I had planned to see - NOT ONE - I think it was a win win all around and something I would definitely do again.
Highlights of the festival would have to be Catfish and the Bottlemen who were no short of amazing, The Vaccines, The Wombats, Kasabian, Avicii, Oliver Heldens (something I was completely NOT expecting) and the few last songs I caught of Marina and the Diamonds. Although the drink prices were fairly extortionate, a stand out for me would have to be the Cocktail Cocktail bar or tent or hut or however you would describe it - just picture a packed club but outdoors and muddy with the dress-code of wellies and waterproofs, nonetheless it never failed to provide a good time (and their mojitos were an alcoholic life saver to my sugar-deprived self - a £7 one at that).